REVIEW: Skinny Pop – Ultra Lite White Cheddar Popcorn

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Skinny Pop - White Cheddar

 

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REVIEW: Snyder’s of Hanover Sweet and Salty – Maple Bacon Pretzel Pieces

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Snyder's of Hanover Sweet & Salty - Maple BaconAll new Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Pieces alert!  Should we also mention Maple Bacon?!

If the sound of that doesn’t peak your interest, then we’re not sure if you are in the right place, nor if your taste buds are actually working!  May we suggest you have those checked out right away!!

As many of you are probably already aware Snyder’s of Hanover (SOH), are (in our humble opinion) the “classic masters of hard sour dough pretzel snacks”.  We have touted their pretzel making merits countless times around these parts.  That being said, we’ve reviewed both the Salted Caramel and Cinnamon Sugar flavors from SOH’s newer-ish ‘Sweet and Salty’ line, and in our humble opinion they have not been quite as successful as their traditional Pretzel Pieces line.  If we had a choice of sticking with one or the other, we would be choosing their ‘salty and savory’ traditional line of Pretzel Pieces every time!

For those of you somehow still unfamiliar with SOHs Pretzel Pieces, let us explain to you our optimistically proposed beliefs regarding the creation of these deliciously crunchy pretzel pieces.  In a perfect world, SOH would resourcefully use their leftover pretzel pieces, broken during the manufacturing process, to creatively provide us with these tasty bites (unlikely, we know)!  The most ingenious part of the “broken” pretzel pieces, is that they generously expose their very porous, bread-y insides, and willfully absorb a more than ample amount of whatever flavoring SOH is applying.

Everyone seems to love the sound of bacon flavored snacks (most likely due to the fact that real bacon is awesome!!).  However, we have noticed over our many years of reviewing bacon flavored crunchy snacks that the majority of are actually not really good.  All too often the bacon flavored snack has been coated with such an obscene amount of salt, along with an off-putting unnatural smoke layer, that we are repulsed from the get go.  Of course there are some really great bacon snacks out there, but the key seems to be that they either use real pork, or combine a subtle bacon flavor, with a really great complimentary flavor, ie. sour cream, or cheddar.  From what we have tried thus far, that complimentary flavor does not seem to be MAPLE!

Luckily for all of us, SOH’s Maple Bacon Pretzel Pieces are the best of any maple bacon flavored snacks that we have reviewed thus far, but given its competition, that really isn’t saying very much!  In fact, and in all honesty, SOH’s maple bacon seasoning is straddling a very fine line between tasty and completely off-putting.  One step in either direction and you could have yourself a delicious snack, or a quick gag reflex!  Which way you step depends upon whether you find the smoky bacon, sweet maple and bread-y pretzel combo to really meld together, or you find it to be just too much.  Same with the other two Sweet and Salty flavors we could have used a bit more salt; but we did really appreciate all of the smoky and savory notes.  In the end, if there is one thing that can be said about the maple bacon seasoning it is that it is not subtle.  In fact, we could not eat too many of them in one sitting, and would suggest that they be enjoyed in moderation – for fear of crossing that fine line in the wrong direction!

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

Discovered at Jewel Osco; Westmont, Illinois

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RATING: Terra Yukon Gold – Salt & Pepper Potato Chips

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Terra Golds Salt and Pepper

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RATING: Wise New York Deli – Jalapeno Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

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Wise New York Deli Jalapeno

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RATING: Viva La Papa! – Andean Pink Salt Potato Chips

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Viva la Papa! - Andean Pink Salt Potato Chips

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REVIEW: Gaslamp Popcorn Co. – Apple Crumble Pie Popcorn

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Gaslamp Popcorn Co. - Apple Crumble PieOwning too many cats, or any pet for that matter.

Screech Powers from ‘Saved By The Bell’.

Grandma’s long, protruding chin hair.

Squirrels and fish that can fly.

Gaslamp Popcorn Co. Apple Crumble Pie Popcorn.

What do all of these things have in common?  That’s right, they are all unusual! Strange! Just plain old weird!

As soon as we cracked the seal of Gaslamp Popcorn Co.’s bright, apple red bag, a very unusual scent was released.  Familiar aromatic apple pie notes mingled with savory, rich oil, and something like creamy buttermilk essence.  We were intrigued (worried) to say the least.

Without further ado, we dove right in.  What we noticed first was the popcorn’s sweetness, along with a very heavy dusting of cinnamon.  The classic cinnamon and sugar combo did not immediately provoke thoughts of apple crumble pie to us but as we crunched on the popcorn a bit more we also recognized some rather tart, acidic notes (obviously meant to represent the apple in this case).  Well, the flavor combo did the trick, and tasted eerily like apple crumble pie flavored popcorn!  Some of us at Chip Review honestly appreciated and enjoyed the stuff, while some of us, most certainly did not.  And then there were those of us who had accidentally enjoyed a handful or two of potpourri in the past (don’t ask), and would swear of the similarities between this popcorn and that smelly bowl of dried flowers and cinnamon sticks!

In the end, we must give high marks for originality, flavor execution, and some rather crispy and fluffy bright white popcorn kernels.  However, we can’t imagine that anyone would ever grab a bag of this stuff, and simply sit down and enjoy the whole thing!  No, this is the stuff you set out at your holiday party and watch people’s reactions.  More conversation piece than delectable treat.  Let’s just leave the apple pie crumbles to grandma!

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 Gaslamp Popcorn Co. for review.

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RATING: 7 Select – Memphis Style BBQ Potato Chips

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7 Select - Memphis Style BBQ

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