REVIEW: Pringles Exclusive Flavor! – Jalapeño Bacon

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Pringles - Jalapeno BaconA few different times this year we have gone into detail on our thoughts and concerns over the controversial Exclusive Flavor!  Well, our concerns with the big blue and white behemoth Walmart being the only place to actually encompass any of these Pringles Exclusive Flavors! is now over as drug store titan Walgreens has been allowed to join the exclusive flavor club!  Maybe, the secret is that your store’s name must begin with WAL…??

Jalapeño Bacon…hmmm, and yummm!  But, have we tried these before?  We can never be too sure as to what flavors we have already tasted from Pringle’s vast flavor spectrum.  Mr. Pringles isn’t the flavor king for nothing!  In fact, we’re not quite sure if we have ever tried this flavor combination before from any snack brands?  Please excuse us while we go search the vault (cue Jeopardy music now).

We did recently review some habanero bacon tortilla chips, but that’s obviously not the same.  And, we have reviewed over 120 jalapeño flavored chips and over 30 different bacon flavored ones.  We actually have tried one cheddar-bacon-jalapeño flavored chip, but that was from Herr’s.  And, we’ve tasted jalapeno flavored crisps, and bacon flavored crisps, both from Pringles.  BUT!  We have confirmed it….we have never tried Jalapeño Bacon flavored crisps from Pringles!  You’ve done it again Pringles!

You know what these all new Pringles Exclusive Flavor! Jalapeño Bacon Potato Crisps really taste like?  Well, they taste like Pringles dusted with a combination of Pringles jalapeño, and bacon flavored seasoning blends.  The classic re-usage and combination of two preexisting flavors to create an all-new flavor – oldest chip trick in the book!  Sometimes warranted, creating a fantastic new flavor combo, and other times just because they can!

Jalapeño and bacon, each of the two, typically powerful flavors have 1) either been tamed down a bit using some sort of food magic, or 2) somehow the combination of the two together results in a more subdued version of themselves….  The chip world may never know!

Seriously, these crisps taste exactly like what we expected.  The jalapeño delivers a typical fragrant-vegetal aroma and flavor, while finishing with a semi-spicy chile heat that lingers for some time after you’ve finished.  The bacon flavor asSALTs your tongue with enough salty-salt to render an entire lake full of leeches unconscious.  The bacon also delivers the customary and unnaturally smoky essence that is meant to represent porky bacon.  The two flavors together, do not really do much for us.  They never really meld, or compliment one another.  A new classic combo like peanut butter and jelly we do not have!

In the end, the crisps aren’t bad.  We could certainly sit down, or stand up, or walk, and enjoy eating these, but we will not be traveling to Walgreens specifically grab some of the Exclusive Flavor!

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

Discovered at Walgreens; Hillside, Illinois

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REVIEW: Cobs – Sour Cream & Chives Popcorn

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

Cobs - Sour Cream & ChivesOkay, we are nearly certain that 2015 is in fact, the year of the kernel!  The Big Popowski!  We wouldn’t be at all surprised if we looked back through all of our reviews and ratings from this year so far, and ended up finding that we had tasted more new popcorn than chips!  Wait, let’s just do that…

Cob’s Sour Cream & Chives Popcorn is our 26th new popcorn of 2015!  And while that may not be quite as many as new chips we have tried this year, it is still a more than worthy number!  Like we’ve joked many times before, maybe we should just change our name to Popcorn Review?!  Or, at the very least dedicate another site to strictly reviewing the amazing popped kernels….(maybe we’re onto something here)!

We’ve mentioned this before, but we should probably point it out again.  After discovering Cobs Cheddar Cheese Popcorn last year at….where else, World Market….we were so impressed with the delicious Down Under delicacy that we did a little research and found that Cobs, similar to Angie’s Popcorn, was started by a husband and wife team years back, and eventually grew into the great popcorn company that it is today!  Luckily for us, Cobs awesome Aussie popcorn company thought that it would be a good idea for Chip Review to taste and critique some other flavors of their popcorn, and we couldn’t agree more!!

Sour cream and onion is what we like to consider the most classic of potato chip flavors.  For many of us here at Chip Review it was the first flavored chip that we ever tried, and will forever hold a special little spot in our hearts.  That being said, we can’t really say that we have ever tried this timeless flavor combo on popcorn before.  Well, there is a first time for everything!!  And low and behold, the combination works.  Really well!!

Cobs unique sour cream and chive recipe hits all of the necessary flavor notes – creamy, tangy, salty!  The onion presence is sweet and pungent, without being too pronounced.  The cool, sour cream is really enhanced with a good touch of tangy cheese.  All of the flavors work harmoniously, and surprisingly enough, do not overwhelm Cobs delicious popcorn one little bit!  Because like we’ve told you before the true star of this show – are the delectably tasty, all-natural popcorn kernels!!

