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thanksgiving recipes with a purpose

’tis the season to give thanks.  and we couldn’t be more thankful to partner with celebrity chef ryan scott, and love with food, to help feed hungry families across america.

feed the hungry with popchips, chef ryan scott and love with foods

every month, love with food members receive a curated box of unique, seasonal snacks.  for every box delivered, love with food feeds a hungry child in the united states. this month, we’re honored to provide sweet potato popchips alongside a host of other holiday friendly snacking options delivered right to subscribers’ doorsteps.

and to spread even more popchips cheer, each box sold will benefit harvest from the heart - chef ryan scott’s organization dedicated to preparing and delivering meals for less fortunate individuals and families on thanksgiving day.

want to help chip in? all this month, the first 100 individuals who visit and donate $50 or more to harvest from the heart will receive a complimentary case of popchips! click here to chip in.

in the spirit of giving back, here are a couple delicious thanksgiving recipes chef ryan scott whipped up using sweet potato popchips.

fall squash casserole


  • 1 single serve bag (.8oz) of sweet potato popchips, crushed
  • 2 cups crookneck squash, sliced
  • 2 cups zucchini, sliced
  • ¼ cup onion, minced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 ½ cups gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • preheat oven to 400 degrees. in a large skillet place squash and a small amount of water over medium high heat and cover.  let steam until tender, about 5 to 10 minutes. in a bowl, mix together popchips and cheeses.  take half and mix with the cooked squash, reserving the remaining half for later. whisk together eggs, milk and spices and combine with squash mixture.  fold in some of the melted butter and some black pepper if you desire. toss remaining chip/cheese mixture in about 2 tablespoons of melted butter spread squash mixture in a casserole dish and sprinkle with remaining chip/cheese crumb topping. bake, covered with foil for 18 minutes, then remove foil and bake for 7 more minutes, or until lighting browned.

green olive tapenade snack bites


  • sweet potato popchips
  • 1 cup green olive, pitted
  • ½ cup shallot, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained and rinsed
  • 3 anchovy filets
  • zest & juice of half a lemon
  • black pepper, ground, for taste
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup goat cheese


  • coarsely chop olives, garlic, capers, shallots, anchovies and lemon zest on cutting board, or in a food processor until incorporated, but still chunky. place chopped mixture in a bowl and add pepper, mustard, parsley and lemon juice and stir in enough olive oil to bind mixture together. spread goat cheese on a sweet potato popchips and then a small amount of tapenade on goat cheese.  or, place in bowls and let guests build their own.

love with food is the easiest way to snack smart. do good. our monthly service delivers a surprise of healthier snack options to your doorstep once per month for only $10/month. for every box sent, love with food donates a meal to feed a hungry child in the usa. to date we have donated more than 100,000 meals. join in the fight for a healthier and hunger free america by learning more about love with food at, and become a fan on facebook or twitter @lovewithfood.

love with food and popchips

chipping in: katy perry roars for local high school

it’s not everyday that an international popstar appears at a local high school to perform a private concert.  but that’s exactly what happened in lakewood, colorado today, when katy perry arrived (on her birthday) to reward the lakewood high school students for creating the winning gma music video for “roar” — her hit song from her incredible new album, prism.

katy perry performs at lakewood high school

the students of lakewood submitted their winning lip dub video, and got our attention by involving the entire school! we’re talking every club. every athletic team. the entire student body! the best part? they created all this awesomeness in just one take! we couldn’t believe it and neither could katy.  she was so impressed, that she named the lakewood tigers “the school with the loudest roar” and ultimately, the champions.

chipping in with lakewood high school students and katy perry

as if we didn’t like these kids enough already, the tigers are using this opportunity to give back to their community by raising funds for colorado’s flood relief.  and they are challenging every high school in america to do the same!  talk about popstar status!  to support this incredible cause, popchips donated 2,000 bags of katy’s kettle corn to lakewood high school.

lakewood high school students chip in with katy perry and popchips

is your high school up for the challenge?  let’s hear your roar.

kart 4 kids brings smiles to hospitals nationwide

september is pediatric cancer awareness month! text “goal” to 609-454-8574 and help a child in your community.

go4thegoal is thrilled and honored to have popchips partnering with us on our new kart 4 kids program, which launches in hospitals across the country this september in honor of pediatric cancer awareness month.  the kart will be stocked with toys, gift cards, activities, and delicious, healthier snacks, staring popchips.

go for the goal

patients and their families will be welcome to take their choice of items off the kart that will help make their hospital stay a little more bearable and hopefully provide many hours of entertainment. with a mission to “put the fun back into snacking,” plus all of the delicious flavor and half the fat of fried chips, popchips are a perfect snack ‘pop’ a smile on everyone’s faces!

kart 4 kids with popchipsgo4thegoal’s unwavering objective is to help make the lives of children affected by cancer as normal as possible by providing financial support, developing and implementing unique hospital programs like the kart 4 kids, funding grants for innovative research, and granting personal wishes.  funds are raised through both individual donations and our many unique national campaigns, including national dress 4 pediatric cancer day®, lace-up 4 pediatric cancer®, and richard’s runs®.

