Monday, April 15, 2013

A to Z Challenge: (Green Giant) Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips


Is this title cheating? Ever so slightly, but I had to do a review of these delicious chips and the month will be over before I'm able to write another G-related post again! Bzz Agent was thoughtful enough to let me in on this delicious campaign, so the least I can do is go with M is for Multigrain and let the Green Giant part take the backseat! (Another review is forthcoming for the zesty cheddar chips).

When I do food posts for Bzz Agent, typically they send me a coupon and let me go get the food myself. So I was astounded and excited to receive a giant (how fitting!) box in the mail from them last week with not just two big bags of these tasty treats, but 4 mini bags, and enough coupons to give to all of my friends. Having just come home from work and not being willing to mince words or waste time, I dove right in to one of the mini bags: the sea salt multigrain sweet potato chips.

Let me start this by saying that I don't like sweet potatoes. I never have, and while they are growing on me as I get older, I don't think I'll ever go out of my way to try to eat any, regardless of the form they come in. So I was a bit apprehensive that these sweet potato chips would jump up and kick me in the mouth with the sweet potato flavor. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this was, most assuredly, not the case!

While they do have a sweet potato taste, it's so minor that if you gave them to me and then asked me what they tasted like, I probably couldn't even begin to tell you, but I might go as far as to say rice. They are very thin and flaky chips that are almost transparent in coloring; not the thick, crunchy potato chips you've come to recognize from a lot of other brands. They aren't flavor stronghouses either. In fact, they have simply a light dusting of sea salt, and taste sweet and ever so slightly salty: it's a perfect, winning combination, and one that I was not expecting at all!

Looking at the nutritional benefits might surprise you, as well. The little bag I had - which was about 16 chips, one ounce and one serving's worth, has a reasonable 140 calories. What surprised me was that for a chip with "salt" in the title, there are only 80 grams of salt in a serving. The #1 ingredient is whole corn flour: sweet potatoes are actually the #3 ingredient, but the list of things that are in these chips isn't too terribly long, either. If you want a snack that is genuinely 100% sweet potato, you won't find it here. What you will find is something that's healthier than your average potato chip, not greasy (I can type immediately after eating them and it leaves no oily residue on the keyboard!) and has a pleasant aftertaste.

While they might not be the most healthy, the chips also don't boast that they're 100% anything - they simply say they are made of real sweet potatoes, and this is absolutely true! Nice advertising on your part, Green Giant.

PROS
- Very pleasant taste
- Non-greasy
- Healthier than your average chip

CONS
- Top ingredient is not sweet potatoes

All in all, I'd say give these snacks a chance. If you are looking to replace a side of Lays with your brown-bag sandwich lunch, this is a wise option. You might want to stick to veggie sticks if you're looking for something completely healthy, though!



* I was given the Green Giant veggie snack chips as part of a promotional campaign run through Bzz Agent. While the products were given to me, the opinions expressed here are entirely my own and are not necessarily those of Bzz Agent or the Green Giant company.

18 comments:

  1. Yikes! I hope you mean 80 milligrams of salt per serving! They sound interesting, though. I will have to give them a try.

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  2. Interesting. I haven't seen these in the store, but they sound worth trying.



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