The other day, as I was wandering in the West Village, I was suddenly hit with a wave of lightheadedness and needed something to eat right then and there. Luckily, I was right near a neighborhood grocery store, and had a number of options that were pretty cheap, if I do say so myself ... cheap for New York, anyway. My normal reaction to this feeling is to bite into a nice juicy piece of fruit. But when that didn't help, I went right back in to try again. I saw my beloved Glenny's Soy Crisps on sale for $1.09. My usual favorites were absent, so I decided to be bold and grab Glenny's MultiGrain Cinnamon and Sugar Pastry Crisps, which I hadn't tried before.
They aren't 'soy' crisps, but pastry crisps that claimed to be "the sweetest 120 calories" and with over 18 grams of whole grains to boot. The bag is a single serving, but the serving is VERY generous. The picture only represents a little more than half of the contents of the bag, as I had eaten the rest before taking the picture. The crisps have an interesting look, texture, and taste. They are triangular, bumpy, wavy, and fairly large (maybe 1.5 inches per side), and they were, for the most part, intact. The texture is very thin, crispy, and even a bit airy, making for a very clean, light feel. The taste is clean and light as well, so they definitely have an air of "healthiness" about them. They aren't greasy or covered in artificial tasting glaze to enhance the flavor, which is a good thing. However, the mildness in flavor goes maybe a little too far - so much so that I really thought one of the main ingredients must be air. I could barely taste the crisps, almost having to make an effort to taste the cinnamon, which made it hard to actually enjoy my snack.
The entire 1.1 ounce bag of Glenny's MultiGrain Cinnamon and Sugar Pastry Crisps provides, as stated, 120 calories and 3.5 grams of fat (no saturated fat). There are 22 grams of carbohydrates, including 6 grams of sugar and 2 grams of fiber (slightly disappointing for a multigrain snack), plus there is also 2 grams of protein (disappointing as well, since even potato chips have 2 grams of protein, and Glenny's usually comes through brilliantly in the protein arena).
Given that I wasn't too impressed with the taste and the nutrition stats don't really add anything extra, I personally would not buy them again - but I know I'm being hard on them because I know Glenny's could do better. I'm a brand loyalist, but sometimes something just misses the mark. In the future, when I see these hanging next to the soy crisps, my decision will be easy.