Mea Culpa, Mea CulPOP

Yes, it’s a seldom-seen Saturday post from me, but I have a situation that requires it.

I was clearing my desktop yesterday (as in, really clearing, not just sweeping everything into a big ol’ pile), when I came upon a lovely card from my friends at popchips:

popchips card


I ask you, what kind of friend receives a wonderful snack pack gift box and then forgets to send a thank you note?

Answer: a pitiful, red-faced friend.

As a tiny attempt at defensive deflection, the snack pack did arrive while I was traveling, and then I had houseguests, and then I traveled again, and then I was really, really busy catching up from all that visiting and traveling…

You’re not buying it, are you, popchipspeople? Me, neither. Let’s face it: I’m an idiot.

But I’m a remorseful idiot, and I shall now attempt to rectify my horrible omission.

I first tried popchips at a Hungry Girl book signing last spring. The HG promoters gave us small bags before the book signing, probably to keep us from eating the chairs and/or the books. (The signing was scheduled for 5:00 p.m.) I had seen popchips in the store, but I hadn’t tried them. Considering that it had been four hours since my last meal, I quickly reversed that situation.

One word: YUM! YUM squared! So YUM that I refrained from trying them again, lest I wind up on the sofa, surrounded by crumbs, attempting to lick any tasty residue from my fingers.

If you’re not familiar with the concept, popchips aren’t fried or baked. Somehow, some way, they put the potatoes in an oven and make them go ‘splodey into dozens of delicious little chip-like morsels. Then they may or may not sprinkle them with flavorings like barbeque [sic], sea salt & vinegar, parmesan, cheddar, or sour cream & onion. (As a Memphian, I forgive them for spelling barbecue incorrectly, especially since I’m possibly on their books as a Bad Friend.)

What I like about popchips (besides the YUMminess) is that they don’t promote the product as a “health food”, which I think is fair and accurate. And smart. These chips are cute, but they don’t grow in fields. For pure nutritional value, we would turn to the potato. For fat and salt, calories and cholesterol, we have traditional potato chips. And for a healthier in-between, we have popchips.

From the sample pack my new-old friends sent me, I sampled the barbecue flavor and the sour cream & onion. Those were my favorite types of potato chips, back when I ate potato chips, and I was curious if popchips might be an acceptable (and occasional) alternative.

Verdict: YES!

(And thank God for that. Wouldn’t it have been embarrassing if I was late for my review AND I didn’t like their product?)

I wish I could say that I was looking forward to trying the other flavors in the gift pack, but I added them to my visitors’ snack box for their trip homeward and I haven’t heard how they liked them. I’ll check and let you know.

The bottom line: I honestly liked the popchip flavors I tried, and I will be adding them to my shopping list for periodic accompaniment to my turkey or tuna sandwich lunch. (Carrot sticks are good, too, but a girl likes variety now and then.)

Are you a chip sort of person? Have you found a more suitable alternative? Or are chips one of your X-foods, as in X’d out of your menu for good?

Hope you’re all having a most wonderful weekend! Me? I’m headed off to this event.

FTC stuff: popchips gifted me the snack pack, without obligation to report positively on their product. My opinions are honest (if tardy) and are not “pay-back” for the gift.

6 thoughts on “Mea Culpa, Mea CulPOP

  1. I am not normally a chip person. More of a cookies, bread, chocolate, ice cream person:) But I do sometimes find them tempting. Right now I am resisting the Costco huge box that my husband brought home with a variety of baked options. (Okay, a while back when I was having a very bad eating week, I did reach in and pull out a bag. Sigh.) My honest thinking right now is that if I have any “snacky” food around, even the “healthier” versions, I am prone to eat that instead of something healthier. If I don’t have that stuff, I stick with the fruit and veggies etc. Sigh.

  2. Yes..Pop chips are a great alternative for a sometimes snack.. I am not much of a chip person but when it does happen the pop chips are a great choice

  3. Hey Cammy! I’ve been hearing so much about popchips lately! I’m gonna have to give them a try!!!

    And as they say….better late than never!


  4. Ah, popchips. We all have to have a benign little non-essential food in our lives. I love these!!

    Thank you for all of the thoughtful comments you have posted on my blog. I haven’t had much time to catch up on blogging, but the comments have really been appreciated!!


  5. Mmm, they sound good – not sure if they’re sold here in Australia, but will have a check for them next time I’m at the supermarket.

    I am always on the look out for ‘healthier’ alternatives – mainly for my kids. Whilst I like to eat only natural and non processed foods, that is not their style….so I need to let them eat potato chips if they want, but only those similar to popchips!!
    My eldest already reads nutritional labels and understands my obsession….er, interest… in healthy eating, but my youngest can’t read yet and just loves food!!! I will continue to educate him as he grows!

    So thanks for the tips about popchips!

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