I Paid: $2.99 for a 5-ounce bag (prices may vary by region)
Now, the presence of more desirable nutritional characteristics is almost always the indication of a devil’s bargain when it comes to taste: Sure, you can have your whole grain, but only at the cost of your afternoon snack tasting like a loofah. Not so with New York Style’s Risotto Chips. They’re straight-up delicious—nothing ambiguous about it.
The Sea Salt variety (which contains only nine ingredients, all of which are easily comprehensible) is a delicate, lightly salted, almost smoky-tasting chip—like Wheat Thins and Ritz, it’s a great snack by virtue of its modesty and balance. Regardless of the various health claims attached to the chip, these will be my new go-to for dipping and snacking; like Doritos or Pringles, they trigger that addictive chain-eating thing, but unlike either of those chips, there’s relatively little guilt involved.
The Parmesan and Roasted Garlic flavor starts with a pronounced and sincere Parmesan umami at the front of each bite, which then levels off and mellows into a gentler garlic flavor. And while a chip named after a pasta sauce doesn’t necessarily inspire confidence, the Spicy Marinara flavor works—there’s a salty, spicy seasoned taste that comes on strong and finishes with gentle but palpable heat.
If there’s any justice in the world—and I think we all know the score on that front—these things will blow up and become huge. The beauty of properly seasoned rice-based chips is something that deserves a big audience.