Category: Ruffles

Ranch Chips – Tell us what you think

Ranch_Poll

Chip Review’s Top 5 7 Ranch Flavored Chips:

1. Doritos – Cooler Ranch

2. Snyder’s of Hanover – Buttermilk Ranch Pretzel Pieces

3. Doritos – Blazin’ Buffalo & Ranch

4. Vitner’s – Cool Ranch Crunchy Cheese Curls

5. Pringles Tortillas – Southwestern Ranch

runner-up: Cape Cod – Kettle Cooked Farm Stand Ranch Waffle Cut Potato Chips

2nd runner-up: Popcorn Indiana Chip’ins – Jalapeno Ranch Popcorn Chips

REVIEW: Ruffles Deep Ridged – Bacon & Cheddar Loaded Potato Skins Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Ruffles Deep Ridged - Bacon & Cheddar Loaded Potato Skins

Ruffles, will your quest for the ultimate ridged potato chips ever be complete?!  How deep must your ridges dive to satisfy your wavy urges?  This ridge-sanity must end!!  However, in the meantime, we will gladly crunch away at your Deep Ridged potato chips!!

Correct us if we are wrong, but has Ruffles simply re-branded their line of Ultimate potato chips, under the new moniker Deep Ridged?  And, are “ridges 2X as deep” even more deep than “now with deeper ridges?!?”  Who’s in charge around here?!  “Ruffles have Ridges”, but now those ridges have become 2X’s deeper, and consequently, the most wavy-ridged chips that we have ever laid our lips on.  Wow!  So deep in fact, that our tongues could barely reach the bottoms of their potato chip canyons!

Hold on here!  Stop the Chip Review-ing presses!!  Now we are positive that we already reviewed these chips, but under the ‘Ultimate’ brand?!!  At least with Ruffles Deep Ridged Buffalo Wild Wings Classic Hot Wings flavor, Ruffles was bringing us a new flavor.  Well, since Ruffles can do it, why can’t we.  See below for our description of both Ruffles Ultimate, and Deep Ridged, Bacon & Cheddar Loaded Potato Skins:

Like all of the flavors before them, these chips do not go lightly on the seasoning, however, the flavor recipe is only satisfactory at best.  All of the necessary flavor components are present, but together, the combination, underwhelms.  We taste a lot of smooth sour cream, some bland cheddar cheese, some onion, representing the chives, and then of course, the fake, sweet, smoky and salty bacon aspect (that always reminds us of Baco Bits).

One small detail, or issue, that a handful of us at Chip Review had with these chips, was something we like to call “false advertising”.  Maybe more accurately, “slightly misleading advertising”.  You see, there has to be some reason that Ruffles would deliberately enlarge and highlight the two ingredients BACON & CHEDDAR apart from the Loaded Potato Skins flavor name.  Why?  Because those two ingredients are the best!  And, Ruffles had us believe that were to be accentuated and emboldened, but alas, the chips are simply fake smoky, sour cream and cheddar potato chip.  Eatable yes, but not very reminiscent of the warm, fatty, cohesive, and ultra comforting loaded potato skins!

In the end, regardless of whether Ruffles calls them Deep Ridged or Ultimate, these potato chips are super wavy & rippled, and our mouths appreciate the textural playground!

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

Discovered at Target; Hillside, Illinois

Ruffles Official Website

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REVIEW: Ruffles Deep Ridged – Buffalo Wild Wings Classic Hot Wings Potato Chips

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Ruffles Deep Ridged - Buffalo Wild Wings Classic Hot Wings Potato Chips

Ruffles, will your quest for the ultimate ridged potato chips ever be complete?!  How deep must your ridges dive to satisfy your wavy urges?  This ridge-sanity must end!!  However, in the meantime, we will gladly crunch away at your Deep Ridged potato chips!!

Correct us if we are wrong, but has Ruffles simply re-branded their line of Ultimate potato chips, under the new moniker Deep Ridged?  And, are “ridges 2X as deep” even more deep than “now with deeper ridges?!?”  Who’s in charge around here?!  “Ruffles have Ridges”, but now those ridges have become 2X’s deeper, and consequently, the most wavy-ridged chips that we have ever laid our lips on.  Wow!  So deep in fact, that our tongues could barely reach the bottoms of their potato chip canyons!

