Better Chip – Jalapeño and Sea Salt

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Evenin’! I had a really major hankering for some nachos today – but cheese and I aren’t really friends, despite my undying love, and I wanted the gross kind of nachos that you can only get at ball games, gas stations, and movie theaters. I can’t honestly think of the last time I purchased nachos from a gas station, but the more I tossed the idea around of caving in after I got off work – the worse it sounded. Nothing good would come of this!

So I rummaged around in my stash of foods to see what I had that would potentially pacify my craving for cheesy spicy nachos. I picked up these Better Chips at SaveMart a couple of weeks ago and kind of forgot about them because the bag is rather small, and they got smashed behind a bunch of other chips, that I have not had the courage to try yet.

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I was curious what I was getting myself into with these. They claim to be all natural and better, but was I going to be eating a spicy salty cardboard puck? When I opened the bag, which has a tear spot vs just opening them like normal chips. I attempted to tear them across the top because I found it more aesthetically pleasing, but I couldn’t get it to tear all the way so I had to opt for down the side. It really made me feel inept at opening a simple bag of chips. THANKS GUYS.

They had a faint smell of jalapeño, but nothing overbearing. I liked that the flavor was baked into the chip instead of heavily sprinkled on top. These chips were kind of a silent killer. I popped one in my mouth and was pleasantly surprised by how delicious they were. They had an excellent balance of corn, salt and spice from the jalapeño, then the more I chewed, the progressively hotter they got. Have you ever had spicy food where you feel like the only recourse to keep the spice at bay is to continue eating at a continuous pace? Thats what happened with these. The bag was probably gone in 1.5 minutes. I’m not proud, but they were scrumptious.

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Texture: 4/5 – These had a satisfying crunch to them and I really enjoyed the absence of spray on flavor that usually makes things a little gritty and messy.

Smell: 2/5 – There was hardly any smell at all to these chips. This is probably due to the ingredients being baked into the chip.

Appearance: 2/5 – In my line of volunteer work, I have seen a lot… A LOT… of emesis. (if you don’t know what that is, Google it when you’re not eating lunch) The chunks of jalapeño kind of reminded me of this, which did not make for a visually appealing snack.

Taste: 4/5 – These chips were really tasty. I would love to enjoy them with a sandwich, and wish that more sandwich places would carry them as a generic chip alternative. They had a nice crunch, the flavor was tasty, the heat was just enough, not to the point where they were too hot, and you get a decent amount for your buck. The only thing that could have taken these to the next level would be if they had a hint of cheese. Yum!

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