PopChips Katy’s Kettle Corn

I have seen the PopChips Katy’s Kettle Corn at Target for the longest time. In all honesty, I refrained from picking them up because kettle corn is not one of my favorite snacks. While out shopping I found individual bags on sale at one of my local dollar stores for 50 cents, so I grabbed a bag to give it a try. This way, if I didn’t like it, it was 50 cents “wasted”.
The Popchips are light, airy and crispy like normal PopChips are. They are flavored with a mildly sweet coating. It’s actually not overwhelming (with that sugar flavor or even the artificial sweetener flavor) like some kettle corn popcorns can be.  It’s a good balance between savory and sweet. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed these and will most likely repurchase at some point when I’m looking for a sweet, crispy potato chip like snack.
A serving is 130 calories for roughly 16 chips, which is 3 points plus values.
QUESTION:
What is your favorite PopChips flavor?

Doritos Locos Tacos – Nacho Cheese & Crunchy Taco


I’m a sucker for a new Doritos flavor.  Doritos are a favorite of mine and I can handle them in smaller servings or single servings but I cannot handle them in a full-size bag.  I tried the Cool Ranch & Crunchy Taco variety, so when I spotted this Doritos Locos Tacos – Nacho Cheese & Crunchy Taco double serving bag at Walgreen’s I decided to give it a try.
I can say off the bat, the Cool Ranch variety is a lot better. These were rather … lack luster for me.  You get the strong nacho cheese flavor with the slightly spiced crunchy taco flavor.  But I don’t feel the two blend together well nor do they make a “wow” appeal for a snack.  Don’t get me wrong, they’re alright … but that’s about it. Alright.
A serving size is 1 ounce, which gives you roughly 11 chips.  A serving will cost you 4 points plus values, which is typical for almost any chip and Dorito.  They are selling the full size bags at the grocery store, but I’m not sure how long they’ll be around since these are a limited edition flavor.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Doritos Locos Tacos limited edition flavors?

Fat Free Sour Cream & Onion Pringles

These Fat Free Sour Cream & Onion Pringles have been a staple on my grocery list for years.  Sour cream and onion is one of my favorite potato chips flavors.  I admit, I don’t purchase them often because even though I love potato chips buying a whole bag of regular full fat sour cream and onion chips just isn’t really worth it for me.
When I first saw that Pringles offered a Fat Free version of their sour cream and onion chips, I was intrigued and figured out what the points plus values were.  It was really low, actually half the points plus values of regular potato chips and the serving size was as plentiful as regular chips.  I admit, I was really hesitant at first and assumed it would taste like cardboard.  Thankfully, I was wrong.
I was really surprised with how good these Pringles are!  They taste just like the original full-fat Pringles. You get 15 crisps in a serving size and they are only 2 points plus values!  They are great as a snack and are perfect to pair alongside a sandwich.
The one downside is they are somewhat hard to find. My regular grocery store doesn’t carry them – but I’ve been able to find them at Target, Walmart and K-Mart.
QUESTION:
Have you tried the fat free Pringles?

Doritos Locos Tacos – Cool Ranch & Crunchy Taco


I spotted these new Doritos Locos Tacos Cool Ranch & Crunchy Taco at CVS and was intrigued. I’ve tried the Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco in both the original and cool ranch flavors and enjoyed them.  So I figured the Doritos version had to be equally as delicious because I truthfully only tried the taco for the Doritos flavored shell.
The Doritos Locos Tacos flavor is a twist flavor that consists of cool ranch and taco flavored Doritos. I’ve tried the Crunchy Taco flavored Doritos on their own before and found they were “okay” but mixed with the cool ranch they are delicious. You get the classic bold and zippy cool ranch flavor, with a mildly spiced crunchy taco – you can tell the difference based on the coloring of the chips.
A serving is 1 ounce – roughly 11 chips.  A serving is 4 points plus values.  The bag I purchased was the, I guess “deluxe” size bag (99 cents – $1.50). These are sold in a full-size bags at the grocery store.
QUESTION:
What is your favorite Doritos flavor?

Lay’s Air Pops Sour Cream & Onion


I first spotted the Lay’s Air Pops Sour Cream & Onion chips at CVS when running in to pick up a prescription. The chips weren’t marked, so I didn’t pick them up – but when I spotted them at the grocery store I decided to give them a shot.
At first it was nice to see Lay’s come out with a healthier alternative to potato chips. Sure they have a line of baked potato chips, but if you’re a snacker, you’ve seen brands come out with similar products.  Looking at the bag, I thought they’d be the Lay’s version of Pop Chips – but upon opening them, I found they are rather a cross between Pop Chips and Kellogg’s Cracker Chips. They’re as thick as Pop Chips, but their light and airy like the cracker chips. They have the classic Lay’s sour cream and onion flavoring.
The chips are sold in three flavors: original, barbecue (which I also purchased) and sour cream and onion.
A serving size is 1 ounce – roughly 19 crisps.  A serving is 3 points plus values.  The bag itself only contains 3 servings, so if you went a little heavy handed into the bag and lost track and ate them all – the whole bag is 10 points plus.
QUESTION:
Have you tried the Lay’s Air Pops?

