Posted in The Grocery Shop-a-holic, The Joy of Snacks

In Which There are Some Disturbingly Addictive Chips…

I’ve been nibbling FAR too many of these…

I daresay that junk food of any sort has always been given a bad rap due to the fact that they’re normally devoid of the proper nutrients required by the human body to function properly.  Chips, in particular, have been criticised for being little more than crunchy little bits of fat-soaked carbs loaded with sodium.  So could someone please explain to my why they make me feel better in times of crisis?!

You could, of course, chalk it down to the fact that my chips-of-choice at the moment are these particularly noshable PopCorners.  These wee beasties are touted as the new shape of popcorn because that is exactly what they are: popped corn pressed into crunchy triangular crisps.  Plus, they’re air-popped so there’s very little in the way of fat as far as these crunchies are concerned.  Incidentally, if the nutritional stats on the bag are to be believed, these chips are packed with iron, niacin, and folates.

I’ve been a longtime fan of the sweet-and-salty kettle corn-flavoured variety, though the jalapeno-infused ones are interestingly zingy-tasting.  However, I find the sea-salt variety rather insipid for some reason: there’s very little, actually, in the way of salt.  On the other hand, the butter-flavoured ones taste strangely like cheese.  (Which, oddly enough, caused me to speculate that the rather cheesy-tasting Belgian butter was used for flavoring them…)  According to the product website, they’ve introduced a new caramel (!) variant; alas, I’ve not seen it in local supermarket shelves.

You cannot eat just a mere handful of these: they’re more than a little moreish, you see, popcorn being a rather comforting thing and quite an appropriate snack on hand for movie nights, television series marathons, and those odd nights when you stay up talking to friends to commiserate on the more grim aspects of life.

PopCorners are available at your local S&R and at most branches of Healthy Options.  Whatever you do, don’t buy those niminy-piminy solo-sized snack packs.  Go large or go without – end of story.



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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