Category Archives: #whatpops

bring the fun to the mountain

it’s sunny here at popchips’ san francisco headquarters, but we’re just as stoked as the next guy to pack our bags and hit the slopes for some good old fashioned winter fun.

we’re especially excited about some of our favorite mountain hot-spots (errr, cold-spots?) that we’ve teamed up with this season to make sure you’re snacking & skiing in-style all season!  so, whether you’re in the polar vortex, enjoying the blue skies of california, or somewhere in the middle, check out which mountains we think pop this season…

#bringthefun to the mountains

now it’s up to you.  show us how you #bringthefun to your favorite mountain by tagging your best snack shots on instagram or twitter.  earn your mountain bragging rights and get the chance to win the ultimate ski pack – including 4 tickets to your fave mountain.  click here for more details.

#bringthefun to the mountain

the resort with the most uploads will be crowned “the number one-fun mountain”… equipped with a trophy and all.  now if we only had someone to volunteer to ride said trophy down a black diamond, while snacking on a bag of bbq popchips

#bringthefun to the mountain

roll out the red carpet for these appetizers!

it’s award season! and that means movie stars, fashion, and, of course, watch parties. we love any reason to hang out with our friends and eat snacks, so this year we’re inviting everybody to roll out the red carpet and enjoy some of these award winning appetizers!

salmon sliders by jonny herthington

salmon slidersingredients:

  • slider buns
  • salmon filets, cut to fit buns
  • avocado
  • plain yogurt
  • juice from one lemon
  • mayonnaise
  • capers
  • side of popchips

directions: grill the salmon filets skin side down. for the sauce, blend the yogurt, lemon juice, mayo, and capers together. toast the buns and assemble your sliders! top off with a generous amount of sauce and a slice of avocado.

green olive tapenade by chef ryan scott

green olive tapenade snack bites ingredients:

  • 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

directions: 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.

sweet and sour turkey meatballs by fresh and foodie

sweet and sour turkey meatlballs ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped red onion (about half of a small onion)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, very finely minced
  • 1 28-ounce can Italian-style crushed tomatoes
  • 8 ounces beef broth
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 snack sized bags (approximately 40 chips) of sour cream and onion popchips, crushed into very small pieces and lightly toasted in a dry saute pan over medium heat until lightly browned
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • chopped chives, for garnish (optional)

directions: in a large, flat bottom skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat until hot. add onion and cook for about 4 minutes, or until softened. add garlic and cook for an additional minute or two. add crushed tomatoes, beef broth, brown sugar and lemon juice and stir to combine. cover and bring sauce to a simmer while assembling the meatballs. in a large bowl, lightly combine ground turkey, crushed and toasted popchips, salt, pepper and egg. don’t be afraid to use your hands! once well mixed, shape into approximately 1 to 1.5-inch balls (recipe should yield about 20 meatballs). gently drop meatballs into simmering sauce, partially cover and let cook for an hour. i like the meatballs on their own with some chopped chives, but they would also be delicious as a sandwich on toasted italian bread.

popchips sweet potato parmesan risotto cakes by noshtopia

risotto cakes

ingredients:

  • 1 box gluten-free lundberg creamy parmesan risotto made using less 1/4 cup less water.
  • 2 cups sweet potato chunks
  • 36 sweet potato popchips (ground up in a food processor)
  • 1 tsp agave nectar

directions: pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. cook the lundberg creamy parmesan risotto according to the box and use 1/4 cup less water. the risotto will come out a little more on the dryer side which helps in making the cakes stick together better. warm up the sweet potato chunks in the microwave for about 30 seconds so they are not frozen solid but only slightly warm. too much heat and the potato will get mushy and the paste will not work. put the sweet potato chunks in a food processor along with the 1 tsp of agave nectar and blend until you get a semi-chunky paste. the nectar sweetens the sweet potato just a tad. put the finished risotto in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes to cool it down and harden the risotto a bit so it’s sticky. mix in the sweet potato paste. form the risotto, sweet potato mix into cakes, and then on a plate roll the cakes in the sweet potato pop chips breading. spray non-stick cooking spray on a baking sheet, and place the sweet potato risotto cakes on the baking sheet. bake the cakes on one side for 8 minutes. turn the cakes over, and bake for another 8 minutes.

crispy baked coconut shrimp by spoonful at a time

coconut shrimp

ingredients:

for the shrimp:

  • 1 dozen shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup popchips crumbs (about 15 chips)
  • 1/8 cup shredded coconut, chopped

for the dipping sauce:

