BIJOU-REVIEW: Food Should Taste Good – Potato & Chive Tortilla Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Food Should Taste Good - Chive Pita PuffsFood, should taste good….don’t you think?

Just the other day we were asking ourselves, when do you think we will finally see some all natural chive flavored multigrain pita puffs?  Today, that question is answered.

These are a delight to crunch on.

The snack is certainly more about the pita puffs themselves than any chive seasoning.

Light and airy and crispy, with just a touch of sweetness recognizable on the tail end, from the inclusion of some honey.

F.S.T.G. keeps it really simple with the seasoning, which results in an extremely subtle chive flavor (again, letting the puffs be the stars of the show).  In fact, and we’re not joking around here, all there is to the seasoning is chive, and every chip’s BFF salt.

Discovered at Walmart; Villa Park, Illinois

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REVIEW: Food Should Taste Good – Pesto Pita Puffs

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Food Should Taste Good - Pesto Pita PuffsIt 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

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REVIEW: Food Should Taste Good – Guacamole Tortilla Chips

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Food Should Taste Good - GuacamoleIs there anything better than enjoying freshly made guacamole & tortilla chips outside on the patio in the warm summer sun?  Those bright green, perfectly ripened, and flavorful avocados all mashed together with a handful of complimentary ingredients, creating a perfectly harmonious chunky dip.

Let’s take a moment to evaluate why it is so difficult for a chip company to capture what we really love about guacamole.  First of all, the texture.  Predominantly consisting of chunky avocado pieces that exude a rich and unctuous mouth feel, that is offset with bright pops of onion, garlic, tomato and cilantro.  Secondly, fat on fat.  Sure, in both cases we enjoy the deliciously fried corn tortilla chips, but with real, fresh guacamole, we that fat level is heightened to a whole new level.  Lastly, with real guacamole it is mandatory be have cold margaritas or beer within an arm’s reach at all times (we’re fairly certain that this is a law…).  And, we can’t say the same about whether or not this same “law” is mandatory with guacamole flavored chips?

Food Should Taste Good’s Guacamole Tortilla Chips do a fairly good job of hitting the flavor notes of real guacamole.  First, right off the bat is a waft of some vegetal presence.  Next, came a powerful lime note, followed closely by a bit of heat.  Actually, that bit of heat continued to build as we consumed more chips.  The chips were rounded out with a muddled melange of other flavors that seemed to include cilantro, chili, tomato, garlic, onion, and even cumin.  The chips were flavorful, and pretty tasty, but something about them seemed sort of weird.

It took us a few minutes of pondering to really pinpoint what it was that perplexed us about these chips.  First of all, the chips are not reallly seasoned in the typical sense of the description.  Normally, we can taste the “flavor” of the chip by licking them, because they have been coated with a dusting of seasoning.  These chips were not coated with seasoning, instead the flavorful ingredients were ground, or mixed, directly into the tortilla chip’s dough.  While this is not the first time we have seen this technique, we can’t say that we really enjoyed this technique with these chips very much.  On another note, we also did not enjoy the use of the ultra aromatic lime oil; especially without the use of some type of acid, or sour notes to accurately represent the citrus.  These chips really could have used that burst of citric acid, or some vinegar, to cut through all of the powerful, slightly monotone, flavor components.

All that being said, we found the fresh, and crispy tortilla chips very easy to eat.  Their dirty green color made us feel like we were getting our veggie servings in while still enjoying some crunchy goodness. While they may not be satisfying our urges for real guacamole and chips, we would gladly crunch on these in a pinch. Once again, we should definitely recognize Food Should Taste Good’s decision to push the industry’s flavor limits, and continually add unique flavors 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.

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REVIEW: Food Should Taste Good – Kimchi Tortilla Chips

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Food Should Taste Good - Kimchi

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If there is one thing that we can tell you about these chips, it’s that they most definitely have a whole lot of Seoul (see what we did there?)!!

First of all, we might as well get the prerequisite background information out of the way for any of you out there who are unfamiliar with what exactly the Korean staple kimchi actually is.  According to the all encompassing, online knowledge center, we all know and love: kimchi “is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. It is often described as “spicy” or “sour”.  In traditional preparation Kimchi was often allowed to ferment underground in jars for months at a time. It is Korea’s national dish, and there are hundreds of varieties made with a main vegetable ingredient such as napa cabbage, radish, scallion, or cucumber.”  (www.wikipedia.com)

In other words, what the heck is Food Should Taste Good thinking?!?

