I’d been hearing some buzz about Snapea Crisps as a healthy alternative to chips, so when I saw them at the grocery store I decided to give them a try. Calbee Snack Salad has two different flavors of Snapea Crisps: Original and Caesar. We bought one of each for about 2 dollars a bag (they run between one dollar and three dollars depending on where you shop). My husband went on a 2 hour car trip and ate almost all the Original crisps… with two boys in the car I’m not surprised, especially since the bag is only 3.3 oz.
When I tried these, I immediately noticed the lack of flavor. I popped open the Caesar, and I love Caesar Salad, so I had a thought in my mind of what it should taste like. Boy was I surprised when they tasted not like Caesar but like peas! Not even like snap peas, more like canned peas. Texture wise, they feel like a softer puff Cheeto, but do leave a little bit of a greasy feeling between my fingers.
Now let’s address that healthy alternative claim. They may be better for you but they are not “healthy”. I know what all the ingredients in these are, which is an improvement from other flavored chips which are full of indecipherable ingredients. The Original flavor has 150 calories, 8g of fat, 125mg of sodium, 2g of fiber and 5g of protein. The Caesar flavor has 150 calories, 8g of fat, 160mg of sodium, 2g of fiber and 5g of protein. In comparison Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili chips have 140 calories, 7g of fat, 270mg of sodium, 1g of fiber and 2g of protein. Calidad brand Tortilla chips have 140 calories, 7g of fat, 150mg of sodium, 1g of fiber and 2g of protein.
Final thoughts: I’m not going to buy these again because I’m not a big fan of peas (really I don’t know why I got them based on that fact alone), but if you do like peas I think they are a good alternative to chips.