Chips from two companies arrived at Snack Central the other day, so we lined up our panel of tasters and broke open the bags.
Each chip was judged for taste and texture, with a maximum of 40 possible points in each category. One theme that emerged saltiness — generally, there was too much. Ironically, though, the chips that scored highest were Lundberg’s High Tide Sea Salt. Comments about it included: “Good with or without dip.” “Nice balance of salt.” “Seasoning complements the grain flavor.” “Lighter than the others.” “Pair them with beer.”
Another theme: The chips were either too spicy or not spicy enough. Most of the tasters liked the chips’ textures. Here’s how they fared:
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LUNDBERG FAMILY FARMS:
Mendocino tomato and herb: 24 for taste, 30 for texture
Shasta chipotle lime: 18 and 25
Smoky redwood barbecue: 11 and 25
High Tide sea salt: 28 and 32
Mojave jalapeno: 14 and 20.
Masala: 21 and 18
Somosa: 8 and 18
Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.