Grocery News: Crunch Crunch

[ 4 ] January 9, 2009 |

By Katy Killilea

Fstg Sweet PotatoCrunching on popcorn, crunching on a carrot, crunching on an after-school snack can be good: for your body, for your jaw muscles, for your mood. Crunching can also be not so good: if what you’re crunching is an entire bag of pork rinds, for example. Some very tasty new options that keep a person’s health in mind have hit the shelves, and our school-age testers are clamoring for more.

Food Should Taste Good Chips
It should, shouldn’t it? We have been eating these multigrain chips with gusto since I was first seduced by a sample at the grocery store a few years ago. Never mind that they contain flax seeds and such—these are more addictive than any Cool Ranch Dorito ever was. The company has recently expanded its line of chips to include flavors like chocolate, olive, and jalapeno. I’m sure that eating sweet potato chips is not as good for a growing child as eating a sweet potato, but as far as a salty, crunchy snack goes, these are winners. Favorite flavor: sweet potato.

Funky Monkey Snacks
Funky-Monkey“Fruit that crunches!” didn’t sound enticing to us at first. I mean, we like regular dried fruit, and we’ve all had those quasi-crispy diced fruit nibletty things, so how would freeze-drying be an improvement? Well, here’s how: Funky Monkey Snacks are made from whole hunks of fruit—still recognizable—turned into crisp little miracles with intensified flavors. A chunk of pineapple in this case has the flavor of pineapple to the fifth power. Not a speck of anything but fruit is used, and an entire pouch has 110 calories. A handy, fun, and not at all sinful alternative to handing your kid a banana. Which would get all brown and squashy in your bag by the time you need it. Hence, freeze dried fruit! Favorite flavor: jivealime (pineapple with lime).

Popchips Potato ChipsPopchips
“Think popped! Never fried. Never baked.” There’s no dearth of lowfat snack chip options in our grocery store, but nonetheless Popchips potato chips will make their mark alongside the Booty family. First of all, they are crisp and delicious and come in flavors like salt and vinegar and barbecue. Next, they are cute: circles about the size of a silver dollar packaged in attractively designed bags. The list of ingredients is short and devoid of chemical mumbo-jumbo. They appeal to kids and adults—I shudder slightly when doling out Veggie Booty. Popchips are good all around—no cringe factor. Favorite flavor: barbecue.

Category: food + recipes, grocery news

Anisa Raoof

about the author ()

Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

Comments (4)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. dave says:

    I want some right now.

  2. Patti says:

    It’s still junk food–don’t kid yourself

  3. calendar katharine says:

    i did just remove a damaged banana from my purse–really gross and a good ad for funky monkey

  4. calendar katy says:

    OK but it is, at least, a less vile form of junk food. And the Funky Monkeys really are just fruit!

Leave a Reply

Kidoinfo Kidoinfo