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Monday, August 6, 2012

Product Review & Giveaway: Mystic Harvest Purple Corn Tortilla Chips

Axium Foods South Beloit

You may remember that last week, I introduced a new monthly feature at Roscoe Ramblings entitled Local Spotlight.  The spotlight for August is on Axium Foods of South Beloit.

Back in early June, I noticed that Axium's newest line of chips called Mystic Harvest was available at my local Woodman's Market.  Since a 7oz. bag retails there for just $1.89, I decided to give them a shot.  My entire family, including my daughters, were all impressed.  Consequently, I was thrilled when the folks from Mystic Harvest recently contacted me about doing a review/giveaway on my blog.

What are Mystic Harvest tortilla chips?

The folks at Axium Foods recognized the opportunity to create a better-for-you snack chip. The chips are made from Suntava Purple Corn and come in two varieties:


Axium Foods South Beloit Roscoe Woodman's

Sea Salt (On left): 
All natural
No preservatives
Made with non GMO ingredients
No hydrogenated oils
No trans fat
Gluten Free
Added Fiber
ORAC Score: 6,000

Multi Grain (On right):
All natural
No preservatives
Made with non GMO ingredients
No hydrogenated oils
No trans fat
Added fiber
ORAC score: 6,000








The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) Score is the amount of antioxidants in a particular food item.  The higher the score, the higher the amount of antioxidants.  ORAC scores are based on a serving size of 100 grams.  For comparison's sake, the ORAC score of an apple (100 gram serving size) is 3898.  The ORAC score for blueberries (100 gram serving size) is 4669.

What did I think?

To be honest, I couldn't really tell much of a difference between the Sea Salt variety and the Multi Grain variety.  The Sea Salt variety did taste a tad bit saltier, but it wasn't overpowering.  Both varieties were very flavorful.  Since they're quite thick and crispy, you won't have to worry about them breaking apart as you're (double?) dipping them into your favorite salsa or guacamole.  To me, they tasted much more substantial than a traditional tortilla chip.

Where to buy?

Local readers can purchase Mystic Harvest tortilla chips at Woodman's.  At Woodman's, I found them in the Natural Food aisle.  In the Milwaukee area, they can be found at Sendik's.  They're also available at select smaller grocers in Minnesota.  If none of those options work for you, you can order a case of (6) 7oz. bags online for $21.  That cost includes shipping to anywhere in the continental US, but excludes the 1% sales tax.  The suggested retail price is $3.39 per 7oz. bag.  Retailers are able to set their own retail price, which is why I paid $1.89 at Woodman's.

The final verdict:

Not only are Mystic Harvest tortilla chips made by a local, family owned company, they're also much better for you than many of the other alternatives sitting on store shelves today. Best of all, they're affordable!  I will definitely continue to purchase these.

What's next?

Next week, I'll be sharing a recipe for grilled nachos made with Mystic Harvest chips.

Extra fun: 

Mystic Harvest has bald eagles living in their backyard!  How neat is that?  Be sure to check out the videos on their website.

Giveaway: 

One lucky winner will receive (6) bags of Mystic Harvest Sea Salt chips and (6) bags of Mystic Harvest Multi Grain chips.  Open to US residents only.  Shipment is via UPS.

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Disclosure:

In the interest of full disclosure, Axium Foods sent me 12 bags of their Mystic Harvest Purple Corn Tortilla Chips to test and review.  No monetary payment was received, and all opinions are my own. 




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84 comments:

  1. I go about 50-50. Sometimes I want healthy and sometimes indulgent!

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  2. I like better for you but it depends on price too. Sometimes that is the one that wins out.

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  3. Better for you...and the color purple couldn't hurt either:-)

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  4. I always look for better-for-you! We are really conscious about that in our home.

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  5. Better for you is always preferable, but budget sometimes takes preference!

