Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hemp Chips!!

I went to Whole Foods (or "Whole Paycheck" as a friend just called it), and I was perusing the chip aisle, and I saw this new chip bag with the word "HEMP" on it and it stopped me in my tracks.

As you may know, I'm a big fan of hemp and hemp milk is my (daughter's) preferred non-dairy milk, etc.  Well, I had recently been wishing that they would made a chip out of hemp seeds, since they always have either flax seed or sesame seeds, to both of which my daughter is allergic.  I really didn't think it would happen any time soon, or ever, so I was amazed when I saw the bag.

It's by the "Food Should Taste Good" brand.  Here is a link to their Hemp Chip product page.  These are the ingredients: Organic Blue Corn, High Oleic Sunflower Oil and/or Safflower Oil, Hemp Seeds, Corn Bran, Sea Salt.

Yes! No sesame or flax seeds!  Now, I know what you might be thinking...What about cross-contamination issues?  Well, the company appears to be very allergy-conscious and they thoroughly clean the lines between allergen runs.  I called and told them that my daughter had a sesame and milk allergy and I am awaiting more details on their cleaning procedures.  They assured me that the lines are well cleaned, but the woman I spoke to said she would gladly get more information for me.

UPDATE: Wow, that was FAST!  They called me back within the hour and I am impressed!  The woman said she spoke with their manufacturing team and they confirmed that they follow stringent cleaning/allergen-control procedures in between runs of sesame seeds, dairy and soy, and their other products.  That's great news! 

So, while awaiting the additional information, I decided to break open the bag and give them a try, myself.  They taste great!  They taste just like a regular corn chip.  I ate a couple more chips and focused really hard trying to taste the hemp seed.  Since I am familiar with the taste, I was able to detect it ever so slightly as an after-taste, but it was very subtle.  I'm not sure anyone would notice if they've never had hemp seed.  I was truly amazed.

I love their site, because they suggest "accompaniments" for their chips and they have lots of dip recipes.  One of the suggestions for this chip was pureed edamame.  I hadn't even thought of that!  Well, only recently have we added soy back to my daughter's diet, but it sounds like something I might want to try, to get some added protein in her diet.  

Once I get the response from FSTG, I will proceed with caution in offering it to my daughter, due to her sesame allergy, but if you/your child does not have a sesame allergy - dig in!

Here is some more information from the back of the bag:
All Natural
Kosher (OU)
Low Sodium
Trans Fat Free
Gluten Free
Lactose Free
No Preservatives
Cholesterol Free
A Good Source of Dietary Fiber

This company has a long list of chip varieties, so you should definitely check them out!


  1. I will have to give them a try. About how much do they cost?

  2. I usually avoid looking at my receipt when going to Whole Foods, but I dug it out of the bag and it was $2.99. :)