Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips (lip-smacking)
One of these things are so lip-smackingly different and delicious, that they even made us sing this song!!
Every once in a while we cross paths with a new snack that just does not fit nicely into any one category. Something new and unique! Sure, we’ve tasted and reviewed plenty of snack mixes, and even some of those have been of the sweet chocolate varietal, but never before have we tasted such a deliciously odd combination of chocolate and savory flavors!!
Just a short while ago we reviewed another unique sweet and salty snack mix by the name of It’s Freakin’ Awesome Nosh Bag! And just like we fell head over heals with that unique mix, we have found another tasty surprise in Wicked Mix’s Chocolate-Laced!
Wicked Mix has three flavors or varieties of their Wicked Mixes. There’s Spicy Original, Spicy Hot Chipotle, and then of course these Chocolate-Laced. Wicked Mix was kind enough to send us some of each to taste and review! Yeah, we know-we know, it is a tough job but someone has got to do it!! If we are being completely honest with you, we started our tasting process with the Chocolate-Laced flavor first because we were the least excited for it. Sure, we appreciate sweet and salty combinations, kettle corn popcorn is one of our all-time favorite snacks, but more often than not snacks that are covered in chocolate, completely lose sight of the sweet and salty (or savory) juxtaposition! Luckily for you, and us, and them, Wicked Mix has found that happy medium spot where every ingredient jives and comes together to form a unique flavor experience!
First, what exactly does Wicked Mix consist of? Well, a delightfully nutty combination of Pecan halves, Cashews, Almonds, plus 4 other tasty morsels…? Tasty morsels? Huh?! Don’t look at us, that is Wicked Mix’s own description. We think that those other morsels would be the pretzels, Chex like criss-cross wheat crisps, and some unusual honey roasted sesame crisps. Those morsels are then spiced with a wicked liquid brew containing 8 spices, some secret, some not, resulting in a tasty snack mix that cannot be adequately described, only experienced. But, since we are in the business of describing snacks to you, so you can in turn decide if you want to experience them, let us try and give this a shot. The Wicked Mix combo is impressively heavy on the nuts (which is always a good thing in our books) coated with a tangy, spicy, salty, savory, chocolatey-sweet flavor layer. At first the seasoning confuses the palette, but if you stick in there long enough to let the flavors develop, and give it a real open minded shot, we think that your taste buds will end eventually thank you!! To get a good idea of the depth of flavor going on with this mix, just take a look at some of ingredients (and mind you, in the end this is all finished with a drizzle of white and dark chocolates): distilled white vinegar, onions, ANCHOVIES, garlic, cloves, tamarind extract, fully aged peppers, salt, LARD, garlic, salt, Cayenne pepper & CELERY salt!! Whoa! That is one delicious mouthful!
Not to plagiarize a line from some of our own work, but this little snippet from a recent review just fits too perfectly not to use it – The myriad of contrasting ingredients are amazingly cohesive, and despite the unique combination they tasted oddly familiar? And that’s just it, this Wicked Mix hits all of those familiar flavor notes our childhood Chex Mix, while at the same time, taking it somewhere new and delicious!
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Mix provided to Chip Review by Wicked Mix for review
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