Kale Chips Suck

Kale Chips Suck

Last year you couldn’t escape quinoa.  It was everywhere.  The new “it” food.  Like most fads, I didn’t like it.  I tried it.  It disappointed me.

A new year a new hot food. This year’s star – Kale. Up until recently kale had never made it’s way onto my plate. But hey,  I’m always up for trying new things and when we spotted some fresh kale at the Farmer’s Market recently I thought what the heck.

Now, as I said, I’ve never even tried kale let alone cook it.  But I’m pretty darn confident in the kitchen so I was up for the challenge.  From what I have gleaned on Pinterest over recent months kale chips are the way to go. Seriously I am sure I have seen at least 50 kale chips pins. It’s apparently all the rage.

So I hit the google and found a recipe.  Olive oil, salt, bake.  Pretty basic stuff. My husband questioned why I wasn’t taking any pictures.  “Aren’t you going to blog it?” No sense blogging something that has been done to death.

The timer dinged.  I eagerly took the now delicate, crispy little leaves out of the oven and set them aside to cool.  I’m going to be honest and let you know I was in no panic to try them. I just didn’t have high expectations.  Despite the 5,011 comments I’ve read about how awesome they are.

Then came the moment of truth.  I picked a decent sized leaf and took a bite. It was about a million times worse than I imagined.  I thought salt and olive oil could make almost anything taste good.  I was wrong.  You could deep fry these things in pancake batter, drizzle them with honey and coat them in powdered sugar and they would still be vile.

You’re drunk Pinterest.  Go home.

This article has 11 comments

  1. I am so happy to hear that you hate them. I don't really like sharing and now I know that you won't want any of my Terra Chips at Blissdom. Glad to hear that I'm not the only one with family (read kids) that are surprised when I don't take pictures. Besos, Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo
    My recent post Do Your Kids Know What You Do For a Living?

    • Yeah you can keep your Terra chips too.  I'll admit they don't disgust me on the same level that kale chips do but I'll still pass.

  2. Thanks for the laugh! I needed it. And also, thanks for the tip that these things suck because I'm pretty sure I have pinned one recipe of kale chips to try. I wasn't too sure about it when I pinned it but I have been trying to learn to eat more healthy stuffs so I thought I'd give it a shot. After reading this, I'm pretty sure I won't 😉

    • Yeah this is not the way to push health food I can tell you that!  Have a carrot. At least you won't feel the need to scrub every bit of ick out of your mouth after….

  3. I'm right there with you. My daughter made them over the summer, and no matter how much oil, salt, or anything else we added, they were just plain horrible. 

  4. I have had kale and actually like it, but I don't know about kale chips. Doesn't sound too appealing. Thanks for letting us know how they turned out. If I happen upon one of these pins, I will surely skip over it.
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  5. Honestly, I don't follow too many fads; but I had a friend try these and she suggested I do, too. I've always tried to (as a vegetarian) include kale in stir-fry, etc., but I had never tried to bake it. 

    Kale probably just isn't your thing… I can say that I buy Kale weekly now and make a batch of these chips. And my partner – a non-veggie loving soul – constantly tells me I didn't buy enough. To each their own. 🙂 

  6. LOL you're hilarious!  I have a pretty simple palate and don't love new trendy things (read: healthy) like quinoa.  The kale chips are a unique taste.  They are "ok" but definitely don't love them!!!

  7. If yours came out as "delicate crispy little leaves" then you did a better job then me. I've tried baking these twice now and they are soggy and or burnt, no matter what I do. I think it's because I don't own one of those salad spinner gadgets. I suspect I might actually like them if I could master the fine art of Kale baking.

  8. I have not eaten kale chips. No desire to. I have less desire now. Lol. I like kale in salads and in stews. I might even try a kale smoothie one time but I’ll keep chips as chips not kale chips. You make me laugh. 

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