Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips (notable)
Well, it appears that Texas Pete Hot Sauce flavored Herr’s Potato Chips fit squarely in-line with our week of mediocre (notably average) chips we’ve reviewed. Not that anything is necessarily really wrong with any of them (except for those Pico de Gallo potato chips…tolerable at best), it’s just that in nearly every way possible they all ceased to impress.
First and foremost, these kettle cooked ripple style potato chips from Herr’s are definitely more crunchy than most. They are thicker cut, with medium-wide ripples, and when combined with being kettle cooked, their texture is verging on, gums bleedingly, too crunchy. There is probably a good reason why thicker cut kettle cooked potato chips are not very often rippled, or waved, or ridged – because it seems like a little too much going on!
The sad thing is that the overly crunchy texture of the kettle cooked potato chips are actually their most interesting characteristic. The light orange, sporadically dusted, Texas Pete Hot Sauce seasoning embodies all the typical characteristics of a hot sauce – cayenne chili, vinegar, salt – except that this seasoning is so subtle, it is practically nonexistent. While we can appreciate the flavor simplicity, because the flavor of the potato chips themselves are actually sort of tasty, but calling these chips hot sauce flavored is a bit of a stretch!
Lets just say that we assume, and we’re hoping, that Texas Pete’s actual hot sauce has more flavor than these,
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Chips provided to Chip Review by Herr’s Foods for review.
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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