Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips (lip-smacking)
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know. We just keep on reviewing those “generic” brands that we continually tell you we don’t review. Heck, it was only mere days ago that we reviewed Meijer’s Honey Butter flavored potato chips. But, when these “generic” brands like 365, and in this case, Meijer, continue creating such deliciously unique flavors as Grilled Pineapple and Jalapeño, we cannot help ourselves, and nor should we, or you for that matter! These flavors are just too outrageous to pass up.
First things first, these chips are certainly not for everyone. If the sound of this flavor combination doesn’t automatically wet those taste buds, you should probably just leave them be. However, if you are like us, and you can’t wait to try the next weird and wacky flavor (Kung Pao Chicken anyone?), then these may just be right up your alley, because they are quite tasty!
Who knew that grilled pineapple and jalapeño worked well together?? Well, apparently anyone who has enjoyed one of these pizzas. Or, anyone who loves some good al pastor tacos with some spicy jalapeños in there, that’s who. OOOooooh, and speaking of which, doesn’t that sound like a great chip flavor – Al Pastor?? That would probably work better with corn tortilla chips right? Seeing as how tacos are made using corn tortillas……
Okay, focus, getting back on track. This flavor combination plain old works, and it works well with crunchy kettle cooked potato chips . Right off the bat we get those sweet, tropical, sort of sour, grilled (maybe?) pineapple flavors. In a blind taste test we may not have actually been able to pinpoint that it was pineapple we were supposed to be tasting, but once our palettes were already primed, we got it right away. On the tail end of the flavor came those spicy, vegetal-ly, jalapeño chili pepper notes that helped to cut some of the sweet, while still keeping the party rockin’!
You know what chips these remind us a lot of?? Hawaiian Chip Company’s Mango Habanero Kettle Chips. Not quite that deliciously spicy, complex, or intriguing, but definitely similar in that they combined a great chili flavor, and some heat with a sweet, tropical fruit not typically paired with fried potato slices.
Meijer’s kettle cooked potato chips are everything we could hope they would be. Medium-thick, a bit greasy and extra crunchy. A perfectly sturdy medium for the bold seasoning.
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Chips discovered at….where else – Meijer; Bolingbrook, Illinois
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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