Thursday, February 28, 2013

Valley of the Jolly (crunch-crunch-crunch) #AGiantSurprise #spon

Sweet Potato Chips
Quick! Who says "Ho ho ho!"

No, not the guy in the red suit. I'm talking about the guy in green leaves. You know, the Green Giant.

I was pretty excited to get to sample some brand-spanking-new Green Giant products. I mean, I grew up with the Giant in my mom's kitchen cupboards. I have to admit that I was enthralled by the commercials. Something about a huge green guy being the caretaker of vegetables really tickled my imagination.

These days, the Jolly Green Giant is a little more modern than when I was a kid. Check out the videos here. I loved the Green Giant of my childhood, but I have to admit that he's even cooler now.

Even as a kid, I loved vegetables. Pretty much all of them. Yeah, I was the weird kid who liked all the vegetables that no one else liked.

So I was more than happy to take an offer from the jolly green fellow. Imagine my surprise when I found out that Green Giant is now making snack foods. And I had high hopes.

The first bag I ripped open was multi-grain sweet potato chips with sea salt. The first thing I noticed was that these chips weren't overly salty. There was enough salt, but not so much that I felt like I was at a salt lick. I could taste the sweetness of the sweet potato an they were nicely crisp. They didn't last long, but I've got to say that they'd be great with a sandwich or with creamy dip.

Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips
I was skeptical about the Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips. I'm usually a purist about my tortilla chips, but one bite of these and I snagged the bag out of my husband's hands.

Dang, but they were good. Tons of cheese flavor, and a nice corn flavor with other flavors in the background. Red and green peppers are pretty high on the ingredient list, and that's one of the things I thought I tasted.

Most of the time, I use tortilla chips as a vehicle for guacamole, but I could be very happy with these chips on their own. Not that there's any evidence of that. Nope. None.

Ate all the evidence.

Yup, it's a pretty amazing talent, right?

Speaking of which, the Green Giant is unveiling surprise talent. Check it out here.

But back to the chips. Yeah, They're gone. But they were good while they were here. These are supposed to be targeting the healthy snack market, which makes sense. For those who want the details, here ya go (direct from the company):
  • The Green Giant™ Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips – Zesty Cheddar Flavor are made with real vegetables, 17 grams of whole grain per serving (48g are recommended daily), and are naturally flavored.
  • The Green Giant™ Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips – Sea Salt Flavor are made with real sweet potatoes and made with 14 grams of whole grain. Plus, they contains 40 percent less fat than regular potato chips*!
  • *Green Giant Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips (6g per 28g serving) have 40 percent less fat than regular potato chips (10g per 28g serving).
For more information check out Green Giant's Facebook page.

And if you want to show off your surprise talent, go right on over here.

Thank you to The Green Giant™ for being a sponsor. Show the Giant your surprise talent