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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Whale Tails Tortilla Chips: Review & Giveaway


**Disclosure: I received a product package from the company at no charge for review purposes only. No other compensation was received. My opinions are my own.


I have to begin by saying if there were a prize for best product packaging, WhaleTails Tortilla Chips would deserve to be at or near the top. WhaleTails has partnered with the Wyland Foundation to bring one of three famous Wyland seascapes to each of the three flavors of WhaleTails chips. The artwork alone makes the purchase of WhaleTail chips worth it. If that weren't enough, opening a bag of chips will bring the nice surprise of  whale tail shaped chips. I couldn't resist taking a photo of the cute whale tails from my blue corn chips.

Adorable Whale Tails
I know, looks aren't everything and you definitely can't judge a book by its cover. At least most of the time. However, let me assure you, what's inside a bag of WhaleTails really is as good as what's outside. The tortilla chips are made from organic, gluten- free and non-GMO ingredients which is important to me. I have family members with dietary restrictions and I am happy when I find products, like WhaleTails, my entire family can enjoy together.


The first flavor, "Alaea" Hawaiian Sea Salt original corn tortillas, have a nice corn flavor with just the right amount of salt. I like the low sodium content in the sea salt. For those of you who don't know, sea salt also contains essential trace minerals. This flavor is perfect with salsa and/or guacamole and would be a hit at any ocean themed party.




I have to admit, I'm not usually a fan of any kind of barbeque chips. I was leery to try the Hawaiian Barbeque corn chips. I'm glad I forced myself to eat them with an open mind or I would have missed out on one of the best barbeque chips I have ever tasted. The chips have a trace of mango and a splash of lime. The hint of sweetness gave the barbeque a very pleasant flavor. These are definitely worth trying even if you're like me and not a barbeque chip lover. My husband liked these the best of the three flavors.




The last flavor, the Blue Tor "Chia" Chips, were my favorite and not because I thought the bag was the prettiest either,  although it really was. The organic blue corn is infused with a Mayan super seed, Chia. This gives the chip a nutty flavor, perfect for the nut lover like me. Chia contains essential amino acids, omega-3 and calcium so it is nice to know I am getting a little bit of nutrition in my tortilla chip. 

I loved the deep blue corn chip and told my kids that this flavor is off limits to them. Unfortunately, they didn't listen and I they liked the blue corn tortilla the best as well.

The only problem with the chips is what to do with the packages when you're done. They are too pretty to throw away. If you must throw the package away, WhaleTails has made the packaging 69% degradable so the company can stay committed to their mission of keeping plastics out of the oceans.


Sadly, WhaleTails are not available in retail stores everywhere, unless you are lucky enough to live in Southern California. Luckily, they are available to purchase online by the case HERE. For a conversation piece at your next party, especially an ocean themed party, WhaleTails are definitely worth the money. I haven't found anything locally that tastes so good and looks nice too.

**Disclosure: I received a product package from the company at no charge for review purposes only. No other compensation was received. My opinions are my own.

Contest details: Prize package of WhaleTails chips in 3 flavors is provided by the sponsor. Contest begins 2/16/2012 and ends 2/27/2012 at 10:01 PM MST. Please use the Rafflecopter form for entries and read additional details there. By entering the contest, you agree to all terms and conditions.

 


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59 comments:

  1. I learned the original Whale Tail was an outline of Cat Paw’s tail drawn on the back of the Adopt A Whale envelope

    sweetheart4171(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. Any chance these might be sold in a Central Market or something on a national level cause I'm in Texas...? :)

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  3. I, too, am in Texas. I, however, have this to say about these chips. THEY ARE A CHOKING HAZARD. They are in the name of a man who is responsible for dolphin deaths and fraud.

    Boycotting this product, along with the rest of the Wyland's Ocean Blue family and supporters of the victims of this now-defunct Ponzie scheme.

    Congratulations on selling your soul for a quick buck, Wyland.

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  4. Again, as the blog owner I have to come to the comments section, surprised at the comments I receive. I do believe in the freedom of expression and do not want to delete blog comments unless they get totally out of hand. However, I disagree that the product is a choking hazard. I believe any food can be a choking hazard if not chewed properly. WhaleTails are not any more of a choking hazard than any other tortilla chip I have tried. I think it is unfair to boycott this product just because they use Wyland's artwork on their bags. The products are not named after Wyland. They are called WhaleTails. They use Wyland's artwork. It would be illegal for them to use it without acknowledging the artists name. Whether or not the artist is responsible for dolphin deaths, I do not know, but his artwork depicts ocean scenes of live animals and seems to me to promote ocean life. The real owners of WhaleTails donate to other charities that promote ocean wildlife, not just Wyland's charity. I want my blog to be a positive place, not one that is mired in boycotts and angry consumers. I would encourage my readers to become educated on this company and products before jumping on the bandwagon of boycotting them. If after doing fair research you want to boycott a product, that is your choice.
    I have nothing to gain by defending WhaleTails. I have received no payment from them. I just had a chance to try their product and I did happen to like it.