  • 2 fresh mangoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves

directions: preheat oven to 400 degrees and combine the popchips crumbs and coconut on a small plate.  drizzle the agave nectar over the shrimp and toss to combine, then press each shrimp into the breading to coat each side.  lay shrimp out on a baking sheet lined with nonstick foil.  bake for 15 minutes, flipping the shrimp halfway through. while the shrimp is baking, put all of the dipping sauce ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. delicious!

awardseason

who did you think will bring the fun to the red carpet this award season? tweet us @popchips using #bringthefun

5 poppin’ new year’s eve party ideas

whether you’re going out or staying in, bring the fun to your new year’s eve  with our fun & easy ideas to get the party poppin!  ten…nine…eight…seven…six…

five.  celebrate royally with our metallic d-i-y crown made from recycled popchips bags.crownfinalcrown yourself by clicking here!

four. what’s better than snacking on katy’s kettle corn popchips while you wait for the new year? snacking on katy’s kettle corn popchips covered in edible glitter! just like the popstar, this festive party snack is fun, sparkly, and full of new year’s eve personality!glitterchipsadd a little glitz and glitter to your snacks here!

three. pop into the new year by…well…popping! these party poppers add the element of surprise to any new year’s eve shindig. countdown. pop. surprise!poppersfinalclick here to get poppin!

two. throwing a new year’s eve soiree and don’t know what to serve? these popchips appetizers are simple, delicious, and will make your friends think you have a professional chef hiding in the kitchen. amuse-bouche, anyone?midnightmunchclick here to get your midnight snack on!

one. now that you’ve crafted your way to the best new year’s eve party ever, welcome your friends into the new year with a custom sign that really pops!signfinalclick here for our festive new year’s eve sign how-to!

don’t forget to share your festive creations and poppin’ party pics with us using #bringthefun!

let it snow…

oh, the weather outside is frightful, but our snacks are so delightful! and since san francisco doesn’t snow – we’ve decided to make our own! this holiday season, we have discovered the silver lining to a snow-less city…literally! whether you live in a winter wonderland or a tropical paradise, these DIY snowflakes, crafted from empty popchips bags, will surely add some festive flair to your holiday decorations. so let it pop!

snowflakesfinished

you will need:

  • 1 share bag of popchips (we used original)
  • scissors
  • tape

snowmaterials

directions:

1. snack on your popchips until the bag is empty.

2. cut along the seams of the bag to make one flat sheet.

3. cut six 5 inch x 5 inch squares out of the bag.

4. start with one square and fold it in half to create a triangle.

5. fold the two bottom corners together to make a smaller triangle (use tape if you need help holding the folds in place).

6. using the same bottom two corners, take one and fold it until the point lines up with the center of the triangle. repeat on the other side.

7. snip off the top with the two points to create a flat line.

8. now it’s time to get creative! cut into both sides of the triangle to create a snowy pattern.

9. unfold your snowflake and repeat with the other squares you cut earlier.

snowsteps

and don’t forget to share them with us too! pin, tweet, instagram and post your crafty creations using #popchips

limited edition holiday bags

’tis the season to be snacking! and we’re getting into the spirit with our very first limited edition holiday flavor: salted caramel popcorn.

alongside our festively dressed sweet potato bags, our salted caramel popcorn chips are sweet, salty and exclusively available at u.s. target stores through december 31, 2013.

popchips' limited edition holiday flavors
so whatcha waiting for? hurry into your local target and go on a popping spree for our limited edition bags while supplies last!

popchips' limited edition holiday flavors

del mar racetrack

popchips at del mar racetrackfor the third consecutive year, popchips is the official snack of the del mar racetrack – where the surf meets the turf!

del mar racetrack has been an american thoroughbred horse racing track at the del mar fairgrounds in the seaside city of del mar, california since 1937. for seven weeks in the summer, the del mar racetrack stables over 2,000 horses and entertains over 650,000 people.

this year, you can be sure to find your favorite flavor of popchips – available in over 50 concessions and two onsite del mar restaurants.  and if your sandwich needs a wingman, you’re in luck! a bag of popchips is being offered with every sandwich sold!

popchips at del mar racetrackthe best bet you can make?  visit any rite aid location in southern california for a free clubhouse ticket with the purchase of two, 3oz bags of popchips.  talk about the perfect trifecta!

horse racing not really your thing?  no problem. each friday, del mar hosts concerts from some of today’s hottest popstars; all free with your track ticket.  and if you’re rolling backstage access or vip, you can get lucky with complimentary popchips in these areas too.

for more information, follow @popchips on twitter or on facebook and don’t forget to head to any southern california rite aid location to visit for free.

never fried.  never baked.  always a safe bet.  think popped!

del mar group with popchips

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!