REVIEW: Beanfields Bean Chips Cheddar & Sour Cream, Spicy Queso

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Cheddar & Sour Cream
Ingredients: Navy Beans, Brown Rice, Safflower or Sunflower Oil, Seasoning Blend (Rice Flour, Product Contains 2% or less of: Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika Extract (Color), Citric Acid, Lactic Acid Powder, Natural Flavors, Palm Fruit Oil*, Pea Protein, Rice Syrup Solids, Salt, Sugar, Yeast Extract). *RSPO Certified

These appear about two inches in length, half a millimeter thick, and semi-opaque with light to moderate powdered coating. If it makes any sense at all, the texture feels 75% crispy and is quite chewy after the initial bite. Personally prefer my tortilla chips to be crunchier, but it’s a mild difference.

The bag correctly advertises “full on flavor” because you immediately taste the seasoning on first bite. I grabbed this Cheddar & Sour Cream bag quickly and didn’t realize it’s  vegan (should be written on the front!). Without dairy, they somehow manage to have hint of cheddar-ish flavor that ends with a sour tang. Contrary to many failing vegan cheese snacks, these don’t use nutritional yeast as “cheese”. I’m impressed by the imitated flavor and would argue that the lack of dairy could go unnoticed by some. There’s barely any bean flavor in these chips as well. That or they mask it well with seasoning.

They’re well-salted, low-key addictive, filling, and I enjoyed eating them. I’d recommend this to tortilla chip aficionados forgoing dairy, but still ponder about cheese.


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Spicy Queso
Ingredients: Navy Beans, Brown Rice, Safflower or Sunflower Oil, Seasoning Blend (Rice Flour, Product Contains 2% or less of: Cayenne Pepper, Dehydrated Spices, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Tomato Powder, Paprika Extract (Color), Citric Acid, Lactic Acid Powder, Natural Flavors, Palm Fruit Oil*, Pea Protein, Rice Syrup Solids, Salt, Sugar, Yeast Extract). *RSPO Certified

This Spicy Queso flavor comes off a bit stronger Cheddar & Sour Cream. On occasional bites, I found a faint hint of actual queso flavor initially, but it doesn’t taste cheesy overall. There’s a tomato undertone, and if anything, the flavor reminds me of a generic curry once finished. The Queso aspect might be a stretch, but at least these have a pleasant heat build-up.

I felt Cheddar & Sour Cream was much more accurate to the flavor name. I’m neutral in recommending their Spicy Queso because they’re a far cry from a tasting like a melted cheese pool, but at the end of the day, are still decent chips.

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REVIEW: McConnell’s Sea Salt Cream & Cookies Ice Cream

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Ingredients: Cream, Milk, Cane Sugar, Non Fat Milk Solids, Organic Egg Yolks, R.R. Lochhead® Vanilla, Kosher Salt, Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Flour, Butter, Brown Sugar, Cane Sugar, Kosher Salt, Baking Soda, Eggs, Vanilla, Guittard® Semisweet Chocolate (Cocoa, Cane Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Sunflower Lecithin))

McConnell’s doesn’t come close to my “healthy-ish” snack range, but I treated myself so let’s review this. Having been to their shops before, I am 95% confident that it’ll be delicious. This pint isn’t a joke at 1200 calories and selling up to $12 on average.

The base is creamy, doesn’t feel overly heavy, and lightly milky in flavor with a hint of salt. Some brands have naked cream bases that don’t taste like anything, but McConnell’s has subtlety and a balanced sweetness.

There are chocolate chip cookies chunks throughout the pint that bring presence without overtaking the ice cream. They’re roughly less than half an inch in size, remain chewy,  classic in flavor, and are plentiful with semisweet Guittard chocolate chunks.

I was on a high while eating over half of this, and would absolutely recommend this flavor, and/or McConnell’s for their classic, well-executed ice creams. They’re worth the high calories and hefty price tag–although it doesn’t hurt if you can catch a bargain! Purchased mine on sale for $6.25 at Gelson’s Market.