Trader Joe’s Cheddar & Horseradish flavored Potato Chips


When I saw these Cheddar & Horseradish flavored Potato Chips on the Trader Joe’s website I knew I had to put them on my TJ’s shopping list.  I’ve tried cheddar and horseradish chips in the past and have completely fallen in love with the flavor.  I happen to be a HUGE lover of horseradish (it’s an unnatural obsession, especially on roast beef sandwiches – I pile it on almost in unhealthy nostril/senses burning levels).
These chips were a slam dunk for me. Cheddary but with a strong bite of horseradish.  They’d be completely overwhelming for someone with a very mediocre/mild palette.  Meaning these are truly not meant for the faint of heart.  If you can’t handle the natural bite and heat that comes from horseradish – beware.  If you enjoy the heat and burn, then these will undoubtedly be for you.  The first chip I had, my tongue was like “Whoa!” but after that first chip I was hooked.  They were delicious.  They’d be perfect paired with a sandwich to help break down the heat index, but they’re also perfect right out of the bag.
The texture of the chips is VERY crunchy.  They are wavy cut kettle chips, so they’ve got that natural crunch from a wave but since they’re kettle cooked they’re even crunchier.  My boyfriend wouldn’t eat them, so needless to say these were my treasure for a week.
A 1 ounce serving (or about 10 chips) was 4 points plus. Totally worth it, if you ask me.
QUESTION:
Have you tried the Cheddar & Horseradish chips from Trader Joe’s or by any other brand?

Weight Watchers – Popped Roasted Red Pepper Crisps


A new snack has been released to Weight Watchers locations – that snack being the Popped Roasted Red Pepper Crisps. After hearing the receptionists talk about how delicious they were, I decided to pick up a box. They were on sale for I want to say $3.50 or $3.95 – I can’t remember.  I love roasted red pepper hummus, so I was intrigued to see how this would correspond in chip form.
The interesting part of these chips is they really DO taste like roasted red pepper hummus.  They are made out of chick pea flour and rice flour.  The flavor of the roasted red peppers is clearly evident BUT it’s not overwhelming.  The coloring may stick to your fingers and it may very well give you slightly red fingertips.  I found they were a nice snack. They’d be great to pair with a sandwich or even to have as a snack with a small piece of fruit (well, I suggest fruit because I am a volume eater and a bag of chips is not going to completely fill my stomach.)
They really aren’t bad for 2 points plus values.  I love crunchy, snacky foods and the normal flavors that are out in the market can sometimes get boring – so these “spice” things up a bit (and no, they are not spicy).
QUESTION:
Have you tried the new Popped Roasted Red Pepper Crisps?

Lay’s Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips


These Lay’s Cheesy Garlic Bread potato chips are one of the last limited edition flavors offered by Lays as part of their “Vote to Save your Fave” campaign which originally began by regular potato chip lovers to submit a flavor of potato chip that they’d love were on the market.  I purchased all 3 bags (Sriracha, Chicken and Waffles and Cheesy Garlic Bread).  I opened the Sriracha first, then the Chicken and Waffles and saved the Cheesy Garlic Bread for last because I had high hopes.  But unfortunately it wasn’t as spectacular as I had dreamed it up in my mind.  I LOVE cheese and I absolutely love garlic (I put it in everything).  Unfortunately the flavor was a bit subdued for my liking.  It wasn’t as cheesy or as garlicy as I would have imagined it would be.  It tastes decent, but it’s not as power packing as I had wished for.  The cheesy eliminate takes a bit of a backseat while the garlic is evident, but it’s not a bold garlic – it’s a very mild flavor on your palette.  They are good – but I think the Sriracha flavor is ultimately the BEST and I hope it wins because I’d like to have those as a side to a plain jane sandwich any day!
Points Plus wise a serving will cost you 4 PPV.
QUSTION:
Have you tried any of the Lay’s limited edition potato chip flavors?

Sriracha flavored Lay’s Potato Chips

Firstly, I will say I spotted these new limited edition Sriracha flavored Lay’s Potato Chips from across the supermarket.  My grocery chain had them on an end display aisles away from the potato chip section.  I only purchased these because I’ve developed an immense love for sriracha – to the point I put it on a lot of the things I eat (eggs, deli sandwiches, hamburgers, pizza, etc.)
I have been enjoying these as a snack, not with a sandwich or anything, but it would be a great addition to a sandwich that needs a little pep to its step.  Flavor wise I feel they do give the illusion of the fact you are eating sriracha chips.  If you break down the flavor layers, I would say there’s a bit of ketchup, hot sauce, garlic and a vinegary zing to them. They’re definitely unique and quite delicious.  I personally don’t find them to be scalding hot as some “hot” or “fire” labeled potato chips can be (such as Red Hots).  These are definitely spicy, but they’re not scalding your mouth and leaving you a fire breathing dragon hot.  They’ve got a nice spice element to them.  Great limited edition flavor, Lay’s!  My one request is that you make this a staple flavor in your line!
Weight Watchers Points Plus wise, 1 ounce of potato chips will run you 4 PPV’s.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the new limited edition Lay’s?

Garden Veggie Straws – Zesty Ranch

While shopping at BJ’s I saw they had the individual servings of the Garden Veggie Straws by Sensible Portions and interestingly enough they had a Zesty Ranch included in with the original flavor.  Of course, that meant I had to purchase them at that very instant.  Within the huge case there were 12 individual size bags of both the Zesty Ranch and the Original veggie straws.  If you’re unfamiliar with these veggie straws, they’re a mixture of potato, spinach and tomato which are formed into a straw shape.
The Zesty Ranch straws are good – they’re definitely a bit of a “zing” with the ranch.  But then again, it does state “Zesty” in the description.  The straws provide a nice crunchy snack to anyone looking for a healthier alternative to chips.  A serving is somewhere around 30 straws, which is quite a generous portion.
Weight Watchers Points Plus wise a serving will cost you 3 points plus.