A couple of years ago I review the original Trader Joe’s Kale Chips and gave them 9 out of 10 bells. I really liked them as a snack. My wife liked them. I thought they were a great way to snack on Kale, albeit kind of expensive as a snack. You can make your own Kale chips pretty easily Kale: The Complete Guide to the World’s Most Powerful Superfood (Superfood Series) and cheaply compared to store bought ones.
I was pleased to see a new version of the Trader Joe’s Kale chips in the snack section (this is a completely Vegan product too) and I seeing it was dressed with cashew butter and tahini I thought would bring some nice protein to the mix. There is also some seasonings tossed into the mix, mainly mustard. I start thinking this is either going to great or just plain awful.
I am hear to tell you this was one of the worst things I have ever put in my mouth! I can’t tell you how awful it was. Where the first version was interesting in the way it was seasoned and had a nice crunch to it. Trader Joe’s Seasoned Kale Chips did have the same nice crunch but the seasonings was just awful. I popped a few in my mouth and the cashew butter/tahini mix turned to mush and kind of stuck to the roof of my mouth. At the same time the kale tasted like dried grass this time, way stronger than I remember before. It all comes together in a big mess in your mouth and I literally had to spit it out!
I usually like most things I review from Trader Joe’s, and I think they do a good job coming up with unique and interesting products, but occasionally the product development team at Trader Joe’s goes off the rails in a big way. But you know that’s OK, but we need stores like Trader Joe’s to keep pushing the envelope and creating new foods that we like. Unfortunately, for this one I want to give them an A for effort but only 1 out of 10 bells as a rating. Sorry Trader Joe’s, but it was awful…