Snikiddy Snack, Don’t Look Back (Product Review and a Giveaway):

Disclosure: I was provided with these products (value: ~$10) at no cost with the understanding/expectation that I will only offer authentic opinions. I also received a really nice box with blue and gold packing-fetti that I plan to repurpose for Mother’s Day.

If you are a No!Processed!Foods!Ever! Purist, then this is NOT the post for you! I hope you’ll come back again another day.

I turn down most requests for snack-y product reviews. For one thing, I don’t need to be doing a bunch of extra snacking and for another, I try to limit my purchase of packaged products. When I want a salty, crunchy snack, I go for the air pop or I make myself some tortilla chips.

That’s all fine and good, but sometimes a gal just wants to hear the crinkle-crack of cellophane as she reaches in and grabs a salty, crunchy prepared-by-someone-else snack (like when she’s on a road trip and getting a wee bit weary of fruit and almonds). So when the Snikiddy folks reached out, dangling offers of “healthier” cheese puffs in front of me, I caved in record time. (Nice to have a personal best in something this month.)

First, A Word about the Company

Since I don’t spend much time on the snack aisle of the grocery store, I hadn’t heard of Snikiddy before. In addition to the cheese puff allure, I was also intrigued by, IMO, the coolest company name EVER! A trip to the Snikiddy website (my version of due diligence) proved they were legitimate and also told the story behind the company name. They passed my stringent reviewee test.

The Snacks

The sample snack box arrived on Thursday, just in time for sharing with my Nashville buddies, Debby and Sharon. In addition to the promised cheese puffs, I received All-Natural Baked Fries and Eat Your Vegetables™ Chips. I ran off to Nashville without the Cheese Puffs (completely by accident, I promise), so Debby and Sharon were able to help taste-drive only the Fries and Chips. We’ll start there.

Note: images were pilfered from the Snikiddy product pages.

Snikiddy Vegetable Chips

The PR pitch:
Eat Your Vegetables™ are made with a unique blend including sweet potatoes, carrots, and navy beans. These snacks offer an excellent source of Vitamin A and more fiber and protein than most other snack products. And of course, these are also gluten and wheat free, cholesterol free, and free of trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and preservatives. Available in these flavors: Sea Salt, Sour Cream & Onion, Jalapeño Ranch

Our Verdict:
Yum! Perhaps, too Yum! We all wondered if these might be a little too tempting to have around the house on a regular basis. They were crunchy and had the flavor of fat without the greasiness. Also, a liberal (to me) use of garlic and onion powders made them very flavorful. For a product with a lead ingredient of navy beans, that’s quite the accomplishment!

I’m sad to report that I will not be trying these with salsa, as I had hoped to do, because there was a horrible accident involving a sudden stop, my suitcase (formerly) on the back seat, and the snack bag on the floorboard, but I will be enjoying them in tiny little bits on my turkey taco salad later this week. (Actually, now that I think about it, these would probably be awesome as a flavorful addition to any salad.)

Snikiddy Baked Fries

The PR pitch:
All-Natural Baked Fries are made with real potatoes, corn, and cheese and contain 50% less fat than regular potato chips. These snacks are gluten and wheat free, and free of artificial colors or preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, hydrogenated oils, or cholesterol. They are baked in a nut-free facility. Available in these flavors: Sea Salt, Cheddar Cheese, Original Seasoning, Bold Buffalo, Southwest Cheddar, Barbeque and Classic Ketchup.

Our Verdict:
Debby and I liked these more than Sharon did, but none of us were wild about them. We each crunched only a few fries and just didn’t taste much flavor. I tried them again yesterday with a half serving alongside my lunch sandwich, and after the 5th or 6th bite, I started picking up a bit of cheesy flavor. Still not as enjoyable as the Eat Your Vegetable Chips, though.

Snikiddy Cheese Puffs

The PR pitch:
All-Natural Cheese Puffs are baked with real cheese and corn and contain 50% less fat than potato chips. They are gluten and wheat free, without the drawbacks of other puff snacks: No artificial colors or preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, hydrogenated oils, or cholesterol. Available in these flavors: Grilled Cheese Puffs and Mac n’ Cheese Puffs

My Verdict
I couldn’t wait until the weekend to sample the Cheese Puffs, so when the snack box arrived, I carefully snipped a one-puff opening in the top of the package and poured out three puffs for sampling. MMMmmm, cheesy. Crunchy. Satisfying. I liked them! And much to my surprise three puffs were enough! On Sunday, I tried another three puffs with the same results–a nice cheesy crunch and I was satisfied with that. Considering you get about a million (or 95-100) of these for 120 calories, I’m not worried about calorie or processed-food overload. I’ll definitely buy them again someday. That may be next year, given the super-small servings I’m eating!

