Review of Smoky Bacon Popchips Ridges

I quickly popped into Waitrose to grab a few essentials. Somehow I found myself drawn to their crisps aisle. Most flavoured crisps are not an option for a dairy free diet. I saw a new band of snacks called Popchips ridges that caught my attention. I noticed that were labelled as gluten free and some were also vegan. I saw a bacon flavour and decided to give them a try.

I liked the simple black packaging with hints of purple. The picture of bacon to the left and popchip ridges made me want to dive straight in. Onto the ingredients list there are no allergens highlighted on the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning. They are labelled as being gluten free and suitable for a vegan diet.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a an aroma that I associate with barbecue crisps not the aroma of bacon that I was expecting. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. What did strike me was that the bottom of the packaging had a powdery residual, a little off-putting if I’m honest. The popchips ridges themselves were of a good size and had a good scattering of flavouring on them. However, they looked like mini rice cakes. On picking the up the popchips ridges they left a slight powdery residual on my fingers. Not very nice. On biting into the popchips ridges a nice light crunch was noted, just like eating a rice cake. As for the flavour well if I am honest was a little disappointing it wasn’t bacon more like barbecue.

So would I recommend this snack if you follow a dairy free, gluten free, or a vegan diet? No, I wouldn’t. Their flavour and powdery residual just let them down. Sorry popchip ridges but I have tried much nicer snacks that are an alternative to crisps they just were not for me.


  1. June 22, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Tried these. As we say here in Manchester, they’re minging (ie not nice)

    • June 23, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      Perfect description, we use that term down south as well ?.

  2. mummyhereandthere
    June 23, 2017 / 9:34 am

    This is my kind of food, I shall keep an eye out because I haven’t seen this before X #thatfridaylinky

    • June 23, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      Hi, they are in most supermarkets at the moment, sadly I just didn’t like them.

  3. June 23, 2017 / 11:14 am

    That’s a shame, as the flavour sounds amazing! #ThatFridayLinky

    • June 23, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      I know I had such high hopes. Never mind it gives me excuse to find more savoury treats that I can enjoy ?.

    • June 24, 2017 / 7:56 am

      Hi, they weren’t the best I’m afraid. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. June 23, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    I dont think we have these in Norway, But I guess That’s ok than ?

    • June 24, 2017 / 7:57 am

      I think that it probably is ?

  5. Le Coin de Mel
    June 23, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    I love pop chips, but I always go for the plain salty ones (addictive!). These don’t sound too good, and I find it dubious that less than half of it is dried potatoes… the rest of the ingredients don’t even seem to add much bulk to the ‘recipe.’ I won’t try them 🙂 Thanks for joining in with #FreeFromFridays.

    • June 24, 2017 / 7:58 am

      Oh maybe I should try the plain ones just in case I like them. Thanks for stopping by.

      • Le Coin de Mel
        June 25, 2017 / 11:29 pm

        The plain PopChips are amazing!

        • June 27, 2017 / 7:51 am

          Maybe I should give them a try instead.

  6. Chelsea Elizabeth
    June 23, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    I’m not really a crisp fan but they’re my partners downfall! I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for these and he loves smoky bacon flavour

    • June 24, 2017 / 7:59 am

      Hi, I hope that they like these. Sadly, they just weren’t for me.

  7. June 24, 2017 / 6:24 am

    Dont like chips that well to start with – put will make sure not to buy these ones if I ever do 🙂

    • June 24, 2017 / 8:00 am

      Hi, even though I didn’t enjoy these they do seem to be a popular choice by others.

  8. helen
    June 24, 2017 / 10:12 am

    good article

    • June 24, 2017 / 10:19 am

      Thank you, I hope that you found my description of the flavour and texture of these snacks helpful.

    • June 24, 2017 / 11:36 am

      I know such a shame.

  9. June 24, 2017 / 11:43 am

    lol i’m addicted to all chips. but i never tried this one yet. thanks for the review

    • June 24, 2017 / 12:23 pm

      No problem I hope that you found it helpful

  10. abhinav
    June 24, 2017 / 11:49 am

    I got tempted to try it until I read the last lines 🙂

    • June 24, 2017 / 12:23 pm

      Yes sadly they just weren’t for me.

  11. June 24, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Never tried Smoky Bacon Popchips Ridges, they look ok, but I bet I wouldn’t like the taste too.

    • June 24, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      I’m afraid that I didn’t like the tatse either.

  12. katesparkleandthecity
    June 24, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    I wanted to try them myself, but then i saw your opinion…So now, waiting impatiently your next review! Hopefully, it is something tastier! 😉

    • June 24, 2017 / 8:03 pm

      Fingers crossed the next one will be.

    • June 24, 2017 / 8:03 pm

      Sadly, they didn’t taste how they looked.

  13. June 24, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Have tasted the barbecue flavor, the flavour is good, the ‘crisp’ needs a little more substance

    • June 24, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      Hi, they sure do. Maybe I should have tried the barbecue instead.

  14. June 24, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    hmmm think i’ll stick with the pringles thanks !!!

  15. June 25, 2017 / 2:21 am

    Sounds like a good food and I’m so intrigued and want to try this glad that you share this.

    • June 25, 2017 / 9:25 am

      Sadly, I wouldn’t recommend them though.

  16. diynige
    June 25, 2017 / 8:04 am

    Sorry they weren’t very tasty great review Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

    • June 25, 2017 / 9:24 am

      Sadly they weren’t, never mind.

  17. lau
    June 25, 2017 / 10:57 am

    they look tasty though, my fav are the most normal ones! haha


    • June 25, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      A few people have said that maybe I should of tried those instead.

  18. June 25, 2017 / 11:13 am

    It’s lunch time here in Italy now and I’m hungry and although I’m trying not to eat chips and similar snacks these sound so yummy! Thanks for sharing xx

    • June 25, 2017 / 7:33 pm

      Sadly, they weren’t yummy. I hope you had a nice lunch.

      • June 26, 2017 / 10:04 am

        I guess it depends on each person’s taste, I think I would like them. Thanks for sharing your honest review though!

        • June 27, 2017 / 7:53 am

          Very true. I’ve been recommended the plain ones so maybe I should try those.

  19. Elizabeth O
    June 27, 2017 / 7:37 am

    I don’t eat bacon so I’d never buy these but, I bet they’d be delish to someone else. Do you let the companies know when you write a review?

    • June 27, 2017 / 7:57 am

      Hi, indeed it’s all s matter of personal taste. I don’t let companies know unless I’ve been sent a product to review. Most pick up my reviews via social media.

  20. July 3, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    You must do a little jig when you see something that you can happily eat! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • July 3, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Hi, I certainly do ?.

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