Chip Review’s 25 Chips to Christmas – 2016

We are back on track!! 25 Chips to Christmas! 

Never fear, Chip Review is here!  We have once again, done our due diligence, sifted through hundreds of our reviews, and narrowed down 2016’s long list into a great group of this year’s best.

It’s that time of year when new reviews take a back seat, and we sit back and reflect on how thankful we are for another great year of chip reviewing.  We really must say how it has been a true pleasure sharing our thoughts with all of you as we chomped our way through hundreds of bags, and countless calories.  Thanks to all of you who follow us each and every day.  We really, really appreciate it!  Also, a very special thanks to those snack companies who graciously provided their products for us to review this year, and of course all of those friends of Chip Review who care enough to share their snack discoveries.  It’s a tough job, but someone has got to do it.

Stay tuned for new reviews beginning in 2017, but until then please enjoy as we count down our 25 most favorite salty (and sweet, and spicy) snacks of the year.  That’s right, we’re a little behind, so we’ll be playing a bit of quick catch up around here, but very shortly you can expect us to count down one lip-smacking 2016 chip everyday until Santa delivers the next year’s bounty!

Get ready for the wild ride!  And enjoy the countdown below.

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#20 Trader Joe’s – Bollywood Popcorn (Vegan Tikka Masala) – and – Somewhat Spicy Dill flavored Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

#21 Brew Foods – Salsa Verde Corn Tortilla Chips

#22 Cheetos Sweetos Limited Edition! – Cinnamon Sugar Puffs

#23 7 Select – Spicy Guacamole Thin Tortilla Chips

#24 Neal Brothers Foods – Extremely Tasty Montreal Steak Spice Kettle Chips

#25 Lay’s – Passport to Flavor: Greek Tzatziki – and – Chinese Szechuan Chicken – and – Brazilian Picanha (Steak & Chimichurri Sauce)

2016 Honorable Mentions

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the rear consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2016 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2016!

25 Chips to Christmas – 2016….

On the sixth day of Chips to Christmas our true love gave to us……

#20

Trader Joe’s – Bollywood Popcorn (Vegan Tikka Masala) – and – Somewhat Spicy Dill flavored Kettle Cooked Potato Chips


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Original Reviews Here and Here

For our next trick a tandem of TJ’s totally tasty treats.  Trader Joe’s cracks the list for the third year running.  Way to go Joe!!  It couldn’t have happen to a finer grocery store guy.  We sure could go for a big bowl of Bollywood Popcorn AND Somewhat Spicy Dill flavored potato chips right about now.

25 Chips to Christmas – 2016….

On the fifth day of Chips to Christmas our true love gave to us……

#21

Brew Foods – Salsa Verde Corn Tortilla Chips


Brew Foods - Salsa Verde

Original Review Here

Do you drink beer?  We thought so.  Do you eat chips?  Of course you do!  Do the two go together like peanut butter goes with jelly?  Yes, yes they do!!  Brew Foods has decided to capitalize on this classic combination, and we all are definitely better for it.

25 Chips to Christmas – 2016….

On the fourth day of Chips to Christmas our true love gave to us……

#22

Cheetos Sweetos Limited Edition! – Cinnamon Sugar Puffs


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Original Review Here

Yeah, yeah, we know.  These Cheetos actually came out last year for the winter-Christmas season.  Well, we for one reason or another didn’t give them a taste last year…. Come’on, give us a break, we’re pretty sure Chester would!

25 Chips to Christmas – 2016….

On the third day of Chips to Christmas our true love gave to us……

#23

7 Select – Spicy Guacamole Thin Tortilla Chips


7eleven - Spicy Guacamole Tortilla Chips

Original Review Here

We’re sure that there are some of you out there that say you don’t like, or don’t really even eat, avocado; but we’re also sure that many of you same people enjoy a well made guacamole with your tortilla chips from time to time.  Well, these gas station chips offer up a version that we should all be able to enjoy!

25 Chips to Christmas – 2016….

On the first day of Chips to Christmas our true love gave to us……

#25

Lay’s – Passport to Flavor: Greek Tzatziki – and – Chinese Szechuan Chicken – and – Brazilian Picanha (Steak & Chimichurri Sauce)

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Original Reviews Here and Here and Here

Normally this time of your year we are telling you all about some delicious new ‘Do Us a Flavor‘ that Lay’s released during the calendar year…..but not this year.  This year Lay’s opted for a new promotion coinciding with the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.  The result was a worldly array of new and unique potato chip flavors.

Chip Review’s Honorable Mentions – 2016

25 Chips to Christmas – 10 Honorable Mentions

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These chips nearly made our Top 25 of the Year, and deserve some recognition too!! (alphabetical order)

Burt's - Guinness Rich Chili
“If there is one thing we want you to take away from this review it is that these chips are savory.  SUPER-DUPER SAVORY.”

“…leave it to a small town Minnesota gas station to surprise us with these ‘new’ (to us at least) Hot and Spicy Fries!  And to that, all we really have to say is ‘Chip lovers start your fry chompin’ engines!!’

Herr's - Chickie's & Pete's Famous Crabfries seasoned Potato Chips with White Creamy Cheese Sauce flavoring

Herr’s – Chickie’s & Pete’s Famous Crabfries seasoned Potato Chips with White Creamy Cheese Sauce flavoring

“While these chips may include (although we cannot confirm) many of the same spices found in Old Bay… they also include a touch of heat to spice things up, and a good dash of tangy cheese powder to smooth things out.  In other words, they improve upon the iconic East Coast seasoning!”

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Ikea – Potatischips Satade (Salted Potato Chips) & Potatischips GRÄDDFIL LÖK (Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips)

“It seems like so many people who shop at Ikea always make a stop at the cafeteria for a bit, but we will be making a decision to grab a bag of these prior to our future shopping excursions!”

Keogh's - Sweet Chilli

“The Sweet Chilli & Irish Red Pepper seasoning is fantastic!  Love, love, love the addition of ginger and coriander, and also what appears to be licorice root – all adding flavor notes that are uncommon in most seasoning combos.”
Lieber's - Barbecue Potato Chips

Lieber’s – Barbecue Potato Chips

“Having been in this game for quite some time now, we can tell you that it is a very rare occurrence when we grab a $1 dollar buyout special bag of chips on the way up to the cash register and it turns out that those chips are actually tasty.”

Meijer - Grilled Pineapple and Jalapeno

Meijer – Grilled Pineapple and Jalapeño Potato Chips

Who knew that grilled pineapple and jalapeño worked well together??  Well, apparently anyone who has enjoyed one of these pizzas.  Or, anyone who loves some good al pastor tacos with some spicy jalapeños in there, that’s who.”

Rachel's - Sriracha Sour Cream

Rachel’s – Sriracha Sour Cream Gourmet Kettle Chips

“Wow Rachel, been a long time.  And what’s this…you’ve changed your look, haven’t you?  Well, just wanted to let you know that we like what you’ve done with your style!”

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Ten Acre – The Day Sweet and Sour Became Friends Hand Cooked Crisps

“Probably the best way that we can describe this seasoning to you would be picture a salt & vinegar chip crossed paths with a ranch flavored chip who had brushed up next to a BBQ flavored chip.”

Uncle Ray's - Roasted Garlic

Uncle Ray’s – Roasted Garlic Potato Chips

“We can really appreciate the simplicity of these potato chips. There is not one shred of doubt regarding what the intention of these chips really is. Plain and simple, garlic flavored potato chips.”

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2016 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2016!