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  5. Well, blogger, the problem I have with this product is that Wyland's artwork, which is worth thousands, is obviously being proted on these chips for monetary gain. The unfortunate fact is that Wyland has yet to pay all of his workers for promoting HIS brand. I do agree that consumers should take all the facts into account, but I, for one, would never support any product which is backed, even partially, by someone whose conduct I abhor. That is just my opinion, but I would also like to note that I am educated (including educated in journalism, which is typically what blogs fall under) and I believe fully that any accurate information is information that the public has a right to know about. Cheers.

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  6. i would love to try the hawaiian barbeque. thanks for the giveaway. I read the story and they have a partnership with which promotes, protects, and preserves the world’s ocean, waterways, and marine life.”

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  7. Whale Tails makes natural Corn Chips! I love these corn chips because they are in the shape of Whale tails. I too love the whales, they are such a beautiful creature that God created. What a neat and interesting product!

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  8. They were named snack of the day on rachel ray. thanks
    carolwegs at gmail dot com

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  9. Trudy Z.

    I just got in from delivering the cases that we are donating to Birch Aquarium for their 14th Annual Grunion Bowl. I was glad to see that the aquarium was packed today with Moms, Dads, Grandparents, and Kids on President's Day. I had a huge smile on my face when I saw kid's faces pressed up against the glass of the saltwater tanks in absolute amazement Our salt water world is home to some pretty amazing creatures .

    Reading the comments from SpectreWriter and Anonymous from Texas regarding our mission driven company Whale Tails Tortilla Chips was a bit of a buzz kill. But I would like to thank you Trudy for the unbiased review and the thoughtful replies to their comments.

    Wyland did not charge my wife and I for his art...all he asked was that we continue to make a quality product using organic, non gmo, corn free of pesticides, herbicides, and continue to promote ocean conservation. It was my wife who actually suggested that 10% go to his foundation because of the Foundations work with kids in Southern California and thoughout our nation. We all agreed "it's crunch time for our oceans and by working together we could all chip in for making a positive change".

    I read an article about social media once that described the internet as being like the "Wild West" and you need to have a thick skin if your going to survive the world wide exposure. But I think the great thing about this new frontier is that it gives everyone a chance including SpectreWriter and Anonymous from Texas to express their opinions and vent their frustations. Our company monitors frequently the blogs and comment sections regarding our products. And we enjoy reading the comments ...both the good and the bad. Whale Tails is a company that values the opinions of its customers.

    Thanks again Trudy for the "Flavorful" review of our Made in America Tortilla Chips.

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  10. As a blog owner, my objective is to promote Made in USA in a positive way. I never wanted my blog to become a place in which negative views and bullying were common. I thank Ric for clarifying the way in which their company uses the artist, Wyland's work. He did not pay for the rights as I stated earlier but donates to the Wyland foundation instead. I did not want to resort to moderating comments, but I simply will not allow a call to boycott a company because of another companies business practices to prevail here. If one wants to boycott a company, it is not hard to start your own blog.
    Please be respectful when commenting here so I don't have to remove comments. WhaleTails products are delicious and their owners care deeply about the environment.

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  11. Whale Tail originally began in Ocean Beach as a stovetop experiment after a day of surfing.

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  12. Hi, I learned this about the Blue Chips: Organic Blue Corn infused with Chia. By adding a Blue “Torchia” chip to the flavor lineup, Whale Tails Tortilla Chips takes healthy snacking to a whole new level.
    Infusing organic blue corn with the rediscovered ancient Mayan super seed Chia, adds a healthy punch and a wonderful nut like flavor to a delicious deep-blue organic corn chip.

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  13. I was happy to learn that they support several different animal / ocean groups. And I LOVE that they use Wyland's artwork on their packaging!! Publicity (good & bad) aside, I truly think that artists like Wyland and Christian Reese Lassen have brought the ocean to the forefront of people's minds, making more people realize the importance of conservation. I was born & raised at the beach in Southern California and I can't wait to help support MY oceans by eating yummy sounding *healthy* chips.

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  14. Trudy- Don't let haters dump on your blog :) Let your message shine and ignore the rest.

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  15. I learned that they are high in omega 3's

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  16. They use use Alaea because it is sun dried, lower in sodium, high in trace minerals and has a great Earthy flavor.

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  17. They are partnered with the Wyland Foundation.

    aniwilsonintx at hotmail dot com

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  18. -I learned that the commitment to ocean life has been integral to both the product and the mission of Whale Tails since its inception in 2006.

