Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips (lip-smacking)
We really appreciate how Trader Joe’s just loves keeping their packaging light, and a little quirky! With these latest chips we get an orange haired young chap, who is apparently dressed for his St. Patty’s Day party or something, and is reflecting to himself – “Everything changed the day I discovered…”
We have to assume that this reflection is in regards to the day he discovered these chips.
Well, we’re not going to go so far as to say that everything changed the day that we discovered….. these Somewhat Spicy Dill flavored Kettle Cooked Potato Chips. But, we can guess that things would certainly change for us if we wore an outfit such as the one this guys is wearing!
The Spicy Dill variety is not necessarily a new combo in the chip flavor game, but it is one that has not really picked up steam with the “big” brand companies. Most of the chip companies willing to venture into this tangy flavor realm seem to be a bit more of the independent sort.
Most certainly our all-time favorites from this flavor combo variety are Grippo’s Hot Dill Pickle Potato Chips. It is very likely that these are no longer available, but our memories of these herbal-y-spicy thin cut potato chips were forever live on! We are also huge fans of Zapp’s, and Deep River’s potato chip versions. We are happy to report that Trader Joe’s Somewhat Spicy rendition can be added to that list of favorite versions!
TJ’s medium-thin cut kettle cooked potato chips are fantastic! Perfectly crispy, with just the right amount of mouth pleasing body. We couldn’t really taste any potato flavor underneath the powerful seasoning blend, but that was just fine since that seasoning was a delicious recipe.
Joe’s seasoning recipe reminded us a lot of McClure’s Bloody Mary chips. First, comes the tongue tingling spicy acidic-chile burn. The acidic burn attacks the throat and the nasal cavity sort of harshly, but then quickly subdues to the moderate chile burn that resides in the mouth! The one-two spicy punch. The fragrant dill herbal notes flutter there in the background, bringing thoughts of pickles to the mind. Garlic is also very present.
The flavor combo works deliciously well! If you are a fan of spicy chips, or pickle flavored chips, then we’re fairly confident that you would be fans of these as well. Make sure to let us know your comments below regarding these chips, or the day everything changed when you discovered…..what?”
For another take check out What’s Good at Trader Joe’s review.
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Discovered at Trader Joe’s (of course); La Grange, Illinois
Chip Ratings Scale:
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©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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