Thursday, May 16, 2013

CheeCha Puffs Review {and a Giveaway}


I'm always searching for healthy snacks for my family.  We all love chips but I rarely buy them because they are so high in fat.  I was very excited when I discovered CheeCha Puffs.  They are a potato puffed snack that satisfies your chip craving.  I was even more excited when they sent me a case of some of their flavours!  All of the flavours we received were Gluten Free.  They are very low in fat.  The original flavour actually has 0g of fat!  We received Original, Sea Salt and Vinegar, Fiesta Salsa, Sea Salt and Spiced Pepper and Luscious Lime.


All the flavours were great.  My favorite chip flavour has always been Salt and Vinegar.  CheeCha Puffs Sea Salt and Vinegar did not disappoint.  If you're looking for something with a little spice Fiesta Salsa is the way to go!  The Original flavour is not as salty as a regular potato chip but we enjoyed it also.  I even baked with them which you can read about below!  Luscious Lime was very refreshing and had great lime flavour.  The one that surprised me the most and was my favorite was the Sea Salt and Spiced Pepper.  I was actually expecting this to be my least favorite since I've tried other products that were seasoned with black pepper and they always disappointed.  The CheeCha Puffs Sea Salt and Spiced Pepper had just the right amount of seasoning!


My boys loved snacking on all the flavours and they made a great snack!  CheeCha Puffs also are great with dips!  We enjoyed having the Fiesta Salsa with some homemade guacamole that I had posted awhile ago.


I also used the Original Flavour CheeCha Puffs to bake some brownies.  Originally I was thinking of a sweet and salty brownie but the Original Flavour was not as salty as I thought it would be.  In the end the CheeCha Puffs gave the brownies more chew...which is always a good thing when it comes to brownies!  To make them I started with my Low Fat Fudge Brownies and made a couple of tweeks...they turned out to be very addictive and got thumbs up from both boys!

CheeCha Puff Brownies
Adapted from Low Fat Fudge Brownies

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups Original Flavour CheeCha Puffs
2 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
2 tbsp low fat sour cream
1 tbsp chocolate syrup
1 egg
1 egg white
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp instant coffee (mine was hazelnut flavour)
1/4 cup toffee bits

Preheat the oven to 350F and put the rack in the middle.

Line a square baking pan with foil.  The foil should come up the sides so that you will be able to pull the brownies out when they are done.  Spray the foil with oil and brush all over.

Crush CheeCha Puffs with hands.  Process in a food processor or mini chopper till a powder.  I had a few lumps.

Whisk together all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and CheeCha Puffs.

In a double boiler, melt the butter.

Whisk in sour cream, egg, egg white, chocolate syrup, sugar and instant coffee until combined.  Remove from the double boiler.  Fold in the dry ingredients.  Stir in toffee bits.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean with some crumbs sticking to the toothpick.

Remove from pan by lifting the foil and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Giveaway Details
CheeCha Puffs is a Canadian company that started out in a farmer markets in Calgary.  They are a low fat and low calorie snack!  CheeCha Puffs is generously giving one Chocolate & Chillies reader 12 bags of CheeCha Puffs (flavours picked by the winner).  This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only.  Maximum of 7 entries per person.  Please note that for the Facebook option only NEW likes are eligible due to constraints in verifying Facebook likes.  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter!

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Disclosure:  I was given samples of CheeCha Puffs to review.  All opinions are my own

69 comments:

  1. The Sea Salt and Spiced Pepper flavour

    meikleblog at gmail dot com

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  2. Def. ketchup.
    Rafflecopter name - Natalie T

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  3. Fiesta salsa
    rafflecopter ~ rachelle t

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  4. I want to try the Triple Cheese!

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  5. these chips are yummy, I like the brownies you have made deliciously done
    entered the giveaway I like the tomato ketchup

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  6. I'd most like to try the mesquite bbq flavor! rafflecopter name - Shannon C

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  7. Sea Salt and Spiced Pepper

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  8. Triple Cheese.


    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. MMm I would like to try Luscious Lime :) - Nicole Miller

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  10. Triple Cheese is my fave out of what I've tried, but I'd love to get my hands on some Cinnamon ones

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  11. michelle tremblettMay 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Triple Cheese, Yummyyyyyy

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  12. Fiesta Salsa- Jenn C

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  13. I'd like to try the Fiesta Salsa.
    Angela Mitchell

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  14. I've been looking for the sweet cinnamom

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  15. I'd like to try the Sea Salt and Vinegar.

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  16. Bailey Dexter facebook Triple Cheese

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  17. I would like to try the ketchup flavor.

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  18. dill pickle please!

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  19. Either Dill Pickle or Salt and Vinegar!

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  20. Original would be my first pick :)

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  21. I would like to try Luscious Lime.

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  22. luscious lime, cheese, or ketchup yum yum

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  23. Sweet Cinnamon! looks like a great flavor

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  24. We love ketchup and cinnamon flavours in our house!

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  25. i would love to try the gluten free Luscious Lime

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  26. salt and vinegar!

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  27. Sea Salt and Spiced Pepper.....mmmmm, this definately makes me hungry!

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  28. ketchup and cinnamon are our favourites in this house!

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  29. i want to try the ketchup flavour but i cant find it in stores!

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  30. I'd like to try the Hickory and Bacon flavour.

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  31. Ketchup!? Oh heck yes! Bring it on!!! lol

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  32. CheeChaas in brownies? That's crazy cooooll!
    Girl, I am in your hood right now- as in Canada, LOL!
    My parents have been visiting me since last week (they came for Zunoon's b-day party) and they're leaving Sunday night (boo :(), so we thought we should bring them over to at least see Niagra Falls before they leave. So we drove in Thursday night, spent all day at Niagra yesterday, and we're leaving today iA. My husband was saying that we might come again soon to see his uncles because they're moving, so I'll let you know well in advance so maybe we can meet up! :)

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  33. would love to try dill pickle chee cha puffs

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  34. I love CheeCha Puffs and my favourite is Sea Salt and Pepper. I have a bag in my kitchen now, but not for long!! Thanks for the nice giveaway.

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  35. Salt and vinegar!

    tammy dalley on rafflecopter

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  37. I want all of them! ;) yummers!

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  38. Wow you made brownies with potato snack...that is super cool :-) Now I am trying to think what the taste was like, of course you mentioned chewy...good review...I wish they suppiled to the UK as well...like you I am also always looking for low fat snack options! Cheers!

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