Safeway O Organics Blue Corn Tortilla Chips With Flax Seed Review

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Flaxseed and organic stone-ground blue corn give these fibrous chips a "hearty," "malty" taste. This nontraditional take on a tried-and-true snack won over many judges.

O Organics Blue Corn Tortilla Chips With Flax Seed ($2.49 for a 10-ounce bag) are on the higher end of our price range, weighing in at about 25 cents an ounce -- not unexpected given that this is an organic product. O Organics is a Safeway house brand, and these blue corn tortilla chips can be purchased only at Safeway stores, but there are more than 2,000 locations nationwide.

These chips performed well in our taste test. They were the second-highest vote-getters in the blue corn category and tied with Costco's Kirkland Signature Tortilla Strips for fourth place out of 13 chips tested. Their score wasn't quite high enough to be among the best, but was high enough to label them a good chip.

Panelists' opinions about O Organics Blue Corn Tortilla Chips varied. Some bemoaned their lack of strong corn flavor and said the compact chips were more akin to crackers than other tortilla chips. Others liked the roasted taste and discernable seeds, calling the chips a "hearty" snack that would be "good for chili."

A past tasting panel was similarly torn about these chips. Some tasters said they "didn't enjoy the flavor" but noted that the chips were "not as thick as other organics." The amount of salt received a nod of approval, although some said the chips were "still bland" and groused about having to "chew more than normal."

If you want standard, mild tortilla chips to dunk in salsa, or ascribe to the philosophy "the thinner the better," O Organics Blue Corn Tortilla Chips With Flax Seed are not for you. But if you're open to robust chips with a more complex flavor and texture, these deserve a place in your shopping cart.

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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