Rating: ©-1/4 chips (return to sender)
WOW! These real vegetable chips are easily….. E-ZAH-LEE, by a large landslide, the most unique, and challenging chips that we have tried in a long time! We’re talking more weird than Chicken and Waffle flavored potato chips, or White Chocolate Peppermint flavored potato crisps, or Thick Juicy Steak and Horseradish, or Thai Coconut Curry flavored popcorn. Yep, Terra’s Aged Cheese flavored Celery Root Chips (yes, we said Celery Root Chips) are a first of a kind, both perplexing, and off-putting, and as much as we respect them, we just can’t quite stomach them.
First of all, can we take one second and discuss the image of the chips on the front of the bag. Take a good look at them, and tell us what you see. Aren’t they beautiful? Doesn’t it sort of look like the chips have been piled up in such a way that they resemble a plant? We’ve decided that it looks like either an exotic mushroom, or something from the bottom of the ocean.
Let’s move onto shape and texture next. These celery root chips are extremely thinly cut. Almost paper thin. Lots of different sizes and wiggles and folds, all with a burnt-orange, sunset hue. On the surface everything seems pretty normal, no red flags, but then we pop the first chip into our mouths and….are these chips CHEWY?!? We aren’t kidding, literally chewy. No crunch, no crispy to them at all. We bit down, and the semi-soft celery root chip folds in upon itself, and then your teeth begin working on these chewy chips! Unlike anything we have ever tried. And believe it or not but the texture isn’t necessarily off putting to many of us (we’re pretty sure that it may be to the majority of people), but really just peculiar and different and unexpected.
As for the flavor, well first and foremost these chips really do taste like celery root! And celery root tastes very much like celery, with a dash of parsley thrown in. So, celery root chips that taste like celery, we are off to a weird start. And then Terra, sticking with their strategy of weirdness, decides to season these new chips with what else…..aged cheese. That’s right, now our mouths are tasting stinky, sort of sweet and bitter and tangy seasoning mingling with celery and parsley. All we can say is that in our opinion the combination is really off-putting, and barring on disgusting. We did not like this flavor in the least.
In the end, we recognize Terra’s willingness to push the boundaries and deliver something completely unique to the industry, but we are more than certain that all we want to do with this delivery is return it to sender!
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Discovered at World Market; Willowbrook, IL
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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