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Jewish Penicillin With A Crunch

Jewish Penicillin With A Crunch

Jimmy Attias, Tony Goodman and Ronen Derber, Ten Acre's co-founders. Courtesy of Ten Acre

These kosher snacks are from the U.K., so call them crisps.

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Some people are chocoholics. Others scream for ice cream. My passion is potato chips. I love ’em thin. I love ’em kettle-cooked. Waffle-cut. Crinkle-cut. Wasabi-flavored. Vinegar, creamy dill pickle, jalapeno and Old Bay.

And then I discovered the ultimate: chicken soup-flavored chips. How did no one think of this before?

The chips are the inspiration of Ronen Derber, who is kosher and bemoaned the lack of high-quality kosher chips. He left his job as a salesman to start his own snack company, Ten Acres.

It isn’t surprising that a nice Jewish guy came up with the idea for a chicken soup flavored chip. Jewish penicillin with a crunch! And it doesn’t take hours to cook! I’m thinking it might be a good idea to crumble some of these chips on top of chicken soup.

Derber lives in Manchester, England, so these are called “crisps” and their name is “How Chicken Soup Saved the Day.” Okay, chip aficionados and serious snackers might think the name a bit twee, but it’s the crunch and taste that matter. The chicken soup chips, er, crisps, do the trick.

They have a meaty taste, but there’s no meat in them; ingredients such as yeast extract, herbs and onion powder supply that flavor. They are small and incredibly crunchy. What’s more, they are somehow not greasy. When you open the bag you don’t see fat smears on the inside of the package, so you won’t have to wipe your hands on your jeans after you eat some.

I also liked a bunch of the other flavors, like The Day Sweet and Sour Became Friends, which contains just a hint of sugar, and When Hickory Got BBQ’d. It has an extra bit of heat.

Ten Acre chips are not only kosher (Machzikei Hadas; OU), they are also meat-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and MSG-free. In the U.K., the chips are also certified non-GMO and halal; the company expects that certification soon in the United States.

So far so good, Ten Acres. While I adore the salty snacks, I’m not one of those foodies who goes gaga over novelty for its own sake. Don’t jump the shark. No cappuccino-flavored chips, please! Such a thing does exist, and probably shouldn’t.

Ten Acre snacks are available in the New York area at Cedar Market in Teaneck, NJ; Grand & Essex in Bergenfield, NJ and Tenafly Gourmet, also in New Jersey. The 1.4 ounce packages sell for about $1 a bag; the 5 ounce packages cost between $2.99 and $3.99 a bag.

Ronnie Fein is a cookbook author, food writer and cooking teacher in Stamford, CT. She is the author of Hip Kosher and The Modern Kosher Kitchen. Visit her food blog, Kitchen Vignettes, at www.ronniefein.com, friend on Facebook, Twitter at @RonnieVFein.

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