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12 Tides Chili Pepper Puffed Kelp Chilps: These kelp chips have a texture similar to asian rice crackers but a little more dense (cassava and tapioca flour form the base). I haven't had kelp-based chips before, and I expected them to taste a bit like seaweed, but the chili pepper seasoning was way too overpowering – like eating paprika and cayenne spice directly. 2.0/5.0

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Beneficial Brewing Company Jamaican Ginger Hibiscus Kombucha: Great purity of flavors – ginger and hibiscus are refreshingly balanced. Slightly tart with a nice amount of spice that doesn't overwhelming. From Seattle-based brewing company and purchased at stocked at Chicken Supply in Phinney Ridge. 4.0/5.0

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Inka Chips Jalapeno Tostones Plantain Chips: These thick plantain chips have a unique texture – crispy on the outside but starchy inside, like a more substantial potato chip. The jalapeno seasoning is super tasty, well seasoned (with a decent kick of cumin), and just spicy enough. The serving size is criminally small (6 pieces). But I would definitely buy it again as a treat. Purchased at Sprout Market. 4.0/5.0

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BAD Roll the Spice Pumpkin Spice Granola: Standing for Bad and Delicious, BAD aims to rid the world of artificial snacks "masquerading as health" with a combination of grain-less ingredients like sprouted nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts), shredded coconut, and ginger spice. Despite the lack of grains, I still found myself eating it largely in place of regular granola (in yogurt, milk). But I found the pumpkin spice flavor to be overly dominant, like eating a seasonal candle. I'd personally prefer a more muted, neutr... (read more) 2.0/5.0

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Annie's Really Ranch Crackers with Hidden Veggies: I generally enjoy Annie's crackers and was excited to try this flavor I hadn't seen before. I've had many types of vegetable-based snacks, which seems to have expanded substantially over the past decade (cauliflower, chickpea, beets, etc.), but my flavor baseline for mixed veggie crackers is super basic: Nabisco's Vegetable Things, or veggie cream cheese. I was hoping for more of the latter with Annie's combination of veggies with ranch, and they did not disappoint. The texture of the crack... (read more) 3.5/5.0

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Get Back to Human Grain-Free Pizza Crackers: It's been a while since I've shopped at a health-food store, so I didn't realize that suddenly grains have become the enemy. These grain-free crackers proudly advertise everything the snack doesn't contain (refined starches, maltodextrin, seed oils)...but do they taste good? The flavor is a distinct take on pizza – oregano and garlic forward with a roasted tomato aftertaste. The texture of the crackers are crispy; much thinner than Wheat Thins, which makes them feel less substantial. Over... (read more) 3.0/5.0

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