Posts Tagged ‘Cassava’

saltvinegarProduct Description:

Made from nutrient-rich cassava, these gluten-free chips contain 30% less fat than regular potato chips. With an unforgettable crunch and an abundance of tempting flavors, Wai Lana Chips are a uniquely delicious, all-natural snack.

Learn more about Wai Lana on their website.

Tea Suggestion:

With these zesty chips, I highly recommend iced tea!  You’ll want something that quenches the thirst and washes over the palate to ready it for more!  I brewed some of this Red Vineyard tea from Fusion Teas and let it cool, and I loved how the sweet fruity notes contrasted with the sharp acidic tones of the vinegar and the salty taste in these chips.  A really delicious snack!

What I Think:

Oh goodness … these just may be my favorite Wai Lana Chips thus far.  I love Sea Salt and Vinegar flavored chips anyway, because I love that tangy, sour vinegar-y taste together with the salt.  And that is coming from someone who normally shies from sour flavors, but all bets are called off when it comes to vinegar.  I became a huge vinegar fan when I was young … my gramma used to add a splash of vinegar to green beans when she served them to me, and this is the way I prefer to eat this vegetable now … and let’s not forget the malt vinegar sprinkled over french fries (chips?) like they do at H. Salt Fish & Chips.

And even though these chips aren’t made from the humble potato, but the Cassava (Yucca) root, they sure do the distinctive flavors of vinegar and salt proud!  These are tangy and delicious.  The yucca root notes are mild with the stronger flavors of vinegar and sea salt, but, it does taste different than a potato chip.  It has more of a savory flavor, and I like the way this melds with the other flavors.  I prefer these over salt and vinegar potato chips!

My Final Thoughts:

As I’ve professed with my previous reviews of the Wai Lana Chips, I’m a sucker for the texture of the Cassava chips.  Here, the slightly savory, very mild onion-ish kind of taste of the cassava works so well with the flavors of tangy vinegar and salt.  I love these.

limechiliProduct Description:

Made from nutrient-rich cassava, these gluten-free chips contain 30% less fat than regular potato chips. With an unforgettable crunch and an abundance of tempting flavors, Wai Lana Chips are a uniquely delicious, all-natural snack.

Tea Suggestion:

For these flavorful (and spicy!) chips, I recommend having something that is easy to gulp should your palate need a bit of quick refreshment after eating a handful of these chips … for that, I recommend iced tea, and preferably a white tea (white tea has natural cooling properties).  Try this Elderberry White Tea from Whispering Pines Tea.  I found the light, crisp taste of the white tea along with the tart berries really complimented the spicy, tangy taste of these chips nicely.

What I Think:

My second of four product samples sent to me by Wai Lana, I decided I’d try these because of the spicy kick and contrast in tastes that the name of the flavor promised.

And these definitely have a bit of a chili kick to them, but I like that it’s not an overwhelming amount of hot chili flavor.  The lime is prominent, and I like the contrast between hot and sour, with just a hint of sweet.

A bold flavored chip.  I don’t really taste much from the cassava with this flavored chip because my taste buds are too preoccupied by the spicy chili flavor and the tart and tangy notes of lime.  The lime seems to be the strongest note here, and that suits me just fine, I like the way it tempers the heat of the chili just enough to keep me munching.

I find the texture of these chips to be really irresistible.  Crunchy, not greasy, and as I’ve described other chips from Wai Lana, very much like the onion ring-like snack chip, only thinner.

My Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed these chips … although, I don’t know that if I were out shopping that this is the flavor I’d pick.  I think I preferred the other two flavors I’ve tried thus far, but I do like this.  I just like the others better.

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Product Description:

Made from nutrient-rich cassava, these gluten-free chips contain 30% less fat than regular potato chips. With an unforgettable crunch and an abundance of tempting flavors, Wai Lana Chips are a uniquely delicious, all-natural snack.

Learn more about Wai Lana and their products on their website.

Tea Suggestion:

When I snack on chips, I usually prefer cold liquid refreshment … iced tea!   And since I had just recently brewed some Houjicha from Tealet, and what was left in the pot had cooled, I decided to pour that over ice and enjoy it with these chips.  This pairing really made a lovely snack!  The toasty flavor of the Houjicha brought out some of the hints of spice in the Cassava that I might not have noticed otherwise.

