Rating: ©©-3/4 chips (tolerable)
Chip Review has said it before, and we’ll say it again, we are HUGE fans of Old Dutch chips. We grew up with them, they were our standard (the ones by which we judged all others by), and so many of our childhood chip memories involve their products. This is why it is so difficult for us to say that we have not been very impressed with their Dutch Gourmet line of chips so far.
So what classifies these chips as “gourmet”? According to Old Dutch’s website this signature line: “features low sodium (with all the taste), clean seasonings (of course we would do that), indulgent gourmet flavors (has to be gourmet, not your run of the mill flavor), and the full flavor of a Gourmet Rip-L “Thick Cut” Potato Chip” (which technically we must correct Old Dutch Foods because the potato chip definition of this line no longer solely applies due to the addition of Multigrain Tortilla Chips – reviews forthcoming).
We always appreciate companies pushing boundaries and trying new things, and while it is nice to see “not your run of the mill flavors” on these chips, the overall execution just doesn’t seem to be up to the Old Dutch standards we expect.
The potato chips themselves are a tad too oddly thick cut, and dense for us. The crunch is almost non-existent; it is muffled, and almost soggy, or dare we say, stale. Why Old Dutch didn’t just use their amazing standard Rip-L potato chips for this gourmet line is beyond us?
The flavoring is only slightly better than the texture in this case. At first taste you get a quick definitive lime forward note, that dissipates quickly and without any of the usual acidic citrus (which we miss). These chips also have very minimal heat and we do not taste any habanero chili what so ever in our opinions (tastes more like your run of the mill chili pepper seasoning). And although the ingredient’s list does include habanero chili among it, the amount of chili Old Dutch must have decided to use in the recipe must have been so very very minimal because these chips have no heat.
Here at Chip Review we will be sticking with our original line of Old Dutch chips, but if you have tried any of the Dutch Gourmet line, we’d love to hear what you would think.
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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