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November 2013

Mother's Farms is now available to purcahse at http://www.amazon.com/shops/mothersfarms


Chip Review of the day…..

Morther’s Farms – Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

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What comes to mind when we say the words “sweet potato chips” to you?  Maybe, healthy?  Dark red?  Sweet?  Of course. And, potato chips, we’re guessing?

Well, unlike ‘traditional’ sweet potato chips as we know them, Mother’s Farms has created sweet potato tortilla chips.  Their chips are actually predominantly corn based tortilla chips, but they use some sweet potato flour in the recipe.  The addition of sweet potato gives the tortilla chips a lovely, soft, reddish hue, along with a very recognizable, yet subtle, sweet potato flavor.

As we have indicated many times before, we often have had our problems with the traditional sweet potato chip texture.  However, with this sweet potato and corn tortilla combo, Mother’s Farms may have found our cure.  The chips’ texture remains true to a tortilla chip – crispy, flaky, substantially rigid, yet light; where as, with sweet potato chips always seem to have this slightly soft, not very crispy, crunch, and a toothsome chew that we do not really love…

These tortilla chips have a nice layer of salt that helps cut through the sweetness, which we found out was embraced, and even enhanced a bit, with the addition of honey.  All in all, very eatable chips, and we can’t wait to try Mother’s Farms other flavors.  Stay tuned for Pumpkin Seed and Sweet Corn & Black Pepper.


August 15 to September 30, 2013

Celebrate Whole Grains Month with Good Deeds      

Each year, we try to find a fresh and innovative way to celebrate Whole Grains Month.  This year, we’d like to focus on the importance of giving back and sharing whole grains with those in need, with a three-part program called Good Grains for a Good Cause. Here’s how it works:

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via: http://www.taquitos.net/chips/Mothers-Farms-Sweet-Corn-Black-Pepper-Tortilla

Taste: These tortilla chips had large, quarter-circle shapes, with most of the chips curled up a bit. The surfaces that had a yellowish beige color, with many dark spots and some small bits of black pepper. We crunched in to find a solid crunch with middling crispness and a mild kick of black pepper to start. After that, the sweet corn was quite noticeable, definitely sweeter than your typical tortilla chip. The surprise was the return of the black pepper for the aftertaste, as it came back fairly strongly and lingered for quite a while. Very tasty, and the black pepper was a rare flavor to find among packaged tortilla chips.


Going Crazy  (Snack World, May 2013)


High-growth snacks

CoPak Solutions, Conover, NC, recently launched its Mother’s Farm brand of tortilla chips in Sweet Corn & Black Pepper, Multigrain, Pumpkin Seed and Sweet Potato varieties. “Unique flavors continue to be hot because consumers are always looking for something different,” said Larry Deal, Co-Pak’s president. “Consumers want to eat healthier, but they do not want to sacrifice flavor.”

While many consumers try to eat healthier, most will likely eat what tastes good rather than what is actually better for them, he noted. “You still see a division of consumers that snack to satisfy their hunger, while the other half snacks for enjoyment,” Mr. Deal said. “Those trying to eat healthier are not looking for a snack with empty calories.  They are looking for a snack with an added benefit such as whole grain, gluten-free, organic or all-natural.” Mother Farm’s Multigrain and Sweet Potato chips are made with organic ingredients, while Sweet Corn & Black Pepper and Pumpkin Seed are all-natural. All are gluten-free, kosher and whole grain, he added.

— Shane Whitaker




via:  http://www.taquitos.net/chips/Mothers-Farms-Pumpkin-Seed-Tortilla-Chips

Taste: These chips surprised us in quite a few ways, the first of which was the sheer size of the bag. It was a 20-oz. behemoth, as large as any snack bag we've ever seen. The next surprise was the taste of the chips. As the first-ever pumpkin seed tortilla chips we've even heard of, we didn't know what to expect, but the best guess was that it would be some mix of tortilla chips and salted pumpkin seeds. That turned out to be way off the mark. Pumpkin pulp actually came before pumpkin seeds in the ingredients, and we could certainly taste it. The large, quarter-circle chips had irregular surfaces with a fairly dark color, sort of pumpkin pie-color, and the taste was a mix of sweet and salty. The mild pumpkin taste was more dominant than the corn, despite the fact that corn was before pumpkin in the ingredients. Our tasters were really quite thrilled, as people gave lots of enthusiastic thumbs-ups. Although our panel of post-road-race tasters didn't finish the enormous bag, they came a lot closer than we thought they would.




via: http://www.foodproductdesign.com/news/2012/12/whole-grains-slash-pre-diabetes-risk.aspx

STOCKHOLM—The addition of more whole grains into a healthy diet is associated with a decreased risk of deteriorating glucose tolerance, including progression from normal glucose tolerance to pre-diabetes, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital investigated whether a higher intake of whole grain protects against the development of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes and tested for modulation by polymorphisms of the TCF7L2 gene. Participants included 5,477 Stockholm residents aged 35 to 56 years who were not diagnosed with diabetes and who kept food journals of how much whole and refined grains they consumed. Researchers measured blood glucose in study participants and followed up 10 years later.

Participants who ate 59 grams of whole grains a day had a 34% lower risk to deteriorate in glucose tolerance compared to those who ate 30 grams of whole grains a day. Risk reduction was significant in men, but not in women. Participants who consumed 59 grams of whole grains a day also had a 27% reduced risk of becoming pre-diabetic.

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