Chip Review’s 25 Chips to Christmas – 2015

Another year, and another new notch in our belts here at Chip Review!

It’s that time of year again when we just need to say that it has been a true pleasure sharing our thoughts with all of you as we chomped our way through hundreds of bags.  Thanks to all of you who follow us each and every day.  We appreciate it, and we wouldn’t be here without each and everyone of you!!  Also, a very special thanks to those snack companies who graciously provided their products for us to review.  It’s a tough job, but someone has got to do it.

Stay tuned for new reviews beginning in 2016, 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, one snack everyday until Santa delivers next year’s bounty!  This year is far and away our most uniquely diverse list of snacks yet!!  Who would have thought one year ago that 2015’s Top 25 list would include: not only one, but two rolled tortilla/taquito-style snacks, and not one, but two waffle/criss-cut potato chips.  As well as chips, sorry we mean crisps, from across the pond, and more bags of popcorn than we can count with one hand!!  Get ready for the wild ride!


#25 Doritos JACKED 3D – Jalapeño Pepper Jack

2015 Honorable Mentions

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2015 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2015!

25 Chips to Christmas….


Doritos JACKED 3D – Jalapeño Pepper Jack

Doritos Jacked 3D - Jalapeno Pepper Jack

Original Review Here

These aren’t your grandparents Doritos 3D’s (heck, these aren’t even the 3D’s of our youth)!!  Doritos really took 3D to another dimension with their JACKED version this year!  Despite all of the jokes regarding these ancient Triforce shaped chips, we have to admit that their corn-ful flavor, and extra crunchy texture is really great.

Chip Review’s Honorable Mentions – 2015

25 Chips to Christmas – 11 Honorable Mentions


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

Beanfields - Nacho
“These are really good!  Not – really good for a bean and rice chip – sorta good.  NO!  Really good for any type of nacho cheese flavored chip!”

“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.”

D'vour - Coconut Sea Salt

D’vour Tortilla Chips made with Real Coconut – Sea Salt

“And some of us at Chip Review were even excited to try the chips with nachos; melting a whole bunch of cheese all over them and seeing how the sweet, salty and cheesy combo works out.”

Herr's - Peppered Bacon

Herr’s – Peppered Bacon Potato Chips

“Seems like no matter how many times we try another poorly executed bacon flavored snack, we still get excited for the next one!!”

International Popcorn - Everything BagelInternational Popcorn - Cheddar Ranch

International Popcorn – Everything Bagel Popcorn

“Has popcorn replaced chips as the international favorite salty snack?!?  Well, we’re not sure if popcorn is as popular around the rest of the world but right now, here in the U.S.A. popcorn is booming!!”
Popsalot - Honolulu Aloha

Popsalot – Honolulu Aloha

“The few moments when we actually landed a mix of both the caramel corn and the macadamia nuts were, lights-out fantastic.  Those precious, porcelain, roasted half nuggets of unctuously rich macadamia nuts were amazing! WOW!”

Pringles - Wasabi & Soy SaucePringles - Salted Caramel

Pringles – Exclusive Flavor Wasabi & Soy Sauce

Pringles Limited Time Only! – Salted Caramel

“Turns out that it has been nearly 3 months since we reviewed any new Pringles!  THREE MONTHS!  While three months may not seem like that long of time to many of you, let us just tell you that in Pringles’ months we’re talking about a very long time between new reviews!!”

Snacks 101 - Less Mess White Cheddar Popcorn

Snacks 101 – The First Baked Popcorn – Less Mess White Cheddar

“Apparently, Snacks 101 has created “The First Baked Popcorn”….  Are they messing with us?  Can this be right?  Well, we can’t find any evidence to dispute them so let’s roll with it.”

Trader Joe's - Partially Popped Popcorn ...with Butter & Sea Salt!

Trader Joe’s – Partially Popped Popcorn …with Butter & Sea Salt!

“Trader Joe’s Triple P embodies a real strong corn essence, and flavor.  They do in fact look like those partially popped kernels you find at the bottom of the popcorn bag or bowl, except that they don’t break your teeth when you chomp down on them.”

Ziggys - Kickin Buffalo Wing

Ziggy’s Kettle Corn – Kickin’ Buffalo Wing with Himalayan Pink Salt

“Great combination of tangy, sweet, salty, zippy, spicy, zingy, sour-y, and did we mention spicy-spicy-spicy?!?  Seriously, lots of heat – WHOA!!”

