BIJOU-REVIEW: Pretzel Crisps – Sriracha & Lime Deli Style

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

Pretzel Crisps - Sriracha & LimeAlways an exciting thing when a new flavor appears from Pretzel Crisps!  Even more exciting when that flavor, in this case combo, is a completely new one to us (albeit, simply just a riff on the classic chili & lime flavor combo, but using today’s most popular hot sauce!).

Fair to say that we pretty much enjoy Pretzel Crisps’ entire line-up.

As soon as we tore into the bag, a distinct cistrus-y lime essence floated into the air.

Unfortunately, these do not really taste like sriracha in any way, shape or form.   At least any sriracha that we know.  Tasted more like an ultra salty, and citrus-y, buffalo sauce.  That being said, they were pretty darn tasty, and their heat level does build quite significantly after a couple of handfuls.

Crisps discovered at Jewel Osco; Westchester, Illinois

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Introducing Bijou-Review

Hello Chip Review readers!  How are things?  Good we hope!  Can’t complain here!

Yusho Chicken Skin ChipsAs you may or may not have noticed our number of reviews recently has been pretty minimal – what maybe one or two, every other week? – and for this we apologize.  All we can say is that for a multitude of different reasons, we have found it more and more difficult to find time to sit down and type out a full review.  However, be not afraid, we think that the answer to this dilemma resides in our new Bijou-Review!  What the heck is a Bijou-Review?  Well, in short, a Bijou-Review will be a very condensed version of one of our usual reviews.  The CliffsNotes if you will.  Just our tasting thoughts – short, condensed, and sweet.  In other words a Bijou-Review will likely not be as much fun to read, none of our witty and whimsical written word; but if you are looking for something more than just our rating of the chips, or all you really want to know is what do these taste like?  Well then our new Bijou-Review should suffice.

As always, thanks so much for sticking around and reading our reviews!  And, just so you can see what one of these new Bijou-Reviews will look like, it should be landing in your inbox any minute now!  Happy crunching!!

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REVIEW: Old Dutch Crunch – Bistro Blend (with a Savory Mix of Garden Grown Spices) Kettle Chips

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Old Dutch Crunch - Bistro BlendYou’ve had’em.  They’ve had’em.  We’ve all had’em…  Those generically seasoned, ubiquitous kettle cooked potato chips that come with so many sandwiches, at so many different restaurants!  The seasoning blend, and chip quality, may vary slightly from time to time, but for the most part they all pretty much taste the same, and they all pretty much do the job they are meant to do.  Which would be to add a salty and crunchy accompaniment to the real star of the meal, not to be a chip that you enjoy on its own.

When we first grabbed the bag of Old Dutch Crunch’s newest flavor – Bistro Blend – we really didn’t know what we were dealing with.  We’re assuming that by the red, white, & blue color theme of the bag, along with the inclusion of stars across the top of the bag that these chips are sporting some sort of 4th of July theme.  Maybe they were some limited edition?  We just don’t know.  Bistro Blend… what the heck is that??  A little front bag investigating (aka reading), we noticed that in the blue box right below the flavor name, was written Savory Mix of Garden Grown Spices.  Again, what the heck is that?!?  It wasn’t until we rotated the bag 180 degrees that we finally found the answer we were looking for: These delicious chips are served across the Upper Midwest in restaurants.  In other words, these are those generically seasoned, sandwich extensions that we mentioned in our opening paragraph.

Before we contemplate, or complain, about why Old Dutch would even package these chips for resale, lets first take care of the crunchy details.  The chips deliver that safe combination of a little sweet (sugar & dehydrated onion/garlic), a little heat (some sort of chili pepper – cayenne?), a little smoke (paprika, gives it color too), and of course a good coating of salt.  The combination melds together fine, but in the end is sort bland, like an unconvincing BBQ chip. The chips themselves encompass a lighter golden orange hue, and as with all of Old Dutch’s – Dutch Crunch line of kettle cooked potato chips, these chips are semi-thick, sturdy and really crunchy!  They are a very fine example of what we feel is the textbook definition of kettle cooked potato chips.  In the end, you know what these chips taste like?  Yep, you’re right, like those “bistro blend…” kettle chips that come with your sandwich at your local grill!!

In the end, we just don’t quite understand why Old Dutch felt the need to offer these chips for retail sale.  Sure, we’ll crunch on them if we find them sitting out in the a bowl, or if they arrived on our plate with our sandwich, but we would not ever crave these chips, or go out and buy another bag.  There are far too many more interesting and delicious chips already out there on the market, including Old Dutch’s other Dutch Crunch flavors, for us to waste any more time with these “Bistro Blends”!!

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

Discovered at Kwik Trip; Plymouth, Minnesota

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RATING: Beanfields – Pico De Gallo Bean & Rice Chips

Rating: ©©-1/2 chips  (tolerable)

Beanfield's - Pico de Gallo

This flavor just seems off.  The pico de gallo flavors are muted, and all we really tasted were some unusually smoky, and just too salty, notes.  Not our favorite form Beanfields.

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REVIEW: GimMe Chips – Teriyaki Seaweed Rice Chips

Rating©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Gimme Chips - Teriyaki Seaweed Rice ChipsAccording to the back of the bag to your left, GimMe Chips got their name for two reasons: 1) Gim is Korean for seaweed, and Korea is where GimMe Chips grows their seaweed.  Well, that makes perfect sense!  And, 2) GimMe Chips are so crunchelicious, everyone wants more!  Ummm, well, we may not necessarily entirely agree with reason #2.

So that’s right, we got roped into trying some more SEAWEED chips!! We were convinced by the unique flavor – TERIYAKI (don’t see that flavor every day!), and by the inclusion of rice in the chip base (meaning that there couldn’t possibly be enough actual seaweed used in the recipe to really taste that unmistakable ocean flavor, could there?!).

The answer to that question is: YES, there could be!  Once again the unmistakably prominent “ocean” flavor is front and center.  There is no denying that these are seaweed chips, and they do in fact taste like seaweed.  That being said, we found that if you get on a good crunching role, and just keep popping these into your mouth without breathing very much, than you can actually bypass much of that seaweed flavor; but, do note that the moment you pause for some air that unique ocean floor aftertaste creeps up the back of your palette, and gives you no choice but to think about it! If you like that flavor than these may be for you! We, on the other hand do not.

The rice and seaweed chip texture is pretty good. The chips are classic triangular cut, with a rough, dense crunch, and a grainy mouth texture. Let’s just put it this way, their texture sure seems healthy!!

Probably the best part of the chips was the Teriyaki seasoning. That classic flavor combination of tamari (sweet soy sauce), garlic, and onion is a proven winner, and it actually translates pretty well to chips! Certainly on the sweeter side of seasonings, but then again teriyaki means something like glazed – so sugar coated sounds about right.  Teriyaki is certainly not a popular snack flavor.  In fact, according to our Teriyaki flavor database, we have only tried one other Teriyaki flavored chip over the years.  We are thinking that more brands should give this flavor a shot!

In the end, we just haven’t connected, or been sold, on the seaweed chips yet.  Maybe the “ones” are still out there, but we’re not getting our hopes up!

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 from Gimme Chips for review.

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