Category: Route 11

RATING: Route 11 – Cinnamon & Sugar Sweet Potato Chips

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Route 11 Cinnamon & Sugar Sweet Potato

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REVIEW: Route 11 – Mama Zuma’s Revenge Potato Chips

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

Route 11 - Mama Zuma's Revenge - HabaneroBy now, most of you know that it is no secret here at Chip Review we love our hot and spicy chips!  We are always on the lookout for any sort of new spicy chips that we can find!!  Heat seekers!  And while it seems like there are so many spicy new chips hitting the market each and every day, none of those chips would even exist if it weren’t for those “classics” that paved the fiery way for those other chips!

The story of Mama Zuma’s Revenge is a great story!  Apparently, since she lost the love of her life in a bizarre and tragic potato peeler accident, she has been hell bent on burning every mouth she kisses with her special brand of passion.  Her weapons are the hottest jalapeno and habanero peppers this side of the Rio Grande.  In other words, be forewarned and keep your distance!

Like we’ve said in the past, Route 11 has some of the best packaging design in the potato chip market, bar none!  Mama Zuma’s Revenge (as you can see) is no different – creatively artsy.  She’s so spicy that she is carrying a burning red habanero, every cactus she passes goes up in flames, and she has a bandolier loaded for more chiles!!  Route 11’s packaging is simply creative, fun and very well executed!  And when compared to a few of the ridiculous bags we have seen recently (sorry Brad), Route 11 really shines.

Mama Zuma’s Revenge potato chips have been available for years, and we know that we’ve tried them a handful of times over the years, but for one reason or another, we never put our thoughts down on paper, or keyboard.  So, after grabbing another bag a couple of days ago we thought, hey, why not tell the world about these fiery chips?  So…

These chips are a single dash away from being practically perfect.  The chips have some great flavor profiles, like smoky, sweet, garlic, and chile notes.  Like Route 11 describes them, a combo of habanero and barbeque.  But, what these chips are really missing, and what we really wish there was more of was S – A – L – T!!  Salt!!  Salt-salt-salt!  Due to their lack of salt, all of the great flavors we just mentioned seemed toned down a bit, and sort of muted.  A good sprinkling of salt would emphasize and enhance those flavor notes so much, and really take these chips to the next tasty level!

The potato chips themselves are top notch.  Semi-thick, crunchy, kettle cooked potato potato chips, with lots of potato flavor, and just the right amount of oiliness to them.  We would rank the chips themselves up there with some of the best!

While these potato chips may not seem like they are the hottest chips at first, their sneaky, delayed, habanero heat, brings the spicy vengeance!  We’re pretty sure that back in their day these chips were one of the hottest chips around!  On a heat scale, we would give these chips a solid 7 out of 10.  Hot for sure, but not burn your mouth and stop eating!

So, there you have it, beware of Mama Zuma’s Revenge, not because she will scorch you (unless you are a real woosy!), but because she may leave you wanting for more salt!

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

Discovered at Pete’s Fresh Market; Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois

Route 11 Official Website

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RATING: Route 11 – Dill Pickle Potato Chips

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Route 11 - Dill Pickle

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Dill / Pickle Chips – Tell us what you think

Chip Review’s Top 5 Dill / Pickle Flavored Chips:

1. Grippo’s – Hot Dill Pickle Potato Chips

2. Kettle Brand – Dill & Sour Cream Krinkle Cut Potato Chips

3. Art’s & Mary’s – Tangy Dill Home Style Tater Chips

4. Zapp’s – Cajun Dill Gator-Tators Kettle Potato Chips

5. Old Dutch – Dill Pickle Potato Chips

REVIEW: Route 11 – Sour Cream & Chive Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

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Chip Review doesn’t have much to say about these chips.  We think they are perfectly adequate.  They neither under or over-whelmed us.  Would we eat them again?  Of course, but we wouldn’t ever go searching them out.  There are far superior Sour Cream & Onion Chips on the market that we plan on filling our stomachs’ with.

We do have to praise Route 11’s bag design again.  Great use of color and creative eye catching design, make these bags some of our favorites on the market.  We also must stress again, the fact that these chips are very thick and crunchy; yet, not classified as kettle cooked.  Flavor wise, we found the sour cream and onion seasoning pretty ordinary, but, with a nice subtle addition of chives in the background.

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In honor of……

Chip Review’s most recent Chip Trip Down Memory Lane we thought that it would only be fair to compare, and review, a handful of other recent sour cream & onion chip adventures.  Stay tuned for upcoming ratings and reviews for:

        

Estrella – Countryside Sourcream & Onion Ripple Potato Chips

Krunchers! – Sour Cream & Onion Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

PopChips – Sour Cream & Onion Potato Crisps

Route 11 – Sour Cream & Chive Potato Chips

REVIEW: Route 11 – Barbeque Potato Chips

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

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Route 11 Potato Chips have a few very excellent products out on the market today (Chip Review loves their Mama Zuma’s Revenge, which actually takes these classic barbeque flavored chips and combines them with habanero mash to form some tasty little morsels).  We also feel that Route 11’s bag designs definitely rank among the best in the industry.  However, as far as these barbeque chips are concerned, even with their cool bag, they do not rank among the best.

Although Route 11 does not call their chips kettle cooked (probably because they are not cooked in a batch), we found the thickness and crunch of these chips very similar to what most manufacturers refer to as kettle chips on the market these days.  The term “kettle chip” has become almost synonymous with thicker cut, very crunchy potato chips, when in reality it refers to the style of cooking.  That being said, Chip Review thinks that Route 11 may want to rethink how long they leave their potato chips cooking in their oil, or maybe think about using a different type of oil altogether.  Even with the overly onion-y and salty barbeque seasoning all over these chips, all we could think of as we crunched down on them was that we were actually eating sunflower seeds, and how some of those seeds were burnt.

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