New in the Market: Snacks — Seapoint Farms Edamame and RW Garcia Tortatos

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on March 31, 2014 · 0 comments

SPFCrunchyCoatedSeaSalt edamame 300We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

 Seapoint Farms, founded in 1996, was the first company to introduce edamame into US supermarkets and educate consumers about this versatile soy product. Seapoint Farms uses only non-GMO certified (no genetically modified organism) soybeans in all its products.

 We recently tasted Dry Roasted Edamame and Crunchy Coated Premium Black Edamame, both of which were launched in the summer of 2013 as a new snack option for the brand.

Dry Roasted Edamame are a nutty, crunchy roasted green soybeans that can be eaten out of the bag or used to top a salad, soup, stir-fry or added to trail mix.

  • Lightly Salted is kosher certified (Circle K) and available in 4-ounce, 1.58-ounce, and 100-calorie packs. One serving (1/4 cup) has 130 calories, 4 grams of fat, 14 grams of protein, 10 grams of carb (1 gram of which is sugar and 8 grams are fiber), with 150 milligrams of sodium.
  • Spicy Wasabi is also available in 4-ounce, 1.58-ounce, and 100-calorie packs. One serving (1/4 cup) has 130 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 14 grams of protein, 9 grams of carb (1 gram of which is sugar and 7 grams are fiber), with 130 milligrams of sodium.

Crunchy Coated Premium Black Edamame is a variety with a sweet flavor favored in Japan. The addition of sugar and sea salt gives the roasted soybeans an interesting sweet/savory flavor. This variety is available in a 3.5-ounce recloseable bag. One serving (1/4 cup) has 140 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 9 grams of protein, 14 grams of carb (2 of which  are sugar and 4 grams are fiber), with 230 milligrams of sodium. It is kosher (OU) certified.

 

RWGarcia_Tortatos-300Tortatos introduced by RW Garcia in the fall of 2013 are a new kind of chip made by combining white corn and red potatoes. The chip is half tortilla chip and half potato chip – a unique and tasty concept.

Tortatos are Non GMO Verified, Certified Gluten-free and kosher certified (OU). They are available in 4 flavors. A serving equals 11 chips (1 ounce).

  • Barbecue and Salt & Vinegar flavors both have 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 17 grams of carb (1 of which is sugar and 2 grams of fiber). Barbecue has 70 milligrams of sodium and Salt & Vinegar has 125 milligrams.
  • Original and Salt & Pepper flavors both have 150 calories, 7 grams of fat, 17 grams of carb (no sugar and 2 grams of fiber). Original has 80 milligrams of sodium and Salt & Pepper has 150 milligrams.

Tortatos have a round shape, making them ideal for scooping or dipping. The combination of corn and potatoes does provide a new and appealing chip taste. All our tasters gave the chips an unqualified thumbs up.

 

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