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"Ketchup Chip" Popcorn

Guilty Pleasure without the guilt, regret, and bloating

ketchup chip popcorn

True confessions: if I could eat any junk food in the world, I would choose Old Dutch Ketchup Chips. 

Gosh, even looking at that gives me a craving. I remember when I found out that a) Old Dutch chips were a strictly Western Canada thing, back in the 80s, and b) ketchup chips were a strictly Canadian thing.

Sure, in the early 2000's, Old Dutch started selling its delicious, delicious snack foods in Eastern Canada, and sure, if you look hard enough in certain parts of the U.S., you may be able to find a bag of ketchup chips, but for the most part, this is a regional delight. 

If you're a longtime reader of mine, you're probably tilting your head at the computer screen and wondering what just happened. I know, I know. I'm all about green smoothies and kale salads and making pie out of avocado and chocolate mousse out of tofu, but if there was a box of twin-pack ketchup chips in front of me right now, I would eat it until it was gone, and then I would be a bloated, red-lipped mess with crumbs on my shirt and a pounding headache. Then the next day, when I weighed 10 pounds heavier from all the water retention and I still couldn't scrub red dye out from under my nails, I would feel all the regretful feelings.

But here's the thing: I have discovered that I can feed those cravings in a much healthier manner, since I apparently have no moderation at all when it comes to chips and other salty snack food. The answer: popcorn! Yes, this "ketchup chip" popcorn has all the savoury delicious flavour of its namesake, but without the bloating, regret, and guilt. Popcorn is high in fibre, and the coconut oil is a healthy fat, making this a perfect snack!

Ketchup Chip Popcorn


1/2 cup popcorn kernels, unpopped
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 250 degrees.

  Pop popcorn kernels in an air popper or popcorn maker. Don't even THINK about using microwave popcorn! 

  Melt coconut oil in the microwave or in a small saucepan over low heat. Whisk in whisk in ketchup, onion, and garlic until smooth.

  Pour over popped popcorn, and stir until coated.

  Spread popcorn over prepared baking sheet, and bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, until dry.

  Eat it all until it's gone. It's okay. Really. I'd do the same.

 Want more healthy snack foods? Try my Kale Chips Two Ways or my Dill Pickle Zucchini Chips.