Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips (notable)
For the most part, we have a love-hate relationship with sweet potato crisps. We love the subtle sweetness that the tuber exudes when sliced and fried. However, we hate (maybe hate is too strong of a word – dislike), the dense, heavy and usually too crunchy texture of the sweet potato crisp.
Despite our texture reservations towards sweet potato crisps, we had high hopes for Leighton Brown’s Cheese & Jalapeno flavored Sweet Potato Crisps for three reasons: 1) Crisp Nation‘s extremely positive review on the crisps. 2) As far as our records show, we have never tasted the classic jalapeno and cheese flavor combination on sweet potato crisps. 3) Just check out the very 70’s -ish, retro style packaging!! Any pack that looks that classy, can’t be bad!
As suspected, these sweet potato crisps had a much denser and heavier mouth-feel than we typically appreciate with traditional potato crisps. Rather than a light, and flaky crispiness, the sweet potato crisps required a bit of chewing, as they crumbled in our mouths. The overall seasoning was very tasty though, and was definitely not your typical jalapeno and cheese (cheddar) flavor combination. In addition to the funky cheese, and jalapeno chili elements, Leighton Brown’s seasoning ingredients, included: celery, smoked paprika, oregano, garlic, bell pepper and malt vinegar – sounds like a party we’d like to join!
The overall flavor did not feel muddled in the least, and definitely complimented, and was complimented by, the subtle sweetness from the sweet potatoes. We were able to taste the rich, flavorful cheese, and spicy jalapeno chili flavors; and there was actually quite a bit of heat that crept up in the back of the throats toward the end of the packet.
In the end, we’re not sure that we loved these crisps, but their seasoning was delicious, and we respect their uniqueness.
As always we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree. Let us know.
Crisps provided to Chip Review from our good friend Josh at Crisp Nation
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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