Very familiar and traditional BBQ potato chip flavor, with a nice sweet heat profile and a satisfying crunch.
Some complaints about saltiness, and those who crave extreme heat may want to bump up to Buffalo Wings flavor.
We like having a sweet but relatively healthy dessert version of Popchips. Flavor profile similar to Reese's peanut butter cups.
Can be difficult to find on store shelves. Some may find the combination of starchy and sweet to be a little strange.
The ridged design holds up well to dips or salsa. The tangy BBQ flavor brings a little more heat to the mix, but the plain sea salt is also flavorful without being overly salty.
Some may not care for the harder crunch of a ridged chip. The BBQ flavor kicks the heat level to at least medium.
The tang and sourness of the vinegar is definitely present. The salt level should satisfy anyone who prefers a savory chip without the need for dip.
The level of sourness can vary widely from bag to bag. Some may find the vinegar has too much "bite".
The onion salt flavoring definitely shines through. Great choice as a side dish or even as a casserole topping. The sour cream seasoning reduces the need for additional dip.
Some traditional sour cream and onion potato chip fans may find the Popchip version to pack less flavor.
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Traditional potato chips have been a popular snack for decades, but they do have some significant drawbacks in terms of healthiness. The potato slices are usually deep-fried in either plant or animal-based cooking oil and then showered with sodium-heavy seasonings. In 2007, a start-up company called Popchips introduced a new brand of potato-based snacks that avoid the deep fryer altogether. Popchips are first placed in pressurized chambers for cooking, then the pressure is suddenly released, creating a puffy and crispy chip. High oleic oils are then applied, followed by a shower of various seasoning blends. Popchips have the satisfying crunch and flavor profile of traditional potato chips, but use 50% less oil in the process. Popchips are also gluten-free, GMO-free and kosher. For those who seek a healthier alternative to fried potato chips as a stand-alone snack or side dish, we recommend the many flavors of Popchips.
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