We always get excited here at Chip Review when we see a chip brand utilizing another company’s already established, and easily recognizable, product.  In this case, Ruffles has decided to take advantage of the uber-popular, chicken wing, mega-chain known to all as Buffalo Wild Wings!  We like how it is both risky, and beneficial to the chip company.  Risky, because many people already know how the flavor is supposed to taste, and may have some preconceived notions as to how the flavor should taste on the chips.  Beneficial, because the flavor, or popular product, is already a proven success – so why not ride their tasty coat tails!

We are pleased to report that Ruffles BWW’s classic hot wing flavored potato chips taste pretty great!  Loads and loads of flavor.  And while we can’t confirm with great certainty that the flavor accurately represents BWW’s classic hot wings, we can verify that the chips tasted like buffalo wing sauce flavored chicken wing potato chips to us!  The chips encompass a pungent blast of cayenne and vinegar initially, and then as they mellow, a touch of sweetness, reminiscent of ketchup unveiled itself.  Lastly, a strong, savory chicken flavor presence appeared.  Frito Lay seems to have utilized their same chicken flavor recipe trifecta of chicken fat, broth and powder.  Most recently we spotted this chicken flavor recipe in Doritos Jacked Ranch Dipped Hot Wings.

In the end, regardless of whether Ruffles calls them Deep Ridged or Ultimate, these potato chips are super rippled, and sure are a lot of fun for our mouths to crunch on.  If you like hot wing flavored chips you will not be disappointed!  And while they may not make our Top 5 Buffalo Wing flavored chips, they are certainly up there!

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

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Ruffles – Loaded Bacon & Cheddar Potato Skins Potato Chips

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Ruffles – Smokehouse Style BBQ Potato Chips

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Ruffles Light – Fat Free Cheddar & Sour Cream Potato Chips

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Ruffles Light Cheddar & Sour Cream

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REVIEW: Ruffles Ultimate – Loaded Bacon & Cheddar Potato Skins

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Ruffles Ultimate - Loaded Bacon & Cheddar Potatoskinsf

Comments:

“Now With Deeper Ridges”?!?!?

Ruffles Ultimate wavy ripple potato chips were already what Chip Review has declared the deepest ripple-y-ridged potato chips we had ever laid lips on, and now they are supposed to be even more wavy???  Wow!  That’s all there is to say about that “WOW!”.  Sadly, upon opening said ‘Deeper Ridged’ potato chip bag, we came to discover that these Ruffles were no Ultimate, or deeper ridged, than any of the other flavors we had tasted.  That being said, the Ruffles chip ripples are so deep that our tongues could barely reach the bottoms of their potato chip canyons!

These Loaded Bacon & Cheddar Potato Skins mark the fourth flavor of Ruffles Ultimate potato chips that we have tasted and reviewed.  So far, we would rank them as number three, among the four, right behind Kickin’ Jalapeno Ranch and Sweet & Smokin’ BBQ, and ahead of Tangy Honey Mustard respectfully.  Like all of the flavors before them, these chips do not go lightly on the seasoning, however, the flavor recipe is only satisfactory at best.  All of the necessary flavor components are present, but together, the combination, underwhelms.  We taste a lot of smooth sour cream, some bland cheddar cheese, some onion, representing the chives, and then of course, the fake, sweet, smoky and salty bacon aspect (that always reminds us of Baco Bits).

One small detail, or issue, that a handful of us at Chip Review had with these chips, was something we like to call “false advertising”.  Maybe more accurately, “slightly misleading advertising”.  You see, there has to be some reason that Ruffles would deliberately enlarge and highlight the two ingredients BACON & CHEDDAR apart from the Loaded Potato Skins flavor name.  Why?  Because those two ingredients are the best!  And, Ruffles had us believe that were to be accentuated and emboldened, but alas, the chips are simply fake smoky, sour cream and cheddar potato chip.  Eatable yes, but not very reminiscent of the warm, fatty, cohesive, and ultra comforting loaded potato skins!

In the end, at the very least, Ruffles Ultimate chips sure are a lot of fun for our mouths to crunch on.  However, we will forever prefer a bag of Ruffles good old original ‘The Works’ over these any day of the week!

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

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