    Email: starseeds88 (at) yahoo dot com
    THANKS!! :)

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  19. They use only natural organic ingredients.

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  20. Wow I think they are doing something really cool for whales and if they were able to enlist the help of Wayland then more power to them! I love that everything is all natural and that they are trying to be environmentally responsible. I would love to try these :)

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  21. I learned that the Wyland foundation mission statement: “promoting, protecting, and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways, and marine life.”

    owen.darlene@gmail.com

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  22. Their products are naturally gluten free!

    hook6475 at yahoo .com

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  23. I love corn chips but have allergies to a number of common ingredients in some brands. These sound worth a try.

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  24. They have a partnership with the Wyland foundation, which is a ocean life advocacy group.

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  25. it has low sodium content 3% to be exact.thanks!

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  26. i just made last comment about low sodium im anonymous...my name is megan cromes my email address is:gh_fan2010@yahoo.com

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  27. I love Whale Tails and Terry and Ric. They give so much back to the Ocean community and to our Community here in San Diego. The chips are fantastic and the causes Whale Tails support couldn't be more deserving.
    Thank you for sponsoring our San Diego beach tennis tournament for all these years. Go Whale Tails. Get those guys some chips in Texas!

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  28. They were featured as “Snack of the Day” on Rachel Ray!

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  29. I learned that they were founded in the fall of 1989 (Corey Olomon)(olomon@hotmail.com)

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  30. I learned that they use all natural ingredients. I also learned that their unique shape - a whale's tail - is supposed to be a reminder that Whale Tails Chips is actively involved in worldwide marine conservation and educational programs. Neat. Thanks for a yummy giveaway.
    --Vicki Vix on r/copter form
    fromfurrin at gmail dot com

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  31. I learned that part of Whale's Tails mission is to preserve whales everywhere.

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  32. The Original Flavor is Yellow Organic Corn with “Alaea” Red Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salt.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  33. I love the story about how they came to be. I can just imagine it :) The chips sound delish and I wish that I were in SoCal to enjoy them. Maybe I will win :)

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  34. I learned that they have formed a partnership with the Wyland Foundation

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  36. Having been an employee at Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for almost 8 years now, I got to know Ric and his great product after replying to an email that he sent to SSCS YEARS ago which basically said "Hey, here's this product we are promoting. What do you think?"

    We have emailed back and forth ever since. I LOVE the fact that they are organic, vegan, and that they donate 10% to orgs that help preserve ocean life, whether through direct action or education.

    Some were sent to us and it's then that the staff was hooked! And ever since then it's been fun to watch people who have never tried them before take a chip out of the bag with this idea that it's a "novelty" chip and then watch their face when they taste it. I have yet to see anyone who doesn't LOVE them! In fact, I got some of the people I know from the Buffalo Field Campaign hooked on them during their last West Coast Tour and when I went to spend part of my vacation time with them this past year to volunteer with them some of them asked "Uhhhh....where are the Whale Tail Chips?!"

    Thanks Ric, Terry, and Rick for making such an AWESOME product and for getting me back onboard the BBQ chip wagon. They are currently the favorite flavor of the Sea Shepherd Staff!

    Heather

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  37. They are about as healthy as it gets! They had me at Organic and non GMO. :)
    Vicky C.
    t42vek20 at gmail dot com

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  38. I learned that their products are naturally gluten free!

    maggie ann true armstrong

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  39. I learned that their products are made with organic corn grown naturally in the US.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    allishagold at volcano dot net

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  40. I learned that they are make with blue corn and infused with chia seeds.

    diane dot wortman at gmail dot com

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  41. They are working with a company to develop a 100% biodegradable package for the chips.
    Chelsea Wong

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  42. Danielle Davis/GradyFebruary 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    I learned that Whale Tails proudly continues to support Surfrider in their tireless efforts to keep the beaches clean and educate people about Marine Conservation!
    Thank you!
    Suchaproudmama @ yahoo.com

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  43. I learned that they only have 3% sodium! Maija pinkmaija (at) yahoo.com

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  44. I learned they were gluten free, contained Omega3 and the algea salt is lower in sodium

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  45. They were first hand cut & made in Terry's kitchen

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  46. i learned they were gluten free

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  47. Wow. Two friends and a wife started making whale tales. and they partner with Wyland Foundation.

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  48. I learned these corn chips have omegas and are gluten free.

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  49. they have been the snack of the day on Rachael Ray

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  50. I learned that they have three flavors
    Jadavis42@students.tntech.edu

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  51. I learned that they got the idea for the company when they had $3 between the two of them and they had just stopped at a grocery and bought a bag of chips and a large container of gucamoli (or however you spell that...)

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  52. I learned that their products are naturally gluten free!
    my_2_cents at hotmail dot com

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  53. I learned that Whale Tails Chips is actively involved in worldwide marine conservation and educational programs.

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