Raise your hand if you like kale chips!
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.
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?
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.
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.
How did they taste? Here’s the rundown.
Kool Ranch Kale Chips
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
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
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.