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Smartfood Selects Snack Foods

I’m a snack food junkie, so I try not to buy snack foods all that often lest I find myself covered in orange cheese, having eaten an entire bag of Doritos in one sitting.  Smartfood Selects might change that though, because they are both tasty and not terrible for you.

As a bzzAgent, I received a free full-size bag of Sour Cream and Onion Puffed Corn as well as two snack size bags, one of Garlic Tomato Basil Hummus Popped Chips and one of Cinnamon Brown Sugar Multigrain Popped Chips.

The puffed corn was tasty (even though I’m not a sour cream fan) and had an odd but strangely addictive texture, like fluffier popcorn without the crunchy kernel part. My son didn’t really like them, but everyone else had mostly good things to say. The puffed corn was not too salty or too powdery (I hate that mess that gets all over your fingers!) I also liked the recloseable bag that it came in. We’re always losing our chip clips in this house. The bag lasted in our house about a week, and the product never got stale, even though it contains no preservatives. They’re also baked, not fried, so there’s no greasy residue all over your hands or the bag.

I liked the popped chips better. They have a great crunchy texture. I had some leftover caramel dip in the house so we ate the cinnamon chips with that and it was DELICIOUS. I’m a sucker for cinnamon and sugar, so these were my favorite! The hummus chips were really interesting. We eat a lot of hummus in our house and it never occurred to me that garbanzo bean flour might make a good chip! These were the favorites of my two-year-old as well as some of the other people who sampled the snacks. I can’t speak to the staying power of the chips, because none of them lasted long enough to get stale.

I’m glad to have found a snack food that I can bring to parties or even munch at home that isn’t loaded with artificial ingredients. While I’ll still eat snack foods only in moderation, I’m glad to have found a smarter choice!


Private Selection Taste of Summer

Food campaign! My favorite kind! I do about half my grocery shopping at Kroger, so I’m no stranger to the Private Selection label. This campaign centers around picnic fare – ground beef, chips, ice cream, pie, yum! What came in the kit? A bag of kettle-cooked Sea Salt and Black Pepper potato chips, and coupons, coupons, coupons!

Of course, kettle-cooked chips are vastly superior to all other kinds. I’ve been a fan since my first taste of Cape Cod Potato Chips during a stay on Cape Cod twenty years ago, but I love that they’ve become so popular. Shelling out $4 or more for a small bag of chips is not really worth it for me. The Private Selection brand has everything I’m looking for – huge crunch, tasty seasonings, and at a price I think is reasonable.

The coupons granted me a free pound of ground beef, 6″ pie, and a discount on ice cream (which ended up costing only about a quarter, since it was on sale!) I haven’t been eating much ground meat lately (though I occasionally grind my own) so the beef was a bit of a treat. I made a super tasty taco salad with my Angus ground beef sirloin. (I would have made burgers if I’d bought a fattier cut – but the sirloin is perfect for taco salad!)

The pie was fine, but not as good as homemade. A little more cinnamon in my Northern Spy Struesel Apple Pie would have been better, but I do love the crumb topping. We ate our pie heated up, but I should have served it with ice cream!

Speaking of ice cream, YES YES YES. I’ve been buying Private Selection ice cream since it’s been available, and it is thick, creamy, and delicious, with great flavor options. My favorite is the Mint Moose Tracks, but I guess that doesn’t come in pint size, so I opted for the Black Raspberry Dark Chocolate Chunk. You had me at dark chocolate, but the raspberry really comes through too – it’s not a fake, cloying berry flavor either, but a yummy fresh fruit flavor. I am blessed with living in a city known for ice cream – Graeter’s and Jeni’s are just two amazing options – but for the price, you can’t beat Private Selection.