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The Perfect Chip

December 16, 2010

I should probably be writing more about Christmas gifts today, but what can I say?  If you have a specific question, you’ll ask.  And in the meantime I was so surprised by the response to yesterday’s post on a product that got the FUSSYlittle Seal-of-Approval, I’m moved to mention something that I’ve had on the shelf for a few months.

Chips, or crisps, or what have you.  They are delicious.  But given all my concerns about food, they are very problematic indeed.

Probably my favorite chip of all time is the Herr’s Salt and Vinegar.  The vinegar is strong in this one.  But there is trouble in paradise.  Potatoes are one of the vegetables that I try to eat organic.  They are fried in corn/cotton/soybean oil, all of which are major GMO crops and are also chemically extracted.  And finally, there is the partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.  These are on top of some of the regular food additives and preservatives that are in most highly processed foods.

I’ll still eat them, lovingly and with great enjoyment.  What is it they say?  Love the sinner, hate the sin?  But I’m always on the lookout for something salty, crunchy, and tasty to snack on that fits with my worldview.

Then Shazam! Out of the corner of my eye at the Pioneer Market in Troy, I found it.

Before I tell you what they are, I’m going to tell you what they are made of, and you’ll understand why I felt compelled to get these chips.

–       They are organic, which means no GMOs – not even in the oil.
–       Speaking of oil, it is expeller-pressed, which means no toxic chemical extraction.
–       The ingredients list is long, but they are all “kitchen cabinet” ingredients.
–       There are no preservatives, flavorings or colorings.
–       They are so nutritionally dense that a one-ounce serving has 4g of protein and 4g of dietary fiber.
–       They have no transfat or cholesterol.

And that’s just my hot list of criteria.  But these chips are also gluten-free, vegan, kosher, peanut-free, tree-nut-free, wheat-free, egg-free, and contain no dairy ingredients for the lactose intolerant.  They don’t even have that much sodium, 80mg in a one-ounce serving.  Oh, and they are made in the USA.

What, pray tell, is this mystery super food?

Falafel Chips.  Yes, it’s odd.  But give it a chance, because they aren’t really falafel chips.  It’s a clever name, and it’s an interesting product positioning to suggest they are the only chips designed to be eaten with hummus (given the dip’s popularity).

I know falafel, and these are not falafel.

They are however, some very tasty corn chips that are fortified with beans and veggies, and seasoned with herbs and spices.  They look like round corn chips.  They have the texture and crunch of them as well, if maybe just a hair thicker and a bit more toothsome.  But they get stuck in my back teeth just like Tostitos.

Head-to-head on taste and texture I’ll take the Herr’s potato chip every time.  But these are very good.  Still, if you don’t like cumin you’re out of luck.  It’s not your typical snack food, but if you care about what is in the stuff you eat, it may soon become the convenience food you reach for first.

Plus, if you live in the Albany area, it gives you an excuse to get to the Pioneer Market in Troy and see what else they’ve got.  I hear they are in need of some community support. Otherwise, the only other place to buy these is online.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Bill permalink
    December 16, 2010 11:22 am

    I’ll have to look for those. Thanks for sharing the find!

  2. Mr. Sunshine permalink
    December 16, 2010 11:36 am

    Don’t they contain at least a smidgen of chick pea flour to justify the name?

  3. December 16, 2010 8:51 pm

    I found them once in the Fresh Market. Pretty much had the same reaction you did and had to try them. I was surprised how much I liked them. Then they were gone for awhile. Saw them there again last week.

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