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Monday is National Tortilla Chip Day, so dip in Phillip Brents | Fri, Feb 21 2014 03:17 PM

Feb. 24 is celebrated as National Tortilla Chip Day. One might call it a holiday with a crunch.

There’s no question that tortilla chips are popular with Americans of all ages. The crunchy corn chip is versatile, as is the tortilla itself, and perhaps even more so in today’s world of health conscious eating. The tortilla chip is perfect for dipping as an appetizer or to satisfy a sudden snack craving.

Dip the chips in salsa, cheese, refried black beans — or even hummus or yogurt.

They’re delicious any way.

In honor of Monday’s nationwide celebration, we had a chance to sample several flavors of The Better Chip, a product brand out of Los Angeles that offers all-natural, non-genetically modified, gluten-free tortilla chips.

It’s a high quality snack chip made with simple ingredients but which excites the taste buds with bold and exciting flavors.

The vegan-friendly brand is launching two new flavors in 2014 — beet and chipotle — to go with three other existing flavors: jalapeno, spinach and kale and corn. The two new flavors will replace the sweet onions and white cheddar and red peppers with salsa fresca.

The chips are available in the deli section of more than 8,500 grocery stores nationwide — right next to prepared dips and spreads. Local Vons and Ralphs stores carry the brand.

The chips are made from whole grain corn (double corn masa), 40 percent fresh vegetables and a smidgen of sea salt to taste. The vegetables can be seen in the finished product and the flavor comes from inside the chip, the product’s selling point.

We found them rather tasty, unlike baked potato chips that often seem to almost be like eating cardboard. The chips, which are made in a totally nut-free environment, have a soft crunch to them — and are quite flavorful.

The chips are low in sugar, have zero cholesterol and a relatively low sodium content (one 2 oz. bag about 12 percent the RDA). The total fat content for a 2 oz. serving is 20 percent RDA with zero trans fat.
The beet and spinach and kale flavored chips obviously aren’t the usual tortilla chip. We recommend dipping them in hummus or yogurt rather than salsa or black bean dip.

For more information, visit the website at www.thebetterchip.com.

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