25 Chips to Christmas – 2016….

On the twenty-first day of Chips to Christmas our true love gave to us……

#5

365 – Tamarind Baked Naan Chips


365 - Tamarind Naan Chips

Original Review Here

Eseht naan spihc era suoiciled!  Okay, that sentence did not quite work out as well as we thought it would…  Only naan spelled backwards actually makes any sense!  Either way, these naan chips are delicious!!  Our love for these unique chips were probably the most welcome surprise of our 2016 chip season.

REVIEW: 365 – Tamarind Baked Naan Chips

Rating: ©©©©-3/4 chips  (lip-smacking)

365 - Tamarind Naan ChipsWe’ve told you once or twice before that we usually try to refrain from reviewing, what we refer to as, “generic” grocery store lines of chips.  But, every now and again, those “generic” brands give us something so special, so delicious, that we just HAVE TO review them!  Case in point – 365’s Baked Tamarind Naan Chips!

In fact, 365 Everyday Value (Whole Foods private label) just so happens to be one of those “generic” brands that we have reviewed more than once.  Everyone has to bend the rules every once in a while right?!

Alright, we are sure some of you out there are asking it, so we might as well get the specifics out of the way right from the get go….

Naan = is a leavened, oven-baked flatbread found in the cuisines of West, Central, and South Asia.  And now, in crunchy chip form.  Think pita chips.

Tamarind = is a tree indigenous to Africa (we typically recognize tamarind from Mexican cooking, but these chips are definitely “inspired by the authentic flavors of India”). The tamarind tree produces edible, pod-like fruit which is used extensively in cuisines around the world, and is often described as sweet and sour.

The citrus-y fragrant naan chips deliver a punchy, tangy, sour, slightly sweet and  ultimately delicious taste.  In other words, the tamarind provides amazing depth using layers and layers of intricate flavors.  WOW!  Did we say tangy?!  We are really impressed with these fantastically unique chips!

The very dark seasoning heavily covers the chips.  Luckily the naan chips are sturdy and hearty enough to combat and embrace the tamarind flavor onslaught!!  Naan chips are very similar to pita chips in shape and flavor but their texture is a bit more crisp and light.

We don’t have anything else to say.  If you see these, you should definitely do yourself a favor and give them a try!!

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Chips discovered at Whole Foods; Hinsdale, Illinois

365 Official Website

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

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REVIEW: 365 – Applewood Smoked White Cheddar Popcorn

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

365 - Hickory Smoked White Cheddar Popcorn

Comments:

While we may have declared 2013 the year of amazingly delicious popcorns, bringing us everything from terrific versions of classic flavors such as white cheddar popcorn , or caramel & cheese Chicago Mix, to creative new combinations like sweet & salty cheddar, or kettle corn with black licorice flavored hints of Anise; 2014 is off to a really great start as well!!

365’s Applewood Smoked White Cheddar Popcorn is some very interesting stuff!  Instantly enveloping our mouths with rich and potent, smoke saturated white cheddar cheese popcorn!  However, we must warn all of you that if you cannot handle your smoke, or you (for some odd reason) do not like smoky flavored snacks, then this popcorn is probably not for you.  On the other hand, many of us here at Chip Review are more often than not, huge fans of smoky everything!

The flavor combination of applewood smoke and white cheddar cheese is a new one for us.  The potently funky and salty white cheddar cheese interplays quite well against the smoke; and the flavors definitely compliment the crispy, medium sized popcorn kernels.

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Popcorn discovered at Whole Foods; Hinsdale, Illinois

365 Official Website

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

© return to sender

©© tolerable

©©© – notable

©©©© – lip-smacking

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