New in the Market: Munchies – Quinn Popcorn, Pretzel Perfection, ZOUQ Exotic Snacks and Vintage Italia Pasta Chips

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on July 28, 2014 · 0 comments

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

Quinn popcorn Kale-300Quinn Popcorn founded in 2011 set out to reinvent microwave popcorn, free of preservatives, non-GMO and packaged in a simple paper bag. Once this was accomplished they set their sights on releasing Farm-to-Bag pre-popped popcorn. Each bag of popcorn is coded with a batch number. Consumers can go to the company’s website, click on farm-to-bag, type in the batch number and learn about the origins of the corn along with details about ingredients, packaging and production. The company aims for complete transparency because they know people want to know where their food comes from.

The two new flavors of pre-popped popcorn are Kale & Sea Salt and Cheddar & Chipotle. They are Certified Gluten-free, Non-GMO Verified (no genetically modified ingredients) and kosher certified (OU).

Kale & Sea Salt has an unexpected light green color with a pleasant, interesting flavor. One serving (4 cups) has 150 calories, 10 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein, 15 grams of carb, no sugar and 125 milligrams of sodium.

Cheddar & Chipotle has a pleasant cheesy flavor with a nice, but mild, kick. One serving (4 cups) has 150 calories, 10 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein, 13 grams of carb, no sugar and 160 milligrams of sodium.

Jen Mahoney PhotographyPretzel Perfection  Twice Baked Pretzel Sticks are certified gluten-free and kosher (OK). The Pretzel Sticks come in 5 flavors. We tasted Original and Tomato Basil. Both were good and had pleasant flavors. One serving, 1-ounce (approximately 25 sticks) has 100 calories.

Every so often a food comes along that surprises you. ZOUQ South Asian snacks did just that. This snack line, sourced from India, was born out of the desire of its founder, Uzair Anjarwalla, to build cultural bridges through foods. ZOUQ snacks-300

ZOUQ has 4 flavors, all of which are gluten-free and non-GMO, available in reclosable cartons containing 4 servings each or single-serving pouches. .

  • Golden Lentils contains mung bean lentils sautéed in oil and seasoned with sea salt. One serving (1 ounce) has 130 calories, 5 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber and 173 milligrams of sodium. This was one of our favorites.
  • Curry Crunch contains rice flakes, chickpeas, peanuts and turmeric for a sweet/sour flavor. One serving (1 ounce) has 152 calories, 9 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber and 129 milligrams of sodium.
  • Jubilee Mix contains is a spicy blend of rice flakes, peas, lentils, nuts, raisins and potato sticks seasoned with a collection of spices. One serving (1 ounce) has 157 calories, 10 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber and 240 milligrams of sodium.
  • Fiery Sticks have the most heat. They are potato sticks seasoned with Indian red chilies and salt and fried until crispy. One serving (1 ounce) has 140 calories, 9 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber and 400 milligrams of sodium.

Pasta_Chips_300Vintage Italia Pasta Chips were inspired by traditional baked fresh pasta drizzled with olive oil which is a dish made in osterias in Italy. Pasta Chips are made from semolina wheat flour and come in five flavors – Alfredo, Garlic Olive Oil, Marinara, Mediterranean Sea Salt, and Spicy Tomato Basil. Each flavor is intended to reflect the typical cuisine of a region in Italy.

Pasta Chips are baked so they are more like a light cracker than a traditional chip in texture. They would be excellent served with a dip. Each flavor has a similar nutrition profile with 120 calories in a 1-ounce serving, 4 grams of fat (no saturated or trans fat), 19 grams of carb and no sugar. The sodium varies by flavor from 220 to 250 milligrams per serving. Pasta Chips are kosher certified (OU).






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