Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips (notable)
Is there anything better than enjoying freshly made guacamole & tortilla chips outside on the patio in the warm summer sun? Those bright green, perfectly ripened, and flavorful avocados all mashed together with a handful of complimentary ingredients, creating a perfectly harmonious chunky dip.
Let’s take a moment to evaluate why it is so difficult for a chip company to capture what we really love about guacamole. First of all, the texture. Predominantly consisting of chunky avocado pieces that exude a rich and unctuous mouth feel, that is offset with bright pops of onion, garlic, tomato and cilantro. Secondly, fat on fat. Sure, in both cases we enjoy the deliciously fried corn tortilla chips, but with real, fresh guacamole, we that fat level is heightened to a whole new level. Lastly, with real guacamole it is mandatory be have cold margaritas or beer within an arm’s reach at all times (we’re fairly certain that this is a law…). And, we can’t say the same about whether or not this same “law” is mandatory with guacamole flavored chips?
Food Should Taste Good’s Guacamole Tortilla Chips do a fairly good job of hitting the flavor notes of real guacamole. First, right off the bat is a waft of some vegetal presence. Next, came a powerful lime note, followed closely by a bit of heat. Actually, that bit of heat continued to build as we consumed more chips. The chips were rounded out with a muddled melange of other flavors that seemed to include cilantro, chili, tomato, garlic, onion, and even cumin. The chips were flavorful, and pretty tasty, but something about them seemed sort of weird.
It took us a few minutes of pondering to really pinpoint what it was that perplexed us about these chips. First of all, the chips are not reallly seasoned in the typical sense of the description. Normally, we can taste the “flavor” of the chip by licking them, because they have been coated with a dusting of seasoning. These chips were not coated with seasoning, instead the flavorful ingredients were ground, or mixed, directly into the tortilla chip’s dough. While this is not the first time we have seen this technique, we can’t say that we really enjoyed this technique with these chips very much. On another note, we also did not enjoy the use of the ultra aromatic lime oil; especially without the use of some type of acid, or sour notes to accurately represent the citrus. These chips really could have used that burst of citric acid, or some vinegar, to cut through all of the powerful, slightly monotone, flavor components.
All that being said, we found the fresh, and crispy tortilla chips very easy to eat. Their dirty green color made us feel like we were getting our veggie servings in while still enjoying some crunchy goodness. While they may not be satisfying our urges for real guacamole and chips, we would gladly crunch on these in a pinch. Once again, we should definitely recognize Food Should Taste Good’s decision to push the industry’s flavor limits, and continually add unique flavors to their impressive line-up.
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 Food Should Taste Good Brand for review
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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