REVIEW: Peatos Crunchy Puffs Snacks Classic Cheese

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Ingredients: Pulse Flour Blend (pea flour, lentil flour, fava bean protein, pea fiber), High Oleic Sunflower and/or Safflower Oil, Rice, Classic Cheese (Pasteurized milk, cheese culture, enzymes), Maltodextrin, Natural Flavors, Yeast Extract, Nonfat Dry Milk, Buttermilk Solids, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Extractives of Paprika, Turmeric)

These appear as advertised, although a bit on the short side averaging 1.5″ to 2″ in length. The texture might be a touch bit more dense than a regular Cheeto, but is crunchy and satisfying.

There’s a faint bean flavor, but not enough to distract from the overall taste. They’re evenly coated in orange cheese seasoning, which has nice tang to it. Although I find the garlic and onion seasoning to nearly equal the cheese flavor. Cheese should be the most prominent flavor if they’re trying to compare to Cheetos.

They’re not bad, but they’re not great either. I personally find Beanitos Mac N’ Cheese Baked White Bean Crunch to deliver a truer cheese flavor. I still ate the bag in one go, but personally wouldn’t repurchase. I’m neutral in recommending them. Purchased mine on sale for $3 at Gelson’s Market. It’s usually priced around $3.75.

REVIEW: Kate’s Real Food Bar Grizzly Bar Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate

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Ingredients: Organic Oats, Organic Honey, Organic Peanut Butter (Organically Grown Dry-Roasted Peanuts, Salt), Organic Dark Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla), Rice Nuggets (Rice Flour, Rice Bran, Raisin Juice Concentrate, Honey, Salt), Organic Dried Bananas, Organic Dried Apricots, Organic Raisins, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Sesame Seeds, Sea Salt

Oops, forgot to photograph the wrapper! Anyhow, this bar is crumbly, and broke in two chunks when I pulled it out. Not the neatest bar as pieces will fall when taking bites. Once it actually makes it to your mouth, it’s crunchy, chewy, and pleasant from the mixture of oats and rice nuggets.

Taste-wise, it’s generally nutty with a light sweetness and has nice touches of salt. However, it comes off much more of an oatmeal cinnamon raisin bar. The flavor is still good, but completely missed the mark as a Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate bar. Any peanut butter was usually faint, and there was barely any chocolate in my bar–if any??

Personally I wouldn’t buy this again because it didn’t taste like anything particularly special and was a bit messy. It’s obvious the ingredients are of high quality, but this flavor might lend itself better as ‘Nutty Cinnamon Raisin’. It’s in the neutral category of whether I’d recommend it or not. Regularly marked around $3 per bar. Purchased mine on sale for $2.50 at Lazy Acres Market.

REVIEW: Re:THINK Ice Cream Coffee Hazelnut & Cardamom Pistachio

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Coffee Hazelnut
Ingredients: milk, cream, whey protein concentrate, organic agave syrup, coffee extract, hazelnuts, organic inulin (agave fiber), natural flavors, green tea extract, locust bean gum, guar gum

These flavors were a bit mysterious lacking any description. I thought this was going to be an infused coffee and hazelnut flavor, but to be clear, it’s actually coffee ice cream with hazelnut bits.

This requires at least 10 to 15 minutes to sit out, unless you prefer rock hard ice cream. On the upside, it’s worth the wait as it evolves from dense chunks to lightly creamy, silky ice cream. Considering the lighter calorie count, the texture is impressive once defrosted.

This flavor reminds me of Haagen Dazs coffee, but lighter. It’s tasty and lightly sweet. Personally I like my coffee flavors to be a bit more pronounced, but it’s still passable.

Re:Think is generous with their add-ins, but the 1 to 2 mm hazelnut bits might be too small to taste any distinguish any flavor. They mostly just add texture to the pint.

