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Archive for January 30, 2015

FOOD FUN: Popchip Snacks

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Make Guacpops with guacamole. Photo
courtesy PopChips.

 

A boat-shaped chip demands filling.

So Popchips* created two snacks using its popular air-popped chips:

Guacamo Popper

Ingredients Per Chip

  • 1 Salt & Pepper Popchip
  • 1 dollop of spicy guacamole
  • Red and green jalapeño slices
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    Nachopop

    Ingredients Per Chip

  • 1 Barbeque Popchip
  • Spicy beef
  • Grated cheese
  • Jalapeño slice
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    Popchips are sold nationwide. While we personally love the original (Sea Salt), there’s something for everyone. Flavors include Barbecue, Cheddar & Sour Cream, Hint Of Olive Oil, Nacho Cheese, Salt & Pepper, Sea Salt, Sea Salt & Vinegar, Tuscan Herb, Ranch, Sour Cream & Onion and Sweet Potato.

    That’s a lot of popped chips!

    Here’s our review of the brand, which has been a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

    Discover more at Popchips.com.
     
    *The brand spells its name popchips, without a capital letter. But we, schooled in editorial techniques that still prevail, can’t leave a proper name uncapitalized.

     

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    Another south of the border snack. Photo courtesy Popchips.

     

      

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    FOOD FUN: Football Pizza

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    Don’t fumble the pizza! Football pizza from Due Forni | Las Vegas.

     

    If you were at Due Forni restaurant, you could order a football pizza. But there’s no need to travel to Austin or Las Vegas: It’s easy to make your own.

    Using your favorite pizza recipe:

    1. STRETCH the dough into a more oblong shape. If you’re using a prepared round crust, you could trim it, but it’s easier to default to the round shape.

    2. PLACE the pepperoni in the center as shown.

    3. CUT strips of mozzarella for the laces.

    4. BAKE as usual.

    Be sure to have extra pizzas ready to be made when this one is devoured!

     

     
      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Flavored Chips For Super Bowl Sunday

    As you stroll down the snacks aisle of the supermarket, instead of grabbing the same old chips, treat your crowd to something special.

    For more than a decade, chips have been exploding in flavor. Although most supermarkets give shelf space to the three or so biggest sellers, bagel chips, bean chips, pita chips, potato chips, tortilla chips and rice chips have gone from plain to Pepperoncini (an actual flavor from Kettle brand chips).

    For decades, potato chips were available in the U.S. in Original (lightly salted), Barbecue and Sour Cream; perhaps you’d find Salt & Vinegar.* Then, artisan chip makers like Route 11 broke through with flavors like Chesapeake Crab, Dill Pickle and Mama Zuma’s Revenge (habanero).

    Kettle Brand works in overdrive to come up with a trending new flavor every year. Its current selection of 18 flavors (not including Krinkle Cut flavors) offers Maple Bacon, Red Curry and Spicy Thai potato chips.

    Now, even megabrand Lay’s makes chips in Dill Pickle and Flamin’ Hot, plus Chile Lemon, Garden Tomato & Basil and a host of others.

       

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    Food should taste good makes tortilla chips in 19 flavors, from Cheddar to Kimchi (and yes, plain chips too). Photo courtesy FSTG.

     
    Flavored chips create a bigger taste experience with dips of any kind, or with straight nibbling. Why not set up a chip tasting bar for your Super Bowl Party? It just begs for a beer tasting bar alongside.

     

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    Stacy’s newest flavor, Fire Roasted Jalapeño
    Pita Chips. Photo courtesy Stacy’s Snacks.

     

    THE NEW CHIP IN TOWN

    Stacy’s Pita Chips began plain, as most brands do. Today the original Simply Naked Pita Chips are joined by Cinnamon Sugar, Garden Veggie Medley, Italian Harvest, Multigrain, Parmesan Garlic & Herb and Salted Caramel.

    Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, Stacy’s has released its newest flavor: Fire Roasted Jalapeño Pita Chips.

    Real jalapeño chiles are baked into the chips. The subtle jalapeño kick builds after a minute or so, and made us reach for a beer.

    The chips are available in grocery stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.99.

    For more information, visit StacysSnacks.com.
     
     
    *Although potato chips were born in the U.S.A., the U.K. was an early pioneer in flavored potato chips. Here’s the history of potato chips.

     

      

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