When you hear the word "cassava", what comes to mind?
For me, it has always been cassava cake or bibingka cassava, a cassava-based cake topped with a coconut milk and egg yolk custard and finished off with cheese toppings.
So when I was asked if I wanted to review a new brand of chips made of cassava, I immediately said yes. It piqued my curiosity since I could not imagine what chips made of cassava would look or taste like.
This is what the cassava chips looked like when it was sent to me.
The pictures of the ridged chips on the front of the packaging reminded me of Pringles. And sure enough, that is what it actually looked like.
We opened the Sour Cream & Onions pack first since that is one of my favorite flavors. The chips are slightly thicker than Pringles. Unlike Pringles which tend to break apart with a slight bite, it takes a bit more bite to break the cassava chips. But that's okay for me as it gives a crisper crunch experience.
I must say, the chips surprised me as they did not really have that cassava taste I was expecting. It turned out tasting like regular chips. The same sweet, fresh and tangy combination of the sour cream and onions was still there. My youngest son actually took the entire pack and sat down in front of the TV munching it. That's a thumbs up, I think, as far as the Sour Cream & Onions flavor.
A few days later, we tried the Barbecue flavored pack. I had already seen another blogger friend, Richard's, comment that the barbecue was pretty spicy so I was already forewarned. True enough, I only got to eat 3 pieces of the barbecue chips before it became too spicy for me. But again, that's just me. My boys gobbled up the rest of it.
As a mom, I prefer to choose healthier options for my kids. But kids will be kids and will always want to munch on chips. Reading the press materials given to me, I see that cassava has twice the fiber content and has a higher level of potassium compared to potatoes.
I also noticed that on the upper right of the packaging, it said that the cassava chips are 0% cholesterol and has 30% less fat than potato chips. So if California Crunch Cassava Chips taste like its potato chips equivalents, then this could be a healthier option for kids
Each 120 grams pack of California Crunch Cassava Chips currently retails at Php 44.50. It is available at SM Supermarket and SM Hypermart at the moment but there are plans to add outlets soon.
California Crunch Cassava Chips