Taste Test – Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips

Raise your hand if you like kale chips!

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I hope I wasn’t the only one there throwing my hands in the air, waving like I just don’t care (yes, I know that was lame). But seriously, kale chips are pretty awesome. Of course, I have only ever made my own in the oven…until I found these.

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I was shopping at the local market and saw bags upon green bags of Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips along one wall. With a sale sign. And who doesn’t like a sale?

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I was intrigued to try out a commercially made, almost raw, flavoured kale chip. There were 5 flavours to choose from, but I felt I should exert some self control and only buy 3. I went with the Kool Ranch, Zesty Nacho, and Mango Habanero.

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Sorry Texas BBQ and Bombay Curry – maybe next time?

I was impressed with the ingredient lists for each of the flavours – a sunflower seed and tahini base mixed with an array of organic vegetables, spices, and herbs. No unpronounceable scary ingredients to be found. Real food is where it’s at.

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How did they taste? Here’s the rundown.

 

Kool Ranch Kale Chips

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My first taste test involved the Kool Ranch flavour while on a road trip to Squamish. I eagerly ripped open the package, looking for a crunchy, light snack. But…I was disappointed. Yes, the ranch flavour was good, but it was SO INTENSE. Capital letters cannot express how overwhelmed my taste buds were after one chip. I thought maybe I had one with a little too much flavour, so I tried another, but it was the same thing. I had to put the bag down. Sure, exercising portion control is a good thing sometimes, but when you have to stop at 1 chip, that doesn’t seem like a good sign. I’m thinking I may crumble them up and use them as a popcorn topping.

 

Zesty Nacho Kale Chips

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The next chips I tried were the Zesty Nacho (after I was home from the road trip – yes, the ranch scared me enough to not touch them again while I was away). I was curious how these would taste, because many “cheesy” vegan foods contain nutritional yeast, but it was not to be found on the ingredient list. I thought they were okay, but found the red pepper was the dominant flavour. Zesty? Sure. Nacho? I don’t think it quite hit the mark on that one.

 

Mango Habanero Kale Chips

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I’m sure you can guess that by the time I got to trying the Mango Habanero chips I no longer had high hopes for these kale chips. In fact, I was thinking I was going to be making a whole lotta popcorn just to use up the chips (because I hate wasting food). So I opened the bag, expecting a similar “meh” reaction. But…I was pleasantly surprised! I really enjoyed this flavour – there was a nice balance between the sweet of the mango and the lingering heat of habanero. And I didn’t find the flavours to completely overwhelm the kale chip itself. I was able to enjoy more than one whole chip in a sitting. Mango Habanero – you saved what may have been a complete kale chip taste test fail.

 

Would I buy any of these again? I don’t know. I do like the mango habanero, and if I was looking for a healthy crunchy snack option, I would consider them. But they seem rather pricey ($6.99 when not on sale). I think it would be better for my wallet if I stick to making my own kale chips in the oven, even if they are only seasoned with salt, pepper, and a little garlic.

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Categories: Raw, Review, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

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One Comment on “Taste Test – Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips”

  1. September 7, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    I see those on my supermarket shelves all the time – but at least at Urban Fare they’re MEGA expensive! So I stay away!!!!

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