Category Archives: pop culture

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.

halloween bites, frights and delights!

what’s better than snacking on popchips? snacking on popchips disguised as spooky spiders, snack bats, and vampire bites! here’s how to make this halloween deliciously creepy and tastefully crawly by scaring your friends and family into a fun feeding frenzy…

how to make halloween spider bites with popchips

popchips spider bites

overcome snack-naphobia with these tasty spider bites. 

you will need:

  • original popchips
  • peanut butter
  • licorice
  • candy eyeballs (or raisins)

 

ingredients to make popchips' spooky spider bites for halloween

directions:

take a chip and spread peanut butter on one side. cut the licorice into thin strips, one inch long. lay 6 licorice legs on top of the peanut butter, 3 on each side. take another chip, spread peanut butter on one side and lay the sticky side on top of the legs to create the body of the popchips spider! to add the eyes, dip two candy eyeballs (or raisins) in peanut butter and place towards the edge of one of the sides that doesn’t have legs. repeat until you have plenty of perfectly creepy snacks!

fun and easy steps to make popchips spiders for halloween

 

popchips snack bats

our halloween motto is “no tricks. just treats.” and these snack bats are the perfect way to sweeten up your spooky side, with half the fat and calories in frightfully fried chips.

popchips' halloween snack bats

you will need:

  • katy’s kettle corn popchips
  • large marshmallows
  • red frosting
  • candy eyeballs

sb materials

directions:

take a marshmallow and towards the top, cut two little slits on opposite sides. insert a corner of a chip in each slit until they stay in place. these are the bats wings. using your red frosting, make two little dots for the eyes on the front of the marshmallow and stick the candy eyeballs in place. repeat until your plate is covered in bats! beware: popchips snack bats are known to attract all sorts of devilish snackers.

how to make snack bats for halloween with popchips

 

popchips vampire bites

you don’t have to twi-hard to sink your teeth into these bloody (delicious) treats.

how to make vampire bites for halloween with popchips

you will need:

  • katy’s kettle corn popchips
  • white chocolate chips
  • red food coloring

ingredients for popchips vampire bites

directions:

melt the white chocolate chips in a bowl over a pot of boiling water or in the microwave. add red food coloring until you get a deep color like blood. dip one side of a chip into the melted chocolate and let it drip down the sides of the chip. place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to cool. invite over count snackula and enjoy.

how to make vampire bites for halloween with popchips

hungry for more? here’s more halloween fun to bring to the party!

pop quiz:  since we love halloween (and our fellow snackers) so much, we decided to put the fun back into snacking by making you an extra special treat – a spooky snack search! can you find all our tummy grumbling halloween words?

popchips' printable spooky word search

pop trivia: did you know? samhainophobia is “an irrational fear of halloween.” the only cure is a bag of popchips. (just kidding…but they help).

bite me. halloween treats. no tricks.

click here for more spooky halloween treats (no tricks)

you could win a trip to the premiere of “the hunger games: catching fire”

we know you’ve been craving it for so long.  well, the wait is finally over.  the hunger games: catching fire hits theatres november 22, and we teamed up with eOne to give canadians the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a trip to the premiere!

now through november 10, fans across canada can pop into their local london drugs, save-on foods, sobeys and loblaws, or over  to eOne’s facebook page, to enter for a chance to win one of our amazing prizes…

  1. you could win a trip for 2 to the hunger games: catching fire premiere in los angeles
  2. you could win a  private screening of the hunger games: catching fire for you and 20 friends!

popchips' hunger games catching fire giveaway

local canadian snackers can also enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to popchips’ vancouver & toronto pre-screening events! just follow @popchipsCAN to find out how you can enter for a chance to win!

with all the flavour and half the fat of fried chips in popchips’ delicious potato, tortilla and kettle corn flavours, going to the movies has never tasted so good.  so be sure to pick up your favourite flavour of popchips at london drugs, save-on foods, sobeys and loblaws.

 

ride with taste at fashion week 2013

well, big apple, fashion week is here again!  and we all know what that means. so many events, so little time.  too many places to go, and not enough taxi cabs.  so many snacks, so few calories.  well, good thing for #popchipstotherescue!

popchips to the rescue at fashion week

popchips is saving your soles (spiked, wedged, flat, or otherwise) and waistlines (from half the the fat and calories of fried chips) with free snacks and free rides on popchips pedicabs throughout fashion week! running all day friday, september 6, through monday, september 9, the popstar peddling pros from manhattan rickshaw company will pick you up outside of lincoln center, and take you to your next fashion week destination!

