Monday, August 22, 2011
Snack # 188 - Famous Falafel Chips, Spicy
These organic falafel chips are made with chickpeas just like their non-chip namesake. Falafel is a seasoned ball of mashed chickpeas that is deep fried and usually served in a pita with hummus, lettuce, etc. found all over the Middle East. They're delish. And these chips manage to capture a lot of the flavor of falafel in chip form. I tasted parsley, cumin, and many of the other flavors I associate with biting into a falafel pita at the walk-up shop near my apartment. They also packed a pretty decent spicy punch. At first I didn't notice anything, but when I swallowed, the heat definitely built up in my throat. The only problem with these chips, and unfortunately it's a big one, is that chickpeas do not lend themselves to a crunchy chip, and the result leaves them tasting somewhat stale even though they're not. But if you can get over the texture, these are pretty tasty, and probably great dipped in hummus.
Rating on the Spice-O-Meter: 4/10
Bottom Line: weird texture, falafel taste
Buy them here: Flamous Organic Falafel Chips, Spicy 8-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)