BIJOU-REVIEW: T.G.I. Friday’s – Buffalo Ranch Party Bites

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TGI Friday’s is back again with another restaurant themed line (if two flavors can constitute a line) of crunchy RTE snacks, that should be available in a snack aisle near you this month.

These Party Bites, if you haven’t already read for yourself, are “Premium Puffed Corn Snacks”; or, as we like to call them – PUFFS.

The Party Bites are roughly a third of the size of a standard cheese puff, and maybe 3/4’s of an inch long.

In other words, perfect for popping handfuls of bites all party long.

TGIF’s Buffalo Ranch seasoning is a tasty combination.  Nice, sharp, tangy and slightly spicy buffalo flavor, supported by a sour, herbal, garlic-onion background flavor.  Seasoning wise, these are very solid.

That being said, the puffs – wait, sorry, the Party Bites – are lacking the typical, rich, mouth-melting texture of the best puffs.

We’re guessing that there are two reasons for these Party Bites not bringing the delicious  thunder.  1) they are baked (are the usually fatty puffs baked?), and 2) they are lacking the usual presence of rich and smooth cheese powder.

Despite their texture lacking a bit, TGIF’s new Party Bites are a solid new snack item.

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RATING: Lesser Evil Super 4 Snacks – Nacho Cheese Baked Bean Bites

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Lesser Evil Super 4 - Nacho Cheese

Kids will gobble these up!  And they have to be a healthier option than other crunchy / salty snacks on the market right?

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REVIEW: Lesser Evil Super 4 Snacks – Kale & Roasted Garlic Baked Bean Bites

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Lesser Evil Super 4 - Roasted Garlic and Kale Bean Bites Crunchier than a traditional snack bite!  More energy for the journey home!  Able to taste better because they are made better!  That’s right…..It’s Super 4!!!

We have to say it again, we weren’t really expecting very much from these Super 4s.  Honestly, we were anticipating mediocre to pleasantly tolerable 4’s at best.  Low and behold the “heavenly perfect crunchy baked bean bites” turned out to be a wonderfully tasty, unforeseen snack to us.  Look at them, they have the Super 4 combo of white beans, quinoa, lentils and chia, and they still taste good!  Come on, sort of sounds like something your vegan friend whipped up for you doesn’t it? Luckily for all of us, Lesser Evil happens to be a much better cook than that crunchy friend of ours!

The bites are sort of shaped like Combos that got into a fight with the super grains gang, and lost all of their fake cheese filling.  And, like smaller, crispy, baked rigatoni pastas.  The tubular bites are super crunchy, and addictively easy to snack through by the handful.  Our only real gripe with them is their lack of fat content.  We were missing some of that rich and satisfying mouth appeal that only fat can provide, and most likely the reason why we do not review vegetables.

The kale and roasted garlic seasoning blend can only be described as surprisingly tasty.  First and predominantly foremost is the slightly sweet roast garlic flavor.  Everything else simply supports this powerhouse flavor.  The seasoning powder evenly scattered across the bites does encompass a green hue, and believe it or not, we could actually taste some of the vegetal kale flavor.  How this seasoning is so flavorful is beyond us because it has fewer ingredients than many plain tortilla chips!

Lesser Evil really has given us a super, modern and fun snack alternative for anyone who’s looking for a great tasting crunchy bite that still tastes like you are enjoying something naughty, but at the same time also has a lot of healthy to it.  There’s no better way to describe them than Lesser Evil!!  Keep pushing those snack boundaries!  Bring on the next snack!

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

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REVIEW: Lesser Evil Super 4 Snacks – Roasted Red Pepper Baked Bean Bites

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Lesser Evil Super 4 - Roasted Red Pepper Bean Bites Crunchier than a traditional snack bite!  More roasted than a red pepper!  Able to fill you with loads of all natural healthy foods, and still taste like a snack…..It’s Super 4!!!

We have to say it, we weren’t really expecting very much from these Super 4s.  Low and behold they turned out to be a wonderfully tasty, unforeseen surprise to us.  Look at them, they have the Super 4 combo of white beans, quinoa, lentils and chia in them.  Come on, sort of sounds like something your vegan friend whipped up for you doesn’t it? Luckily for all of us, Lesser Evil is a much better cook than that crunchy friend of ours!

The “heavenly perfect crunchy baked bean bites” are sort of shaped like Combos that have lost their filling, or like smaller, crispy, rigatoni pastas.  The tubular bites are super crunchy, and addictively easy to crunch through by the handful.  Our only real gripe with the bites themselves is their lack of fat content is a bit apparent.  We were missing some of that rich and satisfying mouth appeal that only fat can provide.

The roasted red pepper seasoning blend reminded us an awful lot of bbq flavoring.  Based on a handful of the ingredients – tomato powder, cane juice, onion powder and paprika – the correlation wasn’t that big of a stretch.  While we couldn’t really decipher any red pepper flavor, the overall profile was definitely fresh and vegetal.

A super, modern and fun snack alternative for anyone who’s looking for a great tasting snack, that still tastes like you are enjoying something naughty, but also has a lot of healthy to it.  In other words, Lesser Evil!!  Although in the end we may have more respect and admiration for what Lesser Evil has executed than actual infatuation with what we tasted, we can’t help but dispense praise for their strive to push the snack boundaries!  Bring on the next snack!

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

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