Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips (lip-smacking)
Dear Lundberg Family: we just want to know what exactly gave you the idea to take every grain from the family farm, and combine them all into one unusual chip? Was it because you had an excess of flax, chia and quinoa this season? Or, was it because someone made a mistake? Or, were you simply trying to make a positive, health conscientious, innovative, hearty and most definitely tasty, multigrain chip?? We’re pretty certain that it is most likely the latter!
Two things we know for certain with these new chips from Lundberg Farms:
1) These multigrain chips are without a doubt the most grainy grainsters (it’s a word, trust us..) that we have tasted, probably ever.
2) These multigrain chips are without a doubt the spiciest chips that we have tasted in quite some time.
We could tell even before chomping into the thick, rectangular chips that they consisted of more than just the standard Lundberg brown rice combination. In fact, according to the bag these chips include: rice, quinoa, amaranth, corn, millet, garbanzo beans, chia, flax, and the list goes on. And while some may think that by including so many different grains into one chip that Lundberg Family Farms is just throwing grains in for the wow factor, but we’re going to tell you that the chip texture and flavor really works. The semi-thick chips have a really different mouth feel to them. They have a crispy, soft-crunch, and almost crumble in the mouth like a cracker. Then some of the more seedy, crunchy grains like quinoa, chia and flax act almost like a caviar embedded within the chips, adding a surprisingly nice textural pop to them.
Alright, we surrender. Lundberg Family, what are you trying to do to us?!? Holy tongue burning do these multigrain chips ever have an spicy heat that builds and builds and builds….. Complete honesty here, we have not tasted any chips this spicy in….we have no clue how long. On the back of the bag is reads “the spicy fusion of grains and jalapeno peppers make this chip unique,” and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves! However, to only describe, and refer to, these chips as spicy, would be doing them a grave injustice. The chips are all at once earthy, spicy, herbal, sweet, and when paired with the grainy, heavy chip texture, really tasty! The supporting team of rosemary and garlic really help to round out the flavor profile.
Plain and simple, these are some of the most unique chips we have tasted in a while, and let’s be honest here, we have tried so, so many jalapeno chips recently, that it is really nice to taste something that strays outside of the conventional jalapeno lines. Do yourself a favor and give these a try if you see them at your local grocer.
As always, these are our thoughts, 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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