I stumbled across these Hippeas puffs at our grocery store the other day. The package looked interesting so I took a second look. At just 18 carbs for 20 pieces, I thought it was worth a try. That they were on sale for $.99 made the temptation pretty much irresistible. I thought I’d do a Hippeas review, so I picked up two varieties there: Far Out Fajita and Sriracha Sunshine.
I was hungry when we got home from the grocery store (try shopping with four hungry kids sometime, it’s really fun), so I decided there was no time like the present to give them a try. Here are my impressions of both flavors.
Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs, Far Out Fajita
This is the first package I tried. The package size is four ounces, with a serving size of one ounce. The ingredients list is pretty small and full of goodness:
Organic Chickpea Flour, Organic Rice Flour, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Seasoning [Salt, Garlic Powder*, Chili Powder (Spices*, Salt, Garlic*), Sugar*, Dextrose*, Onion Powder*, Spice*, Citric Acid, Paprika Extract (color), Yeast Extract*], Organic Pea Hull FIber.
There are 20 pieces to a serving size and you can see from the photo that these aren’t dainty little pieces. I have smallish hands, but each piece is about 2/3 the length of my pinky finger and almost as big around. For 20 pieces, the total carbs are 18 grams, with a generous 3 grams of fiber.
The First Bite
My very first impression was that the texture was unappealing, but that was immediately followed by the flavor, which was, well, okay, at first. By the end of one puff, it was starting to taste better, but then there was an almost oily aftertaste. I don’t eat a lot of chips or crackers, so I think that was part of it, because after two or three, they grew on me and tasted pretty darned good.
There’s a bit of a smoky flavor, mixed with a hint of sweet and a little bit of spice. You can taste the flavor of the chickpeas, but it’s a good flavor. Two of my four kids liked them. The toddler didn’t, but he doesn’t like anything, so I’m not sure if he counts as a “survey sample.”
They left a little bit of spicy aftertaste but I didn’t actually feel any oil in my mouth, just an almost sensation of oily aftertaste in the first bite.
Overall, especially for the $.99 price I got them at, I’d definitely buy these again as a low carb, healthy crunchy snack option. They taste good enough to pass as a mainstream snack but are healthy enough we can feel good eating them on a low carb diet.
If you’d like to try it, you can buy Far Out Fajita here.
Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs, Sriracha Sunshine
This package and serving size is the same as the other variety: one ounce serving in a four ounce package. The nutrition information is the same as well. One serving, which is 20 pieces, has 18 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber. Did I mention the 3 grams of protein these chips boast too? Not bad.
The ingredients on the sriracha sunshine flavor are:
Organic Chickpea Flour, Organic Rice Flour, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Seasoning [Sugar*, Salt, Red Pepper*, Vinegar Powder (Maltodextrin*, Vinegar*), Garlic Powder*, Jalapeno Pepper*, Paprika Extract (color), Natural Flavor, Yeast Extract*], Organic Pea Hull Fiber.
The size of these is the same as the other; everything is the same except the flavoring.
The First Bite
There is a strong hint of something fruity at first, but the flavors evolve throughout the bite. You don’t even really notice it is spicy until after you swallow. The chickpea flavor is more muted in this variety, but that fruity hint is a little unexpected and perhaps a bit incongruent.
The sting of the spice comes at the swallow, along with the sweet. I’m not a big fan of spicy foods, but this would be pretty good without the burn. It has enough sweet, but blends well with the mellow chickpea flavor and the pepper kick. I didn’t notice any of that oily sensation, but I’d only noticed in the first couple of the fajita flavor, so I was probably used to it by the time I tried these.
Only one of my kids likes spicy and he really liked them. I had to keep swatting him away so he’d leave me enough for a taste test.
Overall, I don’t care for this flavor. Without the spice, it would be pretty good–decent, really–but not enough to convince me to buy it again. If you like spicy though, this might be a great snack option.
If you’d like to try the spicier version, you can get Sriracha Sunshine here.
I probably had around 20 pieces total in trying both flavors and I felt satisfied, so I think the serving size is a reasonable amount to count as a snack, but I definitely wouldn’t want to eat any less than 20 pieces.