REVIEW: Popchips – Katy’s Kettle Corn

Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips  (lip-smacking)

PopChips - Katy's Kettle Corn Chips


Alright, who’d have thunk it??  That’s right, you heard it correctly, pop superstar Katy Perry has designed/inspired/endorsed her own flavor of chip for Popchips….what has this world come to?!?!?  Watch out Katy – just when you aren’t looking, we may slide in under the radar with an amazing, chart-topping pop single, and then see how you feel!

Popchips’ latest celebrity inspired adventure is a departure from styles of the past.  Up until now they had only produced tortilla and potato chips, but with these they have given us their best take on the ever increasingly popular ‘popcorn chip’ (see: Popcorn, Indiana’s chip’ins and PopCorner’s Popped Corn Chips.)  The texture of Katy’s Kettle Corn seems very similar to those other products already in the marketplace, and we think we described the style of chips best in our review of Popcorn, Indiana’s Classic BBQ chip’ins calling them: “a hybrid blend of popcorn & chips, pressed and cut into triangles, a similar technique used by a lot of tortilla chips.  The chips are addictive, with a light, crunchy, almost rustic texture.  If you still can’t picture what we’re saying, think: popcorn, smashed, stuck together and then cut into triangles.”  And we forgot to mention that maybe the best aspect of these chips, over real popcorn, could be the absence of those pesky corn kernels!

Katy’s Kettle Corn boasts the required harmonious classic sweet and salty combination.  We’ve mentioned it before, but just to reiterate the fact, we love real, sweet & salty, kettle cooked popcorn (predominantly found at state, or art, fairs).  In this case, the sweet element of Katy’s Kettle Corn has been cooked down just enough to change the sugar’s structure and texture, and in a sense caramelized onto the Popchips in the same way great kettle corn does.  The salt half of the scenario is also doing its job, coating the sugar layer with the correct level of salty counterbalance.

** Side note: for a split second these chips reminded us of rice krispy treats – the crunchy and airy texture combined with the sweet sugar layer – evoked memories of those classic treats of our youth.  But, then the nice salt coating snapped us back into reality…

These are indeed good chips, and as much as we hate to say it, “well done Katy”.  However, just like with other brands that have attempted to re-create kettle corn in chip format, we don’t feel that this product elevates the original product in anyway.  If given the choice between freshly popped, fair-quality, kettle corn and any one of the various sweet and salty chip substitutes, we’d pick the real stuff every time.  However, what do Popchips, along with PopCorners and Food Should Taste Good, offer us that real kettle corn can not??  Availability.  Year round, pre-packaged-accessibility and availability.  And for that, we will eat it and we are thankful!

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

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©© tolerable

©©© – notable

©©©© – lip-smacking

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