|Cinnamon Toast crunch|
in all its buttery glory!
|Yogi chips- note their|
significant girth in comparison
to my thumb, and their similarity
to you-know-what. No, not
As you may have intuited, the Yogi chips feature the same light-weight crunchy texture, (in this case made with corn and tapioca of all things!), though larger on average at around 3 centimeters long and 2 wide. And yes, they are coated with a river of South Asian themed spices which truly entice the eye and promise rapturous orgies of tingling spice and sugar.
|Like this, but more full of spice. Yet, for all the glitter and |
glamour, you may find the decadent pleasures taste hollow
on the inside.
Alas, these sweet promises were, quite lierally, not to be realized. While the crisps are delightful to crunch and surprisingly substantial, the flavoring seems to dance around the edges of the tongues but never delivers a clear statement of sweet or salty on the center (and you do remember the lessons on the functioning of various taste buds from elementary school, right?) These are not sweet chips with chili, but flavored with ‘sweet chili’- apparently a major difference.
Like a historical movie epic that boasts excellent production values and a truly exotic setting but fails to deliver much of a main plot, the chips have a lot charming aspects despite their major central shortcoming. There are delightful side plots, flavorful notes of ginger and the titular sweet pepper, a mild but tantalizing spicy tingle in the back of the throat, a generally tropical atmosphere of ambient lime juice, and an undercurrent of very mild sweetness.
|Indian Jones 5: Jaws versus ET. Which|
one will the mega-shark swallow first?
But for all the beautiful trimmings, there is no main story. They are not sweet chips, nor are they salty chips- they are plain chips with a few spicy accents and notes, but no main theme. Give me a nicely leit-motif ridden 1980s John Williams over the unrelated discordance of an avant garde movie score! As such, I can imagine they might appeal to some that dislike strong seasonings, but wouldn’t mind some more subtle spicy accents. Those who demand a definitive statement of sweetness or saltiness should look elsewhere, though.
The packages boasts that the chips have 40% less fat and made of whole grain, and indeed at 105 calories (of which 1/3 are fat) these are markedly more healthy when compared to regular chips. The ingredient list is also as distinguished as a supporting British ensemble cast for an action movie: Mung Beans, chili, sea salt, natural lime juice. The only mystery is how they failed to produce something more exciting with such organic talent at its disposal, but the movie industry does it all the time, eh?
|We can only imagine that behind|
that inscrutable, emotionless mask
lies a soul seething with inner
turmoil. Or drugs.
All in all, I rated these somewhat leniently with an average score. Just as I feel a certain appreciation for the Matrix Revolutions, for all of its many disappointment, these crisps, aside from their major fault in lacking a strong central flavor, are genuinely unique in their cereal-like glory, relatively healthy, and feature some compelling supporting performances even if the dramatic lead blasés Keanu. Anybody looking for crunchy and plain whole grain crisps with a small side of exotic spices may soon find themselves bending spoons with their mind and dressing up like a latex-fetishist. Yoga is supposed to give you super powers after all, and nothing can make the world bend to your will like absolute self confidence and the inability to be embarassed.
Spiciness Rating: Mild
- Delightfully light but crunchy corn-and-tapioca texture reminiscent of cereal
- Beautiful sparkling coating of salt and spices slathered along the length of fairly large crisps
- Elegant notes of lime, ginger, salt, and spicy chili pepper
Cons:- No major sweet or salty flavor-despite the supporting spices, the chips are predominantly bland rather than one or the other