BIJOU-REVIEW: Go Lite! – Sweet Maui Onion Popped Chips

Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips  (lip-smacking)

Go Lite! - Sweet Maui Onion Popped ChipsWe’re going to be honest here, these Go Lite! chips surprised the heck out of us!!  Seriously, we did not expect to like them, let alone, love them as much as we do.

First of all, “Lite!” is definitely “Right!”  These chips are light as air.  Crispy, and yet delivering that rich, melt-y, mouth texture we love from great cheese puffs.

Only 100 calories, wow! Cassava – we a-love-ya!!

The Sweet Maui Onion seasoning not only compliments the popped Cassava chips flawlessly, but it also tingles the taste buds with an intriguingly sweet, and salty, and sort of sour onion essence.  The flavor is simple, and rich, and surprisingly, DELICIOUSLY LITE!

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

Chips provided to Chip Review by Herr’s Foods for review

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REVIEW: Wai Lana – Barbeque Cassava Chips

Rating: ©-3/4 chips (return to sender)

Wai Lana - Barbeque Cassava Chips

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All right, now we have officially seen it all.  The chip industry, will never be the same.  It is one thing for a rap or country star to endorse some chips, and it’s no big deal for a race car driver or comedian to have their own line of chips, but when a globally renowned yoga guru decides to release her own line of chips, we just can’t believe it?!?

Apparently, according to Wai Lana’s website bio page, “it would be difficult, if not impossible, to find anyone as influential as Wai Lana in bringing yoga to the mainstream. Her internationally aired TV series continues to attract a huge audience and has played a key role in yoga’s skyrocketing popularity. Famous for making it easy and effective, Wai Lana excels at making the ancient art of yoga a life-enhancing experience for anyone who practices along with her.” (www.wailana.com).

To be completely honest, prior to these chips, we had never heard of Wai Lana, and her ginormous yoga brand, but as you all know, our hobbies consist of eating and writing about chips, followed closely with pumping iron and running miles, but not yoga.  However, with the release of these Barbeque Cassava Chips, Wai Lana is trying to bring the two disconnected interests closer together.  Do the two belong together?  Not this time!!

According to Wikipedia “Cassava is the third most important source of calories in the tropics, after rice and maize.”  In other words, cassava are more popular than potatoes in many parts of the world.  Wonder why we don’t see more cassava chips then?  Wai Lana’s cassava chips are not like traditional cassava or potato chips that are simply fried and sliced cross sections of a cassava.  Instead, Wai Lana has opted for the lighter and healthier popped version of the chip.  How this popping of the chip is executed is still beyond us?  What it does texturally to the chip is expand and puff its body, making the chip lighter, and more airy, and we think more crispy and crunchy.  We don’t necessarily love the chips’ texture, but they were easy to eat, and would make a perfectly acceptable vehicle for delivering loads of flavor into our mouths….if, that was the case, but sadly it is not.

Right away, the first thing we notice is that these chips are very, very fragrant, and they smell like some uniquely familiar combination of herbs and spices, that definitely DO NOT remind us of any barbeque we are familiar with.  Flavor wise however, they are very mild.  A subtle taste of spices simply tickled the backs of our throats, but nothing really ever hit our tongues.  Does barbeque in Hawaii mean something different???  We don’t taste any of the usual suspects….no tomato, no brown sugar, no vinegar, no mustard, no chile flake, no, no, no.  Instead we taste (smell – more precisely) notes of curry, turmeric, and many other seasonings that we associate with Indian food – not BBQ.

Sorry, these just didn’t work for us.  They were deceiving, and poorly executed.  Luckily, we are not going to have to worry about getting in a bunch of yoga and burning off very many calories, mainly because we didn’t eat very many of them!

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REVIEW: Wai Lana – Lime Chili Cassava Chips

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Wai Lana - Lime Chli Cassava Chips

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All right, now we have officially seen it all.  The chip industry, will never be the same.  It is one thing for a rap or country star to endorse some chips, and it’s no big deal for a race car driver or comedian to have their own line of chips, but when a globally renowned yoga guru decides to release her own line of chips, we just can’t believe it?!?

