Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips (notable)
What do you call a pepper that is not yours? “An-cho Chile” (yes, you’re right, we won’t be quitting our day jobs).
As far as we know, Food Should Taste Good is the only brand that continues to use kettle cooked sweet potatoes as their vehicle of choice for trying out new flavors (maybe Terra could be comparable, except that they tend to stay more traditional with the sweet potato chips). We can really appreciate Food Should Taste Good’s unique approach to chips, but we’re going to be completely honest, and tell you right now that we believe that sweet potatoes are definitely not as clean and perfect of chip canvas as other more traditional potatoes, nor corn tortillas. That being said, sweet potatoes can and do work very well with certain seasoning flavors.
With these Ancho Chile flavored sweet potato chips, similar to their Barbeque flavored ones, Food Should Taste good has given us another flavor that both jives with the natural sweetness of these chips, but at the same time is also barring on being too overly sweet. The flavors tread the sweetness line a little too closely for us to fully embrace them. Unlike their two other sweet potato chip flavors – Salt & Pepper and Salt & Vinegar – which each juxtaposed, and countered the potatoes natural sweetness, and balanced the overall flavor profiles very well!
Ancho chile flavored chips are a new one to us. In fact, we are pretty sure that these are the first ancho chile flavored chips that we can ever remember seeing. Apparently, an ancho chile is……drum roll please………a smoked poblano? That’s right, similar to the chipotle chile, which is a dried smokey jalapeno, an ancho chile in the dark red, dried version of the mild green chile pepper. The ancho chile seasoning is very smokey, with a very mild heat and a heavy does of salt. We’re not quite certain as to what really gives off the additional sweetness to these chips, but there is something there we know it.
In the end, these chips really just remind us of Food Should Taste Good’s barbeque version, just very, very, very smokey!
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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