Dill Pickle Chips Are About to Be Our New Favorite Low-Carb Snack
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 in the works of 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.
"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, there is also a reduced risk of carcinogenic compound formation, as the oil reaches its boiling point sooner than in standard deep-frying.
Unfortunately, we aren't sure when this wonder snack will be hitting store shelves. A representative for Conagra told us 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.
Now, like most packaged snacks out there, it is a little too good to be true—you can't eat as many dill pickle chips as you want in one sitting! 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 here 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."
Thankfully, we have plenty of delicious pickle recipes to feed your craving while we wait for these chips to debut. Our Recipes for Pickle-Lovers is the perfect place to start, with briny, delicious dishes like Oven-Fried Pickles. Yum.