to learn more about the go4thegoal foundation, and how you can help chip-in like popchips, please visit


about go4thegoal foundation: go4thegoal foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charitable organization founded in 2006 by dr. richard and beth stefanacci, soon after their oldest child was diagnosed with ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. 2012 was a very exciting year at go4thegoal foundation, whose two national campaigns, national dress 4 pediatric cancer day® and lace up 4 pediatric cancer®, gave hundreds of schools, businesses and sports teams an opportunity to raise awareness and much needed support for patients in their communities and earned go4thegoal the honor of “top rated non-profit of 2012″ by great nonprofits. go4thegoal provides children undergoing cancer treatment and their families with financial assistance, runs fun hospital-based programs, grants special wishes and supplies state-of-the-art electronic products to children and pediatric oncology units in over 70 hospitals across the country. since 2007, g4g has funded nearly $1,000,000.00 in innovative pediatric cancer research.

popstar of the quarter

since the start, popchips’ co-founder and ceo keith belling has acknowledged the importance of generosity.  in fact, it’s one of 9 “principle’s of pop” that helps guide the organization and the team:  we are generous.

popchips in peruevery quarter, keith and the senior leadership team recognize outstanding employees by granting them the honorable “popstar award.” in our world of popped culture, it’s the equivalent of being knighted.  these employees have demonstrated outstanding performance, commitment and exemplified all 9 “principles of pop.”  in addition to the esteem of earning the coveted award, each popstar is granted $1,000 to give to the charity of their choice.

in this new featurette, we’ll give you a little sneak peek into our popped culture, as we highlight our top popstars, and their selected charities…

what’s your name and title? marssie versola, regional marketing manager northern california

what’s your favorite popchips flavor & what new flavor would you love to create? my favorite flavor is sweet potato. i’d love to create a cocoa dusted sweet potato popchips flavor.

what’s your personal snacking credo? keep it real.

where’s craziest place you’ve ever snacked, or want to? machu picchu.

what are your top three guilty pleasures? guacamole, salon quality hair products, and lululemon active wear.

which pop icon (alive or not) would you love to meet, greet & eat with? steve carrell or the dalai lama.

what superhero or cartoon character is most like you? or, which would you like to be? i’d be dori from finding nemo, but only for one week.

besides snacking, what do you like to do in your free time? running, bar method (new obsession), hiking, anything outdoors, finding new restaurants and frequenting local favorites, spending time with friends, cooking, learning new skills, traveling/exploring.

what charity are you donating to and why? last year at this time, i signed up with team in training, a program of the leukemia & lymphoma society, to train for my first half marathon. it was an enormous challenge mentally and physically, and to boot i committed to raise $3,900 for the cause. the entire experience was challenging and rewarding in ways i wouldn’t have dreamt of. since then, i’ve run 3 half marathons and a full marathon! oh, and on a whim, i participated in an olympic distance triathalon, something that would not have been even fathomable if i hadn’t been training with the run team.

popchips team in training

also, since my start with team in training, i’ve met incredible athletes who have fought and won the battle with blood cancer, and taken in story after story of heart wrenching and heart warming life moments from my teammates’ who’s lives have been affected by the disease.

what i’ve come to hold true is that the miles of running and physical exertion we push ourselves through is nothing compared to the battle these individuals have had to face: “cancer sucks more”. but one thing is clear – the leukemia & lymphoma society is impacting the quality of life and treatment for patients and their families in major ways. and, the research and programs that are directly funded by the money i raise is impacting the survival and hope for thousands of cancer patients, blood cancer and beyond. i am proud to be connected to an amazing organization.

this season, i am training for the nike women’s marathon in october. i am so grateful to be able to donate to such an important cause and organization.

pitchfork music festival 2013 highlights

as if chicago needs any more personality during the popular summer months, here comes along pitchfork music festival 2013 an eclectic mix of music, art, style and food that has been a midwest staple for many years now. here’s a taste of what popped at this year’s festival…

popchips at pitchfork music festival

the popchips rescue station, courtesy of our friends at tuff shed, allowed us to partner with chicago’s habitat for humanity – rescuing fans with a cell phone charging station, games, and a place to relax.

popchips rocks pitchfork music festival

snacking in the shade at pitchfork music festival

pitchfork rescue station team chicago

most importantly, popchips and habitat for humanity are giving the shed back to a local chicago community after the festival!

pitchfork shed

popchips and habitat for humanity made sure vips & artists backstage, including sky ferreira and yo la tengo, helped chip in by contributing to auction items.

pitchfork festival crowd 2 pitchfork festival crowd 1 pitchfork festival crowd

check out more pictures of #popchipstotherescue at pitchfork.

huge thank you to chicago, pitchfork music festival, music fans & concert goers! keep rocking out with you pop out!

