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AverageJo Nov 16, 2009 10:12 AM

I heard about this healthier version of a potato chip a few months ago. Apparently it recently came to Canada and is carried only at Shoppers Drug Mart.

However -- I've visited about 8 different SDM stores across downtown Toronto and the east end, and I haven't found a single store that carries the elusive Popchip. I even called SDM customer service, but that was useless. Head office doesn't track which stores carry the product -- obviously, only certain stores have elected to order Popchips, but which ones?

If anyone has spotted this product in a Toronto SDM, could you please pass it on? Thanks! The harder it is to find it, the more obsessed I become about it...

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    childofthestorm Nov 16, 2009 10:47 AM

    The SDM at Queen and Carlaw had them and I bought a few big bags - the salt & black pepper flavour is the best of the 3 they had, IMO. They are sold out of big bags but I noticed a few small bags up at the front, just of the original and BBQ flavour though. Still, if you're anxious to try them, they're there.

    I can't wait to see Popchips rolled out in a more comprehensive way, they're delicious. In NY the other week I inhaled a bag of the parmesan flavour, sadly not available here yet.

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      AverageJo Nov 16, 2009 11:13 AM

      That's great -- it's on my way home from work.
      Many thanks for the info!

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        fortheloveoffood Nov 16, 2009 12:15 PM

        I bought some a few months ago at the Avenue Rd. & Lawrence location... I tried the salt & vinegar and the plain salted - the salt & vinegar were not very good. I had tried a similar product from Trader Joe's that were far superior to popchips, however... Sadly we have no TJs here:(

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          Boodah Nov 17, 2009 07:35 AM

          SDM in Bloor West Village has them. The black pepper ones were pretty good.

        2. helen0505 Nov 16, 2009 11:30 AM

          they also have it at mcewan

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            foodyDudey Nov 16, 2009 11:31 AM

            How much is it there? $9.97 for a 285 gram bag?

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              helen0505 Nov 16, 2009 11:43 AM

              i think its $2.99 or $3.99. how much is it at shoppers?

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                foodyDudey Nov 16, 2009 11:45 AM

                I don't know as I have not looked for it, but I asked as I've read here that McEwans sells common items for much more than at other stores.

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            chuang Nov 16, 2009 06:18 PM

            I saw them at the SDM at Leslie and Nymark (north of Sheppard) this past weekend.

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              piccola Nov 16, 2009 08:22 PM

              Saw them at SDM at Bloor and Dovercourt.

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                youdonut Nov 17, 2009 12:22 AM

                go to thier website and enter in your postal code to find a store near you. yes it works in canada as well as the US.

                http://www.popchips.com

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                  babybluepowder Nov 17, 2009 08:07 AM

                  They must be really popular. I've seen them and bought them at the Shoppers at the Eaton Centre. I went back the next day and they were all gone about a month ago. I tried them in NYC and really liked them. I've had the regular salted version and salt and vineagar. The regular was fantastic and very addictive. The Salt and vinegar, not very good. Left a really bad after taste. I'll have to try the Salt and pepper one based on the rave reviews so far. Every time I pop into a Shoppers I always check for them but they are never to be found.

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                    AverageJo Nov 17, 2009 08:10 AM

                    Yes, that's been my experience too! I work in the downtown core and there are several SDMs all around my office. But any time I stop in at one, there's not a Popchip to be found. It's maddening.

                    Thanks for your input on the flavours...if I ever actually get my hands on a bag, I'll know which varieties to try.

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                      hungryabbey Nov 17, 2009 04:51 PM

                      I really loved the BBQ, but havent tried the salt and pepper yet.

                  2. ParsleySage Nov 17, 2009 05:44 PM

                    I spotted bags of the Salt & Pepper and Salt & Vinegar flavors at the Shoppers on the corner of King & Yonge. I believe the price was $3.99.

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                      getinmybelly911 Nov 18, 2009 04:21 AM

                      they also have them at the shoppers at queen by portland but only in the larger bags. I haven't seen the salt and vinegar lately but they have the other ones. they were 3.99 a bag i think.

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                      Pincus Nov 18, 2009 05:05 AM

                      I did see them at the Danforth and Coxwell SDM, but I think they were smaller bags. And that was a week ago. I did get a big bag at this location a while ago and I agree -- they are delicious!

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                        Pincus Nov 23, 2009 11:52 AM

                        Coxwell/Danforth has the plain, S&V, BBQ flavours in large bags.
                        The one near Broadview just has plain, S&V in small bags.

                        Would rather have these than the alternatives (Baked Lays, Pringles). Really want to try the other flavours.

                      2. TorontoJo Nov 18, 2009 05:14 AM

                        These are evil snacks and I really need to stay out of the snack aisle to avoid them if they are now in Toronto. One of my clients in New York has them out in their "free snacks" stations and they are dangerously addictive. The salt and vinegar are ick. The BBQ is just OK. But the salt and pepper and the parmesan garlic are like snack crack. Be warned that the parmesan garlic will give you monster breath for hours. I love how the little bags are marked as 100 calories each -- like I could eat just one little bag.

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                          terrycar Nov 18, 2009 06:19 PM

                          I tried three different SDM's in three different areas today with no luck. Maybe we could start an e-mail campaign.

                        2. Teep Nov 18, 2009 07:19 PM

                          Yonge/Bloor SDM has 4 flavours : original, salt/pepper, salt/vinegar, BBQ. Tried the s/p - as lower-fat (6g/40g) snacks go it's pretty good, but due to the Pringles-like reconstituted-chip texture, I'd rather have Life brand rice chips (9g/40g).

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