RATING: KotaCorn – Jalapeno Cheddar Popcorn

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RATING: Route 11 – Cinnamon & Sugar Sweet Potato Chips

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Route 11 Cinnamon & Sugar Sweet Potato

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REVIEW: Jenny’s Old Fashioned – Hot Cheese Popcorn

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Jenny's Old Fashioned - Hot Cheese PopcornJenny-Jenny Bo-Benny, Banana Fanna Fo Fenny, Hot Cheesy Popcorn A-plenty, Jenny!!

Just a few days ago we reviewed a different sort of spicy cheese popcorn, and while that one was notable, yet disappointing, Jenny’s Old Fashioned Hot Cheese Popcorn was extremely lip-smacking, and utterly surprising!

WOW!  Spicy? Check. Cheesy? Check. Popcorn? Check!  Super tasty? Check, check!

First, let us discuss Jenny’s unique popcorn itself.  No extra light and puffy popcorn here, instead each kernel was extra hearty and toothsome.  We really loved the rich, and savory flavor that the popcorn exuded, not sure if it came more from the corn being used, or the oil.  Some kernels even had a slightly overcooked, nutty, burnt flavor to them, adding to the flavor depth, and their rusticity.  Plain and simple, the popcorn tastes homemade, or as Jenny calls it “old fashioned”.

What really sets this popcorn apart is the hot cheese seasoning, because really it is so much more than simply hot cheese.  Of course it does include a good amount of heat, and plenty of salty cheese, but what sets it apart is the inclusion of some sweet sugar, and some smoky paprika! To top it off, or round it out, there is also a good dash of flavorful garlic in the background.  The sweet, and salty, and savory, and smoky, and spicy, combo is simply delicious.  And for those of you concerned, the heat level is moderately spicy, but does diminish rather quickly, so there is none of that lingering heat that requires a glass full of milk.

We love this popcorn, and we wish it was available in our region of the country.  It is without a doubt one of the best salty snacks we have tried this year, and easily some of the best popcorn we have ever tasted!

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Popcorn provided to Chip Review by Poppy’s Popcorn, Inc. for review

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RATING: Old Dutch Ripples Appetizers On The Go – Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders

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Old Dutch Appetizers - Bacon Cheeseburger

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RATING: Cape Cod – Kettle Cooked Waffle Cut – Buffalo Cheddar Potato Chips

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Cape Cod Waffle Cut - Buffalo Cheddar

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REVIEW: Viva La Papa! – Anticucho BBQ Potato Chips

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Viva la Papa! - Anticucho BBQ Potato ChipsIf there is one thing we know about Peruvian cuisine it is that they know, and love, their potatoes.  Let’s put it this way, there are 5,000 some odd potato varieties in the world, and over 3,000 of them come from, or near, Peru.  They have red potatoes, and yellow potatoes, they have orange sweet potatoes, and even bright purple potatoes.  So, the fact that they know how to properly fry a sliced potato should come as no surprise.  Long live the potato!

Probably our biggest pet peeve when it comes to bbq flavored chips is that all too often companies simply go too far sweet with their seasoning blends.  For some reason they just can’t seem to find that perfect balance of sweet and savory.  Well, Viva La Papa’s Anticucho BBQ seasoning is a delicious example of cohesiveness.  If we had to pinpoint what we like most about the blend, it would probably be how savory it is.  The seasoning recipe relies much more on the tomato and vinegar, than it does on any sugar, or smoke.  If you are like us and prefer your bbq chips more savory than sweet, then you most likely love these!

Even more impressive than Viva La Papa’s bbq seasoning is their potato chips.  The extra crunchy potato chips are definitely on the thicker side.  Probably the two best words we can think of to describe them would be hearty and rustic.  They just seem to exhibit this homemade quality, that really highlights flavor over appearance.  The chips taste like fried potatoes, in other words, you can actually taste potato.  We really like them!

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Discovered at T. J. Maxx; Lincoln Park, Illinois

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REVIEW: J&D’s – Ghost Pepper Nacho Popcorn

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J&D's - Ghost Pepper Nacho PopcornAnytime we discover a delectably spicy new snack on our store shelves we pounce on it!  We just have to try it!  And, when that spicy snack has the words ‘ghost’ and ‘pepper’ in the title, we are even that much more thrilled!  Just how excited were we to try J&D’s Ghost Pepper Nacho Popcorn?  Well, just imagine how excited you are to try these, multiply that times five, divide by three, add fifteen, carry the one and round to the nearest tenth! Yeah, we were that excited!!  But, as so often happens, our inflated expectations were simply too much to live up to.  That, or the product just really is only as good as it is.  Either way, you get the picture, despite being a perfectly notable popcorn, J&D’s G.P.N.P did not really impress!

First, the positive.  The seasoning mixture that amply covers each puffy popcorn kernel is extremely flavorful.  First, and most prominently, is the cheddar cheese aspect of the nacho flavor.  The yellow dusting adds a deliciously salty and tangy presence that we all have come to love on popcorn.  Next, we definitely noticed a decent amount of garlic.  Apparently, garlic + cheese = nacho.  Who knew?  Of course there is the heat in the background, but we will get to that below.  The popcorn kernels were large, white and dare we say plumpy.  They had a bit of chew, and “meat” to them.  A tad bit on the dry side, but the cheese seasoning helped combat that.  So, there you have it, Spicy Nacho Popcorn.  Decent enough.  But, oh yeah, wait, this is supposed to be GHOST PEPPER Nacho Popcorn.  Let us proceed.

As you probably already know, we like our heat here at Chip Review.  No, we love our heat.  And, for most of us, we can handle our heat too.  Which is why we are so disappointed when a popcorn calls itself ghost pepper, and yet we could have devoured the entire bag without so much as a glance towards a glass of milk.  In a blind taste test, we may have guessed that this popcorn was supposed to be jalapeno cheddar flavored, but certainly not ghost pepper, and really not even anything close to habanero heat.  Don’t get us wrong, there is some heat to this popcorn.  After a few handfuls the backs of our throats did burn a little bit.  But again, a “little bit” is not usually the words used to describe the heat level of the ghost pepper.  Come’on, there is even a bottle of ghost pepper hot sauce on the front of the bag.  Bring the heat already!!

J&D’s could definitely take a few pointers from Paqui’s Tortilla Chips.  Let’s just say, we were hoping for, and really expecting, a reaction a little bit more like the one we had to Paqui’s chips: “…we cannot convey the heat level of these chips to you accurately.  Our chests felt like we had a bad case of heartburn, our lips felt like a layer of salt had sat on them all day, and our mouths felt like they were on fire!  Luckily, after a couple (probably 10) glasses of milk, a few (probably 10) cold pancakes from the fridge, and some time (approximately who knows how many minutes we may have blacked out), the heat finally began to subdue, and our bodies began to adjust to normalcy.”

We rest our case, and we will leave it at that.  The popcorn was flavorful, just not spicy.

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Discovered at World Market; Oakbrook, Illinois

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