Well, it is safe to say that these chips are certainly intriguing, extremely unique, and pretty much spot on for flavor execution.  If you like to try new flavors like we do, than you definitely get a kick out of these!  According to the front of the bag, Food Should Taste Good’s kimchi flavor recipe includes: dried cabbage, onion, garlic, and red bell pepper, and believe it or not, we could taste each one of those ingredients – even the earthy, vegetal cabbage!  The chips cover a breadth of flavor profiles, from sweet and spicy, to tangy and salty, and they really have a lot of complexity and depth to them.  The tortilla chips themselves are thick and hearty, with a nutty flavor from the addition of the sesame seeds (which also add another layer of depth).

All that being said, we may appreciate the flavor that is other worldly, but we’re not exactly sold on the combination of tortilla chips, and the kimchi flavor.  The union just doesn’t seem naturally harmonious to our palettes!  But maybe, to each their own!!

In the end, we must definitely recognize Food Should Taste Good’s decision to push the industry’s flavor limits, and continually add unique flavors 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.

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REVIEW: Food Should Taste Good – Limited Edition Harvest Pumpkin Tortilla Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Food Should Taste Good - Pumpkin Harvest

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Tis’ the season for holiday chips!  We plan to serve these chips right after Thanksgiving dinner to those guests that shy away from sweets.

Food Should Taste Good’s Harvest Pumpkin Tortilla Chips are hearty, rustic, stoneground with a Autumnal burnt orange hue!  The crispy chips have a strong hearty crunch, and a more than adequate salt level.  We expected them to be a bit sweet, but they are most definitely savory first and foremost!  The all natural tortilla chips trigger thoughts of pumpkin pie, emphasized through the usage of those aromatic spices, so commonly used with pumpkin anything – nutmeg and cinnamon.  Which made us question – do the chips actually taste like pumpkin?  Or, do our brains simply associate their color and aroma with pumpkin?!?  Either way, pumpkin thoughts evoked!

Food Should Taste Good’s Harvest Pumpkin Tortilla Chips fall somewhere between the two other pumpkin flavored chips we have tried.  Certainly better than Pringles Pumpkin Pie Spice attempt, but no where near as complex as Laurel Hill’s Pumkin Seed Tortilla Chips.

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REVIEW: Food Should Taste Good – Ancho Chile Kettle Cooked Sweet Potato Chips

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Food Should Taste Good - Ancho Chile Sweet Potato Chips

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What do you call a pepper that is not yours?  “An-cho Chile” (yes, you’re right, we won’t be quitting our day jobs).

As far as we know, Food Should Taste Good is the only brand that continues to use kettle cooked sweet potatoes as their vehicle of choice for trying out new flavors (maybe Terra could be comparable, except that they tend to stay more traditional with the sweet potato chips).  We can really appreciate Food Should Taste Good’s unique approach to chips, but we’re going to be completely honest, and tell you right now that we believe that sweet potatoes are definitely not as clean and perfect of chip canvas as other more traditional potatoes, nor corn tortillas.  That being said, sweet potatoes can and do work very well with certain seasoning flavors.

With these Ancho Chile flavored sweet potato chips, similar to their Barbeque flavored ones, Food Should Taste good has given us another flavor that both jives with the natural sweetness of these chips, but at the same time is also barring on being too overly sweet.  The flavors tread the sweetness line a little too closely for us to fully embrace them.  Unlike their two other sweet potato chip flavors – Salt & Pepper and Salt & Vinegar – which each juxtaposed, and countered the potatoes natural sweetness, and balanced the overall flavor profiles very well!

Ancho chile flavored chips are a new one to us.  In fact, we are pretty sure that these are the first ancho chile flavored chips that we can ever remember seeing.  Apparently, an ancho chile is……drum roll please………a smoked poblano?  That’s right, similar to the chipotle chile, which is a dried smokey jalapeno, an ancho chile in the dark red, dried version of the mild green chile pepper.  The ancho chile seasoning is very smokey, with a very mild heat and a heavy does of salt.  We’re not quite certain as to what really gives off the additional sweetness to these chips, but there is something there we know it.

In the end, these chips really just remind us of Food Should Taste Good’s barbeque version, just very, very, very smokey!

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