What's on my desk this week? A baked rice snack from munching company Rise Buddy. The small bag peaked my initial interest because of its comic book-looking, glossy design. Well that, and the fact that it read "Pizza Flavor" in a big bold dialog bubble on the front — and pizza is life. What were these punchily packaged, za-flavored rice bites before me? My team and I felt more than game to dig in and find out!
Once we had torn through the comic bag and down into the snackable goods at hand, it turned out that these baked rice “snacks” were texturally more similar to a baked rice chip. My tasters likened the small circular crisps to the mouthfeel of a Baked Lays' potato chip — only Rise Buddy’s take is made from 100% whole grain brown rice instead of potatoes. They were not too thin, not too thick, and had an enjoyable, light, and crunchy quality. As for that bold claim of pizza flavoring: at first bite the snacks' rice taste was present, but not overwhelming. As the flavor developed on our tastebuds, the pizza notes pushed forward with layered hints of oregano, touches of tomato, and even a teensy bit of cheesiness. It was like snacking on small, gluten-free, crunchy pizza discs. In short, it was wonderful.
*Hot Tip: Dunk the pizza flavored crisps into softened cream cheese for a flavor and texture combo-explosion.
Welcome to Snack On This! A weekly series on all-things crunchy, crispy, smooth, savory, and sweet. Join us as we munch our way through the latest snacks that get a big thumbs up from our food team. (That usually means they've made it all the way from our mail pile to a more permanent spot in our not-so-official snack drawer.) Got suggestions for next week? Throw 'em our way in the comments below.