It's not often that a new product knocks our socks off.
But in the case of Dang Foods' new toasted coconut chips ($3 for a 40-gram bag), once we popped open the bag, we truly could not stop. And given coconut's many healthful benefits--fiber, vitamins and purported healing qualities--we don't feel one bit guilty about it.
San Francisco-based founder Vincent Kitirattragarn named the company after his mother, whose miang kum--a Thai appetizer of peanuts, dried shrimp, spices and more wrapped in spinach leaves--proved to be a minor culinary obsession after he couldn't stop eating one of the ingredients: toasted coconut.
To make the chips, the coconut meat is simply toasted with a touch of sugar and salt. The high-fiber, inch-long chips are delicious on their own as a snack, although they're so rich, you only need a small handful. Or you can sprinkle them on salads, creamy soups, noodle dishes, curries and yogurt parfaits to add texture and crunch.
All we can say is: dang.