don’t wait until the next festival to get rescued. click here to find popchips in stores near you!  

popchips added to the pitchfork music festival lineup

ready to rock out with your pop out? we’re popping into pitchfork music festival in chicago’s union park this weekend, july 19 – 21, 2013.  and with headliners including r. kelly, bjork, and belle & sebastian, it’s sure to be off the charts! check out our lineup at this year’s festival…

pitchfork hungry for change

popchips and the chicagoland habitat for humanity youth board (CHFHYB) teamed up to give back to their local communities at pitchfork music festival

popchips collaborated with america’s leading provider of installed storage buildings, tuff shed, to develop a rescue station that will effectively act as a platform to promoting their newest endeavor in hopes of further supporting the CHFHYB’s mission “to inspire awareness and raise funds to help build affordable houses, better lives, stronger families and safer communities.”

chicagoland habitat for humanity

the rescue station will also offer some much-appreciated amenities throughout the festival, including complimentary snacks, charging for smart devices, shade, and some survival pack giveaways to help fend off concert-fatigue.

popchips at pitchfork

chipping in: after the festival, the premium storage shed will be donated to a much-deserving local habitat for humanity project (sheds are a critical component when planning build outs; helping keep valuable maintenance equipment safe and secure).

popchips to the rescue station at pitchfork music festival

year after year, the pitchfork music festival presents new, cutting edge and emerging artists; and this year continues that tradition. the 2013 pitchfork music festival, happening friday, july 19-sunday, july 21 at chicago’s union park, rounds out its lineup with an extremely diverse group of emerging artists and established legends including headliners, r. kelly, bjork, and belle & sebastian; and artists including wire, yo la tengo, m.i.a., low, solange, lil b, savages, toro y moi, phosphorescent, metz, autre, ne veut, mikal cronin, parquet courts, merchandise, woods, julia holter, glass candy, andy stott, pissed jeans, frankie rose, ryan hemsworth, waxahatchee, blood orange, daughn gibson, evian christ, ken mode, white  lung and dj rashad. it’s the summer’s most adventurous festival.  

popchips to the rescue at pitchfork music festival chicago

case of the munchies? popchips are never baked, but perfect if you are. so be sure to join the conversation with @popchips @pitchforkfest and @hfhchicagoyouth using #popchipstotherescue to keep up with all the latest updates and secret prize giveaways throughout pitchfork!

steve nash. showdown. snackdown.

pass chip scorethis summer, two-time nba mvp steve nash is bringing his annual new york city event; showdown –  to dowtown la and popchips is on hand to make sure the free snacks are as appealing as the free entertainment.

steve nash foundation1since 2008, steve nash has been bringing together his nba friends and pro soccer buddies every summer to benefit kids through a pick-up game like no other.  imagine your favorite athletes playing on the same kind of field you played on as a kid.  now imagine adding some great tunes, some (awesome) snacks, and the sports icons you only usually see on tv.  well, imagine no longer – because it’s all possible thanks to this unique, fun, and free event!  set in urban locations, the steve nash foundation’s showdown is a 6, 7, or 8-per-side, with the pros mixing it up for charity.  with past rosters including the likes of thierry henry, tony parker, massimo ambrosini, chris bosh, javier zanetti, baron davis, giuseppe rossi, joakim noah, stu holden and more; the showdown is the most unique sporting spectacle we’ve come across . . . and it’s good for you, the kids, and the community.

the steve nash foundation showdown kicks off this sunday, july 14th, in downtown la. visit for more information and to follow the antics on twitter at @stevenashfdn

steve nash foundation showdown


steve nash foundationabout the steve nash foundation: the steve nash foundation is a us 501(c)(3) and registered canadian charity dedicated to assisting underserved children in their health, personal development, education and enjoyment of life.  snf works to increase access to critical needs resources at home and abroad to ensure that every child has a chance to grow.  showdown l.a. benefits the steve nash foundation’s work to enhance research addressing child abuse outcomes and interventions. learn more at

aspca® and popchips: coupon for a cause

as fun as it was to watch katy perry rap about popchips with three wig-wearing felines, we can’t forget the importance of chipping in for animals that aren’t as fortunate as boodles, lulu and widget.  popchips' aspca couponthat’s why, as a proud supporter of the aspca® (the american society for the prevention of cruelty to animals®), we’re honored to help fans save money on popchips & help save animals nationwide!

during the month of june, download this coupon to save $.50 off any 3oz or 3.5oz bag of popchips, and in return,  we’ll donate $.50 to the aspca for every coupon redeemed before july 31, 2013, with a minimum donation of $15,000 and a maximum donation of $50,000.

get your special coupon today, and help us chip in for animals nationwide!

about the aspca® founded in 1866, the aspca® (the american society for the prevention of cruelty to animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in north america and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. more than two million supporters strong, the aspca’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the united states. as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the aspca is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. for more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the aspca on facebooktwitter, and pinterest.