Rating: ©© chips (tolerable)
Just when we thought Snyder’s of Hanover’s Korn Krunchers could do no wrong, along comes these very disappointing barbeque flavored variety. In the Krunchers defense, we are very particular about our BBQ flavor. In our opinion there is a very fine line between a delicious tasting barbeque seasoning, and a barely tolerable barbeque flavor. Unfortunately, in this case, the line was crossed – in the wrong direction!
Snyder’s of Hanover has decided to go against all forms of rational pretzel thinking, and release some “boldly flavored corn snacks” aptly called Korn Krunchers! So, 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 deliciously broken 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 crunchy pretzel pieces. In an ideal world, SOH would resourcefully use their leftover, broken during the manufacturing process, pretzel pieces to creatively provide us with these tasty bites (unlikely scenario, we know)! The most impressive aspect of the “broken” pieces, is how their exposed porous, bread-y structure willfully absorb an ample amount of whatever flavoring SOH is applying.
Well, one glance into this bag and our initial thoughts are reaffirmed, these Korn Krunchers do look identical to the Pretzel Pieces. Practically 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. Yet, despite all of similarities, we are thrilled to report that the self declared ‘crunchy nuggets’ are truly a unique creation all their own!
The Korn Krunchers initial mouth texture produced a hard, sturdy crunch just like the Pretzel Pieces do, but after a few more chews, their more rustic texture appeared. Combine that with an impressively strong corn presence, reminiscent of delicious, fresh corn tortillas, and we’ve got a new snack unlike any other. After a few (OK, a bunch) more handfuls, and chews, and swallows, it became apparent that the corn-pretzel hybrids actually have quite a grainy texture to them, reminiscent of a good corn bread.
However, despite Korn Krunchers’ delicious texture and corn essence, the pieces take a turn for the worse with their very sweet barbeque seasoning. Naturally sweet tomato combined with some deep, sticky, sugar heavy molasses to create an overly sweet combination. Any notes of vinegar or heat that may be present are all but extinguished by the blanket of sugar that coats the pieces. The ingredients list even mentions the inclusion of Worcestershire sauce, but we are just going to have to take Snyder’s word for that one! The pieces did exude some BBQ smoke, but nothing to write home about. Plain and simple, we like our barbeque more savory than sweet!
In the end, while the flavor actually does compliment the rustic Korn Krunchers rather nicely, it also clashes with our palettes so immensely that we simply cannot appreciate these. We’ll be sticking with the other Korn Krunchers flavors!
For some other thoughts, check out Junk Food Guy’s review.
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
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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