Guess what foodies? I have been food blogging NINE YEARS! If you go back to my very first post you will see how I turned to learning about food as a way of bringing meaning to my life during a hard time. It appears I have come full circle only this time I am back home in Toronto.
Sadly I have not had the strength to make my OWN food yet but look what the kitties made me to celebrate! That is Scout on the left and Shibumi on the right. You may never see Escher on this site. He only has eyes for my sister Jamie.
I did yoga yesterday without passing out due to dizziness so apparently my vertigo is mostly gone! Yay!!! That alone is worth celebrating but I must admit it is amazing to me that after nine years I am still Suzie the Foodie, truly excited to take food to the next level.
Until then let’s celebrate with some snacks. I picked up Lay’s new Poppables a few weeks ago. I first got the Honey BBQ one, (passed on the sea salt, too tame) and then also got the White Cheddar last week.
I Am Not In Vancouver Anymore
This was my first attempt at a photoshoot in my new borrowed kitchen and learned that you should always feed the cats FIRST before attempting to photograph food!
Everything is going to be very minimalist for a while. I left all my dishes, backdrops… behind me. So there you go. Lay’s has been doing a great job promoting their new crispy potato bites online so over the long weekend I finally indulged!
Lay’s Poppables Unleashed
These bites are truly light and airy. It is interesting that on the package it does not say how they are cooked and there is minimal information on their website. I do know that in the entire package of the Honey BBQ there is 300 calories and 17 grams of fat. The White Cheddar has 290 calories and 16 grams of fat which is surprising because it actually contains cheddar and Romano cheese.
The Taste Test
I started with the White Cheddar because it was more subtle than the Honey BBQ, despite the garlic powder, onion powder, spices… First, I love the texture. I love that it just grabbed onto my tongue and wanted to be bitten into smithereens. That was fun. It reminded me of a cheesy crunchy Easter egg and I devoured the whole pack, no problem. The flavour was very reminiscent of a certain very popular white cheese popcorn product out there! Yum!
For those who do not like heat you have nothing to worry about when it comes to the Honey BBQ. I thought there may be sweet AND heat but no, it is all just sweet and smokiness. Ingredients include brown sugar, tomato powder, honey solids, molasses solids… As I said—sweet!
Both products are made with potato flakes and potato starch but please know that there was no “gluten-free” claim.
I enjoyed both products very differently. One was more like a dinner and the other a dessert but they were absolutely fun to eat. Kind of reminded of me of a savory but more delicate and flavourful version of Honeycomb Cereal, one of my favourite nostalgic cereals!
I give the White Cheddar Poppables four out of five wooden spoons and the Honey BBQ Poppables three out of five wooden spoons. Even though I usually side with the “more flavourful” product, this time the sweetness was a bit of a turnoff for me in comparison to the creamy but light cheesy goodness of the White Cheddar Poppables. Both were great though and lots of fun.
Nine years! OMG, nine years. I wonder what my foodie life will be when I celebrate the big and super rare 10th blogiversary?!