REVIEW: Barcel – Fuego Potato Chips

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Barcel - Fuego Potato ChipsAre these chips really new?  Or, at least newer-ish?  Or, neither, and simply retain their “new” label because it intrigues consumers?

Either way, we’ve never tried them before, despite having tried a lot of Barcel’s snacks.  As far as their potato chips go, at some point in time they went from being called Papas Toreadas to just chips with a homestyle crunch.

First, and most foremost, these potato chips are ELECTRIC RED!  Not cherry red, not candy apple red.  We’re talking blindingly, deep, bright red!  We’re not exaggerating here, are you familiar with Cheetos Flamin’ Hot?  Of course you are.  They are pretty red right?  The answer to that would be NO, not when compared to these chips.  These chips blow their timid red out of the water!

As for the chips themselves they are definitely en fuego!  They are spicy – very, very spicy.  Not necessarily linger on your tongue, and throat, and slowly burn you from the inside out spicy that the hottest chile peppers will do.  But more of an instantaneous wam-bam burn, tongue zinging burn.  An acidic burn.  Somewhere far off in the flavor distance was the lightest splash of lime.  But for the most part we are simply talking about eating very spicy, bright red potato chips.

The homestyle potato chips are crispy, medium thick fried and do the crunchy trick!

Takis discovered at Walmart; Countryside, Illinois

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25 Chips to Christmas….

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Barcel Takis – Xplosion (cheese and chilli pepper)

Takis - Xplosion

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That’s right – not one, but TWO rolled tortilla style chips in our Top 25 chips of the year (what is this chip world coming to!)!!  We can admit it, we had no expectations whatsoever when we grabbed this bright red bag from our local grocery store chip aisle.  But, and we’re talking about a huge but here – (insert joke here) – these Takis blew us away.  A unique combination of tangy, almost sour, cheese, combined with potently, electric red, chile seasoning that just ignited and pleased our taste buds!

REVIEW: Barcel Takis – Xplosion (cheese and chilli pepper)

Rating: ©©©©-3/4 chips  (lip-smacking)

Takis - XplosionWow!  Maybe that is all we should say?!  Just leave it at that!  Boom! Wow! Xplosion!  Drop the bag, stop our chomping, and walk away!!

Truthfully, we never thought the day would come when we would actually be flabbergasted, and head-over-heals excited about a Takis product of any flavor, shape or type!  Well, that day has passed, and along came a giant new flavor XPLOSION, and we probably don’t have enough good adjectives to accurately explain our enthusiasm for Takis’ deliciously new cheese and chilli pepper rolled tortilla chips!

A little back story may be necessary to properly set up why these particular Takis are so fantastic:

The Barcel Chip Company does a few different styles of snacks, but we’re fairly certain that their Takis line is their number one seller.  Takis are a riff on the uber popular gas station delicacy, the taquito.  For those of you completely oblivious to gas station food, or Mexican cuisine (flautas), taquitos typically consist of corn tortillas filled with meat/cheese, rolled into cylinder shapes and then deep fried (delicious sounding, we know).  Barcel’s Takis are a crunchy snack variation of this item that is filled with anything, but they are corn tortilla chips that have been rolled tight, deep fried and then seasoned for our tasting pleasure.

However, where this taquitos inspired style of chip ROLLS us very wrong, is in the shape and texture!  We do not love the shape, crunch or consistency of the tightly rolled tortilla chips.  We miss our tortilla chip sides that we can run our tongues across, and lick the seasoning.  The Takis don’t have much licking surface at all (we prefer our chips to have two sides – twice the seasoning coverage!).  The crunch and consistency of the Taki much more heavy and dense than traditional tortilla chips.  By rolling the tortilla chips into little taquito shapes, layers are created, and these layers result in a lot more heavy, jaw workout, crunching.  Some people love this, but overall, we do not!  We prefer a lighter and crispier crunch and consistency.  Which is part of why we love these, please continue.