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  6. I'm about 75%healthy --veggies chips and wheat tortilla chips-and 25% junk--sometimes just have to indulge in the Pringles or Doritos =^D

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  7. I limit the foods i buy that even have a label, so those i do purchase i look for high quality whole food i gredients that are as nutritious as possible- like these chips!!

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  8. Indulgent. Because if it doesn't taste good, it'll end up sitting there until it gets thrown out.

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  9. I try to go for both indulgence and health.

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  10. I need a better for the family option, but when it comes to colored chips, like the green / red Christmas or red, orange / black for Halloween, I can't resist!

    Bobbie Anne

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  11. I snack waaayyy too often, so the better-for-you option is a must!

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  12. better for you!!

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  13. I try to find something of both but if I had to choose, I'd get the better for you option

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  14. I definitely go for the healthiest I can find!

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  15. I try to get the better-for-you option!

    Terri P
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  16. I try to stay with the better for you options. camera_nikki@ymail.com

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  17. I like better for you options, so you can treat yourself more often! kkrebs2010 at gmail dot com

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  18. Many times I indulge. Thanks
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  19. Mostly regular chips, original flavor salty
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  20. in totally depends on my mood and sometimes budget

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  21. indulgent. if im gonna eat chips they better be goood!

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  22. I usually go for an indulgent item.
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  23. I am always hoping to find a better for you that tastes like its indulgent :)
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  24. I try to go for the better for you option.

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  25. better for you..dmatthews38751@yahoo.com

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  26. Better-for-you option, since I have to be Gluten-free.

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  27. I go back and forth, it just depends on my mood at the time
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  28. I usually go for indulgent

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  29. I go for indulgent
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  30. Depends on my mood. Try to eat healthy though.

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  31. i look for healthy options

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  32. I shop by flavor and if there is a healthier option (less fat, calories etc) I'll buy that

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
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  33. Sometimes I do better for you, sometimes I do indulgent.

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  34. I choose either - depends on what I am in the mood for :)

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  35. I don't really eat chips very often so when I do, I look for something indulgent. However, my boyfriend has a chip habit and eats them constantly so I try to buy healthy chips for him.

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  36. I'm vegan so I'm always looking for a better for you choice. I can't find blue chips in our local store anymore. Thanks for this info and Giveaway.

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  37. I just go for flavor - we don't eat too many chips and normally we eat very healthy food, so it's okay to indulge.

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  38. It depends. If I'm on a diet it is always healthier choice but usually it is indulgent one. When I snack I want something that satisfies a junk craving.


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  39. i look at value and try to get the baked or plain chips thanks crystal allen

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  40. the better for you option :)

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  41. I'm usually indulgent...even though I know I shouldn't be :)

    ~Amber Terry~

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  42. I go for indulgent, unless I am on a diet.

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  43. I like the healthy options -- but they HAVE to taste good too.

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  44. I look for a better-for-you option.
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  45. I usually prefer the better for you options, but sometimes go for the others. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  46. I always look for the better for you options (ingredients, baked, etc).

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  47. I'd go for the better for you option.
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  48. i go for something healthy that tastes good, but I am not afraid to sacrifice either side... Email: yona(at)pricelesswriters.com

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  49. Lately I've been trying the "better for you" approach. I'm breastfeeding, so I want only the best for my baby girl.

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  50. Health and safety for my kid w/allergies

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  51. I look for what I want to eat! I don't necessarily look at which ones are going to be overindulgent or which are healthy.
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  52. I go for indulgence.

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  53. I try to get the better for you option!

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  54. Admittedly, I'm all about the indulgence. jennifer.b.orr(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. When looking for a snack chip, I tend to go better for you

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  56. I like the "better for you option" I tend to by the rice chips, baked chips, things like that

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  57. I like the better for you option.
    Hannah
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  58. I look for a better option for me, but my 14 year old son won't eat it, so I end up buying him junk!

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  59. I usually look for indulgence.
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  60. I look for a better for you option

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  61. I look for a better option.

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  62. I try to get healthy options, but that doesn't always happen :P

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