Wednesday, October 31, 2012

OTL: Smartfood Selects

BzzAgent and Smartfood Selects sent me three bags of snacks to try. I received a full sized bag of Sour Cream Onion Puffed Corn and snack sized bags of Garlic Tomato Basil Hummus Popped Chips and Cinnamon Brown Sugar Multigrain Popped Chips. Smartfood is best known for its awesome tasting White Cheddar Cheese Poppcorn which is completely addictive and easy to eat an entire bag in one sitting. Now they are offering a larger variety of snacks with their Selects line. This line of popcorn, popped chips, and puffed corn highlights the flavor combinations of herbs and spices. Just as important as what has gone in to these snacks though is what has been left out. There are no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, 0 grams of trans fats, and no MSG. The snacks are Kosher and the bags are resealable.

Now that I've given you the facts, how do the snacks taste? Well, unfortunately, this review will be slightly biased simply based on the flavors I received. While I know it is unrealistic to expect a company to be able to send everyone their first choice in snack flavors, I do with there had been some way to indicate a preference when signing up for this event. I am not a fan of Sour Cream Onion flavored anything so I would not have chosen this product to try. My husband did try the Puffed Corn but he was not a fan. I think this was in part due to come confusion on what to expect. I'm pretty sure he thought he was getting a pop corn snack and the puffed corn texture was not at all to his liking. He said the flavor itself was fine but he associates it more with a potato chip and a crisp texture.

My favorite was the Garlic Tomato Basil Hummus Popped Chips. I loved the flavor and the chip texture was light yet crunchy at the same time. My only issue was that since I received a snack size bag, it was gone in very little time. I didn't find the amount I received to be very filling even though it was exactly a serving size for that product. The Cinnamon Brown Sugar Multigrain Popped Chips had the same texture as the hummus chips which was pleasing. I'm not sure about the flavor combination for this one though as the multigrain chip did not work as well with a sweet coating in my opinion. I think I would have preferred the Italian Herb Multigrain Popped Chip.

Overall, I like the Smartfood Selects concept but I would stick to the savory popped chips. I think I will use my $1 off coupon on the Parmesan Herb Popcorn because that sounds like a flavor I will really enjoy.

Have you tried any of the Smartfood Selects snacks? What do you think of them?

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