REVIEW: Lay’s Poppables (White Cheddar and Sea Salt)

Lay's Poppables

In between its flavor experiments (long live the cappuccino chip!), Lay’s has decided to try switching up the form factor on the beloved potato chip for its next innovation. The results are named Poppables for their popped up 3D shape that can easily be popped into your mouth.

Before you read any further please take note, though, that these are high class potato snacks.

Exhibit A – the eye catching design on the top of the bags as Harper’s Bazaar tells me that polka dots are recently back on trend.

Exhibit B – the o in Poppables needs a dot below it, which the internet tells me is a diacritic mark, whatever that is. Do you pronounce it differently? No clue.

Exhibit C (and if you weren’t already convinced this is the dead giveaway) – notice that the two featured flavors are not just cheddar but white cheddar and not just original but sea salt.

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I’m surprised they didn’t go further with possibly aged white cheddar or pink Himalayan salt or something. I, myself, alternate between drip coffee and espresso, so I do like to think of myself as highbrow every now and then meaning I was very, very excited to try out these bite-sized snacks.

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Their shape looks like a lattice cut potato chip and an M&M had a beautiful snack baby. A very hollow but starchy one. Each is about the size of a quarter and significantly puffed out towards the center. The crunchiness is definitely a highlight as there are so many layers to bite through from the unique shape.

After the crunching gives way, the flavors definitely make their arrival. The sea salt ones have a tiny bit too much saltiness to them as it increases the more you chew. The white cheddar, though, have a nice crunch followed by intense cheesy flavor that then transforms into your classic potato chip profile. I found myself continually popping these into my mouth as they are a lot lighter than expected and not heavy at all (until you have eaten half the bag, though).

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To wrap up on these Poppables, out of the two eatable flavors available, and while this could be debatable, I did think that the white cheddar was more desirable and capable of tingling my excitable taste buds even though both, while perishable and potentially breakable, were portable, delectable, and very satiable potato snacks.

(Nutrition Facts – White Cheddar – about 28 pieces – 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 190 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. Sea Salt – about 30 pieces – 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 220 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.)

Purchased Price: $3.49 each
Size: 5 oz. bag
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 8 out of 10 (White Cheddar)
Rating: 6 out of 10 (Sea Salt)
Pros: On trend packaging design. Potato chips and M&M’s falling in love and procreating. Crunchiness and lightness all in one.
Cons: Overuse of the suffix -able. Aged White Cheddar and Pink Himalayan Salt getting the shaft.

66 thoughts to “REVIEW: Lay’s Poppables (White Cheddar and Sea Salt)”

  1. At over $11 a pound, I suppose calling them high class is justified. But you bought them at Walmart — about the farthest from high class you can get.

  2. Please have rep to deliver in retailers in Albany Louisiana. If you introduce a product please continue stocking. Can’t find anywhere even in Hammond Louisiana. Love the white cheddar. Carters is our local grocery store and have a Family Dollar and I bought in both places. No where to be found now. WTH. Love be Poppables and no longer being delivered!!!

  3. OMG my husband and I are enjoying a nice adult beverage and the I brought out the white cheddar poppables! We are in heaven. Best snack by far and I got the last bag at meijer today!!!

  4. Love both the sea salt and white cheddar poppables! I’m hoping Lay’s gets enough good feedback to keep selling them.

  5. Yess!! finally a snack that adults can enjoy with their cocktails. Being someone that has implants, the soft yet still crunchy texture is perfect. Love the white cheddar. Found them at Costco please continue to make the. Unable to have potatoe chips or popcorn.

  6. Love the Sea salt popables…..but sometimes they are hard to find…Lay’s please keep making them!!!!!!!!!

    1. Around here all I could find was the sea salt ones finally went to store in next town south of me and found the cheddar ones.

  7. Love these white cheddar ones for me the sea salt ones are way to salty. Wish I could find them more often though. Please keep making them One of the best chips out in a very long time.

  8. The world could have done without these “snacks”. I originally purchased these as a potato chip alternative.
    They are terrible, tasteless and if you keep them too long, they become either rubbery, soggy and not even fit for your dog to eat. I knew they were another “gotcha” when I tried them. “White Cheddar” and “Sea Salt” — come on, they are so bad they need to be removed from the grocery shelves as soon as possible. Frito-Lay has made a mistake. Where was the “test area” ? I don’t usually have such a strong reaction, but this really registered with me as too many trying to come up with some “new & different.”

    Who in the world thinks these

  9. I give them a 5 out of 10, Dry, not much falvour. Good and crunchy though. It was the White Cheddar that I tried…..probably will not try the others, sorry.

  10. I am heart broke. I can not find any Sea Salt Popables in the Battle Creek MI. area. Every thing is White Cheddar. I prefer Sea Salt.

  11. Best deal I’ve found is at Costco… when or if they have them in stock 🙁

    As a diabetic I watch my carbs pretty close. Being able to enjoy 28 of these for 17carbs is a win, I can enjoy 14 at lunch and stay within my desired carbs.

    Variety would be nice the White Cheddar is my preference, the Sea Salt were rather blah IMHO.

  12. Love the sea salt. Am going to try the white cheddar next. Wishes for flavours are salt and pepper and salt and vinegar

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