For many, the end of summer heralds the start of the greatest of sport seasons: baseball, football and basketball are either just winding up for the start of a new year, or are starting to wind down and play finals. So there is a sweet spot from late August thru Halloween when on any given day, you have any number of games to watch! And with games and sports on such heavy rotation, let’s explore some prime game time chips and dips.
Darista Dips – Za’atar Hummus vs. Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips
This dip is not for the faint-hearted. There are multitudes of herbs and spices swirled into this creamy hummus that is truly out of this world. With the likes of dried oregano, dried thyme, sesame seeds and sumac, the cacophony of flavors elevate the hummus, while providing depth and heart, and by using this traditionally Middle Eastern spice blend, gives a very enthusiastic nod to hummus’s homeland. This is why it is the perfect partner for Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chip as you want the dip to be the star of the show! The ever-so-lightly salted and baked-to-perfection pita chip is great on it’s own, but is at it’s best with the za’atar.
Darista Dips – Roasted Beet Hummus vs. Shagbark Seed & Mill Tortilla Chips
It’s the radiant pink that lures you in, but it’s the zesty and earthy flavors that keeps you coming back for more. Roasted with skins on, this hearty dip walks a thin line between citrus freshness (that’ll be the lemon juice) and tickly heat (yes, that’s cayenne you’re feeling!), to give a super refreshing and smooth take on a classic hummus. Pair them with Shagbark’s tortilla chips and you have a match made in texture heaven! Using corn that is soaked in rock lime, you get a brilliant snap and crunch with these chips that complements the silky smooth texture of the dip.
Darista Dips – Roasted Red Pepper Hummus vs. Broad Ripple Chip Co.
The classic potato chip can, and often is, enjoyed on its own. When lightly seasoned with salt, and perhaps some pepper or garlic if you’re feeling adventurous, there is a simple, childlike joy of devouring a pack of plain chips. So let us introduce to you Broad Ripple’s Potato Chip. With a generous sprinkle of garlic, onion, sugar and salt, these Russet potato chips are superb on their own, but are another thing altogether when paired with the Roasted Red Pepper hummus. The true Spanish flavors are achieved by using genuine Spanish ingredients: sherry vinegar, paprika, roasted almonds and the pièce de résistance, the piquillo peppers. Beware, it is very easy to finish a tub of this dip off in one sitting. Don’t say you weren’t warned!
Darista Dips – Moroccan Carrot Hummus vs. Garden of Eatin’ Blue Chips
Exciting, vibrant colors are a running theme with Darista, and rightfully so – they use ingredients that produce glorious colored dips. And this is so obviously true with their Morrocan Carrot Hummus. A similar flavor profile to the za’atar in that more traditional Middle Eastern spices are used to boost the chickpea and sesame blend, but it is the honey and harissa that set this one apart from all others. And if you’re going big and bold on color then Garden of Eatin’s Blue Corn tortilla chips are for you. As delectable as they are pretty, these offer a great crisp, crunchy vessel for the smooth, sweet hummus. Another marriage in foodie heaven.