What do Shark Tank’s Matt Higgins, Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Emily Deschanel and Cesar Millan have in common? They’re all investors in Outstanding Foods, a plant-based brand that invented the first-ever vegan pork rinds. Take it from Snoop Dogg: PigOut Pigless Pork Rinds are one cure for the munchies you don’t want to pass on.
Created by the inventor of the ever-popular Beyond Burger, Chef Dave Anderson, these pork rinds are *technically* not pork rinds at all. Real pork rinds, also called cracklings, are traditionally made of fried pig skin. PigOut’s pork rinds, on the other hand, are 100 percent vegan, thanks to main ingredients rice, sunflower oil, pea protein and pea grits. But that doesn’t stop them from being a pretty uncanny plant-based copycat. Because they’re baked instead of fried, they’re just as crispy as traditional pork rinds without the extra calories. But they are notably less greasy, less salty and have a lighter mouthfeel and crunch since they’re free of sticky animal collagen.
They’re also pretty good for you too, especially compared to real pork rinds. This alternative has 75 percent less sodium and 67 percent less saturated fat. A single serving contains 130 calories, 13 grams of carbs and 7 grams of plant-based protein. If you snack like us though, odds are you don’t have the willpower to stop after an ounce. In that case, one full-size bag contains 450 to 460 calories and 25 grams of protein. These poppable snacks also have 6 grams of fat per serving (and 21 in the whole bag), but on the plus side, they’re free of gluten, sugar, soy, GMOs, trans fats and cholesterol.
Variety and single-flavor packs of both full- and snack-size bags are available starting at about $16. So, if you’re looking for something to munch on that isn’t potato chips, give these a go. After all, they come in five classic flavors that you already know and love.