REVIEW: Burt’s – Guinness Rich Chili Hand Cooked Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips (lip-smacking)

Burt's - Guinness Rich ChiliWhat better chips to review on St. Patrick’s Day than Burt’s Rich Chili Guinness flavored thick cut hand cooked potato chips, right?!  Wait, hold on, what’s that now?  Oh, it’s not St. Patty’s day?   Huh, well…we already used this same opening in our review for Burt’s Original Guinness flavored chips, so…let’s go with: What better chips to review on the cusp of Summer than Guinness Rich Chili flavored chips!  Yeah, that works!!

Burt’s, from what we have tasted, and what we can tell via the world wide web, is a really great potato chip company out of the southwest corner of the United Kingdom.

We tried Burt’s original Guinness flavored chips a few years back, when our friend Josh over at Crisp Nation was kind enough to send us a bag from across the big blue.  We liked the originals quite a bit, so we were more excited when we spotted this new “chili enhanced” version on our local World Market shelves.

What we weren’t prepared for was just how delicious, and at the same time, weird, these were going to taste.  If there is one thing we want you to take away from this review it is that these chips are savory.  SUPER-DUPER SAVORY.  Say it with us now “SAVORY”.  All at once malty, yeasty, roast-y, a little sour, plenty bitter, certainly rich and yes, of course, savory.

Honestly, before we started crunching into these we were thinking that these rich chili chips were meant to be Guinness blended with everyone’s favorite winter warming bean “stew” sort of chili.  But, as it turns out, according to the description on the back of the bag, Burt’s was actually “continuing our mission to take taste buds to new extremes, we’ve taken fresh jalapeño chilies and infused the world’s most iconic stout to create Guinness Rich Chili Burts Chips.”  Jalapeño and Guinness does have a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?  That being said, we didn’t really taste very much actual jalapeño flavor, it sort of got lost in all of the SAVORINESS!  We did get some real nice heat in the backs of our throats after a few handfuls, and it mingled very well with the rich stout flavors.  

Burt’s potato chips are of great quality.  Medium-thick cut, hand cooked, solidly crispy, with a neutral potato flavor.

All in all, we get the feeling that these chips would not be for everyone.  BUT, if you are looking for something really unique, or if you simply love SAVORY! than these chips are probably right up your alley.

As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

Chips discovered at World Market; Oakbrook, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Target – Sweet Spicy Sriracha Sauce Popcorn

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Target - Sriracha Sauce PopcornThe final popcorn from Target’s weirdly random trio of flavored popcorn appears to be the best.  That being said, we wouldn’t really give it much more praise than – it is tasty enough.

Target’s sweet & spicy sriracha sauce does not really taste very authentic; at least when we compare it to any sriracha sauce that we have ever tried.

That being said, the sweet and spicy seasoning does is a tasty enough combination, and certainly pairs well with the popcorn.

Definitely more sweet than spicy, and DEFINITELY more sweet than real sriracha sauce. In fact, sugar in two forms top the list of ingredients.

Chock another mark for the fastest growing snack flavor in the industry – SRIRACHA.  Can you believe that it was over three years ago that we tasted, and reviewed, our very first sriracha flavored chip?

Popcorn discovered at, where else, Target; Hillside, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: PopCorners – Cheesy Jalapeno Popped Corn Chips

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

PopCorners - Cheesy JalapenoPopped Corn Chips, aka Popcorn Chips are alright in our books.

They certainly have a unique texture, providing a much softer crunch than traditional potato or tortilla chips.  And in the case of PopCorners, an even softer crunch than other popped corn chips we have tasted.

Tasty cheese blend coating that compliments the popped corn chips more than  adequately.

The jalapeño presence is more apparent in its delivery of heat than it is in flavor, but if we strained our taste buds we could sort of distinguish a hint of the vegetal chili flavor.

As always these are our thoughts.  Feel free to let us know your own.

Chips discovered at Pete’s Fresh Market; Lombard, Illinois

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REVIEW: Meijer – Honey Butter Potato Chips

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

Meijer - Honey ButterIt was just days ago that we told you how we usually try to refrain from reviewing, what we refer to as, “generic” grocery store lines of chips (but we just couldn’t help ourselves with 365’s Tamarind Baked Naan Chips).  But, that every once in a while those “generic” brands give us something so special, so delicious, that we just HAVE TO review them!  Well, in this case that something happens to be so WEIRD, or UNIQUE, that we just feel inclined to review them!

That’s right, your eyes do not deceive you, those are in fact HONEY BUTTER flavored potato chips to our left! We’re not even going to question whether or not you have ever tried honey butter.  If you are sitting at your computer right now, reading a review for some potato chips, and yet have never tried honey butter on anything, anywhere, you are not living!  Stop what you are doing, find some popovers, or cornbread, or whatever, and slather them up with some butter mixed with honey!  Get your honey butter on immediately!!

Okay, before we delve into our review of Meijer’s Honey Butter flavored potato chips it is certainly worth mentioning that nearly one year ago Mr. Junk Food Guy himself reviewed, and enlightened us with, THE HONEY BUTTER flavored chips – Calbee Honey Butter Flavored Potato Chips!  From what we read in JFG’s review, Calbee’s honey butter flavored chips are a worldwide phenomenon, that all started in Korea, which now has inspired honey butter flavored followers worldwide…..that being said, we have in fact only seen this one other thus far…..but still, a follower!

