Book and Snack Pairing: Chips Made with Avocado Oil

My plan for this Book and Snack Pairing post series is to taste snacks (two new and one old favorite) and pair them with romances (two recent first time reads and one old favorite). The romances reflect my reading habits, so they tend contemporary, and are a mix of pairings. I am marking the ones with no sex with ***.

(As a general heads up, this post discusses food in detail.)

Of course, with any tasting project, we all bring our own specificity to it. In my case, some relevant things for this post:

  • I’m autistic, so texture and mouthfeel are very important to me, and I am super sensitized sensorily due to autistic burnout, so intense flavors are likely more intense and often overwhelming for me.
  • I’m diabetic, so one of the things that influences my choice and experience of snacks is how they impact my blood sugar.

This post is focused on potato chips made with avocado oil!

New-to-Me Snack #1

Boulder Canyon Avocado Oil Canyon Cut potato chips

Why did I pick this snack?

I was looking for another option for a plain avocado oil chip, a ridged one, so I decided to try Boulder Canyon Avocado Oil Canyon Cut potato chips. I’ve never tried this brand, and it seemed like a good chance to.

The taste experience?

The strongest scent is potato, but the oil is in there as well. They have a really wonderful light crunch, and I like the wide ridges. The strongest taste is potato, then salt, then the oil underneath. The avocado oil adds a certain something, they are difficult to stop eating.

Verdict?

They are really lovely, simple, tasty, great texture. They win on all counts. A bit less salty than the non-ridged Kettle brand avocado chips I like.

What book would I pair it with?

a season for wishes

 

A Season for Wishes by Lydia San Andres!***

I enjoyed this second chance m/f historical romance Christmas novella, it was quiet & sweet and just really lovely. I liked the characters a lot, and am looking forward to reading more in this series of historical romances set on a fictional island in the Carribean.

(Rep: Latinx MCs. Latinx woman author.)

New-to-Me Snack #2

Luke's Kettle Style BBQ chips

Why did I pick this snack?

Always up for trying a new BBQ chip. These are Luke’s Kettle Style BBQ chips. Says that they are farmer made potato chips, organic, and made with avocado. From the ingredients list it looks like a combo of avocado oil and red palm olein.

The taste experience?

Scent is mostly potato. The crunch is spectacular, the ridges really add to it, I think. Many of them are stuck together, I think this adds to the small batch feel but does mean less BBQ flavor as its added on the outside only. This is the first Luke’s chip I’ve tried. The BBQ flavor is mostly smoke, with vinegar coming through next, and then sweetness, with next to no heat. I got that fried things calm me down and make me feel a bit floaty experience once I ate about ten of these.

Verdict?

The texture is the star as far as this chip is concerned. These are a solid BBQ chip, but they don’t come close, flavor-wise, to my fave BBQ kettle chips (Kettle brand and Lays Mesquite Smoked brand). I do like the avocado oil experience, though, and not just for the crunch it brings. For a really indulgent sense of friedness, these beat out other BBQ chips, hands down.

What book would I pair it with?

Pet Rescue Panther by Zoe Chant

Pet Rescue Panther by Zoe Chant!

I enjoyed this bodyguard/protectee fated mates panther shifter m/f romance. The heroine works at an animal shelter and as they run from the dragon shifter assassin that is after her, she insists that they not leave the kittens behind. It has this wonderful rom com feel to it, and made a hard day a bit brighter.

(Rep: Fat heroine.)

Old Fave Snack

Kettle Brand Himalayan Salt chips

Why did I pick this snack?

These are the chips that made me want to try other chips made with avocado oil, they sold me on it.

The taste experience?

They smell like avocado oil, but the taste is all potato. They have a really great crunch. They are especially crispy, compared to other Kettle brand chips. The salt is subtle, it’s really about the crunch and the potato. The avocado oil is really great, gives that floaty feeling of having had some really awesome fried food.

Verdict?

My favorite plain simple potato chip, beating out plain Ruffles (though those are likely better with dip.) The simple things are in some ways the hardest to perfect. Extremely satisfying in every way.

What book would I pair it with?

Team Phison 

 

Team Phison by Chace Verity!

I recently did my third reread. It hits the spot every time. High quality fluffy goodness. I love this light age gap m/m romance so much. Grumpy meets sweet via a video game, both of them super geeky and awkward and adorable and I root for them so hard.

(Rep: Bisexual MC. Gay MC. Pansexual author.)

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