RATING: Doritos – 2nd Degree Burn Fiery Buffalo

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Doritos - 2nd Degree Burn - Fiery Buffalo

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REVIEW: Uncle Woody’s Popcorn – Cinnamon Butterscotch with Bourbon Vanilla Puree

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Uncle Woody - Cinnamon ButterscotchUncle Woody’s Cinnamon Butterscotch with Bourbon Vanilla Puree is some really, really good popcorn, but with the addition of one simple ingredient it could have been some really, really great popc0rn!!  That’s right, when it came down to it, we wanted, nope – we needed, SALT with our sweet caramel corn!  Of course the ingredients’ list includes some salt, but not to the level where we could actually taste any of it beyond Uncle Woody’s sweet cinnamon butterscotch coating.  All we’re saying is that we could have really used an extra sprinkling of the salty white seasoning after the popcorn had been coated with the caramel so we could actually taste it.  There we are, enough said, onto the positive.

Uncle Woody seems like the type of uncle we would want in our Chip Review family.  We can only imagine that the holidays at Uncle Woody’s house involves an array of new popcorn flavors that good old Uncle Woody has just been waiting to test out on all of us!

First up, is the unusually flavored cinnamon butterscotch with bourbon vanilla puree.  Or, as we like to refer to it as: great tasting caramel corn with a touch of cinnamon.  Plain and simple, this is rich, sweet and spot on caramel corn.  The butterscotch, bourbon, vanilla caramel coating delivers a buttery sweetness that all of us really enjoyed.  What differentiates this caramel corn from the rest (besides Uncle Woody) is the addition of the fragrant cinnamon.  The spice elevates the popcorn to a place that we all feel familiar with, but just haven’t actually been there before.  We really, really like the addition of the cinnamon, and we really, really wish cinnamon would have brought along his good friend salt!

The popcorn itself had a lighter, fresh and crispy body to it.  The level of caramel coating was just right, delivering a crunch, but also a sweet and sticky chew.

Overall, this is some really great popcorn, and we can only imagine how delicious it could have been with a few dashes of salt!  Next time, we may just salt it ourselves.

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

Popcorn at T J Maxx; Oak Brook, Illinois

Seattle Popcorn Official Website

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RATING: Cape Cod – Sweet Mesquite Barbeque Potato Chips

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Cape Cod - Sweet Mesquite BBQ

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RATING: Primizie Chile – New Mexico Mild Chamayo Chile & Lime Thick Cut Crispbreads

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Primizie - Chile

Crispbreads provided to Chip Review by Primizie

Primizie Snacks Official Website

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REVIEW: chipz Happen – Himalayan Pink Salt Gourmet Tortilla Chipz

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chipz Happen - Himalayan Pink SaltThese really are gourmet tortilla chipz.  They taste homemade.  In fact, they even trigger tasty memories of those freshly fried, mom and pop’s Mexican restaurant tortilla chips that find their way to the table as soon as you are seated.  Tortilla Chips that are sturdy and rustic, and designed for scooping up as much of the delicious house made salsa as you can.  The chipz Happen appear to be made from quartered corn tortilla chips.  They are fairly dense and extra crunchy.  If you have a preference for light and crispy chips, then these may not be for you.  But if you like chips with a big crunch, and you like to dip your chip, then these would be right up your alley!

A little back story from the chipz Happen’s website:

Yes, it is another story of a family business starting in a home kitchen with an idea. (We know, right!?) But ours is quite inspiring: Our Mom is the creator behind chipz Happen. For nearly 20 years she spent many pleasurable hours in her kitchen making chipz for family & friends…. After years of trials and tribulations, we are excited to bring you chipz Happen— homemade, gourmet tortilla chipz with four unique blends.

Other than that, we don’t have too much to say about these plain tortilla chips.  Similar to the other flavors we have tried, we should mention that the top half of this bag of suffered from a bit of S.A.S. = seasoning (or salt) adherence syndrome. Don’t you just hate it when you open a bag of chips and quickly realize that you should have shaken the bag prior to opening to help distribute the seasoning/salt better among all of the chips.  Unfortunately, we did no such thing, and had to make our way to the bottom half of the bag before we discovered any of that Himalayan Pink Salt.

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 chipz Happen for review

chipz Happen Official Website

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RATING: Mello’s Gourmet – Hot Cheese & Creamy Caramel Popcorn Mix

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Mello's Hot Chicago Mix

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REVIEW: The Better Chip – Chipotle & Sea Salt Tortilla Chips

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

The Better Chip - ChipotleWithin the past decade or so, Chipotle has become a common household name among the majority of us.  Many of us, for one reason or another, are still pronouncing it incorrectly (and yes – I’m looking at you chee-pull-tee people!), but nonetheless it is now everyday terminology in our vocabulary arsenal.

And for those of you who only know name the name Chipotle as a place where you, or your friends, or your kids, or your kid’s friends, or basically anyone and everyone you know goes to get their burrito fix, well then, chipotles are actually vine ripened red jalapeno chiles, that have been smoked and dried.  So, just in case any of you were thinking that these new tortilla chips from The Better Chip were going to be tasting like your favorite football size chicken and steak burritos, think again!

What The Better Chip has delivered to us are some lip-smacking chipotle chile enhanced tortilla chips!  A fine textbook definition of the saying: less is more.  The Better Chip keeps it simple, and merely conveys chipotle essence to the smoky chile maximus!  Each chip has a delightful burnt orange hue to it, as if the chipotle chiles actually tinted the tortilla dough.  The chips also contained small pieces of chipotle chiles randomly strewn throughout them.  Quick question, a year or two ago we reviewed, and raved about, The Better Chip’s jalapeno tortilla chips.  That being said, those chips were not green!  So, why is it that when chipotle chiles are mixed with tortilla masa the dough becomes colored, but when jalapenos are blended with the masa, the chips remain white?  The chip loving public may never know!!

Warning!  These chips do deliver a sneaky, and lingering wallop of heat!  A heat that nonchalantly creeps up in the background, but then pounces on your tongue and throat like a wild cat!  In our opinion, the tortilla chips themselves are a tad too dense. Not sure if blending the chipotle pieces directly into the tortilla chip flour changed The Better Chip’s typical crispy consistency, but the chips are a little too hard and crunchy for our loving.

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

Discovered Pete’s Fresh Market; Westmont, Illinois

The Better Chip Official Website

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