I don’t know about you but all of my favourite childhood memories seem to relate to food, whether it was family roast dinners, Tuesday night fish and chips (yes I know it’s a random night – it was the night when both of my parents worked late!) or begging my mum to take us to McDonalds on the way home from training, but my favourite memories are of the snacks we used to eat as kids. Who remembers going down to the corner shop (when pretty much everything was 10p, and 1p sweets were actually 1p – I know, I sound so old!), excited to pick out snacks with the 20p you’d begged your parents for!? As a child I actually had far more of a savoury than a sweet tooth and I got through crisps like they were going out of fashion! Some of my favourites included Pom Bears, Monster Munch, Hula Hoops and Wheat Crunchies.. then I met Marcus who was Quavers and Wotsits obsessed!
I’ve seen these Hippeas snacks around for a while now and I tried them quite a while ago now as I was intrigued when I first started to see them appearing in shops – crisps made from chickpeas!? I loved them and have bought them several times since so clearly I jumped at the opportunity to review them for my blog!
Hippeas are a range of all-natural and organic chickpea puffs, which are gluten-free and vegan-friendly, available in four flavours:
- Cheese & love
- In herbs we trust
- Far our fajita
- Sweet & smokin’
Hippeas also have a partnership with Farm Africa and for every pack sold, they give back by donating to the charity, which supports farmers in Eastern Africa by providing support, training in effective farming methods and links to markets, we help to build more profitable farming businesses so that whole communities can lift themselves out of poverty.
The woman who put me in contact with Hippeas actually described them as a healthier verison of Wotsits and I guess the texture of them is very similar to that of Wotsits. When I’d bought them in shops I’d only ever tried the herb flavour though (which clearly wasn’t going to be Wotsit-like in flavour!) so I was so excited to try some of their other flavours, in particular the ‘cheese & love’ flavour to see if it really did bring back any Wotsity memories.
I haven’t actually had Wotsits for years (I still do remember having orange-stained fingers though!), so whilst I’m not sure I could make an accurate comparison I have to admit that I was hoping the cheesy flavour would be stronger. They were good – I love the texture and the flavour wasn’t bad, but I was hoping for a more intense cheese flavour.
Overall I found that all of them were very subtle – I loved the texture and the flavours, but I’d probably say they could have a bit more seasoning on them in general! Of the others I thought that sweet & smokin’ would be my favourite but I think if I really had to pick one it would be the herb one, as of the four I think that has the strongest flavour. I love the texture and the crunch of all of them though and their brightly coloured packaging definitely appeals to the inner-child in me!
In my opinion the fact that they’re healthy doesn’t mean that they’ve compromised on taste and I really enjoyed them. I bought them before I was sent some to review and I still continue to buy them now as snacks. I think they’re great healthy alternatives to traditional crisps and I love the range of flavours!
They’re available at Waitrose, Boots, WH Smiths, Superdrug, Holland & Barrett, Ocado and some London health-food stores like Wholefoods and Planet Organic.
Link to their website: http://hippeas.com/#undefined