A Corn Chip Made with Corn, Soybean Oil, Soy Sauce, and Lime
Have'a Corn Chips is a Laguna Beach, CA-based brand of simple corn chips powered by grass-roots marketing and distribution. The chips are sold in four-ounce packages, which clearly state the four ingredients on the front of the … see full wiki
I have to say that the corn chip isn't exactly an edible item that I consider to be even remotely subject to inspired interpretation. But sometimes you come across a snack food that simply shifts the paradigm. For me, and for corn chips, that seismic slam is delivered in the form of Have's Corn Chips.
I grew up on corn chips. Potato chips were around, but I seemed to always be eating either corn chips with salsa or the strange Frito-Lay variations Fritos and Doritos. I imagine a full 80% of my lunches between ages five and 12 included one of these snacks. And I never fully tired of the staple, even if I did eventually get a little bored by it and a lot more certain that no truly exciting variation on the formula existed.
But exist it does. Comprised simply of "corn, soybean oil, soy sauce, and a dash of lime"--clearly and cleverly stated upfront and center on the understated bag, Have'a Corn Chips suggests honest flavor. Because the conventional corn chip is so basic, throwing in a twist like soy sauce tastes pretty significant. Plus it's delicious. As a salt substitute, you really can't beat it. The lime compliments perfectly, and the overall taste is a satisfying simple mix of distinctive flavors--a very sophisticated corn chip.
Like I once experienced with potato chips--which I would have never enjoyed eating without a dip before experiencing a high-end salt & vinegar chip--Have'a Corn Chips have raised the bar for me. The definition of a good corn chip now (as if I would have ever even thought to define it before) most definitely involves being able to enjoy eating it by itself. And I'll eat a whole bag in a sitting.
Fortunately, Have'a Corn Chips come in the relatively small portion of a four-once bag. I'm not the only person I know who will regularly eat a whole bag of these chips by themselves, so it's nice to see the company taking some healthy responsibility even when its customers can't. The move speaks to the overall tone of healthy snacking that informs this product, which is about as healthy a fried corn chip as you'll find.