** And here are 5 additional dishonorable mentions that we hope to never mention again… **

(in alphabetical order)

Old Dutch - Cheddar Bacon Popcorn

Old Dutch – Cheddar Bacon Popcorn

“First, the bacon aspect was not reminiscent of bacon but rather of standing in front of a camp fire.  Smoke, and smoke alone, does not make popcorn taste like bacon.”

Old Dutch Ripples Appetizers - Chicken Artichoke Flatbread

Old Dutch Ripples Appetizers On The Go – Chicken Artichoke Flatbread

“But, as for the taste – uhhhh…. we do not taste any chicken, artichoke or flatbread (not that we were expecting to actually taste the flatbread).”

Pop! - White Truffle Bliss

Pop! Gourmet Popcorn – Extravagant White Truffle Bliss Popcorn

“But, maybe it’s difficult to capture and accurately deliver the deliciously aromatic flavors of truffle onto popcorn?  Nope, we’ve tasted and reviewed a handful of truffle flavored snacks (predominantly popcorn), and most of them have actually been lip-smacking!”

Snyder's of Hanover - Raspberry Creme Sweet Pretzel Sandwiches

Snyder’s of Hanover – Raspberry Creme Sweet Pretzel Sandwiches

“Plain and simple these pretzel sandwiches are a sweet dessert treat that should not be included anywhere among salty snack section for any rhyme or reason.  These belong on the shelf next to cookies!”

Trader Joe's - Popcorn in a Pickle

Trader Joe’s – Popcorn in a Pickle

“Popcorn in a Pickle is not only not better than Trader Joe’s Baconesque, but it makes Joe’s cheddar bacon popcorn seem lip-smacking in comparison.”

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2015 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2015!

BIJOU-REVIEW: Boulder Canyon – Pumpkin Pie Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Boulder Canyon - Pumpkin PieHappy Thanksgiving everyone!

We started this Thanksgiving meal out with some delicious Turkey & Gravy flavored potato chips, and now we’re finishing up with these Pumpkin Pie flavored ones!

Once again we are wishing that we could find the Cranberry, and the Stuffing flavored chips as well, so we could round this Thanksgiving meal out; but alas, as far as we can tell Boulder has opted to stick Turkey and Pumpkin Pie.

Believe it or not, Boulder Canyon’s chips are not the first pumpkin pie flavored potato chips that we have come across.  A few years ago Pringles released their own Pumpkin Pie Spice Potato Crisps.  We didn’t love those, and quite frankly we don’t love these either.  They are better than the Pringles variation, but that is only due to the quality of the kettle cooked potato chips themselves.

Plain and simply, pumpkin pie flavors were not meant to be sprinkled onto fried potato slices!!  Chips are a savory snack, not a crispy dessert!  Sure there can be a mingling of sweet and salty flavors some times, but we do not embrace a chip that is all sweet, with no salt – which is what these are!

That being said, they do evoke an awful lot of pumpkin pie thoughts.  Sugar, and traditional spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, and believe it or not, some sort of real pumpkin are all utilized to flavors these chips.  We can’t argue their accuracy, but we will never embrace their flavor!!

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; Oak Brook, Illinois

Boulder Canyon Foods Official Website

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REVIEW: Boulder Canyon – Turkey & Gravy Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

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

Boulder Canyon - Turkey & GravyHappy Thanksgiving everyone!  We love this time of year!!!  May we suggest to all of your out there to make sure and take a moment right now, and reflect back on all of those things that you are thankful for from this past year!  2015 has been a great year hasn’t it?!

Now, what better way to celebrate all of this thanks giving than to eat some chips!  And what better chips could we possibly eat than Thanksgiving themed Turkey & Gravy flavored ones!!  Plus we also had some Pumpkin Pie flavored ones for dessert.

For those of you who are unaware, last year Boulder Canyon Foods released a holiday themed 4-pack of Thanksgiving flavored potato chips.  Unfortunately, we were unable to track one of these delicious Thanksgiving Chip Feasts down, and we simply had to read about how others were very impressed by Boulder Canyon’s chips.

To be completely honest, the two Thanksgiving flavors that we would most like to have tried would have been the Cranberry, and the Stuffing flavored chips.  But, as far as we can tell Boulder has opted to stick with the two most common Thanksgiving flavors – Turkey and Pumpkin Pie – and, decided not to re-release the other other two for this holiday season?  Oh well, let’s be thankful anyways!!

