Chip Review’s 25 Chips to Christmas – 2013

Well Chip Review readers, that wraps things up for another great year of chip reviewing!

We would like to say that it has been a true pleasure sharing our thoughts with all of you as we chomped our way through hundreds of bags, and countless calories this past year 🙂  Thanks to all of you who follow us each and every day.  We appreciate it, and we wouldn’t be here without each and everyone of you!!  Also, a very special thanks to those snack companies who graciously provided their products for us to review.  It’s a tough job (especially for our waistlines), but someone has got to do it.

Below is our list of the Top 25 Chips we reviewed this year.  Agree or disagree, we’d love to hear it!!


#1 Lay’s – Do Us a Flavor Finalist – Chicken & Waffle Potato Chips

#2 Yamayoshi – Spicy Chili Sour Plum Potato Chips

#3 Ziggy’s Kettle Corn – Sweet & Salty and Happenin’ Jalapeno with Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

#4 Paqui Tortilla Chips – Grilled Habanero and Limited Edition Haunted Ghost Pepper

#5 Simply 7 – Jalapeno Lentil Chips

#6 Tyrrell’s – Sweet Chili & Red Pepper Hand Cooked Potato Crisps

#7 Palo Popcorn – White Cheddar Cheese

#8 Gibble’s – Red Hot Home Style Potato Chips

#9 The Original Saratoga Chips – Rosemary Garlic Potato Chips

#10 Angie’s – Sweetly White Cheddar Kettle Corn

#11 Herr’s – Sweet Onion Potato Chips

#12 Lundberg Multigrain Chips – Mojave Jalapeno

#13 Deep River Snacks – Aged Cheddar & Horseradish Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

#14 Mackie’s of Scotland – Scotch Bonnet Chili Pepper Flavor Potato Crisps

#15 Chio Flips – Classic Peanut

#16 Lay’s Wavy – Roasted Garlic & Sea Salt Potato Chips

#17 Monster Munch – Flamin’ Hot

#18 Herr’s Kettle Cooked – Russet Potatoes Dark Potato Chips

#19 Yamayoshi – Wasabeef Potato Chips

#20 De-lish-us – Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips

#21 Simply 7 – Creamy Dill Lentil Chips

#22 Barrel O’ Fun – Gardy’s Signature Flavors – Cheddar & Horseradish Potato Chips

#23 Pepperidge Farm Goldfish – Buffalo Wing Puffs

#24 Maebo’s – One-Ton Chips

#25 Lay’s – Do Us a Flavor Finalist – Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips

2013 Honorable Mentions

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2013 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2013!

REVIEW: Chio Flips – Classic Peanut

Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips  (lip-smacking)

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How to describe these to someone who has never tried, or even seen or heard, of a peanut flavored puff??  First, we would use the word – delicious!  Imagine deliciousness, and an image of peanut flavored puffs should eventually appear into your mind.  Basically, these Chio Flips are smaller puffed corn snacks, curl shaped, lightly tan colored, slightly dense and crunchy little nugget puffs with an undeniably, pure peanut (butter) flavor.

Again, we really must hand it to this German snack company, they keep us guessing, and guessing, and we just don’t know what to expect from them next.  We have not been able to distinguish any type of style consistency for Chio’s versatile snack spectrum.

Among the three slightly different peanut flavored puffs that we have tried thus far in our chip reviewing career, Chio’s Classic Peanut Flips undoubtedly have the most peanut-y essence!  Osem Bamba’s

peanut snack “treads the line between sweet, and savory, very nicely,” and Cheetos Mani Horneados transport us to another world, and time, by opening up the memory floodgates, however, it is Chio’s ultra savory version that really makes us say “holy, these are peanut-puffs!”  Pure, peanut flavored puffs, that seem as if they have been dipped into unsweetened peanut butter.  The puffs almost seem wet with peanut oil.  We appreciate Chio’s willingness to shy away from over sweetening the puffs.

The only thing keeping these peanut puffs from rating higher than Cheetos Chilean version, is their texture.  Chio’s puffs are a little too dense for our likes.  We appreciate a puff that melts when it hits the tongue.

For another take on some Flips, check out Crisp Nation’s review.

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

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REVIEW: Chio Tacos – Texas Barbecue Flavour

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Chio - Texas BBQ TacosWe have to hand it to this German snack company, they keep us guessing and we just don’t know what to expect.  We have not been able to distinguish any type of style consistency for Chio’s versatile snack spectrum.  Nor do they shy away from creating unique flavor choices, such as Wasabi, or Thai chili, with caffeine, or even Extreme chili & scary tigers…?!?

We have not been able to figure out for the life of us why Chio is referring to this snack as Tacos??  And, we’re guessing that some other people in this country have been confused by this snack as well.  Are tacos in Germany some type of snack or item that is circular shaped?  Speaking of the shape of these Tacos, they are sort of like shrunken Funyuns.  Actually, more accurately, they remind us of a corn puff snack shaped like a calamari ring (that’s squid, in case you didn’t know).  The rings are light, crunchy, and easy to pop directly into your mouth cavity.  They melt rather quickly once they have touched the moisture on your tongue.

Texas Barbecue?  Really??  First off, look at the image of the “BBQ” on the front of the bag.  Can someone tell us if skewers of grilled vegetables (with maybe some protein consisting of chicken or scallops, we can’t quite tell?) are representative of Texas Barbecue?  Actually, scratch that, we already know that it is not.  Texas Barbecue is smoke and beef, otherwise known as BRISKET!  We often find it very interesting when one part of the world (ours included) creates a snack that they think is representative of another part of the world, without every really doing their investigative due diligence.  Are you really sure that those fries, or toast, are really French?

The Texas Barbecue seasoning coating the rings basically tasted of garlic and onion powders, with the slightest hint of slightly smoky paprika.  Low and behold, the ingredients list pretty much confirmed those exact thoughts.  The flavoring combo was simple, it sufficed, but definitely did not do much for us, and certainly did not remind us of any barbecue seasoning that we are familiar with.  What we are looking forward to is the day that Chio creates some bratwurst flavored chips, or maybe beer, yeah!!

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

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