If you're like me, you love potato chips. You probably also skip over the potato chip aisle quite often "Because there's usually nothing new there. I've had plain, greasy, boring flavored chips a million times before." But you won't have that problem anymore. The folks at The Better Chip sent me a wonderful box of their chips to try. You'll want to taste these chips.
The Better Chip come in four varieties: fresh corn and sea salt, jalapeno and sea salt, sweet onion and white cheddar, and red pepper and salsa fresca. Each variety is made of forty percent fresh ingredients and double corn masa. These chips are free of animal bi-products, GMOs, preservatives and cholesterol (raise your hand if you just thought "what, there's animal biproducts and GMOS in my chips ?!" and pushed away the ones you're eating now) All of my gluten free, dairy free and nut free readers will rejoice at this:
-Made in a completely nut-free environment. No Kidding. We touch no nuts in our chip facility.
-Made on a line dedicated to only tortilla products
-Lactose free (Red Pepper & Salsa Fresca, Jalapeno Sea Salt)
Now on to the taste test. So follow me! And bring your favorite dip!
Jalapeno And Sea Salt
"Made with 40% fresh jalapeños so the flavor is inside"
The jalapeno and sea salt chips were my hands down favorite. They were super spicy, just the way I like my food. It was similar to eating fresh, mouth watering salsa at my favorite Mexican restaurant. The taste is that authentic. They were delicious with vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup, with ranch dip and in a salad with black beans & chicken. The jalapeno chips had just the right amount of sea salt; I didn't find myself brushing salt off my clothes or saying "Ugh, give me some water. There's too much salt on these chips." The chips were very hearty and held up when scooping up dip.
Sweet Onion and White Cheddar
"Made with 40% fresh onion so the flavor is inside"
The sweet onion and white cheddar chips were very popular with the "I don't like spicy foods" people in the AMW family. The sweet white onions were a welcome change from other onion flavored chips. The scent is sweet and tangy, not greasy, odorous and offputting. You could pack these in your work lunch and not have co-workers think "oh heck no, you brought onion chips." Your co-workers will probably start saying "let's share lunches like in grade school" after they taste the red onion and white cheddar chips. The only change I would make to this flavor would be to add a pinch more white cheddar.
Red Pepper And Salsa Fresca
"Made with 40% fresh red pepper so the flavor is inside"
The red pepper and salsa fresca chips were a big hit here, too. They had the fresh flavor of the red peppers I've previously grown in my garden. I know some of you are thinking "I've had red pepper chips. They all tasted like that weird Cajun spice and pizza flavor mix most brands offer." These chips tasted nothing like that. You will immediately think "Wow, this tastes like a fresh red bell pepper. Oh duh, it's because there really are fresh peppers in the chips."
I made a wonderful casserole from the red pepper chips, the red onion chips, cheese and chicken. Everyone loved it. And I didn't even need to add sauce to the recipe, although you can of course throw in black beans or tomato sauce if you prefer.
The Better Chip gets a thumbs up for being tasty, gluten free and full of natural ingredients. I felt like I was treating myself to a high quality snack each time I tasted a chip. They're a far cry from the greasy, boring chips we're all used to eating. I have found a new favorite chip for my lunch box.
The Better Chip can be found in the following stores in select states:
Fresh And Co
My Fit Foods
There is a special prize for one lucky AMW reader. A cute pink t-shirt, size large, that says "Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Me"
Here are the giveaway rules: Leave your name, email and which variety of The Better Chip you want to try. The contest begins at 8:30 PM EST on Wednesday February 15, 2012 and ends at 8:30 PM EST on Saturday February 18, 2012. Winner will be chosen at 9 PM EST on February 18, 2012. One entry per person and per household.
*Update: Congrats to Britney! Please email me your address so I can send your shirt.