Apparently, according to Wai Lana’s website bio page, “it would be difficult, if not impossible, to find anyone as influential as Wai Lana in bringing yoga to the mainstream. Her internationally aired TV series continues to attract a huge audience and has played a key role in yoga’s skyrocketing popularity. Famous for making it easy and effective, Wai Lana excels at making the ancient art of yoga a life-enhancing experience for anyone who practices along with her.” (www.wailana.com).

To be completely honest, prior to these chips, we had never heard of Wai Lana, and her ginormous yoga brand, but as you all know, our hobbies consist of eating and writing about chips, not yoga.  However, with the release of these Chili Lime Cassava Chips, Wai Lana is trying to bring the two disconnected interests closer together.  Do the two belong together?  Sure, why not!

According to Wikipedia “Cassava is the third most important source of calories in the tropics, after rice and maize.”  In other words, cassava are more popular than potatoes in many parts of the world.  Wonder why we don’t see more cassava chips then?  Wai Lana’s cassava chips are not like traditional cassava or potato chips that are simply fried and sliced cross sections of a cassava.  Instead, Wai Lana has opted for the lighter and healthier popped version of the chip.  How this popping of the chip is executed is still beyond us?  What it does texturally to the chip is expand and puff its body, making the chip lighter, and more airy, and we think more crunchy.  We don’t necessarily love the chips’ texture, but they were easy to eat, and a perfectly acceptable vehicle for delivering loads of flavor into our mouths.

These chips are heavily coated with plenty of chile and lime seasoning.  However, we think that Wai Lana is not doing them justice by simply calling them chili lime.  At the very least we would have named them sweet-chili-lime, as there is loads of cane sugar mingling with the spicy acidic flavors.  At the most, we would have named them sweet-chili-lime-leek-thyme-rosemary, and that would have been a more accurate and fun flavor name.

Now that we’ve finished the whole bag we think we better do some stretches, and poses!

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Chip Review of the day…..

Vale D’ouro – Tradicional Biscoito de Polvilho

(translation – according to company website: yucca starch salt cookie..?!?)

Rating: ©-1/4 chips  (return to sender)

Vale D'ouro - Biscoito de Polvilho Tradicional

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This snack is really BAD…..capital B-A-D…..

How bad is it???

So bad, that we are required (most likely by law) to tell you to try them yourselves; only for the simple fact that we want others to experience, and suffer, in the same way we already have…..

However, just for a split second, we thought that maybe we could be misunderstanding these cookie-puffs…maybe we were being unfairly harsh, and it was actually a culture thing that we were having difficulty with…you see, these snacks are from Brazil.  But, upon a second tasting it was confirmed, these are simply not appealing.  Good flavor should be able to transcend cultures, and continents, and does in so many cases, which confirms that these Yuca Snacks are the exact opposite!!!

Translated as ‘cookies’ by the Vale D’ouro website, these Yuca Snacks in our opinion are certainly not cookies…we would classify them more in the crunchy puff category, only with a much more crisp exterior.  Vale D’ouro use cassava/yucca flour to produce their snack, and for those of you unfamiliar with the South American / African tuber staple, we would best describe it as a wonderfully versatile starch akin to our potato.  According to Wikipedia “Cassava is the third most important source of calories in the tropics, after rice and maize.”

Well, we have tried Cassava in many of its forms and it is only fair to say that these cookie-puffs are truly some of the most unappealing tasting snacks, of any type, we have ever encountered in our many years of snacking; and to really try and describe them to you using words, will do no justice, but here we go anyways… imagine burnt-ish, oily, nearly no salt or seasoning, dusty-cassava-flour-crunchy puffs that make it hard to swallow….

The only reason we gave them one quarter more than our lowest rating possible, (and not our lowest) was due to their unique exaggerated peanut shaped design – it was unlike anything we have encountered.  They kind of reminded us of the shape of these little sunglasses we are supposed to wear at the tanning salons (does anyone really wear those…?).

If any of you out there have tried these we would love to hear what you think.  As always, this is just our opinion.

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