Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips (lip-smacking)
If there is one thing we know about Peruvian cuisine it is that they know, and love, their potatoes. Let’s put it this way, there are 5,000 some odd potato varieties in the world, and over 3,000 of them come from, or near, Peru. They have red potatoes, and yellow potatoes, they have orange sweet potatoes, and even bright purple potatoes. So, the fact that they know how to properly fry a sliced potato should come as no surprise. Long live the potato!
Probably our biggest pet peeve when it comes to bbq flavored chips is that all too often companies simply go too far sweet with their seasoning blends. For some reason they just can’t seem to find that perfect balance of sweet and savory. Well, Viva La Papa’s Anticucho BBQ seasoning is a delicious example of cohesiveness. If we had to pinpoint what we like most about the blend, it would probably be how savory it is. The seasoning recipe relies much more on the tomato and vinegar, than it does on any sugar, or smoke. If you are like us and prefer your bbq chips more savory than sweet, then you most likely love these!
Even more impressive than Viva La Papa’s bbq seasoning is their potato chips. The extra crunchy potato chips are definitely on the thicker side. Probably the two best words we can think of to describe them would be hearty and rustic. They just seem to exhibit this homemade quality, that really highlights flavor over appearance. The chips taste like fried potatoes, in other words, you can actually taste potato. We really like them!
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Discovered at T. J. Maxx; Lincoln Park, Illinois
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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