We could practically write an ode to kale chips — the snack that stole our nation's heart — but won't, as you may already be familiar with the crispy-crunchy (yet utterly guilt-free) qualities that make them a snacking staple. That said, we will share five of our favorite ways to cook them up to perfection. Keep reading, and get to it!
Cheetos fans feel passionately for their favorite variety, whether it's the original Crunchy, Puffs, or Flamin' Hot Limon. But the new Cheetos Mix-Ups, in both Xtra Cheezy Mix and Cheezy Salsa Mix ($4) let Cheetos lovers get a variety of flavors and shapes, all in one bag. We popped both bags open, munched, and evaluated the two newest members of the Cheetos family.
Xtra Cheezy Mix
In each bag, there are four shapes and flavors: crunchy cheddar Cheetos, nacho cheese waffle puffs, double cheddar puffs, and mini parmesan puffs. Tasters noticed that despite the advertising, each of the shapes tasted had the exact same flavor as the original Cheetos. Many enjoyed the textural variety of the different shapes but didn't feel like this bag had enough to make them want to buy this variety over the original Cheetos or Cheetos Puffs. However, the extra cheesy bag still managed to score high.
In addition to Pi Day, March 14 also happens to be National Potato Chip Day. While it's easy and satisfying to eat them right out of the bag, it's even more fun to come up with creative ways to add some crunch factor to your food. There's no doubt about it that potato chips are dangerously addictive on their own, but incorporated into other dishes, like sandwiches or even baked goods, they reach an entirely new level of awesome. So grab your favorite bag of chips and get creative!
- Add them to your burgers or sandwiches as a contrast to all of the soft textures. Bobby Flay refers to these burgers as "crunchified."
- Crumble them up and toss them in salads for an unexpected and unusual flavor combination.
- Use them in your next Spanish tortilla in place of sliced potatoes.
- Sprinkle them on top of ice cream for a sweet and salty treat.
- Swap out pretzel sticks for chocolate-dipped potato chips.
- Bake with them! Potato chip cookies are all the rage these days.
What do you love to add potato chips to?
Think you've seen (and devoured) kale chips every which way? Think again. Slathered in smoky-savory bacon drippings and tossed with maple sugar, these snappy snacks are far from conventional in a good — nay, great — way. Sure, it may seem a bit counterintuitive to dress the hearty and oh-so-wholesome green with slightly naughty ingredients, but these still remain a glimmer of virtue, while tasting pretty darn close to candied bacon. So, get over any misguided reservations you may have and try out the recipe yourself.
If there's one thing that helps us get through the day, it's snacks with plenty of flavor that give us that extra oomph. That's why we're munching on smoked almonds and dried orange slices that fit right in with National Snack Food Month.
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The $11 per container is a hefty sum, even if the produce is organic and picked at optimal ripeness. However, for the special occasion party, I think these crisps would be a great addition to a charcuterie platter. You can find the crisps at Whole Foods or order them online at Dean and Deluca.
While we're always excited about the newest Hershey's candy or next Cheetos flavor, we adore trying handmade, artisanal products from smaller vendors. In our new series Artisanal Pick, we're highlighting small-batch products that we've tried, tested, and devoured.If you told me a few months back that I'd be swooning over a jar of pickled cauliflower, I'd likely scoff. But, in this case, I couldn't be happier to be wrong. Full of tangy-vinegar punch and with a perfect crisp, but not too crisp texture, these pickles from Emmy's Pickles and Jams were one of my favorite things I tasted as a judge at the Good Food Awards, and I wasn't even judging the pickles category! Since my first tentative nibble (I'm typically a rather stalwart broccoli and cauliflower-hater) I've been smitten. In fact, I couldn't help but pop one after another of the tender florets in my mouth, despite initially trying these briny, Indian-spiced pickles on a rather full stomach. Just ask the food team; I cannot and will not stop talking about them, so it seemed that it was time to finally bring in a jar to the office to share.
Not too surprisingly, the consensus was that they're a game changer of sorts. Novel, but not so out of the box to remain squarely in the "interesting" category, these pickles are an excellent snack eaten plain — I somewhat shamefully often eat them straight from the jar — but they'd add zing to any manner of dishes, in particular, as an excellent foil for fatty meats as part of a charcuterie spread. All in all, I'd suggest you cast aside any doubts you might have about the concept of pickled cauliflower and snap up a jar; they're really just that good.
Do you have a nostalgic love for Stretch Island's classic fruit leathers but wish they came in a less sticky and therefore more convenient form? Then the latest addition to the brand's fruit-snack family might just be for you.
Similar in size to more traditional fruit snacks but with a texture and flavor consistent with the wholesome snack company's other products, these fruit chews are easy to eat on the go — and a boon to those with a busy lifestyle.
Stretch Island Oh So Very Strawberry Fruit Chews
Tart and tangy with a true-to-life dried strawberry flavor, these tiny fruit chews were a fast favorite among our tasting crew. Most found that they successfully captured the essence of strawberry and were enticing — even dangerous. As one taster put it, "I could eat 500 of these — but that might be the problem."
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Did you know February is National Snacking Month? Partake by whipping up these easy recipes for pick-me-up snacks at your desk or appetizers before dinner — because really, there's nothing like yummy small bites to get you through the day.
Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips
Bell Pepper With Seasoning
Cheddar Phyllo Crackers
We hold a lot of taste tests in our office, sampling everything from exceptional bottles of red wine to gingerbread Peeps, but yesterday's sampling of Lay's newfangled fan-generated flavors was easily our most eagerly anticipated taste test to date. In the span of a short morning, not one but 10 of my office mates stopped by my desk to inspect the wares, ready to see if the novel — and quite frankly, a bit out there — flavors like Chicken & Waffles, Sriracha, and Cheesy Garlic Bread could translate well as crisp and crunchy chips.Lay's Chicken & Waffles Flavored Potato Chips
Easily the most wacky flavor of the bunch, these Southern-brunch-staple-inspired chips drew the largest crowd of tasters, likely due to their undeniable novelty factor. Here's the thing: while we'd love to say these were an unmitigated success, it quickly became clear why Chicken & Waffles had yet to be immortalized in salty snack form. More waffle than chicken — many tasters complained of an overpowering fake-maple-syrup flavor — most would relegate these to a late-night drunk munchies snack only. That said, they won over a few with their intriguing blend of sweet, salty, and savory (think maple and chicken bouillon). All in all, they're worth trying at least once simply to say that you did it.
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