Meijer’s Honey Butter flavored potato chips tow a very, very thin line between being deliciously unique, and tasty, or being artificially over-sweet, and putrid.  That line can easily sway, or snap, from one chip to the next depending upon your own personal experience with the flavor.  In other words, even we ourselves were torn between loving and hating these chips! They are certainly sweet, coated with a heavy dusting of honey powder.  The sweetness interplays with the salt level very well.  As for the “buttery” aspect, well it conjured instant thoughts of Herr’s Fire Roasted Sweet Corn chips; in other words, some of the most disgusting chips that we have ever tried.  However, this time we did not find the fake buttery flavor nearly as gross on these potato chips as we did on Herr’s.  Whether that is due to slight flavor variances, or if we simply accept this flavor combination more so than the other – who knows?!?  What we do know is that in the end we decided (based on the completely empty bag lying in front of us), that our lip-smacking love for these chips outweighed our disgust.

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

Chips discovered at….where else – Meijer; Bolingbrook, Illinois

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REVIEW: Oolala Potato Chips – Saffron & Olive Oil

Rating: ©©© chips (notable)

Oolala - Saffron & Olive OilOOOOooooo La La!!

We have passed by Oolala’s variety of flavored premium potato chips probably a handful of times, at various retail outposts, and why, we never felt the urge or need to pick up a bag before now, we can’t be certain?  Having now tasted them, we realize that we must have just known that these chips were not something we would be impressed with.

First, the positives.  The potato chips themselves are pretty darn good.  Thicker cut, hearty crunch, really decent potato flavor, and a bit of character.  Think kettle cooked potato chips.  Also, we do taste the aforementioned olive oil, which mingles very well with the light dusting of salt coating the chips.  As regular old potato chips we would have thought that these were great!

Saffron as most of us know it, is available in vibrantly, crimson colored, dried strands from the stigma of a flower.  By weight, it is one of the most expensive spices in the world.  Saffron is often used to either flavor or aromatically enhance a dish, or to simply color it.

The major negative with these chips is that we are not impressed with their saffron output.  First, we cannot smell any of the unmistakable aroma that should permeate from iconic spice.  Instead we simply smell a combination of fried potato and olive oil.  Secondly, we were excited to see tiny red specs scattered thoroughly among the crispy chips, but one glance to the back of the back and we discover that these specs are in fact not saffron (which is only present (supposedly) in extract form), but rather dried tomato.  We’re guessing that this tomato is most likely meant to trick us into thinking that these chips have been dusted in saffron – which we did, momentarily.  Lastly, we do not taste saffron.  Maybe, just maybe, if we strained all of our senses, we could notice the slightest hint of something earthy, floral, sweet, exotic…..but, we could also have just been trying to convince ourselves of that….either way, not impressed with the saffron flavor.

Based on these chips we definitely would want to try some other Oolala flavors to see if they can nail any of those, but we’ll be fine not trying these Saffron ones ever again.

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

Chips discovered at Walmart; Villa Park, Illinois

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REVIEW: Buck Wild – Chipotle Cheddar Popcorn

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Buck Wild - Chipotle Cheddar PopcornWho is ready to get BUCK WILD in here?!

First things first – how eye-catching-ly, crazy, cool, and hilarious are these bags??  Now granted, Buck Wild sent us this popcorn to review, but we can only imagine that if we were walking our way down the best aisle in the grocery store, and spotted this bold black bag with a sunglasses wearing buck, we would feel obliged to take a closer look.  Upon said closer look we would notice that this particular buck has the largest, or wildest, rack of antlers we have ever seen!  Looks more like tree branches than it does like antlers.  After a bit of a staring contest with the wild buck, we begin to feel a bit uncomfortable.  What is this guy really thinking?  Why exactly is he wearing those shades?  Well, either way, the promise of flavored popcorn within would win us over and we would snag a bag to bring home and crunch on.

Chipotle and Cheddar may sound like, at the very least, a relatively original and wild flavor.  However, a quick glance back through the records and we learned that we have tried a lot more Chipotle and Cheese flavored snacks than we had assumed.  Which begs the question – when does a flavor go from being new, and wild, or unique, to no longer being foreign, and considered a staple in the flavor community?  We’re not exactly sure if Chipotle and Cheese is quite there yet, but we would certainly include flavors such as Sriracha and Chile Limon/Lime.

Buck Wild’s Chipotle Cheddar Popcorn is thoroughly seasoned with a savory and zesty cheddar powder.  It is certainly SALTY, and yet included a hint of sweetness!  There is some heat that creeps in after a few handfuls, and it even lingers for a while.  But, we do not taste any resemblance of chipotle chili flavor notes within this seasoning recipe.  We enjoyed the flavorful mingling of some sort of spices, but how much, if any, actual chipotle was in there….we’re not sure because we tasted no smokey goodness.

The Buck Wild popcorn kernels we’re irregular with some big, and some little, some uniformly round, while others were oddly shaped.  The kernels had a solid good body to them, with a toothsome bite, and yet they still provided a light and crispy freshness.

Although not the most accurately seasoned popcorn, we did find it notably tasty, and and easily eatable!

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

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