Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips (notable)
All right, now we have officially seen it all. The chip industry, will never be the same. It is one thing for a rap or country star to endorse some chips, and it’s no big deal for a race car driver or comedian to have their own line of chips, but when a globally renowned yoga guru decides to release her own line of chips, we just can’t believe it?!?
Apparently, according to Wai Lana’s website bio page, “it would be difficult, if not impossible, to find anyone as influential as Wai Lana in bringing yoga to the mainstream. Her internationally aired TV series continues to attract a huge audience and has played a key role in yoga’s skyrocketing popularity. Famous for making it easy and effective, Wai Lana excels at making the ancient art of yoga a life-enhancing experience for anyone who practices along with her.” (www.wailana.com).
To be completely honest, prior to these chips, we had never heard of Wai Lana, and her ginormous yoga brand, but as you all know, our hobbies consist of eating and writing about chips, not yoga. However, with the release of these Chili Lime Cassava Chips, Wai Lana is trying to bring the two disconnected interests closer together. Do the two belong together? Sure, why not!
According to Wikipedia “Cassava is the third most important source of calories in the tropics, after rice and maize.” In other words, cassava are more popular than potatoes in many parts of the world. Wonder why we don’t see more cassava chips then? Wai Lana’s cassava chips are not like traditional cassava or potato chips that are simply fried and sliced cross sections of a cassava. Instead, Wai Lana has opted for the lighter and healthier popped version of the chip. How this popping of the chip is executed is still beyond us? What it does texturally to the chip is expand and puff its body, making the chip lighter, and more airy, and we think more crunchy. We don’t necessarily love the chips’ texture, but they were easy to eat, and a perfectly acceptable vehicle for delivering loads of flavor into our mouths.
These chips are heavily coated with plenty of chile and lime seasoning. However, we think that Wai Lana is not doing them justice by simply calling them chili lime. At the very least we would have named them sweet-chili-lime, as there is loads of cane sugar mingling with the spicy acidic flavors. At the most, we would have named them sweet-chili-lime-leek-thyme-rosemary, and that would have been a more accurate and fun flavor name.
Now that we’ve finished the whole bag we think we better do some stretches, and poses!
As always we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree. Let us know.
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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