Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips (lip-smacking)
By now, we all recognize Snyder’s of Hanover (SOH) as the “timeless masters of hard sour dough pretzel snacks” (and just so we are clear here, that is us, quoting ourselves). And here at Chip Review we can’t even begin to count the number of times we have touted their deserving pretzel making merits!! Their Pretzel Pieces technique is a thing of delicious genius and beauty, but more on that a bit later.
Rather than remain content, and simply ride the crunchy coat tails of their popular pretzel products, Snyder’s has decided to go against all forms of rational thinking, and release some “boldly flavored corn snacks” called Korn Krunchers! So, without further ado, we ask you: what the heck are these things?!?
At first glance, based on the snapshot from the front of the packaging, we would have to say that these Korn Krunchers look exactly like Snyder’s oh-so-delicious Pretzel Pieces. For any of you out there who are somehow unfamiliar with Snyder’s of Hanover’s Pretzel Pieces let us explain to you our perfect scenario beliefs regarding the deliciously crunchy pretzel pieces. In a perfect world, SOH would resourcefully use their leftover, broken during the manufacturing process, pretzel pieces to creatively provide us with these tasty bites (unlikely, we know)! Due to the structure of these “broken” pretzel pieces, they generously expose their very porous, bread-y insides and willfully absorb an ample amount of whatever flavoring SOH is applying.
Well, one glance into the bag and our thoughts are reaffirmed, these Korn Krunchers look identical to the Pretzel Pieces. Really, no visual difference at all! In fact, one more glance at the ingredient’s list on the back of the bag shows that low and behold the first ingredient for these Krunchers is not actually corn, but flour! That’s right F-L-O-U-R, that magical grain that bread-y creations, like say P-R-E-T-Z-E-L-S are made of. Still, despite all of similarities, we are thrilled to report that the self declared ‘crunchy nuggets’ are truly a unique creation all their own!
Their initial mouth texture crunches just like the hard Pretzel Pieces do, but after a few more chews, the true rustic texture appears, and combines with a strong corn presence reminiscent of deliciously fresh corn tortillas. After a few more handfuls, and chews, it became apparent that the corn-pretzel hybrids actually have quite a grainy texture, similar to that of a good corn bread.
Their flavoring is quite complimentary to the corn flavored nuggets. Usually, we expect a brash, spicy chile flavor from the traditional Mexican flavor combo, but somehow Snyder’s has eluded these these negatives and delivered a more mild combination. The sharp, sour zing of citrus melds with a subtle chile burn, all despite the electric red seasoning liberally coating each Krunchy Korn!
All and all, we love the aspect of these tasty new creations.
Junk Food Guy has already reviewed the other two flavors, and he seems to be a big fan!
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Discovered at Jewel Osco; Westchester, Illinois
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©© – tolerable
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