I was excited to try these chips due to all the Hype Quest created surrounding them. I also wanted to try them because they had good macros and high protein content and anyone who’s been on a low-carb, high protein diet who’s looking for a good snack, these seemed like a good option. However, unfortunately the hype was outweighed by the taste and price.
The first drawback was the wait for these chips. I mean Quest is a successful, well-known company, yet their products surprisingly so hard to get. They have seemed to create a monopoly and demand for their products by offering them on their website, with all their new products on available with pre-order through their website and not make it available in stores right away. My guess is to charge their customers more money for shipping and handling. When their products do arrive in stores it could be weeks to months later as in the situation with these chips.
In order to get a hold of these chips, I got some from a friend who was kind enough to send me two bags he had on hand and the others I bought when they were available in stores. Quest offers five flavors for their chips, Sea Salt, Cheddar and Sour Cream, Sour Cream and Onion Barbeque, and Salt and Vinegar.
The first two flavors I tried were Sea Salt and BBQ. It’s important to note that the before trying the chips one should know they are made of protein powder and will not taste like the standard potato chip, so they should be taken for what they are a healthier substitute. However, with 4 carbs and 21 grams of protein and being baked instead of fried they are a good option for those on a clean eating regime or for those counting their macros.
The first flavor I tried was the Sea Salt. The chip was dry in texture and didn’t have much flavor and left somewhat of an aftertaste in my mouth,
The next flavor I tried was the BBQ, these chips tasted like any other BBQ chip and were not overly salty and of all of the flavors this was the best tasting in my opinion. The next flavor I tried Cheddar and Sour Cream, when I used to eat chips this was one of my favorite flavors but these didn’t live up to my expectations.
The Cheddar and Sour cream flavor had a fake cheddar flavor, almost chalky and like the Sea Salt left somewhat of an aftertaste in my mouth. Like the Cheddar and Sour Cream, I was excited to try the Sour Cream and Onion, since that was also another one of my favorite chip flavors I used to enjoy but these were disappointing as well.
The Sour Cream and Onion had more of an oniony flavor with not much sour cream and a dry, chalky texture. The final flavor Salt and Vinegar was the most surprising one for me. I have never been a fan of salty anything and have never enjoyed Salt and Vinegar chips but these were surprisingly good.
The Salt and Vinegar chips were not overly salty or vinegary they had just the right balance. They had flavor but there was no escaping that dried potato taste.
All in all, if you’re in a pinch or really craving chips these are a good option but between the taste and $2.39 a bag they are not worth the price.
Quest offers many products but many are only available online like their pasta which is still not available in stores the latest addition to the Quest family is Protein powder which is only available on the website right now. It comes in five flavors as well, Chocolate Milkshake, Vanilla Milkshake, Peanut Butter, Strawberries and Cream and a Multi-purpose unflavored mix. It costs $39.99 for 2lbs and in my opinion there are other protein powders out there that are just as good for a more decent price. For more information go to: http://www.questnutrition.com