BIJOU-REVIEW: Maya Kaimal – Sweet Chili Chickpea Chips

Rating: ©©© chips  (notable)

Maya Kaimal - Sweet Chili Chickpea ChipsChickpea Chips?!?  Huh….why not!  First time for everything.

So, what is a Maya Kaimal?  Apparently, Maya Kaimal is not a what, but a who (we should have known that….).  And Maya Kaimal is (according to her website): “an award-winning cookbook author and a leading authority on Indian cooking.”

The chickpea and rice chips deliver an extremely rigid crunch. We would certainly not describe the chips’ dense texture as something our mouths actually enjoyed crunching on.  Compared to other chips, these felt more like a workout then an enjoyable snack.

The combination of chickpea, rice and some sesame seeds randomly strewn throughout the chips, delivers a pleasantly nutty and sort of mildly savor-earthy notes.

The sweet chili seasoning was ok.  Heavy on the garlic and sweet, and light on the chili.

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

Chips discovered at Mariano’s; Westchester, Illinois

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REVIEW: Beanfields – Jalapeño Nacho Bean & Rice Chips

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Beanfields - Jalapeno NachoWe said it before, and we’ll just go ahead and say it again….just when we thought Beanfield’s couldn’t possibly do any better than their lip-smacking Nacho flavored or Ranch flavored bean and rice chips, they go and one-up them both with their most lip-smacking creation to date! Wow!!

We know what you are thinking, “sure Chip Review you are impressed with these bean and rice chips for what they are, but when compared to “regular” chips, they don’t really compare, right?!”  Sure, they are most definitely different, we recognize that, it is impossible not to.  And comparing Beanfield’s to your typical tortilla chips is sort of like comparing apples to, something even healthier than apples, if there is such a thing.  That being said, when it comes down to it, we compare chips to chips!  And these new Jalapeño Nacho Bean & Rice Chips from Beanfields are lip-smacking regardless of their type!

First and foremost, the combination of the jalapeño nacho seasoning, paired with the bean and rice chips delivers some fantastically savory chips!  Throw in a decent dose of slightly vegetal, and even more than slightly spicy jalapeño chili flavors, and Beanfields has made the delicious decision to take their classic nacho chips, and build upon them.

However, once again the most amazing aspect of these chips is that they are completely dairy free!  That’s right, vegan.  Absolutely no dairy, meaning no cheese used in their nacho cheese flavored chips……?!?  Huh, what’s that now?  And yet, these chips taste cheesier than many other cheese dust coated chips!  All at once rich, creamy, tangy, funky, and certainly flavorful!  Seriously, honest to truth, these really taste like there is a deliciously salty layer of creamy nacho cheese coating them!

Plain and simple this seasoning is really, really PACKED full of flavor!!

The bean and rice chips themselves are no joke either.  They remind us a lot of other rice chips we’ve tried (like Riceworks), with a good grainy consistency, but at the same time with a much softer crunch – likely due to the inclusion of beans.  The zesty seasoning adheres perfectly to the chips’ texture, and the triangular cut gives them a traditional tortilla chip presence.

We love these chips!  You have to give them a try if you see them!!

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

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BIJOU-REVIEW: GimMe Chips – Wasabi Seaweed Rice Chips

Rating©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Gimme Chips - WasabiIf you are looking for a more detailed description of who and what GimMe Chips are, then please see our original review of their Teriyaki flavored chips located right over here.

However, if you are simply looking for the quick and simple low down on these wasabi flavored seaweed rice chips, please continue reading.

Wasabi + seaweed + rice = winning flavor combination for a very long time.

However (you knew there was going to be a however), GimMe Chips wasabi flavored seaweed rice chips somehow in our opinion do not knock this one out of the park.

Plain and simple, the seaweed flavor is too prominent for our paletes, and dominates the usually powerful wasabi flavor.

It’s not that we don’t taste any wasabi, because we do; and it tastes like the same old burning nasal punch as it always does.  However, despite wasabi’s undeniably powerful presence, somehow the seaweed still steals the show (and like we’ve said before, we don’t love licking the bottom of the ocean!).

The chips themselves had a strong, hearty crunch, with a grainy mouth texture.

So, if you are a big fan of that seaweed ocean flavor, and you also like getting your sushi maki on, then you may very well like these chips and we suggest you give them a try for yourselves.

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

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Lundberg Rice Chips – Smoky Maple

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

Lundberg - Smoky Maple Rice ChipsWe spotted these intriguingly flavored ‘Smoky Maple’ rice chips just the other day while perusing the new Whole Foods in the neighborhood.