Cobs all natural popcorn is on the smaller end of the spectrum, with a deliciously simple, sort of burnt-nutty essence to it.  It actually reminds us of the popcorn that dad used to make at the hunting shack on top of the stove, the old school way!

We can only hope that one day we find Cobs readily available on our U.S. shelves!

As always, these are our thoughts. Agree or disagree, make sure to let us know.

Popcorn provided to Chip Review by Cobs for review

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REVIEW: PopCorners – Sweet Chili Popped Corn Chips

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Popcorners - Sweet ChiliPopcorn chips in general are pretty tasty.  Simple concept, with exceptional results.  Imagine popcorn with all of those pesky tooth clinging, and gum poking hulls removed, then the remaining popcorn meat is somehow forced, or popped, into a crunchy triangular chip.  How this is actually accomplished, we have no clue, but the end result is something of delicious genius that really works!

For any of you out there who somehow still haven’t tried popcorn chips of any variety or brand, first of all shame on you, and secondly, prepare your mouths for something new and unexpected!  The texture is light and crispy, leaning towards crunchy, and a bit more dense and crumbly than traditional tortilla or potato chips.  Loads of popcorn flavor compacted into a triangular chip with none of the extra hull filler.  Popcorn chips are plain and simple, a great addition to the world of chips!

Popcorners’ all new Sweet Chili flavored popped corn chips are…..decent enough.  All in all, a pretty stereotypically, generic and unenthusiastic sweet chili seasoning.  A heaping dose of sugar, generous dusting of garlic, a splash of slightly spicy chili, and just a dash of salt.  Nothing out of the ordinary, and nothing that sets it apart.  Personally, we here at Chip Review prefer the sweet chili seasoning combo atop potato based chips much more than corn based chips.  We simply feel like the sweet chili flavors compliment the potato flavor better than corn.

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

Discovered at Pete’s Fresh Market; Oak Brook Terrace, Illinois

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REVIEW: Popsalot – California Cruisin’

Rating: ©-3/4 chips (return to sender)

Pops-A-Lot - California CruisinAlright, sometimes we feel a little bit bad when we end up giving a chip or puff or popcorn one of our unforgiving ‘return to sender‘ ratings.  But sometimes, we just have to do it!  And although sometimes we may question ourselves, there are other times we just know we’re right!  This is one of those times!  Sorry California Cruisin’ but we need to RETURN YOU TO SENDER!!

For those of you out there who require a bit more supporting evidence than just our opinion and word, may we point you in the direction of Popsalot’s website link below.  Please click on that link, and then search for this popcorn on their website…..What’s that you say?  It doesn’t exist?!  Popsalot Gourmet Popcorn has actually removed the flavor from their popcorn line-up!!  Now, we do not know for certain why it was removed, but if we were to speculate we’d assume that it was because no one liked it!  **Correction – sometimes we jump to our own assumptions without actually having any facts to back it up.  Luckily, we were contacted by Popsalot, and informed that:

California Cruisin’ was newly launched last year in specific regions and immediate demand for it was too high to keep any in stock for potential online sales.  We held off on adding California Cruisin’ to our website until we launched it nationally AND had sufficient production time to ensure that any online demand could be met.

To be completely honest, we were far and away the most excited about this flavor from all of the flavors we were sent by Popsalot.  There was just something very intriguing about the combination of caramel corn, almonds and meyer lemons.  We love tasting new flavor combinations.  And California Cruisin sounded unlike anything that we can ever remember trying – we were giddy!

Unfortunately…the end result of the California Cruisin’ flavor combination is nothing like we had imagined!  And, we do not mean that in a good way!  As far as the actual flavor execution goes, we must assume that it is spot on.  Why? Because the popcorn did taste just like sweet, smoky, vanilla-kissed caramel corn, tossed with some savory almonds (unfortunately once again, much less than we would hope for), and then there is an underlying presence, which slowly shifted to an overwhelming essence, of citrus-y Meyer lemon.  One taster even asked if they were eating orange dreamsicle flavored popcorn?!?!  Ewww is right!  Somehow the sweet, velvety, caramel flavor, mixed with nutty almonds and fruity Meyer lemons, combines to trigger memories of treats better acquired from an ice cream truck, rather than the snack aisle!

In the end, the flavor combination just didn’t work with popcorn, and rubbed every on of our tasters the wrong way!  Of course, that being said, we understand that our aversion to this flavor combination is subjective, and there are of course others out there who may very well love this unique combination!  Despite props for execution, and a unique willingness to push flavor boundaries, we’re sorry Popsalot, we simply did not love the California Cruisin’ combo!!

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

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