October 14, 2007

Champion Chip

A positive review of a bag of chips? Allow me to explain.

Unlike other vegetable chips made mostly of flour with a little bit of spinach or carrot thrown in at the end for flavor, Crispy Delites are made exclusively and entirely from real vegetables.

It also helps that they are baked, rather than fried. In essence, water and moisture are removed, leaving behind crispy, crunchy bits with no extra junk.

The result? A healthy alternative to regular veggie chips that truly delivers.

The red onion flavor, for example, has only three ingredients: red onion, canola oil, and sea salt.

Compare that to Funyuns: enriched corn meal, corn and/or soybean oil, salt, corn starch, onion powder, sugar, soy flour, buttermilk, maltodextrin, hydrolyzed soy protein, monosodium glutamate, dextrose, garlic powder, artificial colors, spice, natural flavors, soybean oil, corn flour, and gum arabic.

Notice how an actual onion isn't anywhere to be found on that laundry list?

Simplicity pays off! A one-ounce bag of red onion Crispy Delites contains 110 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, only 80 milligrams of sodium, a commendable 330 mg of potassium, and 3 grams of fiber!

Let's go back to the Funyuns for a second. One ounce of those provides 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 270 milligrams of sodium, 30 milligrams of potassium, and less than 1 gram of fiber.

The numbers speak for themselves.

Crispy Delites are also available in carrot, cucumber, celery, sweet potato, and taro flavors. Just like the red onion variety, they also consist of nothing but the vegetable in question, canola oil, and sea salt.

There is also an apple variety, with "apples" as the the sole ingredient. It's basically a one-ounce bag of crunchy baked apples -- nothing else!

Look for these in your local grocery stores and delis. If they are nowhere to be found, the company will soon provide ordering via their website.

1 comment:

Vincci said...

Those sound so good! I hope they eventually bring them up to Canada. I did find it kind of unfair that you compared them to Funyuns though; I personally would've compared them to Terra Chips (although they don't have an onion flavour so I kind of see why). The original flavoured ones are also just vegetables, oil and salt (and beet juice concentrate for colour). They are fried, however, so they still can't compare to Crispy Delites, but I just wanted to point out they're not the only real veggie chips out there!