What I Think:

Not too long ago, I was contacted by Wai Lana products, after they had read my review of the Herb & Garlic flavored Wai Lana Chips … they offered to send me some more of their chips to taste and review!  Since I really enjoyed the Cassava chips from Wai Lana that I had tried previously, I was certainly eager to try more of the Wai Lana products so of course I said yes!

This is one of four samples that I was sent, and I chose to try this one first because I wanted to get a better idea of what the Cassava chip tasted without seasoning or flavoring.  And I really like it!  I like this better than I would like a plain potato chip, which I usually find relatively boring.

These chips are really light and crispy, with a sort of “air popped” quality to them and I like that texture.  It still as a sort of “fried” kind of taste to it that is very appealing, but, it doesn’t taste greasy.  The texture of these reminds me a bit “Funyuns” … you know, those onion ring like chips?  They’re a bit thinner than the average Funyun, but, it has that same crunchy kind of texture … and after a while I pick up a very delicate onion flavor which may be from the Yucca (Cassava) or the leek that I see in the ingredients list.  It’s a very slight onion-y flavor, but it is really quite nice.

The Cassava is a relatively mild taste, very much like a potato would be, only I think that this has just a little bit more of a savory edge than a typical potato chip.  It could be because of the leek flavor that comes through, or it could be that what I’m tasting is the Cassava, it’s hard to determine.  But, I do prefer the texture of these Cassava chips versus the texture of the average, thin-cut, greasy potato chip.

My Final Thoughts:

These unflavored or “Natural” flavored chips would be great served with dip, if you want to (the curved, cup shape of these chips would make a great dip chip!) but I found them quite tasty without any dip … just eaten on their own.  Crunchy and delicious.  I did like the Herb & Garlic flavored ones a bit better than these, just because I like garlic!  But, I did really like these, and I liked that I was able to explore the flavor of the Cassava a bit more!

Product Information:

Made from nutrient-rich cassava, these gluten-free chips contain 30% less fat than regular potato chips. With an unforgettable crunch and an abundance of tempting flavors, Wai Lana Chips are a uniquely delicious, all-natural snack.

These Cassava Chips were part of my Goodies Tasting Box for September.

Tea Suggestion:

Because these are a salty snack, I recommend a glass of iced tea with these.  I suppose any iced tea would do in a pinch, but, I highly recommend this Mango Green Tea from Den’s Tea – if for no other reason than these snacks inspire a tropical sort of mood.

What I Think:

I sampled my first chip “blindly” – that is, I didn’t look at the website or read the package or even really look at the chip before I popped it in my mouth.  I wanted to find out what I really think … rather than let what I read influence my decision in any way.

I could tell by the texture that it was a “popped” chip rather than a sliced piece of potato that had been fried in oil.  In fact, it doesn’t even really taste like a potato. It has the taste and texture of those “healthier” popped chips.  Then I checked out the website and found out that these chips are made from cassava rather than potato.  A cassava is a starchy, carbohydrate-rich root vegetable, and as this is my first known encounter with cassava, I must say that it is a positive one.  It’s actually quite tasty.

The Wai Lana website does not indicate how these chips are prepared/processed, only that they are made of cassava.  The texture and lack of greasiness suggests to me that they’ve been air popped or possibly baked rather than fried.

I like the texture:  It’s pleasantly crunchy, that kind of addicting crunch that keeps me munching on them.   Which makes me glad that this is just a small, one serving bag of the chips, because if it had been larger, I might have over-indulged … and even though they are supposedly healthier than potato chips … everything in moderation, right?

The flavor is salty, with a delicious garlic overtone and a savory set of herbs/spices in the background.  The aftertaste is a bit odd, but not in a bad way.  It sort of reminds me of mashed parsnips.

I don’t know if I taste much from the cassava, because the herbs and garlic are more than likely affecting the overall flavor of the vegetable, prohibiting me from being able to tell you just exactly WHAT this cassava tastes like.  It does have a starchy kind of taste, similar to a potato in that way, but, it seems to be a little sweeter.  Again, that could be the herbs playing tricks on my palate too.

My Final Thoughts:

Well, I may not know with certainty what a cassava tastes like, but what I do know is that these chips are really quite enjoyable.  They have a good, addictive kind of crunch to them and would make a great snack to have on hand when one is craving salty snacks.  I’d buy them again.