Now, we have tasted quite a few chicken flavored chips over the years, but these mark the very first turkey flavored ones!  Woohoo!!  And you know what, we are very happy to report that these turkey chips were not dried out in very the least!  You know what else, these really do sort of taste like chicken.  Boulder Canyon really nails the savory aspect with these chips.  Garlic, and onion flavor the rich meaty bird flavor, which sort of reminded us of a salty bouillon cube.  But where Boulder Canyon really nails the flavor is with the gravy.  There simply is no mistaking that classical, and easily identifiable, herb of sage, that just perfumes the rich and savory gravy seasoning!

We like these chips quite a lot.  Maybe not spot on as far as flavor execution goes, but certainly savory, and tasty.  Now it is time for some Pumpkin Pie for dessert!!  And then of course – a NAP!

Chips discovered at World Market; Oak Brook, Illinois

Boulder Canyon Foods Official Website

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Coney Island Classics – Jalapeño Poppers Kettle Corn with Himalayan Pink Salt

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notagle)

Coney Island - JalapenoOK, before we go any further, we would like to preface this Bijou-Review with the following statement: Coney Island Classics Jalapeño Poppers Kettle Corn with Himalayan Pink Salt is some really delicious popcorn.  Certainly better than the 3-chip notable rating that we have decided to give it, but despite that being said….

We smell something fishy here…. or, is it more like, we taste something extremely familiar here!  We have our suspicions, and we have our theory, but let’s just present all of the facts first:

  1. Jalapeño flavored kettle corn
  2. Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
  3. Non-GMO Corn
  4. Surrounding NYC area
  5. Lastly, this Coney Islands Classic has an eerily similar style, pop, shape, and flavor to….

Some of our favorite popcorn of all-time – Ziggy’s Kettle Corn – Happenin’ Jalapeño with Himalayan Pink Salt.

Now, we could be totally wrong here, but we just have this sneaking feeling that Ziggy’s recipe has been copied, or Ziggy’s may very well be making this popcorn for Coney Island Classics!!  Could this be the case?  And, is there anything actually wrong with this?  Well, the easy answer is no, not really.  But, deep down there’s just something that rubs us the wrong way when we think about it.  We only want Ziggy’s to sell Ziggy’s!  Just like we don’t want to order McNuggets from Burger King, and we don’t want our Toyota to have a Ferrari engine underneath its hood (wait, that example doesn’t work – we do want that!).

Coney Island Classics’ kettle corn is delicious.  If you want to actually read a review of what it tastes like, see our review of Ziggy’s Happenin’ Jalapeño.  But know this, it is not Ziggy’s, no matter how you crunch it!

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

Popcorn discovered at Marshalls; Yorktown Shopping Center, Illinois

Coney Island Classics Official Website

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Alaska Chip Company – Chilkoot Sour Cream & Chive Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Alaska Chip Co - Sour Cream & ChiveIf you’re a regular around these parts, then you know that we’ve already told you all about Chip Review’s favorite Sour Cream & Cheddar Cheese Chips (and you’ve told us yours).  So, when we taste any new bag of chips, we always wonder if these could possibly be THE chips that crack the list, and knock off one of our favorites from the Top 5…..

Who knew that potato chips were being made in Alaska?  Before a little while ago, not us! We were as surprised as you!  And, in case you are unaware, there’s popcorn being made there as well – really tasty popcorn!

So, what the heck is Chilkoot?  Well, apparently it is an obsolete gold rush trail that runs from Alaska into Canada.  Maybe a better question would have been, what the heck does Chilkoot have to do with Sour Cream & Chives flavored chips?!  That, we’re not quite sure of….

Alaska Chip Company’s kettle cooked potato chips are on the thinner end of the spectrum, with a good solid crispy crunch, a little bit oily, and plenty of real Alaskan potato flavor.

The seasoning on these just didn’t quite do it for us.  An odd flavor combination of rather sweet, and also sour, creamy buttermilk, mingling with pungently potent chives, was just a bit disjointed for us. Not that these chips were necessarily bad per se, but they just didn’t do it for us.

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

Chip provided to Chip Review from Alaska Chip Company for review

Alaska Chip Company Official Website

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