Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

I enjoy potato chips, but if I’m buying plain chips I try to go with a lighter version. I had heard these were pretty tasty, so I picked up the Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Kettle Cooked Potato Chips.  Kettle chips are some of the best chips because they’re crisp, crunchy and just all around deliciousness.
These chips are all that plus they’re lightly salted! They’re crispy, yet slightly lighter in texture in comparison to regular kettle cooked chips. I like that they’re lightly salted because there are times with plain potato chips that I find the salt to be too overbearing on my taste buds and can actually make my tongue hurt. These don’t do that, so I’m happy with that aspect. The chips are perfect as a side to a sandwich but they’re even better with dip (more importantly alongside the Trader Joe’s Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip).
My boyfriend and I enjoyed these with the dip and we found it was a perfect combination. I ate my serving and my boyfriend ate well, a few servings. As he went to roll up the bag to put it away, he said “They say reduced guilt … but I’m feeling guilty.” Haha.
A 1 ounce serving is 120 calories or 3 points plus values.
QUESTION:
What is one of your favorite crunchy snacks?

Fat Free Sour Cream & Onion Pringles

These Fat Free Sour Cream & Onion Pringles have been a staple on my grocery list for years.  Sour cream and onion is one of my favorite potato chips flavors.  I admit, I don’t purchase them often because even though I love potato chips buying a whole bag of regular full fat sour cream and onion chips just isn’t really worth it for me.
When I first saw that Pringles offered a Fat Free version of their sour cream and onion chips, I was intrigued and figured out what the points plus values were.  It was really low, actually half the points plus values of regular potato chips and the serving size was as plentiful as regular chips.  I admit, I was really hesitant at first and assumed it would taste like cardboard.  Thankfully, I was wrong.
I was really surprised with how good these Pringles are!  They taste just like the original full-fat Pringles. You get 15 crisps in a serving size and they are only 2 points plus values!  They are great as a snack and are perfect to pair alongside a sandwich.
The one downside is they are somewhat hard to find. My regular grocery store doesn’t carry them – but I’ve been able to find them at Target, Walmart and K-Mart.
QUESTION:
Have you tried the fat free Pringles?

Trader Joe’s Cheddar & Horseradish flavored Potato Chips


When I saw these Cheddar & Horseradish flavored Potato Chips on the Trader Joe’s website I knew I had to put them on my TJ’s shopping list.  I’ve tried cheddar and horseradish chips in the past and have completely fallen in love with the flavor.  I happen to be a HUGE lover of horseradish (it’s an unnatural obsession, especially on roast beef sandwiches – I pile it on almost in unhealthy nostril/senses burning levels).
These chips were a slam dunk for me. Cheddary but with a strong bite of horseradish.  They’d be completely overwhelming for someone with a very mediocre/mild palette.  Meaning these are truly not meant for the faint of heart.  If you can’t handle the natural bite and heat that comes from horseradish – beware.  If you enjoy the heat and burn, then these will undoubtedly be for you.  The first chip I had, my tongue was like “Whoa!” but after that first chip I was hooked.  They were delicious.  They’d be perfect paired with a sandwich to help break down the heat index, but they’re also perfect right out of the bag.
The texture of the chips is VERY crunchy.  They are wavy cut kettle chips, so they’ve got that natural crunch from a wave but since they’re kettle cooked they’re even crunchier.  My boyfriend wouldn’t eat them, so needless to say these were my treasure for a week.
A 1 ounce serving (or about 10 chips) was 4 points plus. Totally worth it, if you ask me.
QUESTION:
Have you tried the Cheddar & Horseradish chips from Trader Joe’s or by any other brand?

Trader Joe’s Barbecue Popped Potato Chips


I picked these Barbecue Popped Potato Chips up at Trader Joe’s simply because I have this thing about trying popped chips by all different brands.  I find the consistency of the chip is the same (texture, etc.) but the flavors vary vastly company to company.  Some companies carry very unique flavoring, some carry typical staple flavorings but each has a different nitch in the flavor category.
I’m a fan of Popchips.  I have been since the brand came out – I can’t say I’m a fan of all the flavors I’ve tried, but they’re a great healthier alternative to greasy potato chips.  I’m a crunchy snacker.  If it’s got a crunch to it, I will find it and I will have to try it.  Or if you’re in a room with me and you’re crunching, I may have to investigate to find out what it is you’re crunching. Sensory triggers, gotta love it.
These retail for right around $2 at Trader Joe’s which is a fair price in comparison to competitors.  Flavor wise?  I have to say these take the cake.  Hands down, these are the BEST barbecue flavored popped chips I have had to date.  They are a true barbecue flavor.  Not too sweet, not too tangy, not too spicy – just right.  It’s very smooth on the palette, not overly salty, no aftertaste, no additional sweetness or heat just a very great classic barbecue flavor.  I absolutely loved them and will definitely be buying another bag on my next trip to Trader Joe’s.
Serving size is 20 chips or 28 grams if you prefer to weigh them (to get a more accurate serving size).  Points plus wise these will only cost you 3 points.  Not bad at all.  Definitely a homerun.
QUESTION:
What is your favorite popped chips flavor?

