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Chip, Chip, Hooray!

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Originally created as a way to use up stale or misshapen tortillas, the humble tortilla chip has come a long way in just a few short years.  A satisfyingly crunchy, salty side that pairs perfectly with any number of quick meals, or a tasty snack in their own right, it’s no wonder that they’ve taken the market by storm, filling shelves and sometimes even whole aisles with all sorts of different flavors and compositions.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of these options are big disappointments; Greasy, over-salted, and generally bland little triangles that are completely forgettable.  Thankfully, as consumers are beginning to take notice of ingredients and demand higher quality, a few companies have risen above the heap, and Food Should Taste Good, a very aptly named brand, is definitely one of them.

A testament to how simple ingredients of the highest caliber truly make the best foods, each bag lists the bare minimum for what is required to make these chips. Calling for nothing but corn, oil, and salt, the basic Yellow Corn chip is the best example of this. Possessing a more distinct corn flavor than most chips I’ve encountered, they were refreshingly clean and crisp tasting, with just a light dusting of salt to accentuate their natural corn essence. A classic chip that begs to be paired with salsa, this is one that absolutely everyone can appreciate.

Moving into slightly more adventurous flavors, the Lime chip is definitely more unconventional than its plain yellow cousin. Bracing myself for the standard blast of citric acid sourness that I’m used to finding in such products, the mellow, natural zest that met my tongue was a very pleasant surprise. Each little half-moon is only subtly tangy, so while the lime flavor might be harder to pick out when topped with a dip or spread, it will still lend a unique flavor profile that keeps things interesting.

Cinnamon is easily the most popular sweet spice in American kitchens, so it’s no surprise that it would venture out into the realm of snack foods to great success as well. These dark brown, jaunty squares are very aromatic from the minute they’re released from the bag, promising a serious hit of flavor. Whereas I expected them to be sweetened, like cinnamon-sugar toast, they were simply cinnamon, relying on the natural sweetness of the spice itself to do the talking. Leaving the door open to plenty of both sweet and savory pairings, this chip has a ton of potential when it comes to building a snack or even recipe around them. Best of all, they were perfectly delicious to crunch on unadorned.

Upon reaching the last bag I had procured, I was certain there had been some mistake- Potato and Chive? I thought these were supposed to be corn chips! I wondered to myself. But there it was, listed in black ink as the first ingredient: Corn. Nonetheless, these chips proved to have a very rich potato flavor, tasting earthy in the best way possible. Much thicker than the average potato chip and with an almost flaky texture, they were incredibly satisfying to munch on. My only disappointment was how little the chives were present, and although they provided a lovely green accent on top of the chips, it was very hard to detect them by taste. Ultimately, these were my favorite of the bunch, when served along side vegan “sour cream” spiked with a heavy dose of fresh chopped chives.

For the more daring corn chip-lovers, Food Should Taste Good makes many more unusual and fun flavors that should satiate your appetite, totaling 11 different varieties. I think next time, I’ll have to try the chocolate chip, or perhaps the sweet potato!

If you haven’t tried these chips yet, then you’re in luck- Alisa of One Frugal Foodie is generously hosting a giveaway right now, and you could win a gift package of crunchy corn goodness! There will be three winners, so if you hustle on over there, you have a pretty good chance of getting some free snacks!

[Written for Go Dairy Free]

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Author: Hannah Kaminsky

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

28 thoughts on “Chip, Chip, Hooray!

  1. Food Should Taste Good is awesome! I really love their multigrain chip. And their sweet potato chips are amazing paired with jalapeno hummus!

  2. Wouw here in Holland we only have the cheese and chili flavors. Cinnamon and tortilla sounds to me a bit odd. Truly it tastes fine? I hope they bring more flavors here to Holland…so I can try…mmmmmm

  3. WOw a cinnamon corn chip…I cant imagine what it tastes like, although I love cinnamon.

  4. Ooh, these sound great! I’ll have to look out for them.

  5. Delicious! I’d like to try the cinnamon ones. Mmmmmm.

  6. Simply salted ones would be my favorite – cinnamon sounds wonderful, but might be a bit too addictive :) One question though – how did you get the lime one to balance on the limes? Inquiring minds :)

  7. i love that photo of the lime ones! I know what your mean about the usual sourness – I remember buying some lime flavoured chips on holiday a couple of years ago and they were vile – so sour!!

    choc chip corn chips sound freakin ace by the way!!

  8. I will have to try these; they look delicious!

  9. I love, love, LOVE Food Should Taste Good chips!

  10. I bought a bag of the sweet potato chips over the weekend. The texture was really good, but the sweet potato flavor was very subtle. There’s one called “The Works,” and so far that’s my favorite. I can’t wait to try the “Buffalo” one, too!

  11. MMMM I’m going to have to add the cinnamon ones to my grocery list for sure :) and the potato and chive… I may just have to try them for fun!

  12. How did you get that chip to stand up like that! Magic! I love tortilla chips and these sounds like a great twist on the original

  13. Cinnamon corn chip? Never heard of those…they only sell regular, cheese and chili flavoured here in the Netherlands. I do love cinnamon and so does my son so I hope they bring them to the Netherlands so we can try some ^^

    Greetings Gonny

  14. I’ve added you to my blogroll by the way…I hope you don’t mind :)

  15. those sound great.. and i love your pic of the corn chip balancing on the limes.. lol so cute!

  16. As Dutch girl bakes is already mentioning we only have the two boring varieties (well, boring but in general still quite tasty if they are made good!!) and nothing fancy like chocolate (??) or cinnamon.. (really? Cinnamon??)
    I tend to only eat them at my favorite mexican restaurant though, where I usually order a big plate of “nachos todos”. Tortilla chips with just about everything piled on them… DELICIOUS!!

  17. Wow, this looks so tempting!

  18. These photos are so cool. I can’t stop staring at the chip standing on the limes. It’s so original and perfect.

    Thanks for sharing your creations!

  19. Oh, yum! I love sampling different flavors of tortilla chips. There are so many out there right now too. Cinnamon tortilla chips is a new one for me. Sounds great! Love the little chip standing on the limes! What’s the secret?? =)

  20. Sadly I haven’t seen these in Canada! :( We do have some yummy corn chips here though. That photo with the limes and the tortilla on top is impressive! I’d like to see how you did that one. ;)

  21. We really like the sweet potato chips. But what I really want to know is how you photographed the chip balancing on the limes.

  22. Reading about what people eat in other countries always leave me the feeling that there is more variety there than here. At least, in relation with tortilla chips =(
    I would like to try the sweet potato chip!

  23. You never cease to amaze me with what you come up with. Those look even better than regular corn chips! I’ll have a plate with some that brown cow!

  24. After reading this post I just HAD to run out and get some. I got the Chocolate and the Olive varieties. The chocolate is absolutely to die for, and this is coming from someone with a pretty weak sweet tooth who isn’t chocolate crazy. I can’t wait to try the Olive ones. I think they’ve just got a fan for life. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Whoa baby….I love chips and this has gotta be one of my fav posts from you – ever!

  26. Okay, I know about 5 people have asked this and I’m two months late on top of that…but how did you balance the chip on top of the limes?!
    Thank you!

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