Rating: ©©©©© chips (“A” list)
— Inside: One Deadly Chip —
The reaper is waiting. Any last words?
IT’S DAMN HOT.
We could go on, and on, referencing Paqui’s quippy packaging slogans, but all we really want to do is say:
Bravo Paqui. Bravo.
We don’t normally show you more than a single picture from the front of the bag, but we’re feeling like this packaging warrants a couple more shots.
Details (“warnings”) from the back of the coffin, and the single Fear the Reaper chip bag from inside.
In all seriousness, Paqui’s new One Chip Challenge may just go down in history as the single greatest chip marketing promotion that we have ever encountered! The videos posted all over the internet of people attempting the One Chip Challenge, combined with Paqui’s absolutely, freakishly, fantastic packaging, had us fearing these chips even prior to tasting them.
Quick backstory on Chip Review and Paqui. We reached out to Paqui Tortilla Chips over three years ago about reviewing their small-ish line of chips. After a few weeks of back and forth, Doug finally got a sample box out to us. If you have ever checked out our 25 Chips to Christmas then needless to say that we were WOWED by the amazing quality of Paqui’s Grilled Habanero flavored tortilla chips. Not just for their spot on attention to flavor detail but also for their willingness to really push the heat level to somewhere we had never tasted before.
Later that year, around Halloween time, Paqui reached out to us about being the first to taste, and review, their Limited Edition Haunted Ghost Pepper flavored tortilla chips. Once again, if you have ever checked out our 25 Chips to Christmas, then you know that we were wowed by these as well. Once again, Paqui pushed the heat to a level we had never before tasted on chips.
Fast forward to today: Paqui Tortilla Chips – The One Chip Challenge – Carolina Reaper Madness. Lets break
these chips, hold on, sorry, this chip experience down for you.
Truth be told, we typically start out by licking a chip. We like to get a taste of the seasoning on its own. This time was no different. Lick 1 – wow, really delicious. And, yeah, that’s pretty spicy. One more lick – yep, these are very delicious. Another amazing seasoning blend by Paqui. Fruity, smoky, floral chile notes…..
Hold on now, wait a second…..
Oh yeah, there it is…..
OMG!!!!!!! HOLY HELL!! F&$^(#F!!!!
Yep, that’s right, Paqui brought the heat once again! It takes a little while to really hit you, but then once it does, you can expect some compounding, persistent, PAIN! The tongue was actually throbbing. Two glasses of milk, and about ten minutes later and the heat practically disappeared. We survived.
We are calling these chip, “A” list – perfect, not because they are our most favorite chips, or even that we would want to taste another one, but because they live up to everything they promise, and everything we expect from Paqui. Without a doubt, the spiciest chips of all-time!
Bravo Paqui. Bravo.
As always, these are our thoughts, agree or disagree, let us know.
Chip provided to Chip Review by JK, for review, plus to torture us….
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
©©©©© – “A” list