Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips (lip-smacking)
Holy goat cheese chip man!!!! First off, lets just say that we have never heard of goat cheese being used to flavor chips before. Anyone? Is this common in France (where these chips are from). Secondly, when we saw that goat cheese was being used, we never thought that the chips would taste so much like goat cheese – but they do, they really, really do!
Cheese is probably the most common, and most popular, chip flavoring in the United States. We love our nacho cheese tortilla chips, and our cheese doodles, and puffs. Of course, we have had, and reviewed, many cheese flavored chips over the years; including (but not limited to): asiago, mozzarella, bleu, pepper jack, parmesan, and of course cheddar, but never, ever, have we had the pleasure of trying goat cheese on chips – until now!
For any of you out there unfamiliar with the goat cheese we would describe it as a slightly sour, or tart flavored cheese. The cheese exudes a distinct, natural, gamey note that immediately lets you know that you are not tasting your normal salty cheddar cheese.
Combined with the goat cheese, Bret’s has decided to match the Espelette pepper to help counterbalance the richness. What exactly is an Espelette pepper? Don’t ask us. Could it be a pepper that we know as a different name? Or, is it just a pepper we are not familiar with around these parts??
According to Wikipedia, “the Espelette pepper is a variety of chili pepper that is cultivated in the French Commune of Espelette” (Wikipedia). Well, that’s a simple enough definition. The pepper can be seen visually, sprinkled all over these chips. It looks as though the chips have been dusted with red chili flakes. At first you don’t think that you taste much of the pepper, but once your palette adjusts to the funk that is the goat cheese, then your throat reminds you that YES these chips do also have a touch of some heat! For reference, on average, the Espelette pepper would be considered approx. half as hot as a jalapeno.
The cheese and pepper flavor combination works really well, with the funky goat cheese playing off of the Espelette pepper spice very nicely. Our only complaint would be that the chips do get a bit heavy after a few handfuls. We would definitely classify them a sit-back-and-enjoy-slowly-in-moderation type of chip, rather than a see-how-many-you-can-cram-down-your-chip-hole, kind of chip. If only they had a tiny bit of acid, or something, cutting the richness level, then we could devour them!
Bret’s potato chips are very narrow rippled, about medium thin thickness, nice grease level, and overall, lightly salted. We love that Bret’s is pushing the chip flavor boundaries, and we can’t wait to taste the two other flavors we currently have – Indian Curry, and Carbonara!!!
These are our thoughts, agree or disagree, make sure to let us know!
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©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
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