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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.

wailana

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.

I managed to get in on the very first (as in brand new) tasting box from Goodies, a new foodie subscription service that I came across while browsing the web.   When I encountered the site, I first c0mpleted a short survey and it was determined that I should get the “Goodies” box (I guess there are other types of boxes associated with this company).

But these boxes seemed to get off to a rocky start.  I was charged in the beginning of the month (err…that’s LAST month, mind you) and I did not receive September’s subscription box until yesterday … October 1st.  Not ideal… especially since this is supposed to be September’s box.  The excuse subscribers were offered about mid-month was that they wanted to include an extra “goodie” in the box, and felt that this one goodie would justify the hold on the shipment of the boxes.

OK, whatever.  I’m a patient person.  But, let’s just say that at that point, I’m not terribly impressed.

But now that the box is finally here, I am more impressed.  That is to say, this is an impressive box.  There are seven samples of different goodies.  I’ve received fewer samples in other tasting boxes … for higher prices.

So what’s inside?  The first thing I recognized immediately were the Pacific Sea Salt Somersaults.  I’ve previously tried other flavor offerings of Somersaults and loved them, so I was excited to have them in this box, and even more excited to see that it’s a flavor that I haven’t yet tried!

Also inside the box were Crunch Dried Snacks from Sensible Foods, Gummy Multi-Berry Snap Infusion Candies, Kale Chips from snackLets, a bag of chips from Wai Lana, a package of Soft Baked Squares from Kashi, and a bottle of Rooibee Red Tea.  (Yes, tea!  Well, more accurately, rooibos, which I categorize as a tisane, but still!)

The best part about this box though, is the price tag!  The monthly charge is just $7.00 … including shipping!  Amazing!  So, yeah, even though they had a late start on their first month rolling out the boxes, I can’t complain too much.  I think that I definitely got my money’s worth with this box, especially when one factors in shipping cost.

So, just to recap, that’s SEVEN tempting goodies for just $7.  I can’t wait to start sampling these goodies!