Sports can make you a nervous eater. Salt is good. Crunch is even better.
Unfortunately plain chips â€“Â while delicious â€” donâ€™t quite give the full emotional satisfaction of a hard crunch and arenâ€™t filling enough to signal any sort of â€œstop youâ€™ve had enough!â€ reaction until youâ€™ve consumed the whole bag watching Peyton Manning being sacked for about the twentieth time. Season corned chips are better this way, but are covered with so much salt you donâ€™t taste anything after about fifteen minutes and you may as well just go eat the rock salt in the garage. (Not that Iâ€™ve ever done that, but let me say that if you do try it, make sure itâ€™s the plain rock salt and not the kind that has chemicals added to it for easier ice melting. Not that Iâ€™ve ever done that.)
This is why pasta chips are great for stressed sports eaters like myself.Â They have a thick, hard crunch with heat from the red pepper flakes, depth from the thyme and rosemary, brightness from basil and just enough salt to balance out your drink.