RATING: Chex Mix – Hot’n Spicy

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Chex Mix Hot and Spicy

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REVIEW: Primizie Simply Salted – Classic Italian 7-Herb Thick Cut Crispbreads

Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips  (lip-smacking)

Primizie Classic - Italian 7-HerbFunny how things work out sometimes. Initially, we had thought that Primizie’s French Velvet Grey Sea Salt flavor were going to be our favorites among the Crispbread bunch, but as it turns out, they didn’t hold a candle to these Classic Italian 7-Herb!  These are really great!

According to Primizie’s (Pri’ mit tsje) website: “translated the Italian word “Primizie” is first of a kind or category.”  Well, we have never heard of crisps, or pita chips, or flatbread being referred to as Crispbreads; and we’ve certainly never known a snack that has been both grilled, and then “crisped” (Primizie – you had us as grilled!).  We would liken the Crispbreads to some sort of a cross between crunchy pita chips, a crispy taco salad bowl, and sort of similar to Gringo Jack’s Handmade Flour Tortilla Chips, except better.  In other words, these are crispy, multi-layered, thick cut, flaky, flour based, grilled, snack crisps.

Let’s just get the formalities out of the way. Italian 7-Herb Blend, we’re not quite sure what you consist of?  Our best guess would be thyme, parsley, maybe rosemary, but the ingredients list revealed nothing other than spices, and our highly trained, refined palettes simply could not really distinguish any of these 7 herbs.  So please, just assume that there is some magical blend of 7 herbs that combine to equal deliciousness when dusted upon Primizie’s Crispbreads!

On a recent get together at Chip Review, we set out a variety of different chips for our guests to sample and comment on.  Far and away, Primizie’s Italian 7-Herb Crispbreads were the tasty highlight for the majority.  Comments ranged from: “deliciously simple, yet concise” to “unique, grilled, rustic crunch” to “slightly greasy, in the best sort of way” and even “where did the Crispbreads go?  You don’t have any more?  Come’on honey, we’re leaving….”

We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves.  Everything about the Crispbreads just seemed to work and meld so well together.  The splash of delicious oil that subtly covered each crisp, complimented the crisps this time, instead of adding an odd, old oil, aroma and flavor.  The salt level, although light, was spot on and easy recognizable this time.  The flaky, yet sturdy Crispbreads made a great snack all on their own (but could have easily been used to scoop up any dip of your choice).

Plain and simple, Primizie’s Crispbreads are a great addition to the industry!  The best part being that we still have two more intriguing flavor options to review!  Stay tuned for reviews of the Smoked Dutch Gouda & Garlic flavor, and New Mexico Mild Chimayo Chile & Lime flavor soon.

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

Crispbreads provided to Chip Review by Primizie

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RATING: Boulder Canyon – Malt Vinegar & Sea Salt Potato Chips

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Boulder Malt Vinegar & Sea Salt

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REVIEW: Food Should Taste Good – Pesto Pita Puffs

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Food Should Taste Good - Pesto Pita PuffsIt seems as though Food Should Taste Good will never be satisfied until they have tried their hand at every flavor in the world!  Which poses the question, “are all flavors fair game, and meant to be transformed into a chip/puff/snack of some kind?”  We think the answer to that is probably not, but we can’t blame them for trying; plus we always love trying new flavors!!

Pesto is a fresh, chunky, versatile, Italian sauce that screams summer time to us!  It is traditionally, or commonly, made with basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil and parmesan cheese.  It is a tasty combination of flavors that works very well with many types of dishes (especially pasta, meats and potatoes..).  According to Wikipedia “the name is the contracted past participle of the Genoese word pestâ (Italian: pestare), which means to pound, to crush, in reference to the original method of preparation, with marble mortar and wooden pestle.”

