Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips (notable)
We thought the opening paragraph for our review of Dale Jr’s Original Crispy Potato Chips worked well, but we’re fairly certain that it’s even more appropriate for these chips. So, we’re not going to try and recreate the wheel (paragraph) here, we’re simply just going to use it again.
What’s more American than Nascar?!? You could definitely present us with fair arguments for baseball, cheeseburgers, or apple pie, but we’re fairly certain that on a great percentage of lists, Nascar racing would definitely be included. At the top of Chip Review’s American shortlist would be chips (duh)! So, what do you get when you combine “3” great American classics? Well, Dale Jr Foods Carolina Barbeque Potato Chips OF COURSE!!!
First, Barrel O’ Fun gave us Larry The Cable Guy’s Tater Chips, and as much as we wanted to laugh at the thought, and dismiss the chips as a clever marketing gimmick, in the end we had to show props to B.O.F. and Larry for giving us some very solid tater chips. And, so far, the same can be said for B.O.F. and Dale Jr.’s products.
WHOA!!! Yep, we’re talking Joey Lawrence from Blossom kind of WHOA!! These Carolina barbeque chips may just be the smokiest chips we’ve ever tasted!! How smoky are they? We’re talking Hickory wood blazing, face over the chimney, salty-meaty-JERKY kind of smoky. We say jerky because one taster mentioned that they thought these chips tasted eerily similar to jerky, and almost every taster agreed that the chips evoked some very strong thoughts of meat. We can only imagine that this is what Carolina barbeque really tastes like.
Dale Jr’s potato chips are on the thinner side, very crispy, made up of mostly unbroken, large potato slices. These chips pack a flavor explosion of almost unbearably overpowering BBQ-ness. The positives with that are that they have many different flavor layers, or levels. First, it’s immediate smoke, then a vinegar zing with a touch of mustard, next a sweet-savory tomato and brown sugar combo, and finally everything is rounded off with just a tiny bit of spicy heat. We love that the chips are not overly sweet. The cons: the smoke level is too much for us! The chips are also a little overly rich; so much so, that we couldn’t eat very many of them. Lets just say that if you are a real meat/bbq/jerky lover – these would be right up your alley!!
As always we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree. Let us know.
Chips provided to Chip Review by Barrel O’ Fun Snacks for review
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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