Wow!  We may already have mentioned that above, but in case we didn’t, we thought we had better let you know.  Takis’ cheese and chilli pepper combo is a tangy, funky, zippy, cheesy, and spicy flavor XPLOSION!  The flavor combo is somehow unlike anything we have ever tasted.  Seriously, the chilli & cheese seasoning has a deliciously funky cheese flavor to it!  Almost like an aged, stinky cheese?!  Then there is this sour layer of flavor that sort of tastes like lime, but is more likely just a combo of the cheese, whey, citric acid and and potassium chloride.  It is unusual, and we could see some people possibly not liking it, but to us it was magic!  Finally, at the tail end was the heat.  We did not think that there was much at first, but then the hot chilli pepper resin (that’s what the ingredient list calls it?), appears and does its job well.  We would rename the flavor to funky lime and chile cheese!

But Chip Review, what makes the texture of these rolled tortilla Takis any different than all of the others?  Because, as you have so thoroughly explained above, your main issue with these chips are their texture and design, and these appear to inhabit the same basic formation.

We don’t exactly know what to say, or how to explain it, but the texture of these Takis definitely delivers a softer crunch than any others we have tasted.  Could it be the addition of cheese?  It seems as though the enzymes from the cheese cultures have actually broken down the corn tortilla proteins, in turn removing much of the hard and dense crunch that we complain about with the Takis rolled tortilla chips!  And, if you believe any of that, than we also have a bag of chips made of gold that we would like to sell you.  And we should probably mention that we have absolutely no clue if anything we just said actually makes sense from a technical standpoint?!  But, whatever it may be, we don’t really care because these are practically perfect!

Once again, we never thought that we would actually say this, but these are amazing!  Thank you Takis for making us believers!  The Takis Xplosion have placed themselves at the top of our taquito-style snack list, easily surpassing Doritos Dinamita – Fiery Habanero, and quite possibly positioning themselves to be included on our end of the year top 25 list!!

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

Takis discovered at Walmart; Countryside, Illinois

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REVIEW: Barcel Takis – Zombie Nitro (habanero & cucumber)

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Taki's - Zombie NitroBarcel chip company specializes in chips/snacks targeted at the Latino community.  The company must be doing very well because Barcel’s snacks can be found almost everywhere these days.  And if we had to summarize the Barcel brand using just one word it would be “SPICY!”.  Nearly every single one of their chips has some level of heat to them.  So, if you can’t handle the heat, you may want to pay extra attention to which bag you pick up!

Barcel’s Takis are a riff on the uber popular gas station delicacy, the taquito.  For those of you completely oblivious to gas station food, or Mexican cuisine (flautas), taquitos usually consist of corn tortillas filled with meat/cheese, rolled into cylinder shapes and then deep fried.  Barcel’s Takis aren’t filled with anything, but they are corn tortilla chips that have been rolled tight, deep fried and then seasoned.

Plain and simple, these are our most favorite Takis that we have ever tried.  The Zombie Nitro – Habanero & Cucumber flavor is POWERFUL!!  Barcel blasts us with the most maximus flavor onslaught that we have encountered in quite some time.  The actual amount of tongue tingling chile-lime-cucumber seasoning physically clinging to each Taki would even impress Doritos top seasoning experts.  Seriously, it is as if the Takis chips have been battered with the bright neon green seasoning!  That’s right, neon green!  As if the Takis weren’t already unnatural enough, now Barcel has taken it one shade further!

Zombie?!?  We did not encounter any zombies inside of this bag.  Maybe Barcel is referring to the eery green color, but other than that we don’t see the connection.  We also did not encounter any real habanero flavor inside of this bag.  The chips do bring the heat, but not in the form of the deliciously fruity (and of course spicy) habanero chile pepper.  Rather, this seasoning tasted more like an extremely acidic, and spicy version of the classic chile limon flavor.  Toss in a subtle layer of vegetal cucumber notes and we’ve got something more unique than the neon green seasoning on our hands.

We simply do not love the shape, crunch or consistency of rolled tortilla chips, which of course includes Barcel’s Takis.  Every time we try a new version of these rolled chips we miss the classic tortilla chip edge that we can run our tongues across, and lick the seasoning.  The Takis do not have much licking surface area (we like two sides to our chips!).  The crunch and consistency of a rolled tortilla chip is always a bit heavy and dense, but Takis are even more so, and we simply prefer a lighter and crispier crunch and consistency.

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

Takis discovered at Shell Gas Station; Hillside, Illinois

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