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New Kettle Chips flavors a mixed bag

While most people I know have a sweet tooth, I truly have more of a salt tooth. This explains, in part, how I ended up coming home from Andronico's grocery store last week with 3 new Kettle Chips snacks. Their New York Cheddar chips have long been one of my top salty treats

Apparently, they had some sort of new flavor survey (I think I actually got hit up by one of those Internet surveying firms to anonymously answer what type of snack food flavors sounded like a good idea and which should be canned) and are now releasing the flavors that had the most votes...Spicy Thai and Cheddar Beer. For good measure, I also brought home a flavor I'd never seen before -- Red Pepper and Goat Cheese.

  • The Cheddar and Beer chips are on a par with my beloved New York Cheddar chips. The beer is noticeable as a malty taste more than reminiscent of any particular beer style, and the cheddar is outstanding.
  • The Spicy Thai chips, with their sweet and sour taste that lingers on your lips, is also a good snack, though it can be a little overpowering for eating with other foods.
  • Of the lot, only the Red Pepper and Goat Cheese was disappointing. The flavor was closer to a Terra veggie chip than a Kettle chip, with almost no goat cheese taste to speak of. I would definitely not purchase them again.

They must have been happy with the results -- they're at it again. This time, they're asking for beverage inspired concoctions. Dr. Pepper or Margarita chips anyone?

honey yogurt

While in Italy this Summer, I fell in love with the Parmalat honey yogurt in its wee glass containers. Given their restructuring, I won't hold my breath that they will start shipping to the US any time soon. BUMMER.

Luckily, Trader Joe's has the FAGE Greek yogurt with honey. With its flexible plastic container that allows you to flip the honey well upside down and neatly into the yogurt without spilling even a drop onto your table top, it's perfect for taking to work for breakfast or a 3:00 p.m. snack. Better yet, taste-wise, it evokes the parmalat.

The only area of complaint is it's less smooth and silky than the Parmalat. And the fact that the honey is kept separate and you have to stir it in means an uneven distribution of the honey. But I'll take what I can get.