As I’ve made it clear on many occasions, I’m addicted to searching Amazon for deals on healthy food, particularly snacks. It’s a great way to save on some of our favorites by buying them in bulk. The danger of buying large quantities, of course, is the risk that your kids will tire of a treat or simply not have mouths big enough to eat it all!
I was thus pleased to see Amazon has introduced a new “add-on program.” It makes certain items available individually, provided you include them as part of a $25 order. Needless to say, hitting the $25 mark is not so tricky for me on Amazon
While perusing the add-on program offerings, I stumbled upon something very intriguing: Hi I’m Skinny Sticks. They looked similar to snacks I have bought my kids in the past and that I’ve seen in quite a few of my friends’ cupboards: crunchy potato “straws” that are billed as a lower fat option to traditional potato chips.
I’ve always felt pretty virtuous buying packaged snacks at Whole Foods and Trader Joes, but even their versions have one glaring drawback: they are NOT GMO-free.
Curiosity piqued, I checked out the company’s website and Facebook page, then contacted them expressing my interest in sampling and reviewing the line. I even had the pleasure of communicating directly with Claire, one half of the mother/daughter team that operates the line.
When a huge box arrived on my doorstep a few days later, my kids thought they had died and gone to snack heaven. We were able to sample every flavor of Hi I’m Skinny Sticks, with an added surprise: the company also offers G.H. Cretor’s Popcorn (their Facebook page can be found here). Like the sticks, each variety of corn is GMO-free.
My brood couldn’t wait to dive in and sample everything. Expressly in the name of sharing their thoughts and experiences for this review, naturally
I also offered up the snacks to other kids and grown-ups who were lucky enough to come over in the past week. The overwhelming favorite of the Hi I’m Skinny Sticks were the Veggie Tortilla, and the unusual combination of caramel and cheddar corn in G.H. Cretor’s Chicago Mix was positively addictive.
To be honest, though, there wasn’t a single flavor that got the thumbs down. And while my kids obviously weren’t reading the labels or press releases, the girl in particular got excited when I said the snacks passed my criteria to be stocked again in our pantry.
All of the popcorn flavors are gluten-free and do not contain any corn syrup, artificial colors or other “red flag” ingredients. While the cheese varieties obviously contain dairy, the Caramel Corn, Kettle Corn and Caramel Nut Crunch are all vegan/dairy-free.
As for the I’m Skinny line, all are vegan except the Multrigrain Cheddar, and the Sweet Potato and Veggie Tortilla flavors are also gluten-free.
You can grab individual bags of Hi I’m Skinny Sticks through the aforementioned Amazon add-on program. Each flavor is $3.38 per bag. G.H. Cretors is available through the Subscribe & Save program; yes, it requires more commitment, but as I’m already in for 12 bags of the Chicago Mix, clearly I would recommend the investment! The bulk discount also brings each back down to less than $3/bag, cheaper than a lot of the less healthy popcorns on local supermarket shelves.
I highly suggest checking out the product lines, and either signing up for email offers on their websites or “liking” their Facebook pages for more information as the brands grow and become more widely available.