Rating: ©-3/4 chips (return to sender)
It was slightly over one year ago that we stumbled upon one of those rare surprises that made us smile with enjoyment after just one chip!! Not necessarily because we had just tasted some of the greatest chips ever, but simply because they were much better than we were expecting! Those chips were Simply Sprouted’s Way Better Snacks Simply So Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips, and they were delicious!
We stumbled upon Simply Sprouted’s latest, all-new creation just the other day, and once again we were quite surprised by both what we saw, and by what we tasted. What we saw, were smoked Gouda flavored Pita-ahh chips and we were very intrigued. Interested enough to grab the bag from the shelf and give them a whirl. But what we tasted, well, let’s just say that surprise went in the wrong direction!
First, let’s discuss the positives of these playfully named pita chips. The pita chips themselves are triangular shaped, like tortilla chips, but thick and sturdy like pita chips. The captivating, milky white seasoning that liberally coats the chips explodes on the tongue with a heavy blast of very smoky Havarti cheese flavor. Seriously, it is as if the pita chips have been dunked into a creamy cheese powder, or the powder has been spread on with a knife; and as soon as that cheese dust comes into contact with any moisture from your mouth it turns into a smooth, silky cheese sauce!
Lastly, based on the way these chips taste, they have got to be healthy. Way Better Snacks appear to have a theme running through them, and yep, you guessed it, they use sprouted grains! This particular recipe from Simply Sprouted, happens to contain both Red Fife, and Spelt. Both, being “magical” ancient grains that are supposed to add loads of health benefits, along with, some great texture and flavor to the chips. But, what exactly are sprouted grains? you ask. According to Way Better Snacks website: “…seeds, grains and beans play an important role in a healthy diet, but their nutrients can be increased multifold through the process of germination. Germination releases enzymes specifically designed to start the seed on its way to becoming a plant, which in turn consolidate nutrients. Sprouted foods are high in fiber, helps neutralize and remove waste from the body, and some (like our Broccoli and Diakon Radish Seeds) even contain anticancer substances.”
In concept, Way Better Snacks’ sprouted grains sounded good to us, but at the end of the day, they also needed to taste good! And unfortunately, these chips do not!! In fact, more than one of our tasters actually said “yuck” after eating only one of the chips. For starters, the triangular shaped pita chips had no real character to them. Smooth, flat and quite texture-less. Somehow the chips were brittle and delicate, but yet not light and crispy like other pita chips that we have enjoyed. As the chips disintegrated into moisture absorbing, grainy powder, we found ourselves grasping for anything we could find to drink.
Lastly, and probably most regrettably, was that despite the chips’ initially intriguing smoked Gouda cheese seasoning, we swiftly realized that the seasoning blend was all but devoid of any salt! How can a cheese flavored seasoning not include any salt!?! What a disappointment, and failed opportunity, for a potentially delicious new flavor!
In the end, all we can really say about these new Pita-ahh Chips is that Simply Sprouted, we’ve had some way better snacks from you!
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Discovered at Whole Foods; Hinsdale, Illinois
Simply Sprouted Official Website
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©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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