Monday, June 11, 2012

Popped Chips -- Contains Milk?

If you were at the City of Bhangra on the weekend, you may have wandered into the small and boring food area at the Vancouver Art Gallery venue. It was tiny. Maybe two food stalls selling food prepared from frozen food products (I know -- "Huh?"). But you may also have notice PopChips, especially as they were giving away free sample bags of their potato chips, which are "popped" instead of fried or baked. And apparently this version of potato chips is not only healthier, but has won quite a few "awards".
PopChips has been in the US for about five years now, but is apparently only just invading Canada (hence the massive giveaway on Saturday).

Notable about Popchips is...
  • They don't use capital letters except in the "Nutrition Facts" section. I'm not sure if this is some sort of reflection on contemporary schooling.
  • The blurb at the back says "we start with wholesome potatoes, add a little heat and pressure, and pop! it's a chip". But if you read the ingredients, it doesn't say just "potato", but "potato ingredients (potato flakes, potato starch, safflower oil and/or sunflower oil, seasoning).
  • It has milk. Yes -- milk. It even says so on a separate like under the listing of ingredients: "CONTAINS: MILK".

Pop Chips (sour cream) front

Pop Chips (sour cream) back

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