Rhythm Superfood Kale Chip Review

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of dehydrated kale chips. I’d made my own baked kale chips ages ago, inspired by a certain Gluten-free Living Without magazine recipe. They were just simple things, with oil and salt, but I enjoyed them. They did seem to be an acquired taste, though. My father and another guy I know compared them unfavorably to dried autumn leaves, and castigated them quite firmly as House of Yum Rabbit food. My DH is generally open minded about vegetables, but he is not terribly fond of green leafy vegetables that resemble his nemesis, spinach. I’d never had dehydrated kale chips until quite recently.

I’d seen packaged dehydrated kale chips at Whole Foods for a minor king’s ransom. Nine dollars for a tiny little bag? I might as well buy gold leaves for my snacking pleasure. In fact, I think it might have been cheaper to buy those gold leaves. However, early in January I got an email from Rhythm Superfoods asking if I wanted to try and possibly review their gluten-free raw foods kale chips. Imagine my excitement at finding a company beating down my door offering me the chance to try not just one but three varieties. How cool was that! The next time I went to Whole Foods, I found Rhythm Kale chips available for a far more reasonable price, although they were still high enough I’d have to be really hungry for some healthy greens and very hard pressed to find the time to make my own. I waited with bated breath for my chips to arrive. When they did, I was very happy to dive into those little bags of yummy, dehydrated goodness and try them out.

First I tried the Kool Ranch. They were crispy, salty, and addictive. The only negative was a faint seaweed aftertaste. Even so, I went through this package faster than the others. In a weak moment I might buy them if I had a craving for ranch dressing flavor.

Next was Zesty Nacho. These were also crisp, with a red-peppery, hot flavor that lingered in the mouth, and a creamy, almost nutty undertone. I really liked these, although at first I wasn’t sure about the “zesty” part of it. The nutty undertone won me over in the end, though, and I’d probably be most likely to buy them again.

The Bombay Curry was the final flavor I tried. Like the others, they were crisp, and smelled like a powdery India spice bazaar. They had a cinnamon flavor on the tongue, that reminded me of a dry packaged curry with potatoes and spinach, and a grassy, dusty overtone. When I first tried them I enjoyed the flavors, but after a while they started to remind me of a packaged supermarket curry blend. They were my least favorite of the three, and I probably wouldn’t buy them again.

Because the sauce for the kale chips contains cashews, they are not suitable for those with nut allergies, but are otherwise pretty friendly for those with restricted diets, and are of course naturally gluten-free.

Soon there will be a Texas BBQ and Mango Habanero flavor. The BBQ flavor could be interesting if it isn’t too overpowering. Mango habanero doesn’t sound like something I would enjoy. However, the company plans on offering raw sweet potato chips in the future, which I think sound delightful.

Even at their new reduced price at around $6 (look for coupons) prepared kale chips are a bit pricey for me, but like most packaged raw foods they offer a lot more nutritional value than their cheaper processed cousins. The next time I get an urge for some kale chips and don’t have time to make my own, I just might buy one as a special, guilty pleasure.

Have you tried these chips? What did you think? And, what are your favorite raw foods products that can be purchased in a health food store? Tell me in the comments!

Some other Gluten-free Bloggers Review of Rhythm Kale Chips:

Gluten-free is Life
Gluten Free Fun
Gluten-free RD


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8 Responses to “Rhythm Superfood Kale Chip Review”

  1. I am obsessed with kale chips – I make my own, usually with either an olive oil or cashew based coating – but very occasionally splurge on packaged kale chips at Whole Foods. I have not tried Rhythm Kale Chips, but the flavors sound right up my alley :)

  2. Thanks for the review, Sea! Great detail and very helpful. :-) I thought that was pricey, too, and wanted to see how big the bags were for $6, but their site says they are out of stock on everything due to high demand. I guess that’s success, but what size are the bags?

    Thanks,
    Shirley

  3. We really, really liked these!

    thanks for linking to our review!

    Kim

  4. Hey Shirley,
    The bags are 2 ounces. This is enough for two substantial snacks or munching over the course of several days or even weeks. The little moisture packet in the bag keeps them nice and crisp, unlike homemade chips. All the raw stuff seems to be spendy. I suspect it is because the ingredients are expensive and it is a niche market, similar to how gluten-free products used to be before they went mainstream. Of course, some gluten-free products are still crazy spendy so I guess it just depends. I don’t mind the size, but I wish they’d sell them on Amazon at discount for a mixed box. Although since I don’t like one flavor, that wouldn’t work. Hmm. Ok, just selling them on Amazon would be fine. ;) (They are out of stock.)

    Kim- great! You are very welcome.

    Valerie- You’d probably enjoy them. I think I like homemade slightly more but they come with a lot more work. ;)

    -Sea

  5. Great review! The mango habanero sounds intriguing, but at $3/oz – Ouch! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I love these chips! I had just discovered I was intolerant of just about everything I was eating (soy, beans, dairy, flax, and gluten) and wandering around the store in a hunger and taste deprivation haze – all I wanted was cheese pizza (not that I normally ate pizza!) when I stumbled across the raw foods section. After skeptically checking the ingredients (only one type doesn’t have either soy or flax?) I opened the bag and tried one- I’m a kale fan anyway. Its the combination of the sunflower seeds and apple cider vinegar- that tart cheesy taste of a greasy pizza that hit me and totally satisfied my craving. I’m trying to duplicate the recipe in my dehydrator so I’m buying lots of bags to experiment and taste test. Thank you Rythem Superfoods- that was truly the turnaround in my attitude towards my new way of eating.

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