Trader Joe's Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips Review

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A combination of crisp, flaky texture, the right amount of salt, and "great-tasting" "light corn" flavor, these blue corn dippers left all other chips in the dust in our test.

Cheapism's panel of chip testers chose Trader Joe's Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips ($3.29 for a 16-ounce bag) as their favorite overall selection -- quite a surprise for a number of reasons. This snack is organic, and organic or "natural" products did not fare well overall in the blind tasting. The chips are made from blue corn, an ingredient that puts off some consumers with its grainy texture and amplified sweetness. Meanwhile, other Trader Joe's tortilla chips have performed abysmally in our taste tests. The boutique grocer's organic white corn chips were deemed "boring" and finished at the bottom of the heap, and the conventional restaurant-style white corn chips were deemed "serviceable" but "starchy."

Trader Joe's Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, however, are "flaky," "light," "great-tasting" morsels. According to the panel, they shine alone or as a method of transporting salsa to waiting mouths. Online reviews are few, limited to three comments at the site Trader Joe's Reviews and the odd blog post, but they track with our findings, helping solidify these as the best chips of the Trader Joe's bunch.

The cost of these blue corn chips comes to about 21 cents an ounce. This is slightly higher than the prices we paid for most of their competitors -- a majority ranged between 17 and 19 cents an ounce. Still, these were not the highest-priced chips on the list, and the unanimous support from our panel suggests they are a good value.

Gina Briles

Gina K. Briles writes family, household, and shopping-related product reviews. She is a displaced Jayhawk and a coffee addict living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two small children, and Vizsla dog.

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