Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips (notable)
We’re pretty sure that it was Ted Allen, of Food Network’s ‘Chopped’, who chose McClure’s hand sliced pickles as one of the ‘Best Things (he) Ever Ate’, and thus turned us onto McClure’s pickles for evermore. So, you can only imagine our excitement when we learned that the gurus behind some of the world’s greatest pickles, decided to take what they knew about pickles, and apply it to the greatest snack flavor delivering medium in the world – CHIPS!!
We must admit, our hopes were very high for these chips, and in the end, maybe, just maybe, too high. McClure’s Spicy Pickle potato chips are good, they just aren’t great. Unlike their pickles that exude crisp, hand packed, original flavors, these potato chips are a bit boring, simple and straightforward. They were simply missing that wow factor that some of our favorite spicy pickle chips like Grippo’s, Zapp’s, and Deep River always provide!
Probably the best aspect of McClure’s chips are the large, mostly unbroken, wide ripple and potato-flavorful chips themselves. Their crunch was a bit too soft and subtle in our opinion, but the nice rustic, dark, charred edges added a great dimension and flavor to the chips. The seasoning blend coating these chips is short lived with a quick, but fleeting burst of vinegar (citric acid), followed by a good amount of dill and just a bit of heat that catches the back of the throat. The seasoning combo just didn’t seem to come together cohesively for us, each one of the three facets above was working on their own, and in the end our mouths could tell.
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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