We saw the Snickiddy snacks at Whole Foods on Saturday, and they were priced at $2.69, I believe, for a 4-oz. bag. That’s not as large a bag as similar (less healthy) chip-type snacks, but if you find fewer chips more satisfying and they’re healthier (if not a whole food), then you come out ahead. Snikiddy snacks are also sold at other leading grocers, including Kroger, Giant, Safeway, etc. Even Toys ‘r Us is in on the game! You an also buy them on Amazon!

Final Word

Snikiddy snacks are not whole food. For that we have other sections of the grocery. But if you’re looking for a snack-type food made from ingredients that are healthier than some other packaged alternatives, I can honestly recommend these as a good choice to try.

The Giveaway

Snikiddy would like to provide one lucky U.S. reader a box of his/her own snacks for sampling and a $25 grocery gift card! (I didn’t get no stinkin’ gift card and I wrote this big-ass long post!)

To enter:
- Limited to the U.S. reader (sorry, international peeps! You can still leave comments and play in snack world!)
- Leave a comment here telling me which of these flavors would you most look forward to trying AND/OR your favorite childhood snack
- For extra entries, let me know if you’ve liked Snikiddy on Facebook or followed them on Twitter and I’ll toss in an extra entry.

Contest is open until Sunday (04/29) 9 a.m. Central time when I’ll use the random number generator to pick the winner!

Until then, here’s a link to a Snikiddy coupon. It does require registration to get one, so consider yourself forewarned.



37 thoughts on “Snikiddy Snack, Don’t Look Back (Product Review and a Giveaway):

  1. I would probably like the vegetable chips most,but would love to try all three.:)

  2. Thanks for the reviews! I tried the fries once and didn’t really get that excited about them either. I would try the little cheese balls but like so many I am trying to not have a pantry full of tempting little snack items. I do agree that a little bag of goodies are sometimes nice when traveling or when you need a little something different with lunch.

  3. Personally, I think the giveaway and gift card should go to one of your very intelligent samplers! I felt that we participated in a very professional manner. And given that the Eat Your Vegetables was only a 4-oz bag, I think it speaks highly of our restraint that you had any left to crumble into tiny pieces during your mad dash back to west TN. Or did it happen when you were drooling over the chocolate donut truck?

    • LOL I think you might know me too well. The “accident” happened when I had to slow down super quick in order to catch the exit for Denny’s and my pancakes! :)

      And yes, not only were we professional in our review approach, we showed remarkable skills in moderation!

  4. I would try the cheese balls. Cheese puffs has always been one of my favorite snacks. I’m always looking for lower fat options.

  5. You don’t have to enter me in the drawing because I am going to be sampling these as well and now I can’t wait! I love crunchy cheesy things.

  6. I thought the same thing! The winner gets more snacks than we did AND a gift card:) Now I wonder if you are doing a review on the same book I am reading. (I turned down that SASS one because I didn’t think I had time to read two.)

  7. I would try Eat Your Vegetables. I can’t have gluten or corn products & it’s super tough to find a yummy snack food wtih these dietary restrictions. What stores have Snikkidy products? I have never seen them before & would love to try them even if I don’t win the giveaway!

    • I hadn’t seen them either, Carolyn!

      If you go to the Snikiddy purchase page (link: http://snikiddy.com/purchase ) you can enter your zip code to find a list of stores in your area that carry them. Some of my local Kroger stores carry them, but others do not.

  8. Well… no need to enter me, but I just wanted to comment because your post made me chuckle a lot! Sorry to hear about your lil accident with the chips. xo

  9. OH wow…I have had the eat your vegetables in sea salt and they are delicious (found them at Costco). I would love to try the cheddar cheesse fries. They sound awesome and one can never have enough cheese:-)

  10. Based on your raving review, I would most like to try the veggie chips. I also try to mostly avoid processed foods, but they’re made from beans! sounds good to me!

  11. I sort of hate it when “foreigners” do food reviews .. and make me really want to try it, and then it hits me … we don’t have them. :p

  12. I think I’d like to try the sea salt fries. I know you didn’t list them here, but I was at the website… checking out the product.

  13. Extra entry? Does signing up for their newsletter and offers count? MUCH better (for them) than mere following! I’m already hooked!

  14. I’m most looking forward to trying the Eat Your Vegetables in Sour Cream & Onion! :)

  15. I’m really trying to be a no processed foods person, but I love these reviews. And the reality is that it’s just good to know what’s good for those times when we’re out and need to find something super easy for the road.
    What a bonus that you got to share with the girls on your trip!

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