Dill Pickle Chips Are About to Become Your New Favorite Low-Carb Snack
Vlasic, one of the nation's largest pickle brands, is debuting a chip made from vacuum-fried pickles.
Whether you're a pickle aficionado, serial chip snacker or trying to follow a low-carb diet, we have the ultimate snack for you. Vlasic, one of the most popular pickle brands, is creating a chip made from dill pickle slices.
Unlike traditional potato chips, which have 26 grams of carbs per serving, Today reports that these new dill pickle chips will only have 1 gram in a standard serving size. Plus, Vlasic isn't using traditional oil-frying methods to give these chips their crunchiness. (Related: 10 Low-Carb Snacks to Eat On the Go)
"Pickles themselves are a great snack, essentially no calories or carbs," Thomas M. McGough, co-chief operating officer and executive vice president of Conagra Brands told Food Business News. "But eating pickles out of a conventional jar is inconvenient and messy. So we've created Vlasic single-serve pickle slices and also a Vlasic vacuum-fried pickle chips that taste absolutely fantastic."
The vacuum-frying process has two potential benefits. Not only does this type of frying supposedly reduce the amount of fat the chips will absorb, but there is also a reduced risk of carcinogenic compound formation, as the oil reaches its boiling point sooner than in standard deep-frying.
Unfortunately, it's unclear when this wonder snack will be hitting store shelves. A representative for Conagra says that, at this point, the pickle chips are in development and still in the company's innovation pipeline. However, we will keep you updated with the latest news on when they will be released and the nutritional information for these chips. (Related: Avocado Chips Are Here to Make Every Other Snack Your Plan B)
Now, like most packaged snacks out there, it is a little too good to be true. Just like pickles themselves, these chips will be pretty high in sodium—390 milligrams per serving.
"That is about twice the sodium you'd get per serving from a standard potato chip, but then again it's not surprising they're high in sodium—it's a pickle," says Victoria Seaver, M.S., R.D., EatingWell's meal plan editor and resident pickle expert. "When we're developing snack recipes at EatingWell, we aim for the snacks to have no more than 360 mg of sodium per serving, so while these pickle chips are on the higher end, they're not too high. Just stick to one serving." (Here are more low-calorie crunchy snacks to satisfy your cravings.)
Thankfully, EatingWell has plenty of delicious pickle recipes to feed your craving while you wait for these chips to debut. Recipes for Pickle-Lovers is the perfect place to start, with briny, delicious dishes like Oven-Fried Pickles. Yum.
This story originally appeared on EatingWell.com by Lauren Wicks.