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Sonoma Creamery Mr. Cheese O's Cheddar Cheese Snacks: Shaped like mini donuts, these crunchy cheddar-flavored snacks are made with organic quinoa and have a multigrain-texture. But, like many cheese-based snacks, they have a greasy, slick coating that makes you reach for a napkin. Slightly spiced, like a cheddar log dip. Distinct, but not in a way that would make me purchase them again. 2.5/5.0

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Trader Joe’s Bamba peanut snacks: Popular Israeli snack Bamba lands at Trader Joe’s. Mini corn-puffs coated with peanut flavoring, they have a fairly neutral nutty flavor (a little sweet and a little savory). Resembles plain peanut butter and similarly coats your mouth after a few handfuls. 3.0/5.0

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Annie’s Tropical Treats Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks: Fruit snacks bring me back to elementary school and the days of Fruit by the Foot / Roll Up. In those days, organic, fresh foods were not really part of anyone’s vocabulary in suburban NJ. I was curious about what an organic take on fruit snacks would taste like from Berkeley-based food company Annie’s and purchased these on sale. The fruit snacks have a softer, gummier texture than something like Welsh fruit snacks or Dots candy. The tropical pack contains a mix of mango-peach, orange, and... (read more) 2.5/5.0

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2017 07 31 18.32.16

Pirate's Booty Carrot Snacks: These orange-colored puffs are, at the very least, misleading, and at its worst, a cruel trick I imagine health-conscious parents might play on their children. Designed to look exactly like cheese puffs, the carrot snacks have no cheese flavor, instead tasting vaguely sweet and distinctly vegetal. They are by no means a replacement for cheese puffs, as they lack the satisfying fat content and sharp flavor you might expect. It's hard to overcome this fact, yet I will give Pirate's Booty cre... (read more) 3.0/5.0

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2017 03 02 08.01.30

Biena Rockin' Ranch Chickpea Snacks: An unlikely combination of fried chickpeas and ranch that works remarkably well, though I'm convinced that almost anything could be made tasty with the tangy and zesty ranch seasoning. The addictive coating is a cross between sour cream and onion and ranch dressing, making it bolder than your typical ranch snack. Adds great texture to salads but is also addictive straight out of the bag (though a bit messy to eat). 3.5/5.0

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2017 01 07 10.24.25

Biena Habanero Chickpea Snacks: Protein-rich dried chickpea snack with a dry spice coating consisting of tomato, onion, and garlic powder, cumin, and habanero pepper (it's not spicy but well spiced). Messy to eat out of the bag as it's crumbly and quickly coats your fingers. Instead, these crunchy bits are a fantastic addition to a salad, adding enough flavor to make dressing unnecessary. That's exactly what I did when there were only crumbs left at the bottom of the bag, and what I would do if I were to purchase this s... (read more) 3.5/5.0

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