Rating: ©©©© chips (lip-smacking)
IIf 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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