DISCLOSURE I was given this free product or sample because I am a Klout influencer. I am under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company. Product: Authentic Italian Pasta Chips.
Introducing Pasta Chips
From the packaging: Only 120 Cals. per serving. Non GMO project verified. Made from baked fresh pasta, 20% less fat than Pita Chips®. Vegan, crispy texture. Inspired by an authentic Italian snack from the hills of Tuscany, Pasta Chips are a healthy take on a classic recipe. Made with Durum Wheat Semolina Flour-the main ingredient found in premium pastas- and Italian herbs, each chip is carefully cut to create the perfect edge and then baked until golden. Crafted with fine seasonings based on regional Italian favorites, you can add a little taste of Italy to any of your favorite dips and cheeses, or enjoy simply from the bag. For a truly authentic experience, served topped with basil and mozzarella or with marinara for dipping. Comes in 6 exciting flavors: Marinara, Alfredo, Spicy Tomato Basil, Spinach Broccoli Kale, Garlic Olive Oil and Mediterranean Sea Salt.
The Birth of Pasta Chips
Before yesterday I had never seen or heard about Pasta Chips. First off I am not a chips eater, unless by chips you mean fries, which is what we call fries where I’m originally from. For the purpose of this article when I say chips I mean American chips, not fries. I only ever get introduced to chips if I’m at an informal function or at a restaurant and it is served as an appetizer. Hence the reason why that isle of the grocery store doesn’t appeal to me. So yesterday when I opened my mailbox and found a bag of Pasta Chips as my Klout Perk I was like, “Meh. This should be interesting.” I was wondering what to have for dinner and figured I’d give Pasta Chips a try. More on that later. After reading the back of the packaging I saw it had the founder’s name, Jerry Bello so I Googled him. Turns out he’s an entrepreneur like myself, by that I mean if I was worth billions. Anyhoo, here’s what I found out from Food Navigator: Before Pasta Chips, Mr. Bello created Veggie straws, I’ve see those, never tried it nor was ever tempted to. According to Food Navigator’s interview with Mr. Bello, the idea came to him while having dinner with his wife in Tuscany, Italy, when the restaurant they were in served them lightly baked pasta dough drizzled with sea salt and olive oil. Read the rest of the story here. Like a good entrepreneur Mr. Bello didn’t reinvent the wheel, he enhanced it. Pasta Chips is fairly new, it only hit the shelves in September 2013, as reported by Food Navigator. Continue reading