Beyond the crisp bowl

Hard on the heels of rising demand for coconut water in Britain, food brand Ape is introducing coconut curls as an alternative to potato crisps this summer.

Made from 100% natural coconuts, with no added oils, sugars or chemicals, coconut curls are, says Ape, higher in fibre and protein than potato crisps or popcorn.

Snack choice is expanding and snacks could be seen as becoming more exotic after recent launches that have included Ape coconut curls and Yushoi’s rice sticks, which are made from green peas.

Founder and CEO Zack Nathan said: “With less than 110 calories per pack, the curls are packed full of medium-chain triglyceride fats which give coconut its antioxidant, anti-viral and anti-microbial properties.

“Dairy, wheat and soy-free, Ape’s curls are suitable for vegans, coeliacs, and paleo lifestyles, as well as anyone just looking to eat better for themselves.”

Ape is available in Lightly Salted and Slightly Peppered flavours, each with an RRP of 99p.

Scott Farms is launching a three-colour pack of sweet potato crisps made from orange, purple, and white flesh sweet potato varieties.

It says the crisps are the first to feature three different sweet potato varieties in one bag.

They are gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs.

The chips are available in 40g bags with an RRP 99p to £1.09 and 100g bags priced at £1.99 to £2.09.

Yushoi Snapea Rice Sticks are made using green peas and Calbee UK says the baked snack is high in fibre and a source of protein.

It is nut and dairy-free, suitable for vegetarians and vegans and has no artificial colours, flavours or MSG.

The rice sticks are available in a range of packs including 21g single-serve with an RRP of 55p and a 105g sharing bag at £1.99.