Saturday, November 21, 2015

Day 325 - Reduced Guilt Pita Chips

Before I review this product I must briefly mount my soap box.  (Boy am I glad I didn’t wear heels today, this soap box could be pretty tippy and dangerous in stilettos…)

REDUCED.  GUILT.  PITA.  CHIPS.  Reduced GUILT?  Guilt over PITA CHIPS???  As in, if you eat pita chips other than these, you should feel f-ing GUILTY for eating PITA CHIPS???  I find this so offensive.  Seriously, it makes my blood pressure spike a bit. 
"Reduced Guilt" Pita Chips - it is even written in a RED flag.
I presume this “reduced guilt” line is marketed primarily towards women.  Women who are told that they should be skinny, sexy, thin, fit…  Women who are brainwashed into believing that the bodies of the women they see in magazines and movies are real, when they are actually airbrushed, made up, and specially lit to look “ideal”.  Women who try sooooo hard to be “perfect” that they have eating disorders and hate their bodies.

Women – listen up.  THERE IS NO GUILT ASSOCIATED WITH EATING.  You can eat these pita chips if you are hungry for them – go for it!!!!  You can eat broccoli.  You can eat turkey pot pie.  You know what?  You can even eat CHEESECAKE if you are in the mood!!!!  Everything in moderation, and sometimes even NOT in moderation is ok!  I have been known to consume almost a whole bag of gummy bears and guess what?  Afterward I have a sore jaw from chewing so much, but not an OUNCE OF GUILT.  And you don’t need to feel guilt about food either.


So Trader Joe’s, I assume by “Reduced Guilt” you mean “Reduced Fat”.  If that is the case, say it.  But don’t be “cutesy” by calling it “Reduced Guilt”.  It is offensive.  Trust me, we do not need any more guilt in our lives, be it reduced or full strength.  And let’s save the guilt for times when it might actually apply – say something like “reduced guilt for going out dancing all night when your grandma was on her death bed” or “reduced guilt for borrowing $20 from a friend and never paying it back” or even “reduced guilt for spilling a glass of red wine on your sister-in-law’s white table cloth”.  But NOT “reduced guilt” for eating a freakin’ PITA CHIP.

This is what a feminist (watering the garden) looks like.  And she is not happy with the name of this product.
There. 

Sorry.  Stepping off soap box now.

Deep breath.  Annnnnd here is the review of the actual PRODUCT (not the name, I believe you already know how I feel about the name…).

Pita Chips are not something we normally buy. 

I say that in a lot of reviews, don’t I?  Variations of that sentence anyway – “We don’t usually eat (insert product)” or “This isn’t something we normally buy”…  It makes me think of a super tacky reality TV show I watched a season of called “Amish In The City”.  It was about a group of young Amish kids who left their community for “rumspringa” and went off on wild adventures.  One girl, her name might have been Ruth, always made me laugh because every single thing she did, she said it was the FIRST TIME she had done it.  They went to the beach, she said, “I aint never seen the ocean before!!”.  They went to a mall, she proclaimed, “I never bought clothes before!”.  She was so wide eyed and full of innocence.  So every time I say things like, “We have never eaten (x, y, z) before…” I think of her.  J

But honestly, we do not buy a lot of pita chips.  J  In our entire almost 3 decade relationship, if you count this purchase of pita chips, I think we may have bought bags of them 3 times. 

They are a BEST SELLER!  Bet they would sell even more if the name wasn't offensive.
I liked the taste of these.  Previous pita chips we have had seemed too crunchy to me (note:  I sometimes confuse pita and bagel chips…).  But these TJ’s pita chips were crunchy without being overly so.  These were good with hummus.  They can really hold a LOT of hummus, which I appreciated!  They become little pita chip hummus spoons!  The sea salt on these is good – it is not overpowering and there is just enough of it.

They make great "hummus spoons"
The bottom of the bag had a lot of busted bits which is to be expected.  They were good as a side dish to a sandwich as they added some crunch to the lunch.

Tasty lunch
David said, “They are good.  They are crispy.  They are not hard.  They are very good with DIPS, but not so good with CHEESE because they are too crumbly.  But they are fine.  I would be happy with them as a dip accompaniment.  They are tasty.”

Price – $1.99

Rating - 4  (I am not going to ding them for the name here, I think I did enough of that at the start of the review)

7 comments:

  1. Dear Poster/Trader Joe's Product Reviewer,
    I love you!
    Love,
    BLUE

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    1. Dearest commenter,
      I also love you :).
      Love,
      Me

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  2. Dear Poster/Trader Joe's Product Reviewer,
    I love you!
    Love,
    BLUE

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  3. I appreciate the soap box lambasting on the name! I'm glad they were enjoyable in spite of their atrocious label!

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    1. I think TJ's needs to hear about it and change this one. :) (They are quite tasty though...)

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  4. Agree 100% on the damned label!! It really makes me just as aggravated!
    But pita chips should totally be in your life more often- beware the cinnamon sugar ones are the most perfect slightly sweet crunchy almost dessert snack. Good for an afternoon nibble.

    Love your sandwich plate with the veggies and chips! I often use that 21salute seasoning on my raw veggies to give them a little sumpthin' without resorting to dip
    Ttrockwood

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    1. Thank you for getting up in arms with me about the name!!!!!! Although I am sorry that you have to be as annoyed as I am, I am glad that I am not alone in my outrage. :)

      I love that sandwich plate, too. It is from Crate and Barrel Outlet. :)

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