Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips (lip-smacking)
Not to be confused with the Ginger Ninja Trickster, (although we’re betting that these are in fact, his most favorite chips of all-time!). No, we are talking about Deep River Snack’s Limited Edition Ninja Ginger Kettle Cooked Potato Chips with a KICK!
We learned of these uniquely flavored limited edition potato chips approximately half a year ago via a MICRO-REVIEW posted by Junk Food Guy. Before even reading a single word from JFG’s glowing review, we knew that these were something that we could, and hopefully eventually would, LOVE! Time passed, and yet we still could not find this flavor included anywhere Deep River Snacks were sold….
Luckily for us, and for you, if in fact you are reading this, some generous person over at Deep River Snacks recently heard our pleas (okay our whining….begging….call it what you will), and sent a few samples of that sweet golden-yellow beauty above recently to our headquarters.
We have delayed the actual review long enough, lets get into it. First of all, despite our own personal feelings towards these Ninja Gingers, we do see how they may not be for everyone. They are flavorful, they are assertive, and they do deliver a ginger-FULL “kick”! So, like we said, they may not be for everyone, but they are MOST CERTAINLY FOR US!!
It is always a relief, or let’s call it a pleasant surprise, when we crunch upon a new chip that causes our taste bud engines to start firing at full throttle, and question what we are fueling them with!! Perplexed? Yes. Excited? Certainly. Impressed? Without a doubt!! These Ninja Ginger chips are delicious! First and foremost, let’s get that straight, these chips are capital D-lishish! But, you know what, they also really, really remind us of two other chips.
First, would be Kettle Brand’s Spicy Thai (which just so happens to be one of our favorite chips of all-time). Both Deep River’s and Kettle Brand’s chips utilize the typical utility ingredients of onion and garlic, and both also reference cilantro – we’re guessing more so for color than actual flavor. Both brands also list the addition of a chili pepper, but while Kettle Brand calls out the jalapeño, Deep River remains illusive with the always generic “chili pepper”. All that being said, the real, major, synonymous ingredient that both delicious chips share is…. bet you can’t guess it …..yep, that’s right – GINGER! We cracked the tasty code.
The other chips that we feel like these Ninja Ginger chips remind us of, also happen to be from Deep River Snacks, however they have long been discontinued. Deep River Snack’s Asian Sweet Spicy kettle chips, were some delicious sweet and spicy kettle chips, but that is really all we remember of them.
In the end, all we really want to say is that we love’em. Medium thick, slightly greasy, perfectly crunchy, kettle cooked potato chips coated with a complex, ginger heavy, sweet, salty and slightly spicy seasoning. Delicious!! Easily some of the best chips we have tried this year, and another lip-smacking hit from Deep River Snacks! If you can find them, you should do yourself a treat and buy them.
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 Deep River Snacks for review
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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