Late July Organic Multigrain Tortilla Chips
Ever the snack food aficionado, I came across these Late July Organic’s Dude Ranch Tortilla chips at my local Whole Foods. This was a new brand for me so I though why not give it ago after seeing that they were in fact gluten-free.
The first thing you notice about these is that they are not your typical corn chips but multigrain including corn, brown rice, flax, amaranth, quinoa and chia seeds – definitely an interesting mix. The chips themselves have a heart consistency with a solid crunch and isn’t that was snack food junkies are always looking for? The flavor is really unique because it is actually quite complex with acidic notes playing perfectly against subtle notes of sweetness. You get wonderfully tart and tangy notes from the sour cream and cheese that are elevated by the subtle acidic kick of tomato paired with a hint of spice from onion and garlic powder.
Aside from the taste, I love these chips because they are: organic; non-GMO; whole grain; high in Omega 3s; and free from artificial flavors, preservatives, and colors. Hey, if you are going to snack you might was well do it well. The other thing that really makes Late July stand out is that they donate 10% of all profits to summer camp scholarships.
So let’s recap shall we? Great tasting – check. Great ingredients – check. Great cause – check. Trust me, you simply cannot go wrong with these. I cannot wait to pick-up and try come of their other varieties.
You can check out Late July’s complete product line on their Web site where you can also find a store new you who carries them.
Way Better Snacks Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips
I recently came across these Way Better Snacks Sprouted Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips and have to say that I was really impressed with them. Snacks foods and Gluten Free Mike are pretty much synonymous and anytime I can find new, healthier options to get my snack fix on with – well, I am always game.
I know what your are thinking – more corn chips – just what we Celiacs need. I have to say that I was of the same mindset until I really took a look at the ingredients. These are so much more than just corn chips. In fact they actually contain sprouted seeds and gluten-free gains which help add benefits that are sometimes lost when eating whole seeds or grains. Way Better does a way better (pun intended) job of explaining the ins and outs of sprouting. So on to the taste…
The first thing you notice about these chips is that they are light. When you bit into them they are still wonderfully crunch but just have that airy feel to them. Yes, corn is definitely in these chips but so is organic sprouted quinoa, brown rice flour, flax seed, chia seeds, broccoli seeds, and daikon radish seeds. This blend makes for a complex flavor combination that is full of nutty, earthy notes that really make these chips a standout. The Chili flavor is also one of the best I have come across in a long while. It is spicy but not overpowering allowing the subtle undertones of sweet cane sugar to play off of the spicy cayenne pepper, onion, and garlic. A slight tangy kick courtesy of apple cider vinegar and a hint of saltiness make this a truly addictive flavor in my book.
You can learn more about Way Better’s complete product portfolio on their Web site where can also find a store near you that carries them or order right online. I know that I for one am looking forward to trying their other varieties.
El’s Medleys New Flavors
My friends at El’s Kitchen sent me samples of their new Medleys flavors of Cheddar and Sour Cream and Onion. Now I have long been a fan of El’s Bagel Chips and Medleys since I first reviewed those products a while back. I was really excited to give their new flavors a try.
Now for those of you that are not familiar with El’s Medleys, they are a crunchy gluten-free snack mix that includes a fantastic mix of flaxseed corn chips, pretzels, potato chips, corn nuts, and bagel chips. I really liked their Original flavor which was quite unique and their new flavors did not disappoint.
First up was the Sour Cream & Onion variety. This was a wonderfully tangy flavor combination that paired the tart sour cream with a hint of spiciness from the onion powder. This flavor really complimented the snack mix without being overpowering allowing you to really enjoy the complex flavors of the bagel and corn chips.
The Cheddar flavor was equally as delicious and had a great cheddar bite to it. It too perfectly complimented the actual snack mix base without stealing the show. The other nice thing about this flavor was that it was not overly salty as is often the case with cheese flavors that I have come across.
The fact that El’s products are all natural helps explain why the flavors taste exactly like they read and by just looking at the ingredients on the package – you can actually recognize all the ingredients listed. I am all about supporting smaller gluten-free companies that are making products outside of the proverbial box and El’s Kitchen is definitely helping to make the gluten-free landscape even more delicious. You can learn more about El’s Kitchen on their Web site and check out their complete product portfolio – you can even order right from their site and have their products shipped directly to your front door.
