Photo: New York Naturals
But Amy Hamberry may have found a way to change your mind: The Brooklyn, N.Y., mom is selling her own kale chips.
The former commercial illustrator and one-time kindergarten teacher stumbled into this new, unexpected profession when she married the owner of a neighborhood health-food store, New York Naturals.
The store's California kale chip supplier was always running out of stock (um, who would have guessed there was such high demand?), so Amy decided to start making them herself. It took three months of daily experiments before she was satisfied with the results.
"We had to figure out a consistency," Hamberry explained to Slashfood. "It was hard because the kale is different each time we get it. There are a lot of variables involved."
Other ingredients in the chips are cashew nuts, cayenne, red bell peppers and lemon juice. "The chips are not processed at all," she says. "It's all raw food that's put into a blender and then spread onto kale. It's 100% raw."
"My angle is to make a food that's made with vegetables that I'm going to enjoy eating like a snack that I can go to instead of eating a crappy snack food. I can enjoy eating a bag of kale chips and then I don't have to crave potato chips."
We tried the kale chips here at Slashfood. They definitely won't be replacing potato chips for most of us, but they do taste strangely similar to the powdered seasoning packets that come with instant ramen. It's a taste you either like, or you don't -- you be the judge.