Ok…so I could say that I am a bit late with this review, but that would be the understatement of the CENTURY.
So let’s not wait any longer then.
Backstory: A few months back I got an email from the good folks over at Kay’s Naturals – makers of nummy, nummy, CRUNCHY protein snacks – announcing their brand-spanking new protein puffs! I was intrigued. I am a cheese puff fan from back in the day, so I was curious to see how Kay’s took that concept and translated it into anything remotely healthy or beneficial.
So I emailed them asking if I could try a sample to review for the blog. Naturally…they sent me enough for me to try AND for some of you to try! Thus, the Facebook giveaway. To the two FB Page Fans who won a sample pack, I’d be interested in knowing if your opinion in any way matches mine!
There are three flavors of the protein puffs: Almond Delight, Tomato Basil and Veggie Pizza.
The stats on all three are the same:
So…knowing that I can say a few things:
- Since it has 1 gram of protein for every 10 calories (actually, just slightly more) AND
- It has more protein than net carbs…
On paper it is a good snack. But how does it taste?
I tried the Almond Delight first. Now I like Almonds as much as the next person but for whatever reason I’m not really into almond flavored things. For those that are, these are mildly sweet and taste like anything else that is almond flavored. Which I suppose is a plus. If I want almonds, I eat almonds, but I digress. The puff was not bad. That’s just my personal issue, k?
Two things I’d like to note about the puffs in general.
- The consistency is spot. ON. It feels like a puff in your mouth. I was worried about that.
- If you are one of those people who misses mindless munching, this is your snack! The package feels light but there is a bazillion of those suckers in there! I get that way myself sometimes and, to me, munching on a 115 calorie, 12g of protien bag of protein puffs is exponentially better than ANYTHING else I could munch on to satisfy that same craving.
Tomato Basil was up next (not the same day though…that would be gluttonous). I didn’t so much get Tomato Basil from it. Did anyone else besides me eat potato chips and ketchup as a kid? If you did, THAT is what I got from this flavor. Which was good. It brought back a good memory. If you are a basil fan, this might make you mad. But to me, basil is best in the background anyway. If the basil was obnoxiously present I don’t think I’d like it as much.
Lastly, I tried the Veggie Pizza. Of all three, I think this one is most true to its flavor. It tastes like roasted veggies, tomato sauce and has a sort of buttery back end thing that I am pretty sure is meant to mimic crust. They were good. Of all of the flavors, that’s the one I have gone back to. I am officially now out of veggie pizza ones. Me = sad.
Some logistical stuff. You can buy the puffs by the bag or by the case. I don’t know if they are sold in stores. I haven’t ever found them in a store nor do I see a store directory on the Kay’s website (holler in the comments if you know there to be one). But to me, their products are worth ordering. HOWEVER, you might want to investigate getting them here or here, so that you can get the best price on shipping (possibly free if you play your cards right).
So all in all, good job Kay’s! In general, they are a great company that makes great products. If I might put in one request for the future…make the puffs in a cheesy flavor! Pleeeeeeeeease? If you did I would have to love you forever and ever. (I don’t know if that statement helped or hurt my case)
Verdict: Diva Says Divine!
Just wanted to let you know that all of my local Walgreens started selling Kay's protein snacks! You should check yours too!
Thanks! I have a Walgreen's sorta near me. I will be making a trip to see! Stay tuned!
Those sound ammaaazing! Thanks for the heads up, love a fellow snacker!!
I just got my first bag of Kay's stuff (ordered from Netrition.com) – shipping is $5 flat and they sell some other stuff I like (powdered peanut butter). I got Chili Nacho Cheese Protein Chips. The protein chips also come in lemon herb and parmesan flavors. They were $3.29/5 oz bag. Pricy, but, like you, I need my cheese flavored crunchy stuff and this is better than other things that I'd choose. They aren't too bad. I also order a 1oz bag of their pretzel sticks to try out, but haven't quite yet. Anywho, Netrition is nice place to order from. They also have flavor drops and Torani syrups! Anything you want for a flat $5. Can't beat that! 🙂