Wpg Free Press: A healthy alternative to Doritos? Yes, peas
Last Saturday marked the 11th consecutive year I have been on the judging panel for this early spring battle, wherein teams of budding food scientists and nutritionists from the University of Manitoba duke it out to see who has created the tastiest and most marketable new food product.
The way it works is seven teams of students pitch their state-of-the-art food items and provide tasting samples to the judging panel, consisting of my pal Judy Wilson, a marketing expert; photographer and Churchill adventure tour guide Dave Shambrock, executive director of Food & Beverage Manitoba; and me, an overweight newspaper columnist who tends to get more food on the front of his shirt than in his mouth….
The first thing we sampled was a product called “KooGhees,” a tasty low-carb, sugar-free chocolate chip cookie made from almond and coconut flour, ghee (clarified butter), and sweetened with Stevia.
“We wanted to provide people following a ketogenic diet with a cookie they can enjoy,” one of the students explained. “Whether you’re following a ketogenic diet or not, we hope you enjoy our KooGhees.”…
In the end, it was the most difficult decision we judges have faced in the past 11 years.
We finally gave the crown to Win-Pea Snack Food’s dry-roasted chickpeas, because they were kind of a healthier version of one of the greatest snacks of all time — Doritos.
“Our product is unique because there are currently no nacho-flavoured chickpeas on the market,” the students boasted. “We wanted to provide a healthier alternative to our favourite snack, Doritos. Our goal was to be healthy without compromising taste.”