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Ziploc 100-Calorie Snack Bags: Cool or Not?

I was over at my friend's house and saw a case of Ziploc snack bags in her kitchen. They're sort of like regular plastic sandwich bags, except about half the size. I asked her what the deal was with her bulk buy and she said that she couldn't resist after seeing "Perfect For 100 Calorie Snacks" scrawled across the box. Prior to this my friend had never touched a snack bag in her life.

100 calorie snack packs of chips and cookies are big sellers in stores, but a lot of these offerings are empty carbs. My friend says these bags are a great way for her to pack her own healthy snacks while adhering to portion control. I'm not sure I buy it, though. She could opt for reusable containers that are way less wasteful than these bags, and many 100-calorie snacks wouldn't even fit in these hacked versions of sandwich bags.

Ziploc got it right though, and has positioned itself nicely within the 100-calorie snack market. What do you think of the Ziploc snack bags — a waste of money, or a successful tool for portion control?

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DivaDivine DivaDivine 7 years
I resuse these bags esp. since the only thing going in them is some nuts or fruit. I don't toss them unless they're contaminated or torn. They're perfect for portioning out snacks.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
OK, I am all for ziploc bags in different sizes, so you don't have to waste a lot of material if you only want to package a tiny little bit of something. But this 100 calorie BS is a main pet peeve of mine. Whoever markets that seems to think they INVENTED the concept of "eating less of something bad is better for you". Gah!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I'd give this a miss, and use little tupperware containers instead.
cdelaney cdelaney 7 years
I share the exact same sentiment as LauraK.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
I though the only people who bought these were guys who sold eighths
tpreda tpreda 7 years
some people would take this way to literally. "hmm what i could fit in this bag will only be 100 calories! let me fill it with cashews and m&m's!" not a good idea. You could practice portion control in regular bags.
opentypeA opentypeA 7 years
That's ... interesting. I actually use the snack-sized bags, but I voted "Not cool" because 100 calories of, say, popcorn is WAY different in terms of volume than 100 calories of nuts or M&Ms.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I've been using these for years for my snacks, should have sold the idea to Ziploc.
LauraK LauraK 7 years
Saw these in the store recently too and thought it was a super smart marketing play but also thought that someone could still fill these bags with a snack that has more than 100 calories in it- think nuts, raisins, dried cranberries! Portion control yes, but not always 100 calories!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I find it laughable.
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
I agree
dsreed12 dsreed12 7 years
Sometimes they are perfect and sometimes they aren't.
cmd0610 cmd0610 7 years
All the brands of baggies (even generic like target brand) have had snack baggies like this forever (like other ppl have already said) . . .But plastic containers work as well and are better to keep things from getting crushed :D!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Ok, so I think it's a good idea to make your own 100 calorie snack packs but I think it's kind of a waste to buy special bags JUST for that. I buy generic plastic baggies and use those. If I'm putting nuts or popcorn in them, I reuse them. Ziploc's smart though; a lot of people probably never thought to make their own 100 calorie packs. They're basically just telling people to buy their brand of bags to pack them in. Marketing genius!
PhillyEagles1 PhillyEagles1 7 years
I agree Kim. Don't throw away the bag when you are done and reuse for the next days snack.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I think they're a good idea (and smart marketing by Ziploc, considering the fact that they are just the regular snack size bags they've had for years; there's just a new label on them). Also, snack bags can easily be reused to pack the same thing day after day.
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