Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips (lip-smacking)
Records indicate that it has been a few years since we tried anything new from Nascar racing superstar Mr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (and yes, that’s right, Dale does chips!); but leave it to a small town Minnesota gas station to surprise us with these ‘new’ (to us at least) Hot and Spicy Fries! And to that, all we really have to say is ‘Chip lovers start your fry chompin’ engines!!’
We wouldn’t say that we have tried a lot of different crunchy fry snacks over the years, but for the most part we have never really been huge fans of any that we have tasted (until now!). Honestly, crispy potato fry snacks just seem like they are trying to be, and inevitably wishing that they were, classic corn puffs. But, what we have discovered is that “puffed” potato fries just don’t have the same crispy, yet delicate, and most importantly melt-able, mouth texture that everyone’s favorite cheese puffs do. The fries are certainly crispy, crunchy in fact, but the potato just doesn’t evoke that same silky, smooth mouth feel, and certainly do not melt down into a rich pool of fat upon the tongue.
As we indicated above, these Hot and Spicy Fries from Dale Jr. Foods are surprisingly delicious! Coated with a bright red dusting, and apparently a seasoning combination that includes cheese, of course the usual suspects of garlic and onion, plus a real dash of both jalapeño and habanero chili peppers. Despite the chili peppers addition, we wouldn’t say that these are really hot and spicy. The peppers do eventually make their presence felt after a few handfuls but won’t be sending anyone to the fridge for the milk. More impressive than the heat was simply the overall flavor spectrum of this seasoning. The flavor combination really came together as a whole and complimented the crispy fries to the best of its ability.
So, if you, like us, have never really considered yourself a fan of potato fry snacks, we suggest you give these a try and see if Dale can change your mind just like he changed ours!
As always we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree. Let us know.
Fries discovered at Holiday Gas Station; Bemidji, Minnesota
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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