Chip Review’s Weekly Rewind

Rewind

4/20/2014 – A quick look back at this past week’s crunchy chip reviews and random ratings.

:: Reviews ::

Crane Canyon - Cane Juice & Sea Salt Kettle Corn

Crave Canyon – Cane Juice & Sea Salt Kettlecorn

“Paaa-lenty of Land, but only a Bit O’ Sea, in our opinion!  Well, we can tell you one thing for sure about Chef G, and that is that he has a particular gift for tweaking sweet and salty kettle corn with unique flavor combinations, and creating lip-smacking snacks!  However, his execution for the simple, classic kettle corn recipe could still use some work.”

Uncle Ray's - Cheese Flavored Puffers

Uncle Ray’s – Cheese Flavored Puffs

“Lip-smackingly suffice!  Textbook cheese puffs.  Uncle Ray’s Cheese Flavored Puffers incorporate all of the necessary curl components – initial crunch, light and airy mouth-feel, and finished up with a tongue melting puddle of cheese.“

North Fork - Cheddar & Onion

North Fork of Long Island – Cheddar Onion Potato Chips

“Onion and cheddar.  Cheddar and onion.  Some flavor combinations have etched their legacies into the hearts and minds of chip lovers for eternity.  Cheddar and onion is a classic combination from over in the UK.”

:: Ratings ::

14-4-20

World Market – Jalapeno Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

Pringles – Loaded Baked Potato

7 Select – Fiery Habanero Kettle Style Potato Chips

Popchips – Jalapeno Potato

Pringles Bold Bites – Jalapeno Ranch

RATING: Pringles Bold Bites – Jalapeno Ranch

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

Pringles - Bold Bites - Jalapeno Ranch

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RATING: Popchips – Jalapeno Potato

Rating: ©©-1/2 chips  (tolerable)

popchips - jalapeno potato

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REVIEW: North Fork of Long Island – Cheddar Onion Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

North Fork - Cheddar & OnionIIf we asked you what the most popular flavor of all-time was, what would be your answer?  Maybe BBQ?  Sour Cream & Onion, perhaps?  To be honest, we don’t have a definitive answer to our own question, but if we had to take a guess, we’d bet on Cheddar Cheese, in one form or another!  “Cheddar makes everything better!”  It’s tough to argue with those words.  Just think for a minute about how many cheddar flavored chips you have eaten in your lifetime?  Cheddar is so versatile, with many different variations.  It can be aged, white, yellow, or smoked. And how many different collaborations has cheddar seen over the years??  Just to name a few: there’s bacon, chipotle, jalapeno, chiles of every sort, barbeque, sour cream, and then of course onion.

Onion and cheddar.  Cheddar and onion.  Some flavor combinations have etched their legacies into the hearts and minds of chip lovers for eternity.  Cheddar and onion is a classic combination from over in the UK.  A staple that every brand must include within their line-up, lest they be shunned for the decision not to.  For one reason or another, the combination of has never really taken off in the United States the way some other combos have.  Fortunately, brands like North Fork have decided to branch out from the usual and include this “foreign” flavor in their line-up!

Any preconceived notions that you may have towards the flavor combo of cheddar and onion should be thrown out the window.  When these two ingredients are combined with one another, somehow the sum is more sophisticated.  The cheddar is not the electric orange, super salty cheddar cheese that most of us know and love.  No, this cheddar cheese is a more ‘mature’ variation.  Cheese with character, and a certain level of  earthy, and savory ‘funk’.  The onion half of the equation is simply present to embrace, and mellow the funky cheese.  Add a little bit of sweetness, and bitter pungency, to the powerful mature cheddar.  We really like the flavor combo.  It seems sophisticated.

As for the potato chips themselves, they are delightfully thin cut, with a light crunch.  An unusually thin cut version of kettle chips.  Not the typical hearty, thick cut that we are used to. The chips are on the smaller side, curved and crinkled in every way and shape, with plenty of rustic potato skin edges.  These are “real” potato chips, complimented by the savory seasoning of cheddar and onion.  Lip-smacking for sure!

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

Chips provided to Chip Review by North Fork of Long Island for review

North Fork Official Website

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RATING: 7 Select – Fiery Habanero Kettle Style Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips  (lip-smacking)

7 Select - Fiery Habanero Potato Chips

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REVIEW: Uncle Ray’s – Cheese Flavored Puffs

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

Uncle Ray's - Cheese Flavored PuffersUncle Ray to the rescue again!  Anytime we have a craving for some crunchy, salty snacks, we just call up good old Uncle Ray, and he’s always got something new we can try!

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, we can only imagine what it would be like to have an Uncle Ray who made chips for a living!  Seriously, how cool would that be?!  While some kids may have grown up dreaming of having that uncle who played a professional sport for their favorite team, or that cool uncle who hung out with his movie star friends on the weekend, well that was not us!  We always dreamed of having that salty uncle who lets us walk the line of his potato chip (cheese puff) factory, and scoop handful upon handful of warm, fresh, crispy potato chips (cheese puffs) into our chip (puff) loving mouths!

Lip-smackingly suffice!  Textbook cheese puffs.  Uncle Ray’s Cheese Flavored Puffers incorporate all of the necessary curl components – initial crunch, light and airy mouth-feel, and finished up with a tongue melting puddle of cheese.  Plenty of deliciously, salty cheese crystallization has formed on the outer edge, requesting a firm cripsy bite before releasing the softer, cheese melt-y center.

**Funny side-note: on the back of Uncle Ray’s snack bags it appears that Uncle Ray likes to include a story from his past.  We think that he is trying to bestow some of his life lessons on us.  Free advice with good snacks?  Count us in.  Chapter 7 is a doozy regarding Uncle Ray’s Grandfather, and how he helps Ray steer clear of a dangerous habit before it even starts!  Isn’t that what grandpas are for?!?

Discovered at Super America; Lexington, Kentucky

Uncle Ray’s Official Website

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RATING: Pringles – Loaded Baked Potato

Rating: ©©© chips  (notable)

Pringles Loaded Baked Potato

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