Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips (notable)
It seems as though Food Should Taste Good will never be satisfied until they have tried their hand at every flavor in the world! Which poses the question, “are all flavors fair game, and meant to be transformed into a chip/puff/snack of some kind?” We think the answer to that is probably not, but we can’t blame them for trying; plus we always love trying new flavors!!
Pesto is a fresh, chunky, versatile, Italian sauce that screams summer time to us! It is traditionally, or commonly, made with basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil and parmesan cheese. It is a tasty combination of flavors that works very well with many types of dishes (especially pasta, meats and potatoes..). According to Wikipedia “the name is the contracted past participle of the Genoese word pestâ (Italian: pestare), which means to pound, to crush, in reference to the original method of preparation, with marble mortar and wooden pestle.”
For one reason or another, not very many chip companies have produced pesto flavored chips. Our theory (and opinion actually) behind the reasoning for that is that pesto is too powerful of a flavor. Most of us at Chip Review love pesto, but it can very easily overpower whatever you are serving it with. It sometimes doesn’t play well with light and crispy chips. Its bold presence overwhelms the snack, and eventually overwhelms the palette as well. These Pita Puffs are only the third pesto flavored chips that we have ever tried, and there was probably a reason why the other two brands both included mozzarella cheese among the ingredients. The cheese helped, at least a little bit, to smooth and tame the powerfully, pungent and herbal flavors.
All that being said, if you like to try new flavors, and textures (as we do), then you will definitely get a kick out of these! According to the front of the bag, Food Should Taste Good’s pesto flavor recipe includes: basil, garlic and onion. Onion is a new ingredient to pesto for us, and not one we think really adds much to the classic recipe. The recipe is powerful enough without adding another formidable flavor presence to the mix. Food Should Taste Good’s pesto seasoning definitely evokes thoughts of the real thing. Bright, bold, blasts of basil, combined with sharp, almost spicy, layers of garlic. Flavor packed for sure!
The Pita Puffs themselves are a new, fun, and addictive, crunchy snack. Everyone agreed that they were very difficult to stop eating (which is why none of us really did). They are exactly what you would expect them to be. Little one inch by one inch pita squares that have been “puffed”, and left with a hollow interior. They are somewhat reminiscent of the good old Doritos 3D snack, only slightly denser, and with a multigrain flavor.
In the end, we enjoyed crunching on the Pita Puffs more than we actually loved their pesto flavor. More than anything, we just love Food Should Taste Good’s decision to push themselves, and continually add unique flavors and new textures to their impressive line-up.
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Puffs discovered at Walmart; Elmhurst, IL
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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