Pirate Brands Original Tings


These “crunchy corn sticks” are remarkably like Cheetos, minus the bright orange powder (and less cheesy).  I spotted the regular bags on sale at Wild Oats for $.99 and thought it was a good opportunity to give them a first trial.  I wasn’t disappointed.  They were tasty, crispy, and they handled my husband’s mid-day munchies nicely. 

The Tings we trialed were baked, not fried, for a healthy twist on their bright orange Frito-Lay competitor.  They contain only corn meal, rice and/or sunflower oil, nutritional yeast, and salt. No trans fats or sugars are added.  The nutritional yeast gives Tings a mild cheesy taste that I expect would be pleasing to most.  

  • Pros:  Vegan; Gluten-Free; All natural ingredients; Dairy-free “cheese” snack; Trans fat-free; Cholesterol and sugar free
  • Cons: Best for moderate snacking.  Though one serving has a fairly respectable 7g of fat and 150 calories, eating an entire bag (which wouldn’t be hard to do) may tip the scales in fat, calories, and sodium.

Recommended For:

  • Cheetos Cravings
  • GFCF Dieters
  • Afternoon Munchies
  • Vegan and All-Natural Foodies

Where to Buy:

  • Online – You may buy them directly from Robscape, but they are much cheaper (and eligible for free shipping) on Amazon
  • In Store – Robert’s American Gourmet snacks are well distributed in natural food stores and mainstream grocers throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. 

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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