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The Best Gluten-Free Chips

Updated on June 19, 2013
PopChips!
PopChips! | Source

This past weekend I was given the opportunity to try something new. Popchips Tortilla chips, the newest addition to the original Popchips. There were 4 flavor choices. Nacho Cheese, Ranch, Chili Limon and Salsa. I took a bag of Chili Limon. These are my first impressions:

They had a nice scent, strong enough to entice me but not so strong that they turned me away as some of the other tortilla chips do.

They were crisp and fresh, both in texture and flavor. They were easily recognizable as a Popchip product with a slight twist. They are shaped like tortilla chips! Not having any major expectations,I was still pleasantly surprised.

all natural ingredients
all natural ingredients | Source

A tasty Gluten Free/Vegan Snack

I love that these are gluten free and vegan for several reasons:

  • They are literally bursting with flavor which is a plus for any snack.
  • They do not have the dry "cardboard" texture that is consistent with many fat-free snacks.
  • They are convenient. When following a more restrictive diet, it isn't always easy to find "convenience" foods.
  • They are affordable! They are priced the same as an ordinary bag of chips.
  • For young children, they "fit" in with what everyone else is eating.

The two Popchip Tortilla flavors that I tried.
The two Popchip Tortilla flavors that I tried. | Source
how do they add up?
how do they add up? | Source

Popchips Vs. The 3 Leading brands of Tortilla Chips

I decided that I can brag about how great Popchips taste and how healthy they are for me but I didn't honestly know how they stacked up to the other brands. I took a trip to the grocery store and was pleased to see that Popchip delivers what they promise. I looked at two major brands and one store brand. The nutritional contents were the same on all three. Here are the results

Popchips vs. The competitor

 
Popchips
Other leading brands
serving size
15 chips
12 chips
calories per serving
120
140
calories from fat
35
60
total fat
4g /6%
7g / 11%
saturated fat
0g / 0%
1g / 4%
sodium
190mg / 8%
200mg / 8%
carbohydrate
20 / 7%
18g / 6%
Clearly, Popchips have less fat and you even get to eat 3 more chips! Definitely guilt free snacking!

The competitors nutritional content

Three major brands of Tortill\a chips had the same nutritional content.
Three major brands of Tortill\a chips had the same nutritional content. | Source

The group consensus on Popchips.

These were introduced at a conference of 600 people. I sat down at a table with 5 other people. We all had our bags of Popchips. As engrossed in the conversation as everyone was, they still managed to greedily consume their chips. There were exclamations of surprise as each one tried their individual choices. I looked around the room at the hundreds of people tasting their snacks. I noticed more than one person glancing at the information on their bags in disbelief. We are so programmed to expect that low-calorie, fat-free foods will not be as tasty as their higher calorie and fat content counterparts, that it was difficult to belief that something so flavorful and fun could also be good for us! Popchips have already proven themselves in this catagory with their 10 flavors of original chips. They have been known as a viable, healthy snack alternative. I can only say that these new additions have them bursting back into the market in a bold and flavorful way!You might want to check out their website for more fresh ideas!

I recommend

Libbey Selene 1-Piece 11-Inch Diameter Chip and Dip
Libbey Selene 1-Piece 11-Inch Diameter Chip and Dip

It's always nice to have a pretty bowl to serve your Popchips in!

 

No guilty secret

I am thankful for the opportunity Popchips gave me to taste these chips. I don't know if I would have purchased them otherwise. Now I can say that I definitely will buy Popchips as a healthier alternative for this girl, who is a sucker for salty, savory snacks. I can also say that they did not disappoint. In fact, the light, crispy texture and the bold, fresh flavor awakened my senses to a new favorite snack. I highly recommend them!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Chris! They are good. I will be buying more of them myself!

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from Missoula, Montana at least until March 2018

      Excellently done Randi. I will most definitely try these.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Eddy! They were yummy!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and useful .

      Good share Randi.

      Have a good day.

      Eddy.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hi Kenja! Thanks for stopping by and for the tip. We are suckers for anything mediterranean so will try!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you Jackie for stopping by and pointing that out. I completekt forgot to touch on that. They are less irritating!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, liveworryfeee. I am also not gluten free but but love the fact that these are healthy and tasty!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thanks Carol! Always appreciate a visit from you!

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      Ken Taub 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Randi: Try Mediterranean Snacks Baked Lentil Chips (cucumber dill or cracked pepper). May sound not so appealing, but they are quite delicious, totally crispy and tasty and do not taste like lentil beans. Great alone or esp. with dips. Can be found at Whole Foods and some health food stores. Enjoy. best, Ken

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I just tried these too, but a different brand and mine had the taste of popcorn which I love and can't have. I don't have ulcers but popcorn really hurts my stomach but I can have all I want of these with no pain! Great alternative to chips!

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      Princess Clark 4 years ago from The DMV

      Love these chips! I'm not gluten free however since becoming healthier every day since 2011 I found these to be a delightful treat. Thanks for shining a light on the health benefits of eating them.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Sounds good and you did a great job.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thanks, Bill! They really were yummy! My kids have been eating them for a while now but I don't remember tasting them until the conference. Thank you for considering me a trusted source! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good suggestion, Randi! Thank you; I'll give them a try for sure. When I get a suggestion from someone I know and trust it carries a bit more weight. :)