flag us down for a free ride

and to find all those hot destinations, be sure to check out the amazing event guide from our friends at savvy city.  they are offering up social currency points to snackers during fashion week that can be redeemed at their savvy city pop up shop & social currency lounge, september 15-16, located at 23 cleveland place in the heart of soho, where you can snack on popchips, drink, play and relax while you shop. download the savvy city app

popchips on savvy city so grab your best fashion week snack-cessory, add a pop of color (because snack is the new black) and get ready to roll around the tents with taste!

nyfw rickshaw6

for the latest from the new york snack walk, keep up with #popchipstotherescue on twitter and instagram!

popchips to the rescue at fashion week 2013

what’s poppin at the film festival in toronto

festival season in toronto is cray-cray with deadlines, parties and very little sleep. while hollywood a-through-d-listers get to nosh on celeb chef creations, the rest of us are left to fend for ourselves. more often than not, we are left with the familiar hangry symptoms of irritability, shortness and bossiness. it happens, we get it. that’s why your friends at popchips are hooking you up with katy’s kettle corn in the tastemakers lounge at the toronto movie festival, september 4 – 8, to help you stay fueled and cheerful while you star-gaze.

popchips at toronto film festival 2013

popchips also teamed up with our friends at glacéau vitaminwater to bring you the ultimate film festival snack pack, so whether you’re awaiting brangelina’s arrival or watching the next big blockbuster hit – we got you covered! follow @popchipsCAN on twitter and instagram to find out how you can win a snack pack – delivered straight to your door!

popchips and vitaminwater snack pack

we know you’ve heard it before but we can’t send you something without some product info, right? perfect for when you’re looking for a source of sustained energy (avoid the dreaded nod-off during an oscar nom flick!) glacéau vitaminwater is a delicious and hydrating enhanced water beverage that can be enjoyed any time of day or night. when those hunger pangs really get to you, crack a bag of popchips; naturally delicious popped potato, tortilla and corn chips that are never fried (unhealthy) and never baked (undelicious). and with all the flavor and half the fat of fried chips, you don’t have to worry about wiping a greasy hand on the theatre seat again!

remember, the hangry ‘tude isn’t cute, so be sure to find us at the festival, and let us know if you need a refill.

popchips' tastemakers lounge in toronto

hungry for more? you can also snag our bags all week at the yorkville pusateri’s! and be sure to keep up with all that’s poppin’ in toronto (and beyond) by following @popchipsCAN on twitter and instagram!

college snacking tour

headed back to campus?  we are too.

this month, popchips hits the road for a national college snacking tour.  life is good.  college is awesome.  snacking makes it even better.

college snacking tour 2013

we know it can be exhausting heading back to school – new classes, new professors, new roommates, trips to the bookstore, the dining hall, and the registrar’s office, welcome back parties, rush week, etc. etc. etc. – classes haven’t even started yet, and you already deserve a snack break…and we have your back! 

with all the flavor and less than half the fat of fried chips, snacking on popchips is the easiest choice you’ll make all year.  click here to find out when our #popchipstotherescue snacking tour is poppin’ up on your campus!

popchips' college snacking tour 2013plus, show us where you do it on campus… (get your mind out of the gutter, we mean snacking!)  instagram your best snacking-selfie and tag #popchipstotherescue for a chance to win a $500 amazon gift card and a year’s supply of popchips!

snacking selfie college

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.

sweet potato pops into potbelly

love is in the air, and in the bag.  the sweet potato popchips bag, that is.

with sweet potato popchips now available at your local potbelly sandwich shop, snackers nationwide are falling in love all over again.  (this love affair started more than a year ago, when potbelly got into an open-bag relationship with bbq popchips.)

potbelly sandwich and popchips

and since nothing goes better with sweet potatoes than turkey, the all new “toasty turkey blt” is now available at potbelly locations nationwide! you can take both of us home tonight and turn the lights down low (or high, whatever sets the snacking mood).

toasty turkey blt at potbellyif that wasn’t enough news to get you all hot and toasty, potbelly sandwich shop and popchips are giving you a chance to visit #sweethomechicago – the home of potbelly! with potbelly’s long history of supporting local music, this sweepstakes will give one lucky winner and their guest the opportunity to experience some of chicago’s most famous venues and take in a few tasty shows – not to mention, some other sweet perks, like a year’s supply of potbelly sandwiches and popchips!

so whatchat waiting for!? click here to enter for your chance to win a vip music experience in chicago. 

potbelly and popchips sweet home chicago sweeps

about potbelly sandwich shop: from its humble beginnings as a small antique store on chicago’s north side in 1977, potbelly has grown from one to more than 280 shops serving neighborhoods in 18 states. potbelly has built its reputation as a mealtime hangout spot, where great food, friends, eclectic décor and live, local music combine to create an atmosphere unlike any other. for more information, visit www.potbelly.com or access the company press kit from the potbelly press room.