In Aldi’s snack food aisle, amid the off-brand Doritos and off-brand Cheetos, the lineup includes some slightly healthier options. There are the Green Pea Crisps Baked Pea Snacks (my favorite) and an array of dried fruit (my kids’ favorites). Today, we’re looking at Clancy’s Original Veggie Chips and Clancy’s Original Veggie Straws.
Clancy’s Original Veggie Chips
These are a potato-based, chip-type snack that claim to have 30% less fat than regular potato chips. The veggie chips are small, rippled circles no more than an inch or two in diameter, and they range in color from light yellow to light orange to light green.
The package doesn’t indicate whether these are baked or fried, but I’m guessing they are baked or prepared in a similar way that is healthier than frying. The ingredients list is straightforward: potato flour (potato flakes, potato starch), sunflower and/or safflower oil, tomato puree, spinach powder, salt, sugar, turmeric, and beet powder.
In keeping with Aldi’s commitment to remove artificial dyes from its store brands, these veggie chips get their color from vegetables.
They taste fine and are similar to a baked potato chip, with a light hint of salt.
Clancy’s Original Veggie Straws
These potato-based snacks seem to be identical in taste compared to the veggie chips. These are straw-shaped snacks that are approximately two to three inches long. They have the same light yellow, light orange, and light green colors.
Other than the addition of cornstarch, the ingredients list for veggie straws is the same as the veggie chips: potato flour (potato flakes, potato starch), sunflower and/or safflower oil, cornstarch, tomato puree, spinach powder, salt, sugar, turmeric, and beet powder.
The veggie straws also claim to have 30% less fat than regular potato chips, and I prefer the veggie straws over the veggie chips simply because of the fun shape. My kids like both the chips and the straws.
Clancy’s Original Veggie Chips and Clancy’s Original Veggie Straws are not true health foods, but they are a good alternative to greasy potato chips, and they are free of artificial colors. Recommended.