REVIEW: Herr’s Kettle Cooked – Cheddar Bacon Jalapeno Potato Chips

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Herr's - Cheddar Bacon Jalapeno Kettle Cooked Potato Chips



Based solely on flavor concept alone, this combo would seem like it simply could not fail.  A culinary slam dunk. First of all, jalapeno is the spicy chile pepper of choice for every brand of chips these days.  Secondly, jalapeno and cheddar is a proven and tasty classic flavor combination.  Lastly, everyone knows, and should agree, that everything tastes better with bacon.  So, one plus two plus three should equal a new flavor home run!  Right?

Unfortunately, for you, and us, the stars did not align this time.  Rather, A plus B plus C, equaled a culinary strike out in our opinion.  In other words, they did not taste very good together.  Right off, Herr’s crunchy kettle cooked chips start off sugary sweet.  What exactly the sweetness is there for, or supposed to represent, we’re not exactly sure.  Maybe it is supposed to act as a part of the bacon aspect, or perhaps to help counter the peculiar and overly salty bacon seasoning.  Either way, it is not very effective.

We are at a cross roads as to whether these flavors were not executed well, or executed well together.  The seasoning blend is not very cheesy; despite an ample dusting of bright orange powder.  The bacon seasoning is slightly smoky, slightly porky, very-very salty, and leaves an off-putting aftertaste in our mouths.  The jalapeno aspect, practically nonexistent.  Maybe the tiniest bit of tingly in the backs of our throats after countless handfuls of chips, but with none of the chile flavor.  All together, the chips sort of taste like some super salty BBQ flavored chips.

Each of the three flavors, on their own, were executed to satisfactory standards at best.  So, maybe these flavors are not meant to be joined together, and maybe they would bring too much competition against each other to ever be a happy family, however, it seems as though they were not given a shot from the get go!

As always we would love to hear what you think.  Let us know.

Chips provided to Chip Review by Herr’s Foods, Inc. for review

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

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©© tolerable

©©© – notable

©©©© – lip-smacking

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