After National Products Expo West in March, our staff at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness had an influx of gluten-free samples to try. Among those were Blue Diamond’s Baked Nut Chips, a gluten-free item now sold at natural food stores and major grocery chains.
Like many of you, I’ve snacked on plenty of Blue Diamond’s Nut Thins, so I wondered how different this new “chip” would be. Let’s take a look:
Packaging: From the outset, you can tell these chips are a bit different from their gluten-free cracker cousins. Nut Chips come in a bag, not a box, and while they’ve still got the familiar diamond motif, there’s an additional image on the bag: a block of cheese, a bowl of dip, or a barrel of salt, depending on the flavor. If you ask me, that bumps up the expectation for a taste explosion inside.
Taste: The first flavor I tried was Sour Cream and Chive. As soon as the chip hit my tongue – boom – I could taste the salty and oniony essence of the beloved party dip. The texture was very similar to Nut Thins, but that extra pump of flavor sets Nut Chips apart. Next up was Nacho. It has just enough cheesy flavor to satisfy without tipping into that “so cheesy it’s fake” danger zone. Yes, my fingers were speckled orange after a few bites, but nothing a napkin couldn’t handle. Finally, there was the unassuming Sea Salt. Oh yes, these will do quite well crumbled on tilapia or dipped whole into hummus. Salty, but plain enough to pair with any flavorful dish.
Utility: As an avid fan of dips, I’ve mastered the ability to transport maximum amounts of salsa, guacamole, goat cheese, etc., on a chip with minimum spills or breaks. But a master is only as good as her tools. Fortunately, these new Nut Chips are sturdy enough to handle heavy dips, while their triangular shape makes it easy to burrow in there without getting my hands all sloppy. Nut Thins still dominate for snacks involving hard cheeses or mini sliders. But now, when it comes to snacking without the use of cheese knives or spreaders, Nut Chips have it in the bag.
To find a store carrying Blue Diamond Baked Nut Chips near you, visit Blue Diamond’s Product Locator.