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You just might be grabbing fistfuls of chickpeas the next time you pick up a coffee at your local Starbucks. If this sounds alarming to you, don’t worry. The chickpeas are actually rather delicious. They are also vegan, kosher, and gluten-free. Called Hippeas, these organic chickpea puffs are the brainchild of Livio Bisterzo and his team at Green Park Brands.


The idea for Hippeas came to Livio Bisterzo when he was searching for the perfect snack for the consumer who is both health and socially conscious. After determining there wasn’t a product yet on the market that met his high standards, he set out to create one.

He related, “We started working with chickpeas as the hero ingredient and worked very hard to get the right shape, taste, bite and texture,” said Bisterzo. He also explained how the goal was not make a product that steered too far away from what people were accustomed to eating. The result happily fulfilled all of those objectives.


These organic chickpea puffs aren’t bland either. You can find Hippeas in the flavors of Vegan White Cheddar and Far Out Fajita. Both flavors have only 100 calories per pack, and both flavors provide you with a good source of fiber. Both flavors will be available at any one of the 7,500 Starbucks locations in America.


People are already raving about Hippeas. Bisterzo claims to have received thousands of positive comments regarding the new snack. People claim Hippeas are their new snack of choice. The taste is fantastic, and the dietary qualities of the snack simply can’t be beat.


Naturally, this positive response pleases Bisterzo. It also motivates him in his quest to create a product that is both healthy for the body and healthy for society. For example, Bisterzo has already partnered with Farm Africa. Through Farm Africa, a portion of the profits from each pack of Hippeas will be redirected back to chickpea farmers in Africa. Bisterzo says, “The recognition the brand is getting, the opportunities coming our way and the ability to give back are incredible. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.” In other words, it looks like this latest snack is tasting great and changing lives.


Take a moment to check out your local Starbucks sometime soon. Once inside, go try Hippeas for the first time. Like thousands of others, you just might fall in love with this new snack!