As soon as we tasted these thoughts of Kettle Brand’s Maple Bacon Potato Chips came flooding in, and come to think of it, ‘Smoky Maple’ would have been a much more appropriate flavor name for their chips as well!

Not sure if Lundberg’s Smoky Maple seasoning was simply better than Kettle Brand’s, or if this seasoning just worked better with the rice chips?  The kicker was probably the fact that these chips weren’t trying to proclaim bacon flavor, but rather just let us know that they had been kissed with a hint of smoke.  Combine that with a good splash of sweetness, and yep, smoky maple is what we tasted.

Overall, pretty darn tasty chips.  They had that usual grainy rice texture and consistency.  More body and chew then your typical tortilla chip.

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

Chips discovered at Whole Foods; Elmhurst, Illinois

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REVIEW: GimMe Chips – Teriyaki Seaweed Rice Chips

Rating©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Gimme Chips - Teriyaki Seaweed Rice ChipsAccording to the back of the bag to your left, GimMe Chips got their name for two reasons: 1) Gim is Korean for seaweed, and Korea is where GimMe Chips grows their seaweed.  Well, that makes perfect sense!  And, 2) GimMe Chips are so crunchelicious, everyone wants more!  Ummm, well, we may not necessarily entirely agree with reason #2.

So that’s right, we got roped into trying some more SEAWEED chips!! We were convinced by the unique flavor – TERIYAKI (don’t see that flavor every day!), and by the inclusion of rice in the chip base (meaning that there couldn’t possibly be enough actual seaweed used in the recipe to really taste that unmistakable ocean flavor, could there?!).

The answer to that question is: YES, there could be!  Once again the unmistakably prominent “ocean” flavor is front and center.  There is no denying that these are seaweed chips, and they do in fact taste like seaweed.  That being said, we found that if you get on a good crunching role, and just keep popping these into your mouth without breathing very much, than you can actually bypass much of that seaweed flavor; but, do note that the moment you pause for some air that unique ocean floor aftertaste creeps up the back of your palette, and gives you no choice but to think about it! If you like that flavor than these may be for you! We, on the other hand do not.

The rice and seaweed chip texture is pretty good. The chips are classic triangular cut, with a rough, dense crunch, and a grainy mouth texture. Let’s just put it this way, their texture sure seems healthy!!

Probably the best part of the chips was the Teriyaki seasoning. That classic flavor combination of tamari (sweet soy sauce), garlic, and onion is a proven winner, and it actually translates pretty well to chips! Certainly on the sweeter side of seasonings, but then again teriyaki means something like glazed – so sugar coated sounds about right.  Teriyaki is certainly not a popular snack flavor.  In fact, according to our Teriyaki flavor database, we have only tried one other Teriyaki flavored chip over the years.  We are thinking that more brands should give this flavor a shot!

In the end, we just haven’t connected, or been sold, on the seaweed chips yet.  Maybe the “ones” are still out there, but we’re not getting our hopes 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: Beanfields – Barbecue Bean & Rice Chips

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Beanfield's - BarbecueAs some of you may know, we like our BBQ chips sort of like ourselves… not too sweet!  Just kidding, about us, not the chips!!

We have to say, overall we have been pretty darn impressed with Beanfield’s Bean & Rice Chips. We know what you are thinking, “sure Chip Review you are impressed with them for what they are, but compared to “regular” chips, they don’t really compare do they?!”  Sure, they are different, we recognize that, and comparing Beanfield’s to your typical tortilla chips is sort of like comparing apples to something even healthier than apples (is there such a thing?), but honestly that’s what we try to do here – compare chips to chips!  And these are lip-smacking chips regardless of type.

Beanfield’s bean and rice chips remind us a lot of other rice chips we’ve tried (like Riceworks), more than they do of other bean chips (like Beanitos).  Beanfield’s chips have a sort of rustic, hearty, toothsome, grainy consistency that provides a distinct texture and crunch.  Softer than your typical corn tortilla chips.  And the seasoning also adheres quite well to the rough texture.

Speaking of Beanfield’s barbecue seasoning blend, their recipe is bold, and packed with loads of flavor!  Not quite as uniquely delicious as their ranch or nacho cheese seasonings but still impressive nonetheless.  Probably what we appreciate so much regarding this seasoning is its overall balance and savoriness.  Like we said above, this is not a sweet bbq seasoning, it’s a bit tangy, a little smoky, and all savory!  The flavor combo just works well with Beanfield’s hearty chips!

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

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RATING: Beanfields – Unsalted Bean & Rice Chips

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Beanfields - Unsalted

Beanfields makes some really decent bean & rice chips, but these ones, well these aren’t among them!  Seriously, we are nearly 100% sure that somewhere within the definition of CHIPS is the word salt!!

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