Posts Tagged ‘Crisps’

simplecrisporangeProduct Information:

These natural orange crisps from Seattle, Washington are a delicious cracker alternative. Orange slices add a burst of citrus to cheese plates, cocktails and craft beer. Pair with our favorite cheeses: Jasper Hill Cheddar, Willow Hill Autumn Oak and Cypress Grove Midnight Moon.

I received a package of these dried fruit crisps in my September Knoshbox.

Tea Suggestion:

I love the bright and complex flavor of these crisps!  I went with a chocolate-y tea to enjoy with them mostly because the idea of chocolate and orange really appealed to me at the time.  So I brewed up a cup of this Choco Nut Black Tea from the Ambessa Line from Harney & Sons.  It was indeed a deliciously decadent tea time!

What I Think: 

Wow!  These are amazing!

At first … I was … a little hesitant.  These are very thinly sliced pieces of orange that have been dried.  Peels and all!  I even see bits of seeds in some of these slices, and that just … seemed … weird.  But then I kept reading praises of these on Knoshbox’s facebook page so I decided to break open the package and give ’em a try.

orangeslicesAnd they’re really, really good!  They’re crispy, a little bit chewy, and even a little bit juicy once you bite into them.  I can feel that “burst” of juicy flavor – even if I don’t feel the juice itself – when I bite into the pulpy section of these crisps.

It’s a very bright and invigorating sort of taste on the palate … my palate seems “energized” when I eat these.  It is sweet, tart, and a little bit bitter.  A really interesting contrast when eaten on their own, these also made a nice “cracker” for cheese.

I didn’t try these with the above suggested cheeses.  Instead, I tried them first with a bit of room temperature goat cheese and found this to be a nice pairing.  The tangy quality of the goat cheese brought out not only the tangy notes of the orange, but also the sweetness.

My Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed these.  I was skeptical at first just because … I wasn’t sure how I’d like the orange peels (well, specifically the pithy part), but they add a hint of bitterness to the bright citrus sweetness.  I really liked these with the goat cheese.

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Product Information:

Stacy’s Bake Shop Bakery Crisps are made from bread that is twice baked to create a flavorful, crispy snack.

Bake Shop Bakery Crisps can be enjoyed by themselves or with dips and toppings to accompany any snacking occasion. These versatile snacks are appropriate throughout the day, whether as a mid-morning snack with coffee or an end-of-day treat.

Learn more about these Bakery Crisps here.

Tea Suggestion:

These Vanilla Pound Cake Bakery Crisps make a really, REALLY great tea time snack.  I enjoyed them with a chai latte that I made using this Strong Brew Chai Concentrate from Chico Chai.  Delicious – and I liked how the vanilla notes of the crisps brought out the vanilla notes in the chai!

What I Think:

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Basically, they’re like a snack cracker/cookie that has been made by thinly slicing bread and then baking them until they’re crisp.  They come in several different intriguing flavors – two sweeter varieties:  this Vanilla Pound Cake and also Banana Nut Bread (I got a box of this flavor too, so I’ll be reviewing it at a later time), and two varieties that are on the savory side:  Herbed Baguette and Pretzel Bread.  The store where I purchased these two boxes only had the two sweeter crisps, so, those were what I grabbed … but I think even if all four were offered, I would have definitely grabbed a box of this Vanilla Pound Cake.  It just sounded too yummy.

And these are really tasty.  They are crunchy and sweet, reminiscent of a butter shortbread cookie, but a little sweeter.  I really like the texture, because in addition to the crunchy … there is this fine … buttery texture to it that evokes thoughts of … well, of a rich, buttery pound cake.

My Final Thoughts:

I really like these.  They make a great tea time treat.  I also served some of these to my youngest daughter and her best friend and they both really enjoyed them. I can definitely see myself buying these again … and again!

Product Description:

Who says you can’t pack healthy and delicious into the same product? Alive and Radiant takes organic kale, roasts it until dry and crispy, and coats it with a “cheese” made from cashews, nutritional yeast and Himalayan crystal salt. We reach for these when we need to satisfy our salty chip jones without breaking the calorie bank.

Learn more about Alive & Radiant Foods on their website.

Tea Suggestion:

Given the healthy nature of this snack, I’d recommend a white tea like this White Peony from Teavivre.  It has a delicate quality to it that would not interfere with the wonderful flavors going on in the Kale Krunch.

What I Think:

OK, I’ll say it, this does not look appetizing.  My lack of photography skills aside, this does not look like something that if placed in front of me, I’d say “YUM!”  And to be honest, this was the item in the “Jump Start Your New Year” box that I was least excited about.

But, WOW!  What a surprisingly delicious snack this is!  It is pleasantly crunchy without being hard.  The leaves provide a delicate crisp texture, and it doesn’t feel fibrous to the tooth (which is what I expected, because the veins of kale can sometimes be really fibrous and tough to chew).  Initially, the texture is incredibly light, like biting into the thinnest potato chip.

And yes, it tastes cheesy – like cheddar cheese – without the cheese!   I’m not exactly sure how they managed to make these taste like they’ve been generously coated with cheddar cheese without adding a single shred of cheese to the mixture.

It tastes a little nutty, a little earthy and VERY cheesy.  I can taste the red bell pepper in there too and it adds a sweet, vibrant flavor to it, a little something that makes the taste buds perk up and say YUM!

This doesn’t really taste like kale.  It tastes like a cheese snack you might find in the snack aisle!  It doesn’t taste “healthy” – that is to say, it tastes like something that is loaded with fat and calories.  But there are just 100 calories per serving.

My Final Thoughts:

This is really a delicious snack food, one that I’d be very happy to enjoy again and again.  It’s the kind of snack that would inspire one to go healthy because it tastes so good!  A perfect snack!

To learn more about these Crostini “crackers,” visit Anjou Bakery’s website.

What I Think:

I was thrilled to find these amongst the many goodies in this month’s tasting box from Foodzie.  I hadn’t yet tried this particular dried bread cracker, but, I had tried something similar:  Raincoast Crisps, and I was quite a fan of those crunchy treats.  I was quite sure I’d end up enjoying these just as much as I enjoy the Raincoast Crisps (my favorite flavor is the Cranberry Hazelnut).

And I enjoyed these almost as much as I do the Raincoast Crisps.  These are a little different in taste:  I can taste the rustic bread, I can taste (and feel the texture of) the different grains in the bread itself.  I really like that. I can really taste the nutty flavor of the whole wheat in the bread.

The raisins add a nice sweetness to the crisp, as well as a pleasant chewy texture to contrast with the very crunchy texture of the bread.  And of course, let’s not forget about the nuts.  The ingredients list both almonds and pecans, but what I taste most are the almonds.  I can taste hints of the pecans, it isn’t a very distinct flavor at all.

I enjoyed these on their own, mostly because I didn’t have a good cheese to enjoy with them, and I really wanted to try them NOW and not wait until I had some cheese to go with it.  But I am sure some cheese would make a delicious accompaniment to this crostini.

My tea recommendation?  I selected a pleasant, mild green tea to enjoy with these crackers:  Hysson from Gorreana Tea.  The sweetness brought out some of the nutty flavors in the crisps.  A really delicious tea-time combination.

My Final Thoughts:

While I prefer the Raincoast Crisps, I enjoyed these quite a lot too.  They are very crispy and also quite hearty.  Would I buy them again?  Perhaps, if I saw them in the store, but I don’t think I’d go out of my way to order them.  I am really glad that they were included in the tasting box, though!