BIJOU-REVIEW: Cape Cod – Roasted Black Garlic Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips  (lip-smacking)

Cape Cod - Roasted Black GarlicOne word: Umami-tang-a-funk-a-licious!

That’s right, Cape Cod’s newer-ish Limited Batch kettle cooked potato chips are deliciously tangy, funky and unique.

First, let’s discuss the question that at least some of us are thinking “what is black garlic?”  Is it a varietal of garlic?  Is it old rotten garlic?

According to the world wide web: “Black garlic is a type of caramelized garlic (a Maillard reaction, not fermentation)….made by heating whole bulbs of garlic over the course of several weeks, a process that results in black cloves. The taste is sweet and syrupy with hints of balsamic vinegar or tamarind.” (

Well, we can certainly concur these chips exude notes of sweet and syrupy balsamic vinegar.  In fact, they practically deliver a sticky mouth sensation, without actually being sticky at all.

There are still hints of what we typically recognize as garlic flavor – fragrant, pungent, earthy, only without any of the usual “spicy” bite.  That heat has been converted into sweet.  Sort of like roasting garlic, only not really at all….

Plain and simple, these chips are unlike anything else on the market today.  Bravo to Cape Cod for attempting this flavor, and delivering something so funky and weird.

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.

Chips discovered at Stop & Shop; West Hartford, Connecticut

Cape Cod Official Website

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

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