REVIEW: Engine Co. 51 – Hot Ripple Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Engine Co. 51 - Hot RippleWeeeeuuuuu!!  Weeeeuuuuu!! (firetruck sirens….right?….no?….how would you spell them?!?).  Either way, somebody better call the fire station because it is getting HOT IN HERE!!!

From the back of the bag:

Get ready to feel the heat of Engine Co. 51.  While others fight to extinguish the blaze, we crank it up a notch.  Packed with the same intensity as those who rush into burning buildings, our Hot Ripple Chips are sure to spark a fire with smoke eater everywhere.

We have tasted, rated, and reviewd many, many, many different hot, or spicy, or what ever flamin’ adjective you want to use, chips over the years.  Some of them have been really good (such as Old Dutch and Archer Farms), and many of them, not so much!  Engine Co. 51’s fall somewhere right in the middle.  We love it when the brand takes the generic flavor name route (sarcastic font used), and provides us with no REAL description as to what their “hot” flavor will actually taste like!

That being said, Engine Co. 51’s Hot Ripple Chips do not take us anywhere we haven’t already been many times before, and they are exactly what they say they are – Hot Ripple – nothing more, nothing less.

Here is what you can expect from a generically named “hot” potato chip.  First of all – bright red.  There can obviously be plenty of variation between bright reds, but the hot chips should be dusted with a good layer of red seasoning powder.  Ingredients – heavy on the paprika, both for color and for that distinct smoky layer, reminiscent of BBQ flavored chips.  Of course any seasoned potato chip would not be complete without its most favorite seasoning friends – onion and garlic – need we say more (in other words, if you have never paid attention to the ingredients of your favorite flavored chips, take a look when you have a minute, and we are 99% sure that you will spot good old onion and garlic smack dab in the middle of that list.  Lastly, and most certainly not least, the chips must have some form of heat to them.  This comes in many different variations, but in our opinion – the more, the better.  For goodness sake, you’re naming your chips HOT, make us believe it!!

Luckily for us, Engine Co. 51 brings the heat!  The hot & spicy seasoning blend didn’t seem very hot or spicy at first taste, but……. after a couple of handfuls of the crunchy chips that HOT appeared with a pow!  A rather intense heat that grew and lingered with time.  The more chips we ate, the spicier our mouths got.  Eventually to a level where we actually felt a bit uncomfortable!  Somebody call a different fire department!  Bravo Engine Co. 51, Bravo!!

As for the potato chips themselves, they were pretty standard issue thinner-ripple potato chips, with a softer crunch, and a slightly greasy appearance and finish.  A perfectly adequate vehicle for delivering salty HOT seasoning to our mouths.

Well, that’s about it, we would just like to take a second to say welcome to the chip game Engine Co. 51!  Not a bad first chip to review.  We look forward to trying a few of your other spicy delights!

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 KLN  for review

KLN Family Brands Official Website

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

© return to sender

©© tolerable

©©© – notable

©©©© – lip-smacking

©©©©©“A” list


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