REVIEW: Katy’s Kettle Corn Popchips

Katy's Kettle Corn Popchips

It’s surprising Katy Perry’s likeness isn’t printed on every bag of her Katy’s Kettle Corn Popchips. I’m also stunned Popchips didn’t name the chips Katy’s Kettle Korn, which would’ve created a wonderful visual alliteratio…oh wait, KKK. Never mind.

I’ll never know why Popchips and/or Katy Perry decided to leave Ms. Perry’s curvy body off the bag, but I wish it was on there because I really need a visual palate cleaner, if you will, to remove the image in my head of Larry the Cable Guy’s curvy body on his chip bags.

The list of ingredients that make up Katy’s Kettle Corn Popchips are as simple as the lyrics to Perry’s “California Gurls.” But instead of lots oooooh oh ooooohs, these chips are made of whole grain corn; sunflower, safflower and or canola oil; sugar; salt; and natural flavors.

However, while California Gurl’s hooks are catchy, will forever take up some gray matter in my head, and will occasionally come out of my mouth while washing a car, I can’t say the same about the flavor of Ms. Perry’s Popchips.

Well, actually, there is a memorable moment, but it’s fleeting. It starts once I put one of these chips in my mouth and ends by the second or third chew. What I experience during these milliseconds is a pleasing mostly sweet and slightly salty fusion. However, that flavor quickly dissipates and my taste buds are left with a rice cake-like blandness that makes them feel like they’re on a flavor roller coaster and also wonder, “Is Popchips trying to trick us into a diet?”

Yes, basically, much like Ms. Perry’s marriage to Russell Brand, the flavor ended quickly.

Katy's Kettle Corn Popchips Closeup

Also, these kettle corn-flavored Popchips don’t appear to be as appetizing as Popchips’ potato and tortilla varieties. They look like…um, how can I say this using a reference from the 1980s that’ll force some of you to use Google, Wikipedia, or IMDB to know what I’m writing about? Oh, I know. They have a texture that’s much like the skin of Alex’s navigator, Grig, in The Last Starfighter.

However, these chips do have a hearty crunch to them. So if you’re one of those people who likes to annoy others by chewing with your mouth open, these chips will help boost the sound of your masticating. They also have no preservatives, artificial flavors, or artificial colors. So if you’re one of those people who likes to annoy others by being smug about the all-natural foods you eat, these chips will help boost your pontificating.

Overall, I guess you could say I didn’t like Katy’s Kettle Corn Popchips as much as Ms. Perry liked kissing a girl.

(Nutrition Facts – 28 grams/about 16 chips – 130 calories, 35 calories from fat, 4 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 3.2 grams of monounsaturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 125 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.)

Item: Katy’s Kettle Corn Popchips
Purchased Price: $3.00 (on sale)
Size: 3.5 ounces
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Pleasant sweet and salty flavor. All-natural. No saturated or trans fat. Great crunch. The way Popchips are made. The Last Starfighter.
Cons: Sweet and salty flavor doesn’t last long. Doesn’t look as appetizing as other varieties of Popchips. Not having a Last Starfighter sequel when the movie totally set one up.

6 thoughts to “REVIEW: Katy’s Kettle Corn Popchips”

  1. Forget a sequel, the travesty is that there was never a video game for the most obvious video game related movie since Tron.

  2. Awesome, and funny, review.

    They were offering this @ those Costco sample desks, but being that I normally don’t try any of the samples @ Costco – I usually save my gorging for when I’m in my own privacy – I didn’t try them.

  3. I haven’t been impressed with a PopChip since the originals. These were nice and crunchy, but lacked flavor. Same with the newly released Sweet Potato. When I need to get my crunch on, I always get the plain.

  4. Ugh, read your review and bought them anyway. You were right. These are not that great. They kinda taste like cereal, which I love, but they’re not kettle corn.

  5. I have tried the chips, and I like them – they’re not so much a dipping chip, to my way of thinking, but a nice snack with coffee or whatever. The thing I was trying to find out is how they really make them, since I am kind of turned off by the glib, “Never fried, Never baked. They’re cooked, for heavens’ sakes, and the explanation of their being “just popped” doesn’t quite explain. I know you can pop rice or corn under pressure – I have seen sweetened puffed rice made by putting raw rice and suggar in a little cannon-shaped pressure cooker at a fair in Tokyo and when the pressure gets to the right degree, they release the pressure, and the tasty puffed rice shoots out the other end into a sieve. But Popchips are obviously made from some kind of a dough which is cut into triangular shapes either before or after whatever kind of cooking is done. I’m curious.

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