Category: Corn / Sweet Corn

RATING: Vitner’s – Hot’N Spicy Corn Chips

Rating: ©©-1/4 chips  (tolerable)

Vitner's - Hot'n Spicy Corn Chips

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REVIEW: Pop’d Kerns – Original

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

Pop'd Kerns - Original“The Perfect Crunch” 

“A corn crunch like no other!”

“Not your grandpappy’s same old crunchy corn snack!”

Alright, you caught us, that last one may not necessarily have come from the packaging, but that doesn’t make it any less true!  Pop’d Kerns, formerly Gladcorn, wants us all to know that their product is not only different than other corn snacks out there on the market, but actually has “the perfect crunch”.  In a snack-y world filled with plenty of crunchy snacks (we’ve tried a few), the proclamation that your snack exudes “the perfect crunch” is a lofty one!

So, do Pop’d Kerns really have the perfect crunch?  To each their own!  Pop’d Kerns are a crunchy corn hybrid snack resting somewhere between a fluffy, fully-popped kernel of popcorn, and an extra hard and crunchy corn kernel snack (think Corn Nuts).  The best way we can describe Pop’d Kerns are full bodied, yet delicately crunchy, and toothsome.

Pop’d Kerns embody corn essence, and exude corn flavor, and even life the corn life, and practice the corn ways, as much as any other corn snack out there.  They evoke the sheer rustic corn aspect of great, freshly cooked corn tortillas, only packed up into tiny crunchy popped kernels.

In our opinion, Pop’d Kerns’ Original flavor are far and away the best example of their crunchy snack.  No seasoning to cover up the naturally delicious corn essence.  Just an ample dusting of good old salt, that perfectly compliments the corn.  Less is more in this case.  In fact, we found plenty of ways to work the versatile Kerns into other snacks and dishes.  They were a salty and crunchy addition to our trail mix.  They fit perfectly in with a meat and cheese platter.  And, most impressively they were our secret, crunchy, weapon, that complimented our dish of fresh and tangy ceviche!

So, for those of you looking for a corn snack with a little more crunchy body than popcorn, but won’t chip a tooth, and you don’t mind if it feels a little bit like you are eating some cattle feed, then Pop’d Kerns certainly may be the crunchy corn snack for you!

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

Kerns provided to Chip Review by Pop’d Kerns for review

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RATING: Tom’s BBQ Corn Chips

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Tom's - BBQ Corn Chips

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REVIEW: Snyder’s of Hanover – Hot Chili Lime Korn Krunchers

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Snyder's of Hanover - Hot Chili Lime Korn Krunchers

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By now, we all recognize Snyder’s of Hanover (SOH) as the “timeless masters of hard sour dough pretzel snacks” (and just so we are clear here, that is us, quoting ourselves).  And here at Chip Review we can’t even begin to count the number of times we have touted their deserving pretzel making merits!!  Their Pretzel Pieces technique is a thing of delicious genius and beauty, but more on that a bit later.

Rather than remain content, and simply ride the crunchy coat tails of their popular pretzel products, Snyder’s has decided to go  against all forms of rational thinking, and release some “boldly flavored corn snacks” called Korn Krunchers!  So, without further ado, we ask you: what the heck are these things?!?

At first glance, based on the snapshot from the front of the packaging, we would have to say that these Korn Krunchers look exactly like Snyder’s oh-so-delicious Pretzel Pieces.  For any of you out there who are somehow unfamiliar with Snyder’s of Hanover’s Pretzel Pieces let us explain to you our perfect scenario beliefs regarding the deliciously crunchy pretzel pieces.  In a perfect world, SOH would resourcefully use their leftover, broken during the manufacturing process, pretzel pieces to creatively provide us with these tasty bites (unlikely, we know)!  Due to the structure of these “broken” pretzel pieces, they generously expose their very porous, bread-y insides and willfully absorb an ample amount of whatever flavoring SOH is applying.

