BIJOU-REVIEW: The Better Chip – Radish Chia Tortilla Chips

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

the-better-chip-radish-chiaDo not adjust your dial, or screen….

It is true, your eyes are not deceiving you….

These are in fact RADISH flavored chip!

Now, we’ve been in the chip game a long, long time, but this is definitely a new first.  Sure, there have been plenty of other weird flavors out there; we’re looking at you beet, and cappuccino, and feijoada, and marmite, but radish is right up there with the weirdest of them!

Unfortunately, we have tasted much better chips from The Better Chip company.

Now, these are not bad tortilla chips by any means.  They deliver a rustic, course ground corn tortilla texture that mingles with the little nutty pop of the chia seeds.

They also provided a perfectly ample amount of salt and garlic seasoning.

What the chips did not do was exude any sort of radish AT ALL!  Nada!  Nunca!!  Nothin’!!!

To say that we were disappointed by these would be absolutely correct.  We were really hoping to taste some pungently spicy radish flavored tortilla chips.  Alas, we will just have to wait for some better chips to actually do that!

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

Discovered at Byerly’s; St. Cloud, Minnesota

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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: Trader Joe’s – Kettle Popped Sweet & Salty Whole Grain Popcorn Chips with Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Whole Quinoa & Sunflower Seeds

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Trader Joe's - Sweet & Salty Popcorn ChipsWell, if that isn’t the longest snack title in the history of the snack universe then we don’t know what we are snalking (snack talking) about!!

Similar to Trader Joe’s other relatively recently released chips (South African Style Seasoning), these chips are sporting a sleek jet-black packaging; (proving one thing for certain – that if we see a new salty snack at Trader Joe’s, and it comes in a shiny black bag, then we are all over that like ornaments on a Christmas Tree).  Seriously though, could Trader Joe’s possibly fit any more words, with any more different fonts, onto this packaging?!?  Actually, it does look like there is a tiny bit of room  under the swoosh directly below sunflower seeds…

The kettle popped popcorn chips remind us a lot more of those good old fashioned puffed rice cakes, than most of today’s more popular popped chips.  You know the ones that parents of the 80’s tucked into their kids’ lunchboxes?  But before any of you shrug your face in disgust at those crumbly, styrofoam textured discs, we simply meant that Trader Joe’s popcorn chips seem a lot more like they are pieces of popcorn that have been pressed and formed together to make a thin rustic chip, rather that somehow poppped in a magical hyperbaric chip champer!

Visually, these chips are quite interesting.  Extremely grainy.  We could actually see the flax and sunflower seeds scattered throughout the mostly yellow popcorn discs.  We can only assume that the quinoa has actually been pulverized and mixed into the chips somewhere because otherwise those little grains would be breaking some teeth!  The addition of those different grains and seeds (besides for their heath benefits) adds a nice textural variance with lots of little crunchies, and at the same time, adding some delicious nutty background notes.  The sea salt and cane sugar dusting is ample enough to exude that classic kettle corn sweet and salty pairing.  Weirdly though, both of those white seasonings have been so finely ground that it looked more like the chips had been sprinkled with confectioner sugar or dandruff, than normal salt and cane sugar.

Overall, these are quite impressive, and certainly delicious.  Another fine example of Trader Joe’s unique selection of salty (and sweet) snacks!

These are our thoughts, agree or disagree, make sure to let us know!

Chips discovered at Trader Joes; La Grange, Illinois

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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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