For one reason or another, not very many chip companies have produced pesto flavored chips.  Our theory (and opinion actually) behind the reasoning for that is that pesto is too powerful of a flavor.  Most of us at Chip Review love pesto, but it can very easily overpower whatever you are serving it with.  It sometimes doesn’t play well with light and crispy chips.  Its bold presence overwhelms the snack, and eventually overwhelms the palette as well.  These Pita Puffs are only the third pesto flavored chips that we have ever tried, and there was probably a reason why the other two brands both included mozzarella cheese among the ingredients.  The cheese helped, at least a little bit, to smooth and tame the powerfully, pungent and herbal flavors.

All that being said, if you like to try new flavors, and textures (as we do), then you will definitely get a kick out of these!  According to the front of the bag, Food Should Taste Good’s pesto flavor recipe includes: basil, garlic and onion.  Onion is a new ingredient to pesto for us, and not one we think really adds much to the classic recipe.  The recipe is powerful enough without adding another formidable flavor presence to the mix.  Food Should Taste Good’s pesto seasoning definitely evokes thoughts of the real thing.  Bright, bold, blasts of basil, combined with sharp, almost spicy, layers of garlic.  Flavor packed for sure!

The Pita Puffs themselves are a new, fun, and addictive, crunchy snack.  Everyone agreed that they were very difficult to stop eating (which is why none of us really did).  They are exactly what you would expect them to be.  Little one inch by one inch pita squares that have been “puffed”, and left with a hollow interior.  They are somewhat reminiscent of the good old Doritos 3D snack, only slightly denser, and with a multigrain flavor.

In the end, we enjoyed crunching on the Pita Puffs more than we actually loved their pesto flavor.  More than anything, we just love Food Should Taste Good’s decision to push themselves, and continually add unique flavors and new textures to their impressive line-up.

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

Puffs discovered at Walmart; Elmhurst, IL

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RATING: Blair’s Death Rain – Habanero Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

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Blair's Death Rain Habanero

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REVIEW: Pretzel Crisps – Honey Mustard & Onion Deli Style

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Pretzel Crisps - Honey Mustard & OnionWho doesn’t love Pretzel Crisps?!?  Ever since the flat, crispy pretzel hybrids hit the market shelves years ago, it seems as though they can do no wrong, and their popularity has no boundaries.  As for us here at Chip Review we are always happy to see a new flavor addition from the company that reminds us to “rethink your pretzel!”  Pretzel Crisps, our favorite flattened pretzel-cracker-chip hybrids, continues their push onward, braving once again the pretzel flavored waters in search of even more tasty combinations for everyone to enjoy – we can honestly say that we have yet to taste a single flavor that we didn’t enjoy!

Well, these new Honey Mustard & Onion Pretzel Crisps are tasty, and the flavors meld well with the light and crispy pretzels; just not quite as well as some of their more inventive flavor combos like Buffalo Wing, Jalapeno Jack, Chipotle Cheddar or even Cinnamon Toast.  But, then again, when you have so many stars in your repertoire, even tasty flavors can become slightly over-shadowed.

We are all aware of the fact that pretzels go well with honey and mustard.  It is just a well  balanced flavor combination that compliments each ingredient.  The addition of onion definitely adds some depth and salty tang to the recipe, as well as, a pungent background aroma.  We really appreciated that the honey aspect was not overly sweet, and how Pretzel Crisps did not shy away from including some of mustard’s spicy nasal bite.

Honey and mustard have been served alongside crispy, hot, bar pretzels for as long as we can remember; so to describe this new flavor choice as a creative choice for Pretzel Crisps, would be a bit of a stretch for us.  We always love new flavors, but at the end of the day we want the boundaries pushed!  If you are simply going to put out another version of an already established flavor combo, it had better be either the best version of that flavor combo, or have something that differentiates it from the rest of the pack!

If you are already fans of Pretzel Crisps, then you will have no problem accepting their newest addition to the family!  The classic flavor combo compliments the airy, crunchy crisps just enough that you could enjoy them with some accoutrements, or just as easily crunch them on their own.  As for us, we just hope Pretzel Crisps continues on with their flavor journey for a long time to come, because we love to rethink what we think about pretzels!

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

Crisps provided to Chip Review by Pretzel Crisps for review

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Chip Review’s Weekly Rewind

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

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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.”

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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