Rating: ©©©© chips (lip-smacking)
A while back we asked if there was any chance that waffle, or lattice, or criss-cross cut potato chips could be the next big trend in the chip world? Most recently the excessively POPular, healthier option, popped snack alternatives have controlled the recently arrived shelves of our local grocery stores, but in our opinoin, hopefully those days have come to an end. It is time for some new snack faces to dominate the crowd! And while we certainly shouldn’t call the waffle cut potato chip scene the next big trend just yet, it does become very apparent that it is at the very least a worthy contender when the big dog (Frito Lay) decides to hop on the criss-cross band wagon!
Similar to our thoughts on the majority of all things popped, we do not love the style of lattice cut potato chips. They are unique, that is certain, and we appreciate that. However, they feel more like a challenge for our mouths, than something to sit back and enjoy! The double sliced, criss-cross technique results in more fry-able potato chip surface area, producing an extremely crunchy potato chip. Imagine thick cut kettle chips gone wild! We like our teeth, we need our teeth! If you love crunchy chips, then these may be right up your alley. The chips encompass a subtle, underlying potato flavor, highlighted by the appearance of a few chips still sporting their potato skin. And, the majority of chips were unbroken and on the larger side.
So, why would these chips garner a ‘lip-smacking’ rating if we are not the biggest fans of the chips themselves? Well, the seasoning blend of course!! The unique, fresh take, flavor combination! Because the end result tastes unlike any other combination of chips that we can remember tasting in a long time. Why no one has combined black pepper and cheddar cheese up until now, we do not know!
The star of this combination is most definitely the aged cheddar cheese. A rich, white, creamy, slightly funky, aged cheddar seasoning liberally coated ever nook and cranny of the potato chips. Beware, this is not your usual, extra salty, bright orange, cheddar cheese seasoning used on the majority of snacks in this industry. No, this aged cheddar has a more smooth, creamy, aged, earthy, funkiness! When combined with a short burst of finely ground, slightly spicy, black pepper, the combination just pops! Instantly classic flavor combination! The two flavors juxtapose each other just enough to compliment one another!
May we just say we hope that Lay’s, or Frito Lay, decides to utilize this flavor combo on some other chips as well!
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Discovered at Jewell Osco; Westchester, Illinois
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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