Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips (notable)
Chalk up another chip addition to the holiday frazzle dazzle snack extravaganza!! The rich red packaging, and the sparkling snow flakes screams happy holidays! We love this time of year! Chip companies seem like they just can’t help themselves during the holiday seasoning, and start releasing flavors that (even they know) probably won’t work, but that means more new things for us to try!
Popchips latest flavor addition seems to fall somewhere in the middle between fantastic and slightly off-putting. The popped corn chips are slightly reminiscent of Popchips newer(ish) Kettle Corn Chips, but in the end slightly different! The salted caramel seasoning is pretty taste at first. Every Chip Reviewer could agree that the Popchips tasted eerily similar to traditional caramel corn, at least for the initial first few seconds. Sweet, buttery, “burnt” sugar with a hint of salt ignites thoughts of caramel corn, but the “fake” buttery richness is short-lived, and dissipates quickly.
As much as the chips’ flavor reminds us of caramel corn, their texture holds no real comparison. Caramel corn encompasses that always deliciously, shiny, glass-crackly, caramelized sugar casing, and well, these Popchips are just dusted with a tasty, buttery, caramel seasoning with only a sprinkling of salt – and we do mean sprinkling. The popped chips are certainly not as heavily salted as we wish they were!!
For those few of you out there who possibly still have not yet tasted one of Popchips popped corn chips, we would describe them as a hybrid blend of popcorn & chips, pressed and cut into triangles, using a similar technique as a lot of tortilla chips. The chips are light and crunchy, with a rustic texture. If you still can’t picture what we’re trying to say, think: popcorn, smashed, glued together and then cut into triangles.
Similar to the way we have felt towards many other kettle corn flavored popcorn chips out there, these caramel corn chips are tasty, but just don’t really do anything to elevate the original in any way. If given the choice between freshly popped, caramel corn and these Popchips version, we’re picking the real stuff for sure!
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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