If you’re unable to eat most chips on the market, Artisan Tropic Sea Salt Cassava Strips may be a viable option for you. These strips have three ingredients: Cassava, Palm Oil, and Sea Salt. I’ve reached out to them to find out more about the facility, equipment, and corn free status. When I know more, I’ll be sure to update this post. Now, on to the reviews.
Kid Three: It smells like chips. It looks like an apple chip. This tastes like a really hard thin potato chip that’s good. like, I wouldn’t be to disappointed if we subbed real chips for this one. I mean, I’d be a little disappointed because it’s a little too crunchy, but not too much, and I would still eat these chips happily.
Kid Four: I like these chips. They taste like a normal chip, but it’s a little stale textured. Also, they’re too oily for me, in that i can taste the oil.
Kid Two: I agree with Kid Four. The chip itself… it doesn’t have flavor until it’s in tiny pieces and dissolving on your tongue. I do taste the oil as well. The chip is also very stiff.
The Papa: This is similar to a potato chip. Where a chip cracks and dissolves very quickly, this does not. You’re chewing it longer and getting more crunch. The flavor is similar to a regular potato chip, but it could be a different oil. The oil does have more flavor, not necessarily better or worse. The oil difference really depends on the person eating these. if it’s something that someone has to have because they can’t have regular chips, i think it’s a very believable and acceptable alternate.
Me: That’s right! I ate some of these chips. The were fantastic! I loved how simple tasting they were, as in, light and not overpowering. I personally thought the salt level was a little on the light side, or perhaps unevenly distributed. Overall, would totally recommend these to anyone that needs non-traditional chips.
9/25/19 Update: Info Regarding Allergens
I’ve heard back from the company and WOW. I love how informative they were, and the honesty that was included in the message. When I first reached out to ask for a phone number and they don’t have one. I was hesitant to communicate via email, but they did not let me down.
The Question I Asked Was
Essentially, I need to know if the cassava strips are exposed to any of the following: wheat, gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut, tree nut (including coconut), fish, shellfish, sesame, corn (and any corn derivatives). This would include during ingredient sourcing (farms etc.), transportation, storage, packaging, processing, facility, and production equipment.
Here’s the message that was emailed to me.
JALAPEÑO: JALAPEÑO CHILI PEPPER POWDER, ONION POWDER, SEA SALT, MAPLE SUGAR, GROUND CUMIN, GARLIC POWDER, GROUND GINGER, TURMERIC, GROUND CILANTRO, BLACK PEPPER, GROUND OREGANO, GROUND CELERY SEED, GROUND THYME.
BARBECUE: MAPLE SUGAR, TOMATO POWDER, SEA SALT, ONION POWDER, SMOKED PAPRIKA, SWEET PAPRIKA, GARLIC POWDER, NATURAL MESQUITE SMOKE FLAVOR, GROUND CUMIN, CITRIC ACID, BLACK PEPPER.
Here’s What That Really Means
If you’re a severe corn allergic, the sea salt chips may be worth trialing. Without knowing the suppliers for seasonings, I personally would not venture to the other flavors. If they were to introduce flavors containing major allergens as an ingredient in the future, I probably would change my recommendation.
Overall, you have to do what’s best for you. Currently, there are so few options on the market that every lead needs to be considered.