REVIEW: Tim’s Cascade Style Special Batch #2 – Coney Island Potato Chips

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Tim's - Coney StyleSpecial Batch #2??  Where the heck is Special Batch #1?  Oh…..now we remember.  We actually reviewed Special Batch #1 – Hawaiian’s Island Lemon Kettle Style Potato Chips (that’s right Hawaiian Kettle Chips is a part of the Tim’s family) – a month or so ago.  Well, to say that we were a lot more impressed with Batch #1 than #2, would be a ginormous understatement!  We had high expectations for both, but while one wowed us with their tart & tangy citrus notes, the other just gave us more corny than Coney!

Many of your out there may not be familiar with Tim’s Cascade Style Potato Chips, but others of you probably know that Tim’s makes some of the most fantastic “kettle style” potato chips in the entire industry.  Large, thick cut, extra crunchy, filled with loads of delicious potato forward flavor.  Unfortunately, with these latest Coney Island flavored chips, we found it nearly impossible to recognize any of the chips’ fantastic Cascade Style characteristics due to the absurd distraction that was their flavor accuracy.

First things first, we’re assuming that everyone out there understands that by “Coney Island” flavor, Tim’s of course means the infamous Coney Island Dog.  This is made apparent by the caricature of the mustard covered hot dog in the top left corner of the bag.  Which brings us to second things second – what exactly is a Coney Island Dog?

According to most everything we read online, a Coney Island Hot Dog consists of a boiled hot dog topped with a savory meat sauce (or as we like to call it around these parts chili).  It would also include a variety of other topping variations (most dog pics we saw showed chopped raw, white onions along with mustard).  On a side note, for one reason or another these infamous dogs have become associated with Detroit, despite bearing the name of Coney Island.

Which brings us to the real question at hand, or third things third, what the heck does Tim’s honestly think they are are doing with this flavor?  Did they do any research on what a Coney dog consists of?  In our opinion, they most certainly did not!  Honestly, the only thing we tasted was mustard, on maybe half of the chips (seasoning inconsistency issues for sure).  There was no dog, no meat sauce, no onion flavors at all.  The chips should have been named yellow mustard flavor.  Disappointing to say the least.

Tim’s could learn a thing or two from the likes of International Popcorn regarding how to make a great hot dog flavored crunchy snack like their – Jersey Dog Popcorn!

As always, these are our thoughts, 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: Cadia – Cheddar Cheese Baked Corn Curls

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Cadia - Cheddar Cheese CurlsAnd yet another Cheetos substitute….

And by substitute, we of course mean wannabe.  In this case, a healthy wannabe, but still a wannabe that makes us yearn for the real thing!

Oh, don’t look at us like that, you know it’s true.  No matter how close those other brands come, they just can’t replace Chestah’s iconic Crunchy Cheetos!

Now don’t get us wrong, Cadia’s Cheddar Cheese Baked Corn Curls are still lip-smackingly impressive for what they are – a healthier substitute for Cheetos.

Is it wrong that we have mentioned Cheetos more times than Cadia in this review?

Anyways, Cadia’s curls are very well coated in a smooth and creamy cheddar cheese powder.

They could use a touch more salt, I.O.O.

The curls are certainly crunchy, and visually resemble Cheetos, but it is immediately apparent upon crunching on just a few curls that they are lacking the same fatty, mouth coating, appeal of Cheetos.  They are a touch more dry, and dusty.

The cheddar cheese seasoning really saved these curls, and we had no problem crunching on them for a while……but truth be told, we snuck a few Cheetos afterwards to really curb our craving!

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

Curls discovered at Fruitful Yield; Darien, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Doritos Shots – Yoghurt & Herb Mix

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Doritos Shots - Yoghurt & Herb MixHow many of you out there can actually remember the original Doritos 3D chips?

We’re guessing that even fewer of you can remember, or have ever even heard of Doritos Sonic Sour Cream chips?!

Fear not, because Doritos has created Shots Yoghurt & Herb Mix – aka the combination of Doritos original 3D chips, and Doritos Sonic Sour Cream seasoning from the United Emirates.

Unfortunately, this combination is not one we like very much.

First of all, we have never felt like the flavor of Sour Cream / Yoghurt has melded well with corn tortilla chips.  And these shots, with the additional ‘herb mix’ are no different.

But, even worse than the seasoning is the unpleasing texture of these shots.  Where as Doritos’ 3Ds would crunch very similarly to their traditional chips; providing a light, softer, crispy crunch.  These Doritos Shots are rigid, with a too strong-solid-toothsome crunch.  In other words they do not make us think of Doritos at all, and they do not treat our mouths kindly!

