Rating: ©©©©-3/4 chips (lip-smacking)
Okay Late July Snacks, we’re not exactly sure where it is that you are trying all of these odd flavored taco truck inspirations (Bacon Habanero – really?! or Sriracha Fresca – whoa!), but if those tacos taste anything like these tortilla chips (which are inspired by them) – well, then we need to get moving right away, and go give these taco trucks a try! Ahhhh, who are we kidding? We’re just going to stay put, and keep enjoying these chips instead!
That’s right Chip Review readers, Late July Snacks strikes again! This time with their lip-smackingly delicious all new Buffalo Queso Clasico Tortilla Chips!! And dare we say that these are our most favorite flavor to date.
First things first, we’re thinking that these chips should have probably been called QUESO Buffalo, instead of Buffalo Queso, as the cheese half of the equation is without a doubt the most pronounced and delicious aspect of this flavor combination. In fact, these buffalo queso flavored chips are probably the first of their flavor kind that we have tasted sooo much cheese up front. Typically the cheese plays second fiddle to the powerful buffalo ingredients, but not this time. This time, queso takes the lead, and dominates the flavor show! And that queso is all at once tangy, salty, creamy, a little funky, and of course delicious to the very last crunch.
As for the buffalo notes, they are certainly there, but they just aren’t quite as bold and overbearing as they typically are with buffalo sauce. We taste a good amount of vinegar and garlic, mingling with just enough cayenne chili pepper, to trigger thoughts of buffalo sauce. Honestly, these chips sort of remind us of the late great Doritos Blazin’ Buffalo & Ranch (only minus the ranch). If we had one gripe with Late July’s buffalo though (which would probably be our only gripe with the chips at all), it would be that we wished they delivered a touch more heat. A bit more burn – zip – pow!
But overall, WOW – these are just top notch tortilla chips! Really flavorful, and really fantastic! The flavors are bright, and not muddled. We can actually taste and identify the multiple layers of flavor, including the superb corn tortilla chip. You know what, these chips taste like light, fresh, crispy corn tortilla chips that have been slathered with a great melting cheese, and a deliciously, mild buffalo sauce.
If you see Late July Organic Chips in your neck of the woods, do yourself a favor and give them a try – all of them!
Chips discovered at Whole Foods; River Forest, Illinois
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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