Well, one glance into the bag and our thoughts are reaffirmed, these Korn Krunchers look identical to the Pretzel Pieces.  Really, no visual difference at all!  In fact, one more glance at the ingredient’s list on the back of the bag shows that low and behold the first ingredient for these Krunchers is not actually corn, but flour!  That’s right F-L-O-U-R, that magical grain that bread-y creations, like say P-R-E-T-Z-E-L-S are made of.  Still, despite all of similarities, we are thrilled to report that the self declared ‘crunchy nuggets’ are truly a unique creation all their own!

Their initial mouth texture crunches just like the hard Pretzel Pieces do, but after a few more chews, the true rustic texture appears, and combines with a strong corn presence reminiscent of deliciously fresh corn tortillas.  After a few more handfuls, and chews, it became apparent that the corn-pretzel hybrids actually have quite a grainy texture, similar to that of a good corn bread.

Their flavoring is quite complimentary to the corn flavored nuggets.  Usually, we expect a brash, spicy chile flavor from the traditional Mexican flavor combo, but somehow Snyder’s has eluded these these negatives and delivered a more mild combination.  The sharp, sour zing of citrus melds with a subtle chile burn, all despite the electric red seasoning liberally coating each Krunchy Korn!

All and all, we love the aspect of these tasty new creations.

Junk Food Guy has already reviewed the other two flavors, and he seems to be a big fan!

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

Discovered at Jewel Osco; Westchester, Illinois

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REVIEW: Pop’d Kerns – Barbeque

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Pop'd Kerns - Barbeque

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“The Perfect Crunch” 

“A corn crunch like no other!”

“Not your grandpappy’s same old crunchy corn snack!”

Alright, you caught us, that last one was of our own creation; but you get the picture.  Pop’d Kerns, formerly Gladcorn, wants us all to know that their product is not only different than other corn snacks on the market, but actually has “the perfect crunch”.  A crunchy corn hybrid snack resting somewhere between a fluffy, fully-popped kernel of popcorn, and an extra tough and crunchy corn kernel snack, like Corn Nuts.  The best way that we can describe Pop’d Kerns’ full bodied texture would be delicately crunchy, and toothsome.

Pop’d Kerns embody corn essence, and exude corn flavor, as much as any other corn snack out there.  They evoke the sheer rustic corn aspect of great, ground corn tortillas, only packed up into tiny crunchy popped kernels.  The Kerns are aptly coated with a textbook version of barbeque seasoning.  A tangy, sweet, smoky and slightly spicy combination of flavors that compliments the corn more than it covers it up.

So, for those of you looking for a corn snack with a little more crunchy body than popcorn, but that won’t chip a tooth, than Pop’d Kerns may just be the snack for you!

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

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RATING: Vitner’s – Bar-B-Q Corn Chips

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Vitner's - Bar-B-Q Corn Chips

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Chip Review of the day…..

Off The Cob – Sweet Corn Tortilla Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Off The Cob - Sweet Corn Tortilla Chips

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First of all, Off The Cob’s unique and colorful packaging is worth a good deal of recognition.  We are stumped as to whether the picture of the corn field with the bright red barn that graces the chip bag “cover”, is actually an enhanced photo, or a vibrant painting.  Either way it is refreshingly colorful and most definitely attention grabbing!

Off The Cob’s Sweet Corn Tortilla Chips have a sweet aura to them!  A rich, sweet corn essence!  The sweet corn flavor addition is easily identifiable, and certainly differentiates them from traditional corn tortilla chips.  Compared to the only other sweet corn tortilla chips that we have ever tasted, Off The Cob actually used real sweet corn to flavor and sweeten their chips, and in turn, they actually taste like it!  Also, it is probably worth noting that regardless of whether or not Off The Cob had decided not to use real sweet corn, they would still taste better than these unbearably, horrific sweet corn potato chips.

So, in one sense, Off The Cob’s Sweet Corn Tortilla Chips are executed perfectly.  They deliver on the premise they are built upon.  However, all that being said, how do the tortilla chips work overall when compared to all other tortilla chips?  The tortilla chips are lighter, crispy, with a softer crunch.  Their texture is fairly simple and smooth, not delivering very much complexity for our mouths to enjoy.  We would have appreciated a bit more salt to help counterbalance the chips’ natural sweetness.

All in all, the chips work, and are a notable addition to the tortilla chip game.

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

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