Go Green with the Best Kale Chips on the Market

Kale Chips have always made me ask, “Why?” Chips are potatoes, and I don’t need the health food industry trying to change my mind about that. Plus, every bag of kale chips I’ve ever seen has approximately six kale chips in it. I don’t think kale is a hot commodity or limited resource. Why can’t I have a full bag?!

All that being said, after this taste test, I must admit that some kale chips are actually good. Matthew Dwyer, graphics director for Mythical, joined me and the rest of the Sporked team to determine what makes a good kale chip. We narrowed it down to two major components: a light, crispy crunchiness and a strong flavor of anything that isn’t just kale. These were the brands that met our criteria and made me a kale chip convert.

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Brad's Crunchy Kale Original

Best of the Best

Brad’s Crunchy Kale Original

I normally steer clear of anything “Original” flavored because I refuse to believe that “Original” is a flavor at all. Brad’s Crunchy Kale in its “Original” flavor, however, is different. As soon as I removed the first nugget (that’s right, nugget) from the bag, I noticed all the seasoning caked onto the kale. The taste is complex, but a little reminiscent of tomato soup. The entire room of tasters was shocked by the amount of flavor a kale chip could hold. They are also crunchy, light, and not greasy at all. These made me understand why one would eat a kale chip.

Credit: Ryan Martin / Walmart

Rating:

10/10

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Brad's Crunchy Kale Vampire Killer

Best Flavored

Brad’s Crunchy Kale Vampire Killer

The Vampire Killer flavor of Brad’s Crunchy Kale was my personal favorite. I found it to be the most flavorful of the bunch. Raw garlic permeated the air as soon as we opened the bag. What I love most about it is that it promises garlic and it gives you garlic. And not garlic powder or pre-chopped garlic—fresh garlic with bite! Others in the group found these a little sharp in flavor, but I will confidently say they are wrong. These are great!

Credit: Ryan Martin / Whole Foods

Rating:

9/10

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Awesome Food Kale Chips

Best Kale Flavor

Awesome Food Kale Chips

The Awesome Food Kale Chips do not strike me as “awesome.” But that’s not to say they aren’t good. To me, they feel sophisticated. Elegant. Like a kale chip for adults. They have a refined nature that the other kale chips lack. They aren’t coated in powdery mystery seasoning, so the kale has a chance to shine through. That being said, it doesn’t taste too vegetal. They are delicate while maintaining a nice crunch. But the packaging reads a little too “health food” for me, so they lose two sporks.

Credit: Ryan Martin / Amazon

Rating:

8/10

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Brad's Raw Organic Cheeze It Up Crunchy Kale

Best Cheesy

Brad’s Raw Organic Cheeze It Up Crunchy Kale

When fried kale meets Pepperidge Farms Goldfish, you get Brad’s Raw Organic Cheeze It Up Crunchy Kale. I feel like vegan “cheese” products can sometimes taste exclusively like nutritional yeast. Luckily, Brad’s avoids this pitfall. It has an actually cheesy taste that even pleased the non-vegans in the group. I still don’t think these are better than the Original flavor, but if you really have a hankering for both kale and cheese or you just want your kale chip to very much taste like real kale, this is a great option.

Credit: Ryan Martin / Amazon

Rating:

7/10

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Rhythm Organic Kale Chips Original

Best “Original” Runner Up

Rhythm Organic Kale Chips Original

Like Brad’s, Rhythm Organic Kale Chips are also incredibly tasty for something coming from the “Original” flavor family (a thing I still don’t believe in). Despite being dried, they have a fresh quality that is reminiscent of raw, unprocessed kale. At the same time, it doesn’t taste too green. Salt and seeds and nuts are the flavor profile for Rhythm. Think: kale chips meet savory granola. If Brad’s Original kale chips are too much for you, these are much more tastefully seasoned and subtly flavored.

Credit: Ryan Martin / Target

Rating:

7/10

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About the Author

Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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  • I’ve actually had most of these! Brad’s Vampire Killer is the best.

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    • Those were my personal favorite!

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