BIJOU-REVIEW: Goldbaum’s – Barbecue Multigrain Quinoa Crisps

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Goldbaum's - Barbecue Quinoa CrispsAnother all natural, wholesome, gluten, wheat, and a handful of other things free, multigrain snack option from Goldbaum’s.

We’ve tasted an array of different “healthier” snack food options from Goldbaum’s now, and for the most part they been pretty good.

These latest barbecue flavored multigrain quinoa crisps fall right there inline with the rest.

The quinoa crisps’ texture is just sort of……off, or off-putting, let’s say.  Kind of stale, with a soft crunch.

Goldbaum’s tries to redeem the crisps by dousing them with a heavy orangish-red seasoning coat, but it does not quite do the trick.

The barbecue seasoning blend reminds us of a Texas BBQ sauce that is heavy on the Hickory smoke essence.

The inclusion of paprika adds another smoky, and slightly sweet, note, while some sort of chili adds just a touch of peppery heat.

We recognize the necessity of these crunchy crisps in the snack market, but that doesn’t mean that we would be choosing them over tastier, more unhealthy, options.

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BIJOU-REVIEW: I Heart Keenwah – Aged Cheddar Quinoa Puffs

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

I Heart Keenwah - Aged Cheddar Quinoa PuffsQuinoa = Keenwah

We still giggle a little every time we hear someone try to pronounce quinoa for the first time… Quin-noah?, is what we usually hear.

Ooooh, the quinoa puffs are in the shape of a heart. Yep, it’s those little details that really get us every time.

Well, these are certainly unique, and definitely a first.

Unfortunately, opinions seem to also be uniquely split right down the middle.

Some of us here at Chip Review really, really, appreciated the quinoa puffs, and after a couple additional handfuls, began to love them.  Extra crunchy, cheddar dusted, grain-y quinoa “croutons”.

Others of us here at Chip Review did not like them one bit.   Sorry.  Weird, hard, quinoa snack nuggets.

Hearty crunch, not a meltable texture at all. These are not puffs like we know puffs.  No corn meal melt at the site of tongue moisture here….these “puffs” have some body.  They are cruuuuuunchy!  Plain and simple, the quinoa puffs’ texture is not normal, and may even be off putting to some…..but, definitely unique!

The aged cheddar seasoning is fine. It is salty, a little funky, with a good orange color.

Some will love these, and others not so much.  We can’t wait to try some more flavors from these guys!

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

Puffs discovered at Marshall’s; Lombard, Illinois

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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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BIJOU-REVIEW: the GOOD bean CHIPS – Jalapeño Cheddar

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The Good Bean - Jalapeno CheddarThese were surprising chips to say the least!  As most of you may know, we are not usually the biggest fans of bean chips.  More often than not the bean chip texture is just too brittle and crumbly, and worst of all, amazingly mouth drying!!

However, true to their name, these are really good BEAN chips.  It must be due to their unique chip recipe, which according to the back of the bag includes: chickpeas, navy beans, red lentils, pea protein, brown rice, sweet potatoes, and quinoa!!

Triangular in shape, with a really firm texture and crunch.  We would definitely refer to these chips as crunchy, and not crispy.  SOLID – that’s a good word to describe them.

But, MOST IMPORTANTLY, these beans are not excruciatingly moisture absorbing!

The seasoning is true to its name – we taste both cheddar cheese and jalapeño chiles.  Unlike most cheese flavored chips The Good Bean Chips’ cheese seasoning tastes more like real cheese than it does salty cheese powder.  The white dusting is practically creamy when it touches the moisture on the tongue.  The jalapeños give off an undeniable vegetal aroma and taste, as well as, the expected (somewhat) spicy burn.

We were quite impressed with these chips, and not only because we did not have any expectations due to their bean-ness, but because they are also a respectable addition to the chip market!

Chips discovered at World Market; Oak Brook, Illinois

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REVIEW: Angie’s Boom Chicka Puff – Nacho Cheese Baked Ancient Grain Puffs

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Angie's Boom Chicka Puff - Nacho CheeseAngie seems like she must be a very, very busy girl because every other time we check the snack aisle for delicious new treats, she has some new flavor of Boom Chicka Popcorn that is radiating from the store’s snack shelves.  However, as if she wasn’t busy enough already, conquering the popcorn game, Angie has decided to branch out from providing us with popcorn alone, and include all new baked ancient grain puffs into her repertoire!

Baked ancient grain puffs nice….but, what does that mean?  Well, baked is when you traditionally take an uncooked piece of food and cook it in an oven, at a consistent temperature (usually ranging from 300-500 degrees F), for a sustained period of time.  Ancient pretty much just means really, really old.  Grains, well in this case that refers to the three types of grains that are being used to make Angie’s Boom Chicka Puffs.  There is of course corn, because one cannot have a puff without corn, it simply goes against all rational logic.  The other two grains, which are supposed to provide the unique wow-ancient grain-factor are quinoa and sorghum.  And, while we recognize that their may in fact be some small amount of health benefit from adding these grains to the puff mix, we can’t imagine that it amounts to very much, and their addition certainly does not improve on the puffs’ texture.

Angie’s Popcorn Company has come a very long way from that small mom and pop started, southern Minnesota, kettle cooked popcorn company, that we remember gracing the shelves of only a few different grocery stores back in the day (we’re talking about you Byerly’s!).  Now, Angie’s Popcorn is EVERYWHERE!  We’re not joking, we mean everywhere!  We don’t know this for a fact, but Angie’s could possibly be the biggest popcorn company out there right now!  And to that, we must say congrats Angie.  You’ve come a long way.  In fact, it looks like you have come so far as to officially change your name to Boom Chicka.  Is that correct?  Is the company name actually Boom Chicka now…?

Angie’s Boom Chicka Puffs are extremely light and fluffy and crispy puffs.  Light as air, or kind of like popcorn.  But, with that subtlety they also bring a lack of the usual melt-ability we’ve come to expect from traditional, delicious cheesy corn puffs.  Apparently, the addition of ancient grains has a very recognizable affect on the puffs’ consistency, and not one we enjoy.  Probably our most favorite aspect of the traditional cheese puffs are the deliciously rich, crunch and then melt on the tongue.  So, when you change the best characteristic of the cheese puff, we are not fans from the beginning.  Along those same lines, the Boom Chicka Puffs do not have a very savory or fatty cheese presence.  We’re not saying that they don’t have any flavor, they do exude a pretty decent nacho cheese essence.  The classic mix of cheese, tomato, onion, garlic, bell peppers, with a kiss of heat is always a good one.

Overall, Angie’s Nacho Cheese Boom Chicka Puffs are perfectly acceptable, and snackable, it’s just that we would not pick them over most puffs on the market.  But, if we had to make a choice between eating puffs, or not eating puffs, we’re eating some puffs!!

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

Discovered at Target; Hillside, Illinois

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