Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dipping Into Risotto Chips: A Product Review

Before the Gluten Bomb reorganized my husband's snack options he was enamored of the New York Style Brand's bagel chips, thin-sliced bagels that are very crunchy and make sturdy little shelves for various dips and spreads. The same company has recently introduced Risotto Chips, a gluten-free and very tasty snack option and we were delighted to receive a box of 12 bags of Risotto Chips recently; four bags of each of the three flavors: Sea Salt, Parmesan and Roasted Garlic and Spicy Marinara.

The chips are very good. The Sea Salt flavor is a little bland and really need a dip partner, but the other two flavors are delicious enough to eat by themselves. We all loved, loved, loved the Parmesan and Roasted Garlic chips, with the Spicy Marinara chips coming in at a close second in the flavor competition. I made a Cranberry-Gorgonzola Dip (whizzed together about 1/2 can of that horrible jellied cranberry sauce that my kids insisted I buy for our Thanksgiving turkey and which has since quivered alone and forgotten in the fridge with some Gorgonzola cheese, sour cream and hot sauce. It looks terrible but it is delicious) and this made a nice sweet-salty foil to the pleasantly spicy Marinara Chips.

One thing that I really like about all the varieties of these Risotto Chips is the addition of flax seed, which adds more nutrition and fiber to these snacks. We had been occasionally buying bags of Riceworks brand Brown Rice Crisps and I had a bag in the house to compare with the Risotto Chips. The Riceworks Chips contain 1 gram of dietary fiber per serving while the Risotto Chips contain twice that amount.

I did find that there seemed to be many more broken chips in each package than whole chips. They are still tasty, but it is disappointing to open a bag and reach for a whole chip and get mired in pointy little crumbs.

If you would like to try these new Risotto Chips you can take advantage of a $1.00 off coupon currently on the New York Style Brand website. I found all three flavors of Risotto Chips at the South Glens Falls Hannaford's Supermarket for $3.19 for a 5.5 oz. bag.

Overall, an enthusiastic endorsement for these Risotto Chips in all 3 flavors, with hopes that better shipping will result in more whole chips and fewer broken ones.

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