One of my favorite places is the grocery store. Seriously. I am not the primary shopper in my household, but when I step into a grocery store, I feel an odd sense of intrigue. Maybe this is rooted in my love of eating food, and maybe it’s just my curiosity about different products, but either way, going to the grocery store is always an exciting experience.
On a recent trip, I was looking down my favorite aisle. As I stood below the aisle marker sign displaying the words “gluten free” I was taking in all of the options in front of me. It seems like not long ago, such an aisle did not exist. To find gluten free products, I had to shop at specialty stores. If I was lucky, maybe there was a corner of a shelf that had gluten free products. But now, almost every grocery store has an entire section dedicated just to gluten free items, which usually go along with the “good for you” products. While standing at my local Stop and Shop, scanning the aisle of my favorite section, one product stood out to me.
Dang. Okay, so this was not a single product, but a whole line of brightly colored bags, prominently displaying the name Dang. I’m not going to lie, before I knew what the products were, the name and the packaging caught my eye. I took a closer look, and saw that there were two products available, Coconut Chips and Sticky Rice Chips. The Coconut Chips come in four varieties: Original Recipe, Caramel Sea Salt, Lightly Salted, and Chocolate Sea Salt. The Sticky Rice Chips are available in five varieties: Original Recipe, Sriracha Spice, Coconut, Crunch, Aged Cheddar, and Savory Seaweed. While not all of the flavors were on the shelves of my local Stop and Shop, they are available for purchase on the company’s website, listed below.
Before I discuss the product, I want to take a step back and discuss the name. I did take the time to read the packaging, and the company’s website, and learned that the company is named after the founder’s mother, Dang. They company produces Thai products, which started with the toasted coconut chips. On both the packaging of their products and their website, the company describes themselves with the following poem:
“Dang’s the name of our founders’ mother,
With her recipes like no other.
Foods kept whole for a guilt-free munch,
We’ve raised the bar on the perfect crunch.
A straight snackvention, a flavor ascension,
Delightful morsels that defy convention.
Share with friends? You certainly should.
Guarntee they’ll shout, ‘Dang that’s good!’”
So how were the products? I decided to try the Caramel Sea Salt Coconut Chips and the Original Recipe Sticky Rice Chips. The coconut chips are divine! They are the perfect combination of salty and sweet! I happen to be someone who loves coconut, and these chips did not disappoint. These small bites of goodness have the perfect light crunch. They are both flavorful and light, making it difficult to put the bag down. As for the Sticky Rice Chips, they are unlike anything I’ve ever tasted, in a good way. They too are light and crunchy, but in a completely different way. They have the texture of crunchy puffed rice, with a sweet-rice taste. I absolutely loved these, and once I offered a taste to those around me, the bag lasted mere minutes. I can only sum up my description of these products in one way, “Dang that’s good!”
Dang’s Website: https://dangfoods.com