As the weather gets colder and we start to put away our pumpkin spice everything, the myriad of holiday snacks that quickly line shelves get us eager to be merry, bright, and full of winter-themed goodies. Often we run into the moral debate of avoiding all things sweet or breaking diets for a sleeve of gingerbread cookies. But, this year, SkinnyPop Popcorn rolled out two new flavors that introduce a happy medium we didn’t know we could have.
SkinnyPop’s limited-edition holiday flavors, Gingerbread Cookie and White Chocolate Peppermint, are here and they have our attention. The new additions clock in at 70 calories per cup (140 calories per serving) which is only 30 more calories than their original popcorn.
A Closer Look at Nutrition and Ingredient Information
We love that SkinnyPop is always made with only a few simple ingredients like sunflower oil and popcorn, but they’re also pretty sweet. As is the case with almost every holiday treat out there, the Gingerbread Cookie and White Chocolate Peppermint don’t exactly have a low sugar count, but it doesn’t hit above 10 grams per serving, which is a win in our book. The 9 grams of added sugars is only 18 percent of the USDA-recommended intake of added sugars for the day. That’s why we suggest sticking to the recommended serving size instead of overeating straight from the bag—though tempting while gearing up to watch Hallmark Christmas movies. Like all SkinnyPop Popcorn, the new kettle corn flavors are gluten-free, non-GMO, and free of artificial ingredients.
How SkinnyPop’s Holiday Flavors Stack Up to BOOMCHICKAPOP
Another staple in the pre-popped popcorn section is Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, which has its own line of holiday flavored popcorn. We wanted to compare them to SkinnyPop’s new additions. BOOMCHICKAPOP’s seasonal flavors such as Pumpkin Spice, Cinnamon Roll, Hot Cocoa, White Chocolate & Peppermint and Frosted Sugar Cookie are made with all natural ingredients, but clock in at 110 calories per cup, which is nearly double SkinnyPops. BoomChickaPop’s variety also have at least one to two grams more sugar. Both are still tasty picks (and better for you than reaching for processed Christmas cookies) but all those calories in BOOMCHICKAPOP will add up quickly, especially without portion control.
Where to Find Them
The two newbies added to the arsenal of SkinnyPop flavors have started gracing shelves at major retailers like Walgreens and Shaw’s since the beginning of October. Keep your eyes open as they continue to roll out across the country through the end of 2018.