Bakery on Main Soft & Chewy Granola Bars
I have long been a fan of Bakery on Main’s products so was really pleased when I came across their Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola bars. Those of you that follow me regularly know that I am a huge proponent of items that are portable and I can just toss in my briefcase and enjoy on the go. These granola bars definitely fit the bill.
These chewy bars feature an oat base that is peppered with a host of other grains including: flax; amaranth; quinoa; and chia seeds. Brown rice syrup and cane juice add the perfect hint of sweetness without making the bars overly sweet. Subtle undertones of peanut butter add another flavor dimension to these bars and throw in some dried strawberries and crisp rice and these bars are both a flavor and texture home run.
Utz Rice Crisps
I am a huge snack addict and always on the hunt for new delicious products to help satiate my need for salty and savory deliciousness. The Little Utz Girl’s snacks have long been a fixture in my snack repertoire and when I saw that they made a rice chip, well, I could not wait to try them.
Utz Rice Crisps come in three flavors (Sea Salt, Salsa Fresca, and Sweet Chili) and I picked-up the Sweet Chili variety. These rice crisps have a fantastic texture from the whole grain brown rice which also adds a nutty dimension to the flavor. The chip base is whole grain brown rice flour, rice flour, and corn flour with whole grain brown rice added to the flour mix. The chips are perfectly seasoned with a wonderfully spicy seasoning blend with notes of onion, garlic and of course, spicy chili. There are also subtle acidic notes of vinegar that help to add another flavor dimension and help to balance the heat of the spice. These definitely have a spicy kick but are not overly spicy – though if you more of a mild flavor-type, than I would recommend one of the other flavors.
You can learn more about the complete snack Utz snack portfolio on their Web site and even order right online and have their snacks delivered right to your door.
Glutino Parmesan Garlic Bagel Chips
While visiting a new local supermarket that has an amazing selection of gluten-free items (read and entire aisle long and separate dedicated freezer sections) I came across these Glutino Parmesan Garlic Bagel Chips. I have long been a fan of many Glutino products, particularly their snack items, so was very eager to give these a try.
Now good bagel chips are the ever elusive snack food that Celiacs dream of. In my experience I have come across very few that make the grade of actually tasting like a real bagel chip – Gultino’s version is most definitely one of the few.
The chips themselves are actually surprising large and, well, look like bagel chips. They are perfectly crisp and not the slightest bit greasy which is often the case. The flavoring is a wonderful blend of tangy parmesan cheese that is perfectly balanced with a slight spicy kick from the garlic. They are also not overly salty which makes them even more appealing. This box did not stand a chance and I know know to buy two or three at a time in the future.
Glutino’s bagel chips also come in a plain variety that I can only image would make for great dipping given the robust texture of the chips. You can check out Glutino’s full product line on their Web site, find a retailer near you that carries their products, or order right online and have their goodies shipped directly to your door.
Mediterranean Snacks Baked Lentil Chips and Crackers
In keeping with my chip fix of late, the next products that I came across were Mediterranean Snacks Baked Lentil Chips (Cucumber Dill) and Lentil Crackers (Rosemary Herb). Now I love lentils so I thought why not give these a go?
First up was the Baked Lentil Chips. These were quite a surprise as they were extremely light and airy and better yet have 70% less fat than potato chips but still pack an impressive crunch punch. The flavor is exceptional and a wonderful blend of spices paired with creamy buttermilk and rounded out with a dash of dill. Now I am a huge fan of dill and find it often under-utilized – these chips give it a chance to really shine.
Next up was the Lentil Crackers. These are a bit more substantial in texture than the lentil chips as they are a proper cracker. The flavor is quite mild initially but as you crunch, the woodsy rosemary flavor begins to manifest itself rounded out and complimented by a salty kick of sea salt. These are perfect on their own as they are full of flavor but also are hearty enough to handle the thickest of dips.
You can view Mediterranean Food’s complete product portfolio on their Web site but I do believe that only the Lentil Chips (which come in six flavor varieties) and Crackers (which come in three varieties) are the only gluten-free products in their line, at least according to their Web site information. You can also follow the brand on Facebook and Twitter – not to mention they have a YouTube channel as well.