I normally eat pints in one or two sittings with no problem, and felt like three servings was plenty. Possibly due to protein, it’s more filling and satisfying than typical ice cream.

Personally this flavor anything particularly special for me, but I’d be interested in their other products.


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Cardamom Pistachio
Ingredients: milk, cream, whey protein concentrate, organic agave syrup, pistachios, organic inulin (agave fiber), natural flavors, green tea extract, locust bean gum, guar gum

As promised, here’s trying another flavor–Cardamom Pistachio. Again, I felt slightly misled by the name. I should’ve known from the first pint that this was going to be a cardamom base with added pistachio nuts.

Same texture as the previous pint. DEFROST and it will be a much more pleasant experience.

As for flavor, this is really well done. The cardamom is present, but not overpowering  (unlike Slim Twins Cardamom). The pistachios are are mostly whole, dispersed evenly throughout, and remain crunchy in the ice cream.

The Cardamom Pistachio is executed a touch better than the Coffee Hazelnut in my opinion, but they’re both good. I’d recommend giving Re:Think a shot if you want a simple, healthier ice cream that tastes very satisfying. Purchased at $6.99 at Gelson’s Market.

REVIEW: Lesser Evil Grain Free Egg White Curls Egg & Cheese

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Ingredients: organic cassava flour, cage free non-GMO dried egg whites, organic tapioca native starch, organic avocado oil, organic tapioca starch, organic tapioca solids, Himalayan crystal salt, organic nutritional yeast, organic flavor, yeast extract, organic garlic powder, organic onion powder, lactic acid, organic ground mustard, organic spices

I wasn’t sure what the hell I expected buying these.

Unlike the image suggests, they look like something from Alien VS. Predator. Texture-wise, they’re a bit hard to bite into initially, but are a satisfying crunch overall.

It’s subtle, tasting faintly eggy at first, but then definitely finishes as a pronounced egg and cheese flavor. The mild cheese tang tastes fairly legit. It might be one of the few vegan “cheese” products that doesn’t taste like typical nutritional yeast flavor. These puffs really do taste like eggs and cheese, but in a completely different format. It’s oddly  impressive how they achieved this.

In general, they’re pretty strange snack, but can sneak up as you continue to curiously eat. Or, you might find these too weird and hate them. I managed to eat half the bag because of the texture and salt, but personally wouldn’t buy them again. If eggs and cheese in a crunchy snack form sounds appealing, give it a try because this hit the nail in the head. Purchased these for $4.99 at Whole Foods.

REVIEW: So Delicious Oatmilk Dairy-Free Frozen Dessert Caramel Apple Crumble

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Ingredients: oatmilk (filtered water, whole oat flour), organic cane sugar, organic tapioca syrup, organic coconut oil, apples, brown sugar, rice flour, salt, pea protein, corn starch, vegetable oil (palm, canola), cane sugar, guar gum, natural flavor, tapioca dextrin, citric acid, locust bean gum, organic molasses, organic cocoa butter, cinnamon, sodium citrate, ascorbic acid, pectin, baking soda, calcium chloride.

The texture is creamy, with a slight marshmallow fluff-like texture. It’s surprisingly good considering this is a dairy free.

The flavor is decent. It’s faintly flavored with similar notes to an apple cider beverage. The best part are the small apple bits throughout, which greatly enhances the base. The caramel swirl is sweet, but doesn’t have much of a distinguishable taste. The cylindrical crumbles have an semi-crystalized, layered, crunchy texture. Besides being sweet, they don’t also don’t offer much of an additional flavor.

It’s a fairly good non-dairy pint, but I’m also not necessarily enjoying it as much as I would’ve liked. It tastes as the name describes, but could use some improvement with the add-ins and arguably, have more flavor overall.

Personally I wouldn’t buy it again. It falls in a neutral category of whether I’d recommend it or not. I’d still be open to trying other So Delicious products based off the pleasant texture and lack of strong coconut flavor usually found in non-dairy products.

Purchased from Whole Foods for $5.99.