Product Review: Kashi All Natural Hummus Crisps

SAM_1807Disclaimer: I’m a member of the BzzAgent program and received a free sample of Kashi Sea Salt & Olive Oil Hummus Crisps and some coupons as part of the campaign. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my honest opinion of the product. I was not required to write this review, nor was I compensated for writing it.

Kashi has a reputation for being a brand that offers healthier snack options, so I have to admit I was a little excited when I got an invitation to take part in the BzzAgent Hummus Crisp program. I anxiously awaited the arrival of my kit.

Hummus crisps are made with chickpeas and whole grains. They contain 3g of protein, 4g of fiber, and 6g of whole grains, and only 3.5g of total fat per serving. Kashi’s packaging says there are no artificial ingredients, no partially hydrogenated oils, and no high fructose corn syrup. For those looking for a healthier alternative to chips and other snacks, Kashi Hummus Crisps look like a great chip.

SAM_1844I was excited to try mine for the first time. I carefully measured out what the bag recommended as a serving and was pleasantly surprised at the actual size of the serving (27 crisps, per the bag) I had portioned out. A lot of times you’ll pick up a “healthy” snack option with a decent calorie count and then find yourself ridiculously disappointed by the actual amount of food you can eat. This was not the case for me.

The flavor of the Sea Salt & Olive Oil Hummus Crisps, to me, was slightly bland. I didn’t think the chips were bad, though. I could tell the base flavor was just that – a great base, but I didn’t feel like the chips were seasoned enough, or evenly. Some chips were really bland while others had more of the salt flavoring. I was satisfied with how I felt after eating the entire serving, though. I wasn’t searching for another snack.

The flavoring issue actually made me more curious about the other two flavors – Sundried Tomato, Basil, & Feta and Carmelized Onion. I kept my eyes peeled in the two grocery stores closest to me and didn’t find them. I emailed the BzzAgent folks and they suggested I email Kashi. Kashi’s website didn’t actually have any locations listed for the Crisps, so they suggested I try Target (who turned out to not have them yet either). On a whim, I ran down the chip aisle at my local WalMart and found them – all three flavors. I’ve since seen them in my local RiteAid as well.

SAM_1886I picked up both of the flavors I hadn’t tried and put them aside. One day this past week I broke them both open. I started with the Sundried Tomato, Basil, & Feta flavored chip. While I liked the flavor, I again felt it was inconsistent. It needs more seasoning to really stand out across the board so that some chips aren’t really bland while the others are flavored nicely. That said, while none of those ingredients really stood out to me in any identifiable way, I thought the flavor was really nice and fresh.

My favorite, however, was the Carmelized Onion flavor. I don’t know what it was about this particular seasoning blend, but it sort of reminds me of a cross between onion soup dip and French onion soup. This one is, hands down, my favorite. I haven’t shared these with my mom yet, but that’s the flavor I’ll be taking over to her. I’m positive she’ll love it, too.

I did a taste-test at our karate school and let some of the kids taste all three.  The majority vote was for the Sundried Tomato with Carmelized Onion coming in at a close second (except for one person who thought the Sea Salt was second). All of the kids thought the Sea Salt & Olive Oil needed a dip (hummus or salsa) to complete it.

The end result? I think the Kashi Hummus Crisps are great for health conscious snackers. They have a nice, light flavor and seem to be a hit with both children and adults. Keep your eyes peeled the next time you’re in your grocery store and let me know if you give them a try!

 

 

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  1. I am always looking for a new healthy snack.

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