Lay’s Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips


These Lay’s Cheesy Garlic Bread potato chips are one of the last limited edition flavors offered by Lays as part of their “Vote to Save your Fave” campaign which originally began by regular potato chip lovers to submit a flavor of potato chip that they’d love were on the market.  I purchased all 3 bags (Sriracha, Chicken and Waffles and Cheesy Garlic Bread).  I opened the Sriracha first, then the Chicken and Waffles and saved the Cheesy Garlic Bread for last because I had high hopes.  But unfortunately it wasn’t as spectacular as I had dreamed it up in my mind.  I LOVE cheese and I absolutely love garlic (I put it in everything).  Unfortunately the flavor was a bit subdued for my liking.  It wasn’t as cheesy or as garlicy as I would have imagined it would be.  It tastes decent, but it’s not as power packing as I had wished for.  The cheesy eliminate takes a bit of a backseat while the garlic is evident, but it’s not a bold garlic – it’s a very mild flavor on your palette.  They are good – but I think the Sriracha flavor is ultimately the BEST and I hope it wins because I’d like to have those as a side to a plain jane sandwich any day!
Points Plus wise a serving will cost you 4 PPV.
QUSTION:
Have you tried any of the Lay’s limited edition potato chip flavors?

Lay’s Limited Edition – Chicken & Waffles Potato Chips

I picked these up a few weeks ago when they first hit the shelves and I had been waiting to try them – or rather they were hidden away in my closet because I didn’t want to over indulge on potato chips since potato chips are sometimes a trigger food for me.  I knew going into it that these had a lot of mixed reviews – some people loved them while others were completely repulsed.  Then there are the folks who are at the middle of the road and don’t know what way they want to turn.
In case you are not aware Lay’s had a competition for fans to come up with their ideal chip flavor and after some hefty choices Lay’s went with Sriracha, Cheesy Garlic Bread and Chicken & Waffles.  I had tried the Sriracha and completely loved them – so next up was this particular flavor.
I have to say looking at them – they look like a browner colored BBQ chip.  The first bite was “Oh, this is weird…” second bite “Okay… this taste like breakfast.”  All I can get from these is a strong breakfast taste – like syrup and maybe even a hint of French toast (if that even makes sense).  These definitely aren’t something I can eat a whole lot of.  I’m not crazy about them and I wouldn’t say run out and pick up a bag.
My boyfriend on the other hand – I let him try one (or rather I held it out to him and was like “TRY THIS!”) was immediately repulsed, spit it out AND went and washed his mouth out LOL.
Points Plus wise – 4 for a serving.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the limited edition Lay’s potato chip flavors? If so, what’s your favorite?

Sriracha flavored Lay’s Potato Chips

Firstly, I will say I spotted these new limited edition Sriracha flavored Lay’s Potato Chips from across the supermarket.  My grocery chain had them on an end display aisles away from the potato chip section.  I only purchased these because I’ve developed an immense love for sriracha – to the point I put it on a lot of the things I eat (eggs, deli sandwiches, hamburgers, pizza, etc.)
I have been enjoying these as a snack, not with a sandwich or anything, but it would be a great addition to a sandwich that needs a little pep to its step.  Flavor wise I feel they do give the illusion of the fact you are eating sriracha chips.  If you break down the flavor layers, I would say there’s a bit of ketchup, hot sauce, garlic and a vinegary zing to them. They’re definitely unique and quite delicious.  I personally don’t find them to be scalding hot as some “hot” or “fire” labeled potato chips can be (such as Red Hots).  These are definitely spicy, but they’re not scalding your mouth and leaving you a fire breathing dragon hot.  They’ve got a nice spice element to them.  Great limited edition flavor, Lay’s!  My one request is that you make this a staple flavor in your line!
Weight Watchers Points Plus wise, 1 ounce of potato chips will run you 4 PPV’s.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the new limited edition Lay’s?