Pita Chips are one of my favorite snacking foods, but I have a hard time finding them. Last week I spied a new to me product at WalMart, and I just had to pick up a bag. What I purchased was Stacy’s Parmesan Garlic & Herb Pita Chips.
Stacy’s Parmesan Garlic & Herb Pita Chips come in a black plastic bag, containing 10 ounces of baked pita chips. This is considered the “New Family Size”.
The front of the bag shows a picture of a basket full of square pita chips, covered with green herbs and parmesan cheese. The top of the bag states that these are “all natural”.
They come in six different flavors: Simply Naked, Cinnamon Sugar, Texarkana Hot, Pesto & Sundried Tomato, Multigrain, and Parmesan Garlic & Herb.
There are ten servings per container, and one serving equals eight chips, or one ounce. These eight chips carry 140 calories, 5 grams of fat (no trans fats and only 0.5 grams of saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 200 mg of sodium, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.
I chose this flavor because I love herb flavored breads, and was hoping for that same great herb flavor in these pita chips. I was sadly disappointed!
First of all, almost every pita chip in the bag was broken into smaller pieces, there were maybe a total of 4 or 5 out of the 80 or so pita chips that were not broken! They looked nothing like the basket of chips pictured on the front of the bag. To be fair, I did contact the company about this, and they are replacing my bag, so their customer service is good.
Second, the only flavor I tasted with these pita chips was garlic, and a slight parmesan cheese taste, but NO herb to speak of. The back of the bag states that they are flavored with real parmesan cheese, garlic and parsley. So I guess parsley is the “herb” they are speaking of? Wow. Parsley is not a strong flavored herb, and when I think of herb I think of thyme, basil, oregano, marjoram, rosemary, etc. These are the flavors that normally go into my herb bread recipes, and they were glaringly absent from the Stacy’s Parmesan Garlic & Herb Pita Chips.
In reading the ingredient list, I do see that rosemary is listed, but I didn’t taste it in these chips, sad to say. Their taste wasn’t bad, they have a very nice crunch to them, and are satisfying, but they didn’t taste as I expected them to taste.
Baked snacks generally mean a healthier choice in snacking foods, but these pita chips still contain a lot of calories and fat grams, so I still have to be very careful about how many I consume at one time. I have the empty bag next to me, and in comparing the pita chips to a bag of Lays Wavy Potato Chips, I am shocked at the similarities in the nutrition facts department!
The potato chips have 150 calories per 11 chips, 10 grams of fat, zero cholesterol, 180 mg of sodium, 330 mg of potassium, 15 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fiber, zero sugars, and 2 grams of protein. Clearly the pita chips are much lower in fat, and have a bit more protein, but other than that I don’t see any huge health advantages, personally for me, in eating the Stacy’s Pita Chips. The fact that they are baked and not fried in oil is a big plus, but these are not a product that I can munch on aimlessly and not have to worry about putting pounds back on my hips!
As far as flavored pita chips go, I have certainly tasted better. If you like a thick, crunchy baked snack, you may like Stacy’s Pita Chips, but the lack of an herb flavor really turned me off to these snacks. When I get my replacement coupon in the mail, I will try another flavor and see if it is more to my liking.
As a snacking chip they are so so, but I would highly recommend these as a topping for salads in leiu of croutons, or to add to a nice hot soup. If the chips would not have been broken, they would have been excellent for dipping as they are quite thick and sturdy.
My rating (1-5 stars):
Crunch factor: 5 stars
Herb flavor: 1 star
Garlic flavor: 2 stars
Parmesan cheese flavor: 3 stars
Overall taste: 3 stars
Healthfullness: 2 stars