Well, there you have it.  Anyone else out there tried them yet?  Thoughts?  As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

Chips provided to Chip Review by S&A, acquired in Dubai, United Emirates

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REVIEW: Alaska Chip Company – Katmai Volcano Jalapeño Potato Chips

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Alaska Chip - Volcano JalapenoJust as we were beginning to believe that the Alaska Chip Company made much better popcorn than it did actual chips, along comes these amazing Katmai Volcano Jalapeño flavored gourmet kettle cooked potato chips!

So, what exactly is Katmai Volcano?  According to the world wide web’s technical gobbledygook, Mount Katmai is one of five vents encircling the Novarupta volcano, source of the VEI 6 eruption and associated voluminous pyroclastic flows in 1912…..  Um, yeah, we’re just going to go ahead and say that the Mount Katmai Volcano is the namesake to easily the most deliciously spicy jalapeño flavored potato chips that have ever erupted our taste buds from the great state of Alaska!

What Alaska Chip Company delivers for jalapeño flavor is most certainly a deliciously unique rendition.  An ingredient combination that had us saying HUH? WHOA. WOW! from the very get go!  Sour, and tangy, and pickle-y, and of course the usual spicy, and vegetal.  This creative jalapeño flavor variation is the result of garlic, onion, vinegar, citric acid and yes, lemon juice – Boom!  Heck, A.C. Co. even throws in some parsley just to class the chips up a little bit!

The kettle cooked potato chips themselves are on the thinner end of the spectrum, with a decently solid crispy crunch.  A little bit oily, but in delicious mouth pleasing sort of way, and at the same time, delivering a good amount of real Alaskan potato flavor.  All in all, extremely impressive gourmet kettle cooked potato chips!

Alaska Chip Company’s Katmai Volcano Jalapeño Potato Chips are so tasty that we had to update our Top 5 (actually Top 9) Jalapeño Flavored “Chips” of all-time.  So, if you happen to find yourself in Alaska, and you have that craving for some deliciously spicy kettle chips, these are your no brainer choice.  And while you are there, if you could pick us up a bag or two, we would really appreciate it!

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

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BIJOU-REVIEW: The Little Kernel – Truffle Sea Salt Mini Popcorn

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The Little Kernel - Truffle Sea Salt Mini PopcornWhat a cute little captain kernel, sailing his sorta sapphire sea salt sail boat with his sidekick….suidae?  Huh?!  Oh, now we get it….with his little blue, truffle hunting piggy.

The Little Kernel’s mini popcorn itself is actually cute, and is certainly on the smaller kernel end of the popcorn spectrum (probably half the size of a typical kernel).

Unlike the Himalayan Sea Salt flavor we tried from The Little Kernel just the other day, this stuff is impressively flavored.

Additionally, unlike many other truffle flavored chips or popcorn that we have tried, this popcorn impressively provides a lot of true truffle flavor!

We could have used a touch more salt.

If you like popcorn, and you like truffle, this stuff will certainly do the trick.

Popcorn discovered at Mariano’s; Westchester, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Goldbaum’s – Barbecue Multigrain Quinoa Crisps

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Goldbaum's - Barbecue Quinoa CrispsAnother all natural, wholesome, gluten, wheat, and a handful of other things free, multigrain snack option from Goldbaum’s.

We’ve tasted an array of different “healthier” snack food options from Goldbaum’s now, and for the most part they been pretty good.

These latest barbecue flavored multigrain quinoa crisps fall right there inline with the rest.

The quinoa crisps’ texture is just sort of……off, or off-putting, let’s say.  Kind of stale, with a soft crunch.

Goldbaum’s tries to redeem the crisps by dousing them with a heavy orangish-red seasoning coat, but it does not quite do the trick.

The barbecue seasoning blend reminds us of a Texas BBQ sauce that is heavy on the Hickory smoke essence.

The inclusion of paprika adds another smoky, and slightly sweet, note, while some sort of chili adds just a touch of peppery heat.

We recognize the necessity of these crunchy crisps in the snack market, but that doesn’t mean that we would be choosing them over tastier, more unhealthy, options.

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Food Should Taste Good – Potato & Chive Tortilla Chips

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Food Should Taste Good - Chive Pita PuffsFood, should taste good….don’t you think?

Just the other day we were asking ourselves, when do you think we will finally see some all natural chive flavored multigrain pita puffs?  Today, that question is answered.

These are a delight to crunch on.

The snack is certainly more about the pita puffs themselves than any chive seasoning.

Light and airy and crispy, with just a touch of sweetness recognizable on the tail end, from the inclusion of some honey.

F.S.T.G. keeps it really simple with the seasoning, which results in an extremely subtle chive flavor (again, letting the puffs be the stars of the show).  In fact, and we’re not joking around here, all there is to the seasoning is chive, and every chip’s BFF salt.

Discovered at Walmart; Villa Park, Illinois

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