Popcorners Chips at Coscto {Calories, Gluten, Crunch!}

Costco is selling a variety pack of Popcorners Chips at a great price.  These are interesting chips that, as far as snacks go, are relatively healthy and taste pretty good.

Keep reading and we will cover:

  • What Are Popcorners?
  • Why Do People Like Popcorners?
  • Are Popcorners Healthy
  • How Much Do Popcorners Cost at Costco

Popcorners Variety Pack at Costco

What Are Popcorners?

Popcorners are seasoned corn based chips that are “air popped” instead of fried.  When I normally think of corn chips I think of things like Fritos or tortilla chips but Popcorners are fundamentally different snack.

The best way I can think of to describe the snacks is to consider them a cross between popcorn and rice cakes.

The variety pack of Popcorners at Costco come in multiple flavors including:

  • White Cheddar
  • Sea Salt
  • Kettle Corn
  • Spicy Queso

The variety box comes with 30 bags and indicates how many of each flavor should be included.  However, the last time I was at Costco there was a disclaimer posted that, due to supply issues, the actual count of the different flavors could be different than indicated.

Pile of Popcorner Snacks

Why Do People Like Popcorners?

I pulled the Popcorners customer reviews from Amazon to see what people did and didn’t like about the snack.  The reviews were for a 20 count variety pack instead of the 30 count that Costco sells but they are pretty much the same product.

I was amazed to see that Popcorners had over 33,000 reviews.  I had no idea that the snacks were that popular!

Combining the 5 and 4 Star reviews shows that the snack has an 87% Customer Satisfaction rating.  In reality the satisfaction rating for the snacks is much higher as most of the negative reviews dealt with poor customer service from Amazon sellers.

If you discard the negative reviews for products damaged in shipping, price complaints, expired product, etc then the satisfaction rate jumps up to over 90%.

Customer Reviews of Popcorners Variety Pack

The positive comments about the snacks fell into the following categories:

  • Easy to Eat (compared to popcorn or tortilla chips)
  • Gluten Free
  • Low Calorie Portion Control
  • Tasty and Crunchy

Some representative comments are provided below:

  • I have a hard time eating popcorn cause the hulls scratch my throat and gums. These are the perfect alternative! One of the little snack bags is perfect to watch an episode or movie. 
  • I love the texture of these with a nice crunch! They don’t cut my gums like tortilla chips can.
  • They are tasty! We are glad they are gluten free. The flavor variety was good and nice to try a smaller portion before buying a big bag we might not like.
  • I’m on a gluten free diet due to allergies and GI issues so snack choices are limited. PopCorners has a variety of great flavors, good portion sizes and a great price. 
  • We love popcorners! They are allergy friendly, and make great snacks for kids of all ages. 
  • I am picky and don’t eat chips due to their saltiness. This popcorn product is super. No swollen ankles…
  • I really liked the crunch & taste of this healthy snack.

Are Popcorners Healthy?

There are a couple of things we need to address when considering if Popcorners are healthy including:

  • Gluten 
  • Sodium
  • Calories

Let’s take a look at these in more detail.

Are Popcorners Gluten Free?

Not everyone cares about gluten content but if you are gluten sensitive then this is a big deal for you.

The quick answer is that Popcorners are made from ingredients that do not contain gluten.  However, the snack is not certified Gluten Free as they may be manufactured on the same lines as products that contain gluten.

Frito Lay (parent company) says, “Although our lines are cleaned between production runs, Frito-Lay has not tested these products for gluten content and the ingredients in these products may have come into contact with gluten-containing products prior to manufacturing. Individuals who are sensitive to gluten should take these factors into consideration in consuming these products.”

I have never seen anything printed on a bag of Popcorners that even mentions gluten.

Sodium and Calories

As far as salt and calories are concerned there is nothing particularly “more healthy” Popcorners compared to traditional chips.

For example, the Kirkland Kettle Chips at Costco have, per serving, 150 calories and 110mg of Sodium.  In comparison, the Sea Salt variety of Popcorners has 120 calories and 190mg of Sodium.

Popcorners Nutrition and calories

Popcorners vs Skinny Pop

As long as you strolling the aisles of Costco looking for snacks then you should see if your warehouse is still selling boxes of Skinny Pop popcorn in individual serving bags.  This is another great option for a low calorie, corn based snack.

The bags of Skinny Pop are just as snackable as Popcorners and have the following advantages:

  • Fewer Calories (100 vs 120)
  • 3X Less Salt (50mg vs 160 mg)
  • Certified Gluten Free

The downside to Skinny Pop popcorn is that you still have to deal with hulls and kernels so I understand if that puts you off.

One Serving of Skinny Pop Popcorn

How Much Does Popcorners Cost at Costco?

The 30 pack of Popcorners has a regular price of $12.79 at Costco which works out to a cost of about $0.43 per bag.

You can buy a 28 count variety pack from Walmart for $16 which works out to a cost of about $0.57 per bag.

This means that you will save about $0.14 per bag (32%) when you buy Popcorners at Costco.

Price of Popcorner Snacks at Costco

 

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