This isn’t the first time we have reviewed PopChips here at Foodstuff Finds. They are “crisps” that have been cooked under pressure until popped. This means they look quite thick but have a wonderfully light crispy bubble texture. The cooking method not only creates a nice crunchy texture, it also uses less fat, so it is win win.
I spotted in Waitrose that there was a new Limited Edition flavour of PopChips; Sea Salt, Garlic and Rosemary, so we picked up a bag to share with our sandwiches. Once home I opened up the packet and the aroma of rosemary made itself rather clear. They smelt strong, but not unpleasant. The PopChips do have that lovely moreish crunch, and the texture is spot on, but the flavour is strong, very strong.
There is plenty of salt, lots of rosemary and a heavy taste of garlic. I know these are all the flavours promised on the packet, but they were just in a much higher proportion to what I’d been expecting. I managed to finish my portion quite happily, the more I ate the more I became accustomed to their strong herby taste.
The problem is as tasty as they are, it is the garlic. There is lots of it, and although it is pleasing to munch on at the time, it clings to the palette. After finishing our sandwiches and crisps I could still taste the garlic, it was still there for some time. I tried some chocolate and it kind of tastes like garlic chocolate, and I lost the love for these crisps.
This might be a personal thing, I’ve always had a bit of a love hate relationship with garlic, I love it at the time, but when you can taste it later and you realise what your breath must be like it heads back in the hate category. Not a packet of crisps to eat before an important meeting or interview!