February 29, 2012

National Surf and Turf Day

"Food should be fun." - Thomas Keller

It's National Surf and Turf Day!

Sponsored byPirate's Booty

At some point, without ever having tried it before, I decided I didn't like Pirate's Booty. I'd passed by it a thousand times when grocery shopping and always stuck my nose up at it. Something about it - the shininess of the bag maybe, or the smug looking pirate telling me "Thar Be Good!" (THAT'S NOT EVEN PROPER ENGLISH, PIRATE!) - rubbed me the wrong way. I couldn't tell you why, of course, just that seeing it on the shelf irked me and made me want do something irrational. Like, with one swift motion swipe my stiffened arm across the shelf to send the bags flying all over the aisle.

Does it make sense? No. And I fully recognize that. But I think we all have bizarre tendencies to make our minds up about something we know nothing about.

I'm thankful mine is just about edibles.

When I realized that today - Leap Day - was National Surf and Turf Day, and that February was National Snack Food Month, I knew EXACTLY how I wanted to celebrate... with Pirate's Booty

a. It's . . . y'know . . . a snack food
b. Pirate's were, like, the kings of both sea (surf) and land (turf), and
c. I owed it to this company to try their product after hating on it for so long with no reason

Pirate Brands started in 1987 in Sea Cliff, NY with a man named Robert. He was, as their website puts it, "a snack industry renegade" looking for something "a tasty treasure that would inspire people to live a little healthier and have fun while doing it." Eventually he discovered the baked-not-fried rice and corn puff snacks that are Pirate's Booty.

Pirate's Booty pride themselves on being all-natural, meaning they don't contain any complicated or incomprehensible ingredients (if you can't pronounce, you shouldn't be eating, my friends). It's also cholesterol free, trans fat and gluten free, kosher, and many flavors are vegan friendly.

Oh, and they're awesome.

Blimey, ye were right, Pirate. "Thar be good," indeed. Please don't think me a knave or picaroon for thinking otherwise because I'm a total convert now.

The company sent me some of their Veggie Pirate's Booty to try. It's crafted from puffed rice, corn, and a medley of fresh veggies including spinach, kale, carrots, and parsley all baked to perfection. Though the bags feel like there's not a lot in it, they're almost completely full of the little puffs. This lightness reflects in the texture and consistency of the snacks as well - you know when you're eating them that you're eating something good for your body. This isn't noticeable in the way they taste though, because they are deliciously seasoned and abundantly flavorful. I need to go get a bag of the BBQ ones now. And maybe the chocolate flavored ones, too. Both, by the way, are vegan. Meaning it's like two-fold guilt-free snacking.

I've made everyone in my world, regardless of dietary choices, try Pirate's Booty now, and they've all asked for seconds.

Those scallywags!

Ye won't be gettin' none of my booty!

No. Seriously. Go get your own bags.

Happy National Surf and Turf Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.