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Taste test: pita chips

Recently, a friend hosted a girls' night in her home and prepared a wonderful Mediterranean-themed meal. Beforehand, she set out pita chips that none of us could stop eating. They were terrific. Our judges were equally as impressed with the six brands of pita chips we sampled at our tasting. All of the chips were slightly flavored with sea salt.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/Score

(out of 100)
Stacy's 75Great Value 63Trader Joe's 59
Judges'

comments
Crispy texture and the perfect amount of salt made this authentic to our judges. They loved the sturdiness of the chips as well as the good crunch. "They are nicely toasted with an almost buttery aftertaste," said one judge, adding, "They are yummy." The other panelists said these would be their first choice for dipping in hummus or any other spread.Judges said these chips looked like big pieces of real, toasted pita bread. "They are very thin and crispy and well-salted with really good flavor," said one. "They are really rich and buttery and would be great with dips or cheeses." A couple of panelists said these might be a bit thin for serious dipping, but they would be great as a substitute for potato chips.While these chips were irregularly shaped, they all had the same tasty flavor. "They are very crunchy with a nice dusting of salt," said one judge. "This great taste would be nicely paired with white cheddar cheese and apples." Another taster said she could eat a whole bag of these pita chips in one sitting, but said they wouldn't look as pretty in a party dish as some of the other brands.
Would

they buy?
All four judges said yes.Three of the four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.
Shopping information$2.78 for a 6-ounce bag from Publix.$1.98 for an 8-ounce bag from Walmart.$1.99 for a 6-ounce bag.


Also Sampled: Pita Bites ($2.50 for a 5-ounce bag from Walmart, 48 points); New York Style ($2.99 for a 9-ounce bag from Publix, 55 points); and Town House ($2.50 for a 9.5-ounce bag from Walmart, 51 points).

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; John Hehn, foodie and owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; and Laura Reiley, Times food critic. All foods were tasted blind.

Send suggestions for product testing to: Taste section, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or email them to jkeeler@tampabay.com. Please put TEST SUGGESTION in the subject line. To read past Taster's Choice columns, go to

tampabay.com/things-to-do/food/tastetest.



Serving sizeOne ounceOne ounceOne ounce
Calories130130130
Fat/Fiber5g / 1g5g / 1g5g / 2g
Sugars/Sodium0g / 270mg1g / 240mg0g / 270mg
Carbs/Protein19g / 3g19g / 3g19g / 3g

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