Michael Season’s has done it again. We are big fans of their baked cheese puffs and were anxious to try this new product. They were gracious enough to send us a sample pack to test out and review.
There are three flavors: sea salt, nacho cheese, and roasted red pepper. I tried nacho cheese and sea salt. The black bean crisps are a healthier snack with less fat and sodium than other black bean chips. They are also much healthier than potato chips. I feel better about these crisps because they are made from black beans. There are no preservatives and only contain four ingredients, plus seasoning.
The crisps are about the size of the palm of my hand. They are very light with ridges throughout. When eating I noticed an initial crunch. Shortly after the first bite the crisps mushed in my mouth. The sea salt crisps featured a simple black bean taste. I did not detect any other seasonings or flavors. The taste was not as strong as eating plain black beans, though.
The nacho cheese flavored crisps tasted like chili with a hint of cheese. Along with the cheese flavor I detected spices such as paprika. The black bean taste isn’t as strong, and did not taste oily or fried at all.
I like black beans so I liked these crisps. My 15 month old son who is a very picky eater liked them too. If you don’t like black beans you most likely won’t enjoy them.
The package was quite deceiving, which was disappointing. The bag was a little smaller than most chip bags, and not even filled halfway. My family of three brought a bag of these chips on a picnic, and they weren’t enough as a side dish for us.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Pros: no preservatives, or artificial ingredients, light bean taste
Cons: deceptive packaging, mushy
Ingredients (sea salt): black beans, rice flour, sunflower oil, sea salt, salt
Ingredients (nacho cheese): black beans, rice flour, sunflower oil, salt, maltodextrin, cheddar/romano cheeses (pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), onion powder, buttermilk powder, yeast extract, tomato powder, garlic powder, sugar, paprika, spices, natural flavors, lactic acid, paprika extract (color), citric acid
Nutritional Snapshot (17 pieces): 120 calories, 4g fat, 20g carbohydrates, 1g sugar, 4g protein
Want to try these popped black bean crisps?
They may be purchased vis the Michael Season’s website or in bulk via amazon.com