Kale Krunch Quite CheesyI once baked kale sprinkled with salt and olive oil in the oven. It was OK. Bland and bitter. Then I received a sample of crispy cheddar kale snack and it was delicious.  The stiff kale was very brittle, easy to break.

The cheddar cheese was the magician in this snack as it distracted you from the kale’s bitterness while adding a smokiness and cheesiness. You know how the edge or drippings of cheese have that crunchy slightly burned taste? That’s what the cheddar did for the kale and turned it into a light crunchy snack.

While shopping, I came across Kale Krunch and about five flavors. Instantly, I grabbed the “Quite Cheesy” cheddar as I knew I’d like that one. A woman working in the store said the “Southwest Ranch with just a little kick” was wonderful. So I grabbed that.

The Quite Cheesy was close to the cheddar kale I had tried before except it had a nutty flavor from the cashews. Other ingredients include red bell pepper and lemon juice. That’s right. No cheese.

The ranch was a different story. I fully expected to love it, and ended up not finishing it. My husband tried it and had the same opinion. We like spicy food, but this one didn’t work. The spice took something away from the milky herbs experience. Maybe cashews and sesame seeds just don’t mix with miso, apple cider vinegar, habanero, chia seeds and spices.

The chocolate. If you don’t like any kind of dark chocolate, you won’t like this one. This one is for dark chocolate fans. Not an ounce of sweetness. Borderline on bitter. Crunch meets deep, dark chocolate.

Each 2.2 ounce bag contains only 2.2 servings and the bag cost over $5. (I got it on sale.)

Kale Krunch  Quite Cheesy

Nutritional facts per 1 ounce. 100 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7g fat, 1.5g sat fat, 260mg sodium, 9g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g sugars, 4g protein.

****½

Kale Krunch Southwest Ranch Verdict

Nutritional facts per 1 ounce. 140 calories, 90 calories from fat, 10g fat, 2g sat fat, 260mg sodium, 240g potassium, 10g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g sugars, 4g protein.

**

Kale Krunch Chokalet Chip

Nutritional facts per 1 ounce. 150 calories, 110 calories from fat, 12g fat, 4.5g sat fat, 25mg sodium, 10g carbs, 1g fiber, 7g sugars, 4g protein.

***½