Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips (lip-smacking)
There sure are A LOT of cayenne chili peppers on the front of this bag! We count 13 of them, how many do you see? One other quick question, are there really green cayenne chili peppers out there? If there are, we have not seen them, and we would assume that they would then be unripe right…..?
Apparently, the cayenne chili pepper is also known as the Guinea spice, cow-horn pepper, red hot chili pepper, bird pepper, or in its common powdered form simply red pepper. Wait, does that mean that the spice jars we have in our pantry labeled cayenne chili powder, and simply red chili powder, are actually the same thing? You tricky spice companies, you pulled one over on us this time!
Initial thought – these are really great chips! Plain and simple, lip-smacking!! Usually, when we think of cayenne chili powder (which is what we were assuming these chips would be seasoned with), we envision a blander chili pepper flavor that provides a lot more warmth, than any actual flavor. Well, luckily for us (and you, if you happen to find yourself traveling through South Dakota), Dakota Style’s flavor description does their chips no flavor justice, and in turn, they exceeded our expectations by a long shot! The chips have so much more depth and complexity than we could have hoped for!
The first flavor note we detected was a certain level of….citrus?! Maybe, sour citric acid? Yeah, that could be it, but then also a tangy, nasal zing from some…vinegar?! Yummy. The actual cayenne heat does show up but it is a bit delayed. Then it hit us, these chips are not cayenne flavored, cayenne is one of the ingredients, but not the entire flavor, these chips taste like Tabasco!! Which in our books is always a good thing! In fact, these chips, which are not being called Tabasco flavored taste more like Tabasco Hot Sauce than any other Tabasco flavored snacks that we have ever tried. Talk about ironic! We’re starting to wonder if Dakota Style simply could not get the okay to use the good old Tabasco brand name?!? Whatever it may be, we know our Tabasco, and these delicious cayenne flavored chips taste like Tabasco Hot Sauce.
We are fairly certain that it is safe to say that these are our new favorites from Dakota Style! It used to be either the Spicy Ranch, or the Blaze ‘N Hot flavored kettle chips, but these new ones reign supreme. We seem to have a thing for Dakota Style’s spicier flavors, even when they are trying to trick us into thinking that they are only cayenne flavored!
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 from Dakota Style Chips for review
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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