I love the emerging hand-crafted bar trend, and was excited hear about Super Pop! I adore popcorn, and couldn’t wait to see how this dairy-free popcorn company was merging healthy convenience and one of my favorite snacks.
But to my surprise, two of their newest concoctions don’t use popcorn at all. Super Pop! Superfood Snack Bars come in two types: Popcorn and Quinoa Puff. Both are made with all-natural, non-GMO, dairy-free ingredients and have a wonderful, handmade vibe. Thus far, we’ve sampled the following:
Dark Chocolate Almond Quinoa Puff Super Pop! Snack Bar
So much heftier than expected, I could savor just half of this bar for a fulfilling snack. When eaten all at once, it was actually a bit much, which isn’t a value statement that I make very often with bars. I really liked the dense, chewy texture with a generous smattering of little quinoa puffs. To top it off, this almond buttery bar is dotted with sweet, dairy-free chocolate chips, and the bottom side has a thick, hand-slathered chocolate coating. The only drawback was that the taste of the bar base didn’t fully grab me or Tony; it was surprisingly savory for the high sugar content, and didn’t pop with flavor. Perhaps it was the addition of pea protein and flax meal, or just a need for a pinch more salt.
Dark Chocolate PB Quinoa Puff Super Pop! Snack Bar
Nearly identical to the Dark Chocolate Almond flavor in heft, texture, and sweetness, but the magic of peanut butter seemed to accentuate both the scent and the flavor taking this bar to our top spot on the Super Pop! list. Again, for the higher sugars (14 grams) I had hoped it would taste just a bit sweeter overall, but still a nice blend. Personally, I would love it if they forgo the melty chocolate on the bottom, but balance it all out with a hint of additional honey and a few more chocolate chips throughout.
Blueberry Almond Popcorn Super Pop! Snack Bar
The popcorn variation made this the most rustic and unique of the Super Pop! bunch. It still had that same almond butter and protein base, but was even chewier with the addition of whole popped corn. It was still a little too sedated in overall sweetness, but the ample plump blueberries made this bar burst with fruity goodness.
Certifications: Super Pop! Snack Bars are labeled as non-GMO, and their website states gluten-free, but there were no certifications on the packaging.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Super Pop! Snack Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and vegetarian (they do contain honey, and thus are not strictly vegan). Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Super Pop! Snacks website at www.superpopsnacks.com.