REVIEW: Munchos – Flamin’ Hot Potato Crisps

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Munchos - Flamin' Hot


Call us crazy, but apparently we had never realized that Munchos Potato Crisps were a part of the Frito Lay dynasty!!

Maybe, this is because Frito Lay doesn’t like to admit it…?  Maybe, Munchos are like that weird uncle who only shows up every four years at the family reunion.  They are a weird potato crisp breed.  Sort of like a Pringles – Lay’s – Pop Chips hybrid.  Munchos are light, very light.  In fact, we would almost describe them as a potato puff.  They are definitely “a light-tasting crispy snack”, but at the same time, they sort of melt in the mouth like a cheese puff once the tongue makes contact.  They certainly do not have much earthy potato flavor, and somehow, despite having 10 grams of fat per serving, they exhibit no richness.  To be completely honest, the Munchos’ crisps on their own do not do much for us.  Plain and simple, we look at them as a flavor delivery device, and as such, they serve their purpose, but they do not add any flavor dimension.

A little while ago we reviewed Chester’s Flamin’ Hot Popcorn, and just like we made fun of Frito Lay for regurgitating their provenly popular Flamin’ Hot flavor across their snack brand breadth, feel free to poke fun at us for plagiarizing our own words since they will suitably work here as well:

“Top Secret Internal (hypothetical) Press Release from Frito Lay Headquarters:

Here’s an idea, rather than try to be creative, and waste loads of money to reinvent the flavor wheel, let’s just utilize an already universally accepted and well liked flavor, widespread across all of our many brands??  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – Duh!

“We have been trying to pin point exactly what the Flamin’ Hot recipe actually includes, but apparently, it transforms and adjusts according to what brand of snack it is on?!?  First, we were going to proclaim that Flamin’ Hot seasoning seems to always include cheese powder as an ingredient of the Flamin’ Hot recipe .  And, we were thinking that maybe this is due to the fact that Flamin’ Hot originated as a Cheetos flavor, and Cheetos, in and of themselves, are “naturally” (we use that word loosely here) cheesy.  So, that would make the Flamin’ Hot recipe a cheesy recipe…despite no declaration of being so.  However, then we thought back to Flamin’ Hot Fritos, and Flamin’ Hot Funyuns, and now we can add Munchos to this club as well, because none of these snacks include cheese within their Flamin’ Hot seasoning.

Munchos’ specific Flamin’ Hot seasoning blend recipe is very reminiscent of a spicy, and slightly vinegary, hot wing sauce.  This combo is definitely a bit different than any other Flamin’ Hot version that we have tasted.  The potato crisps encompass a bright, spicy cayenne chili flavor, combined with some tongue tingling, nasally vinegar notes.  Normally, the spiciness comes from an ample dose of some unnatural acid that confuses our mouths into thinking we are eating something like a chile.  This recipe is good, but not great, and when combined with Munchos’ lackluster excuse for a potato crisp, certainly nothing to write home about.  Yet, we cannot deny the simple fact that we couldn’t stop eating these.  Something about the tangy and spicy flavor combined with the light and crispy texture was a bit irresistible.

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

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