Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fit & Active Sour Cream and Onion Cracker Crisps (Aldi)

Not very impressive when eaten on their own.
I stumbled on these during a recent trip to Aldi (one in which we spent WAY too much money and got way too much junk food…that’s what happens when you go hungry!) and, in a fit of hunger, decided to scoop them up.  I had tried their Tomato Basil veggie crisps, and these looked pretty similar, so I figured why not give them a shot?

All it takes is one sniff inside the bag to know that you’re dealing with sour cream and onion, and it smells like there is plenty to go around.  These are cracker crisps, which apparently is the name given to awkwardly-shaped crackers; they’re not circular, they’re not square, they’re just bloblike shapes with little cracker holes in them.  True to the aroma, each one is coated with a generous helping of sour cream and onion powders, and it didn’t take me long to dig in.

Tastewise, they aren’t bad at all.  My main gripe is that the cracker has its own taste, one that seems to equal, if not slightly overpower, the sour cream and onion flavors.  So unlike a sour cream and onion potato chip, for example, where the titular flavors stand out, and the potato in the chip takes a backseat, here the potato stands out a lot more.  As a result of this, I would imagine these would taste better when added to something, such as soup, or maybe even a salad, as opposed to snacking on them right out of the bag.

On the upside, they have a very nice, loud crunch, and are also low in fat.  So even if you somehow get carried away and end up eating the whole 4.4 oz. bag, you’re only taking in around 10g of fat, which is around the same amount of fat in one serving of potato chips.  On the flipside, as with most supermarket treats, the lack of fat is made up for in sodium, as these have 330 mg (14%) per serving.  So in other words, don’t eat the whole bag in one sitting.

Overall: 5/10.  A generous layer of onion and garlic powders are matched, curiously, by a strong potato-y cracker taste.  While definitely not bad on their own, I could see these actually tasting better when used in or with something else, such as a chip dip, soup, or maybe even a salad.  These things do pack a loud crunch, and are low in fat (with each 4.4 oz. bag containing roughly 10g), but that’s offset by a rather large sodium content (with each 1 oz. serving containing 330mg of sodium).  It’s worth a shot if you’re looking for something different, but certainly not something I would need to keep on hand at all times.

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