PopChips are a new brand here in the UK, but are more common place in the States. The word ‘chips’ in their title hints at their American background, but we know what they mean! ;-)
The idea behind these crisps is that they are a healthy alternative to regular crisps as they haven’t been fried. You may assume then that these crisps were baked, but actually they have been popped. It may sound strange, but apparently if you apply a little heat and pressure to a potato slice it pops, rather like popcorn.
I picked up theses barbeque flavour PopChips in Waitrose, in a single serving bag as I couldn’t see any multipacks. They had a ready salted and a sour cream flavour individually too, but this one sounded the most interesting. Each crisp looks rather thick, and does appear slightly bubbled in appearance. They were coated with a sprinkle of a red powder that seemed to be fairly evenly distributed.
I have to say the texture of these crisps really is something quite special. They are remarkably crunchy and satisfying to munch. There are lots of layers to bite through, but they are not overly hard. It’s a clever texture and I really liked it. The taste was impressive too, these crisps were good and strong. The flavour combined a nice mix of sweet tomato, a good smoky hit and a gentle warmth from some spice, and it was rather moreish. It reminded me of pork barbeque ribs, because of the tomato base flavour, and it worked well making them super tasty.
I also found the bag of crisps to be perfectly filling with a sandwich at lunch time, and it didn’t taste at all low fat. The packaging of these PopChips doesn’t draw much attention to their healthy status, but it really should. There were less than 100 calories in the serving and they are very low fat, but you would never be able to tell from the taste! That's my kind of product!
I will definitely be going back to Waitrose to try the other varieties, healthy crisps just don’t usually taste this good!