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Terra offers tasty alternative to traditional chips

Wed., April 2, 2008

These aren’t your average chips.

Terra has taken things way beyond your traditional fried spud, with good results, tasters on our Spokesman-Review Reader Food Panel said.

Our volunteers munched on Terra’s exotic Mediterranean flavor chips. The mix included taro, ruby taro, sweet potato, yucca, batata and parsnip chips, tossed with garlic, oregano and cold-pressed olive oil.

Tasters gave the chips four stars for flavor, but two stars out of five for value.

“A nice, tasty alternative to salty, greasy chips. Way overpriced,” said Larry Inman.

Gabe Kohler liked the chips. “Nice crunch, subtle sweetness and fun to eat,” he said.

Skip Hubbard thought the exotics were a nice change from traditional potato chips.

“A little salt and crunch goes a long way for snacking. The slightly sweet aftertaste is a nice touch,” he said.

But he turned up his nose at a second offering from Terra: the Sweets and Beets.

“Some things should not be made into chips. You’re not fooling anybody, these are not good,” Hubbard said.

Inman agreed, saying, “Flavorless. Bulk only, without taste. Dull, dull, dull. Very expensive.”

Despite the naysayers, the Sweets and Beets still scored three stars, out of five, for flavor.

Nancy Robinson was disappointed that the sweet potato and beet chips were easily crushed, but she liked the flavor: “Great idea for a chip, healthy. Kids would even like these and not know they were getting veggies.”

Terra makes more than 25 varieties of chips. They can be found in the natural food section of larger supermarkets.

Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips, Mediterranean

Price: $4.59 for 7.5 ounces

Nutrition per serving: 150 calories, 9 grams fat (1 gram saturated, 54 percent fat calories), 1 gram protein, 16 grams carbohydrate, no cholesterol, 3 grams dietary fiber, 150 milligrams sodium.

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Comments: “Great texture, flavor and mouthfeel – plenty of salt here, but pricey.” – Andy Hoye

“Nice flavor. Very good chip, fresh idea that tastes better than the competition. Perfect salt and flavor.” – Nancy Robinson

“If you like crunch, these are the ticket. A saltier flavor than (the Sweets and Beets). Very good.” – Jenny Whittaker

Terra Sweets and Beets

Price: $4.59 for 6 ounces

Nutrition per serving: 160 calories, 12 grams fat (1 gram saturated, 68 percent fat calories), 1 gram protein, 13 grams carbohydrate, no cholesterol, 2 grams dietary fiber, 35 milligrams sodium.

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Comments: “The crunch is a bit soggy and greasy, but the beet flavor is nice.” – Gabe Kohler

“Easy, healthy veggies, but … pretty pricey.” – Andy Hoye

“I can taste the individual vegetables. Beets are very distinctive, possibly too thickly cut. They seem a little heavy tasting.” – Marcia Oranen


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