In addition to being gluten-free, CrispRoot's chips are also dairy-free and contain no cholesterol and no trans-fat. The best part is that they are crunchy and perfectly salty, just what I want in a chip. CrispRoot sent me all four of their flavors and here's what I thought:
- Original: Though I wasn't immediately drawn to them, I have to say the Original flavor is my favorite. The garlicky, salty, and slightly sweet notes were subtle enough to be an "original" flavor, but unique enough that I felt like I was eating something special. I had to force myself to slow down and experience the chips, rather than shoveling them in my mouth one after another.
- Sea Salt: These reminded me of a standard ruffle chip, but less greasy and just as satisfying. They were begging to be dunked into a vegan ranch dip at a New Year's Eve party.
- BBQ Bliss: These weren't neon orange like a lot of barbecue chips, but they still had the familiar sweet and spicy flavors, although they lacked the tang of the big brands.
- Thai Ginger: Pleasantly warm and spicy, the Thai Ginger chips delivered flavor without overwhelming me.
While CrispRoot is gluten-free and does contain less fat than the average chip, it is not sugar-free, nor is it oil-free and it may contain palm oil. Both the BBQ Bliss and Thai Ginger flavors contain autolyzed yeast, which some people avoid due to its relation to MSG. Overall, I think CrispRoot cassava chips are a fun variation on the traditional potato chip and are a great once in a while treat.
Have you tried CrispRoot? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.
In addition to writing for Eco-Vegan Gal, Rachel Curit works on her blog, The Judgmental Vegan, and freelance writes for the website, One Green Planet. Be sure to like her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter.