Review: Limited Edition Stacy’s Salted Caramel Pita Chips & Sports Heart Update / Grumpy Grumpity Grump / Ask JFG
Well, Junk Food Nation, where am I at on the sports-enthusiasm scale, out of 10? I’d say a 3 right now. I’ve lost my zeal for hockey of late, so the fact that the first puck drops tomorrow or something has zippy impact on me. The Nats implosion left me feeling empty, and no, I’m not just going to switch my allegiances to the O’s. Football is in full swing, and my Bills are bound to crush my heart sometime this season. Not a college football fan, really. Right now, all of my sports zeal is on the Wizards…who don’t really start playing until the end of this month. So….yeah. What else is going on?
Awh, forget it. I can’t pretend I’m not super bummed by last night’s result, leaving me pretty much not enthused to discuss anything in particular. How about we just make today’s post an “Ask JFG” segment? Ask me a question in the comments below, and I’ll answer it – anything you want. You might get a really grumpy answer, but you’ll get an answer. So ….let ’em rip!
In the meantime – today’s junk food: Limited Edition Stacy’s Salted Caramel Pita Chips!
Junk Food Nation, there was a good stretch over the summer where I was eating pita chips ALL THE TIME. Dipping them in hummus? Yum yum yum. And I kept rationalizing that it was healthy – “it’s HUMMUS!” I’d exclaim, as I went in for my fourteenth handful. Turns our, these pita chips turn directly into fat just fine, thank you. Eventually I had to have an intervention with myself and put the pita chips down.
And then came Limited Edition Stacy’s Salted Caramel Pita Chips. Damn you, Stacy’s.
Limited Edition Stacy’s Salted Caramel Pita Chips are the first limited edition pita chip I’ve eaten since their Simply Gingerbread edition I tried almost three years ago. Took you long enough, Stacy’s.
Still, I’m not QUITE sure these are new – but they’re new to me. So let’s do this.
Limited Edition Stacy’s Salted Caramel Pita Chips contain all the things I like – brown sugar, sugar, organic cane sugar, molasses and….rosemary??? INTERESTING, Stacy’s. Interesting.
Limited Edition Stacy’s Salted Caramel Pita Chips smelled great – like their normal pita chips, I immediately got that nice and yeasty, bread-y smell. Lots of butter-y notes, and this bag also had a distinctly sugar-y smell as well. Sort of like smelling pancakes, or waffles, or sugar cookies – that sweet dough aroma. It’s awesome.
I popped a bunch of these Limited Edition Stacy’s Salted Caramel Pita Chips and was in love. Not QUITE the Auntie Anne’s pretzel taste I got from the Salted Caramel Snyder’s Sweet and Salty Pretzel Pieces, but similarly delicious.
The pita chip itself is nice and light and plenty crunchy, like standard Stacy’s pita chips. There’s plenty of air bubbles in the dough which helps keep these chips light, and they are toasted to a crisp so the dough gives a nice toasted flavor. Everyone loves white bread toast because it just has that distinct toast flavor – these did too.
As for the salted caramel flavor? I wouldn’t characterize this QUITE like caramel, but there was just a great sweet/salty flavor. The sweet was almost buttery sweet, like I was eating a flattened sugar cookie, or like one of these sugar cookie Pringles Stix – It was sweet without being TOO sweet. If caramel = burnt sugar, then I do this this chip accomplished that flavor.
The sweetness was perfectly balanced/curbed by the presence of salt, which helped bring out the best savory/sweet notes possible. Sort of like kettle corn flavor, but on a pita chip. With lots of butter. Sort of like eating flat, crunchy pancakes.
And that’s basically it – a really nice combo of sweet and salty. And put it all on an enriched wheat flour chip? Excellent. I have to hide these somewhere.
PURCHASED AT: Safeway, Waterfront Metro, DC.
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