Even for a self-proclaimed snack fanatic, it can be downright embarrassing to eat a bag of fried chips out in public. That’s what Popchips co-founder, Keith Belling, realized one day as he was trying to sneak his snack at a San Francisco deli counter. It wasn’t clear whether he was hiding them from himself or friends, but he knew those bland baked chips were not the answer either. It was almost enough to make him hold out until dinner, but Keith, a serial entrepreneur, knew what he had to do. He had to find a chip that was both tasty and healthier (and less embarrassing). He had to put the fun back in snacking, but how?
Keith talked with fellow snacker and co-founder, Patrick Turpin, about his mission. Patrick told him about an interesting snack manufacturer. One visit was all it took. They got it. Forget frying (unhealthy). Forget baking (undelicious). The two snackers had found a way to pop a chip with all the flavor they loved, and a lot less of the stuff that gives snacking a bad name. Keith and Pat spent over a year, snacking, popping, and snacking some more, until they came up with Popchips, a naturally delicious line of popped chips they loved to eat and did not have to hide. Now they are doing their best to share the bag with snackers everywhere!