Thursday, May 29, 2014

Guacamole Tortilla Chips - Aldi: Cherry Hill, NJ

Guacamole Tortilla Chips - Aldi: Cherry Hill, NJ
Avocado is one of those trendy (and healthy) foods I never really got into...until now. I don't know what happened, I've always enjoyed it, but lately I have been trying to find a way to get avocado into everything I eat.

It's in my quesadillas, my sushi bowls, and now my tortilla chips. Will these taste as good as the real thing?
First thing's first, packaging.

Let's face it, the Clancy's line at Aldi just isn't pretty. This is the kind of design you would expect from a dollar store or no-frills brand. Everything is unpolished and the typography is lazy, similar to those parody snack bags used in spoof videos or infomercials. While this bag may not be the ugliest thing I've ever seen, it's no where near as polished as other store brand snack foods or Aldi's Specially Selected label.

It may not be pretty, but it functions well. All of the nutritional information is at the lower left of the packaging, there's a window allowing me to see the product, and there are some pretty appetizing looking avocados scattered about. (Although they need to work on the lighting, these avocados look really out of place against the bag. Gotta lighten those suckers up a bit!)
Due to the big window on the front of the package, I wasn't at all shocked by the bright green color of the chips inside. Similar to flavored Dorito's, the bold coloring isn't just a powdery coating, the chips themselves are green all the way through.

When it comes to smells, this smells like normal fried tortilla chips with a hint of onion power. The aroma doesn't bring guacamole to mind, but it doesn't make the chip any less appetizing than a normal tortilla.

After one chip, it was pretty obvious that these didn't pack the same refreshing flavor as actual guacamole, but they were a nice change of pace from a typical tortilla chip. The flavoring is like a mixture of sour cream, onion, garlic, and cumin. If I were blind folded I would have thought that these chips were taco or nacho flavored, so it fails the authenticity test, but the taste is still pretty darn addicting.

If you have your heart set on guacamole, these chips will disappoint, but if you're looking for a way to spice up your normal nachos, these will add a bit of extra flavoring and color to your dish. I think I would buy these again over normal tortilla chips, but these are no substitute for a real bowl of fresh guacamole.
© Maria Smith
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