25 Chips to Christmas….

#4

Doritos Dinamita – Mojo Criollo

Doritos Dinamita - Mojo Criollo

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Mark your calendars because 2015 is the year that Chip Review finally fell in love with the rolled corn tortilla chip!  And, we should probably just go ahead and mention that it was not only with the delicious Doritos above; although these Mojo Criollo Dinamita could certainly have converted us all on their own!  The ultra tangy lime, lemon and garlic combination  pair practically flawlessly with the crunchy corn chips.  We just hope that Doritos does the right thing and brings these back (at least every once in a while)!

REVIEW: Doritos Dinamita – Mojo Criollo

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

Doritos Dinamita - Mojo CriolloSomething has recently happened that we simply cannot explain! Either the earth’s axis has shifted and everything we thought we knew has suddenly changed (some of which is, case in point, certainly for the better), or we are finally starting to come around, and really appreciate some of the rolled corn tortilla snacks – aka crunchy taquitos!  On more than one occasion we have described the crunchy tubular snacks as one of, if not our, least favorite type of snacks of all-time.  But, a few recently delicious additions to this particular snack type arsenal have changed the way we will perceive them forever!  So, lets toot that horn and join the tasty rolled corn tortilla train!!  That’s right, bring on those all too dense, and too crunchy-hard fried tortillas.  We no longer require a flat chip that provides an ample licking surface for us to accurately taste the seasoning.  We will remain content with crunching down on the tasty corn tubes like everyone else!!

Mojo Criollo?  Exact translation: we’re not sure.  That being said, we do know that mojo criollo is the name of a marinade or sauce that a handful of different companies produce.  And, according to legend, mojo sauce has many different variations throughout the Carribbean.  In this particular instance Doritos appears to be utilizing Cuba’s delicious rendition, focusing primarily on garlic and citrus. Personally, we have been fans of Cuban mojo sauce for many, many years; often enjoying it at Victor’s 1959 Cuban Cafe, with such dishes as yucca frita (fried) and pan con lechon (pulled pork)!!  Honestly, the flavorful sauce would probably pair well with just about any cut of meat, and in this case with a corn tortilla chip!

The front of the Dinamita bag pretty much sums it up.  Lime, lemon and garlic all mingle together to form a seasoning that is unlike any other we have tried before, and yet at the same time felt (tasted) very comfortable coating the fried corn tortillas.  The citrus-ful seasoning was slightly reminiscent of last year’s Doritos Test Flavor: 404…  Only this time Doritos nailed it, and gave us a nearly perfectly executed and balanced mojo criollo flavor!  We just love the combination of citrus, and garlic, and maybe some bay leaf and pepper?  Sour and savory and salty and yummy!  We appreciate how Doritos refrained from adding any real sweetness to the chips.  Everyone who tried these were impressed!  Keep up the great work Doritos!

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

Discovered at 7-eleven; Willowbrook, Illinois

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REVIEW: 2 Explosive Snacks 1 Bag – Cheetos Flamin’ Hot & Doritos Dinamita Chile Limon

Rating: ©-1/2 chips  (tolerable)

Frito Lay 2 explosive flavors 1 bag - Cheetos Flamin' Hot Doritos DinamitaSo, what do we get when Frito Lay decides to lazily combine one of their greatest creations ever, with one of our least favorites ever?!?  Well, that would undoubtedly depend upon whether you are a half full, or half empty bag, sort of person…  In other words, there are two distinct ways of looking that this collaboration: One being that the addition of Doritos practically intolerable Dinamitas to Cheetos impeccably perfect Flamin’ Hots is an outrage, and injustice to the snack world!!  The second, being that the addition of the oh-so-delicious Flamin’ Hot Cheetos to Doritos Chile Limon rolled tortilla snack, was actually a brilliant idea, and helps tasters distract from negative thoughts they may have towards Rolled Corn Snacks (aka taquitos, flaquitos, takis, you name it…) as a whole!!

We hate to be the pessimists here, but unfortunately the negatives of these “2 Explosive Snacks in 1 Bag!” out weigh the positives!  Apparently, good does not always defeat evil, and even Cheetos are susceptible to peer pressure!!  In fact, these are even worse than just eating the Doritos Dinamitas on their own!  The textural differences between the two confused our mouths so much that it caused us to bite our tongues on multiple occasions!  And visually, we almost practically could not tell the two apart; both being enveloped with a deep red blanket of spicy powder.

So, the question we really want Frito Lay to answer for these ones is why?  Why do it?!  Why take a great snack and combine it with a mediocre one?  Why make us waste the time and effort to review this “NEW” snack?

We believe that the answer to these questions is similar to the reasons behind Snyder’s of Hanover’s decision to utilize two of their preexisting flavors in their “new snack” Flavor Doubles, along with, Doritos Locos Tacos relatively recent stint on the store shelves.  It all boils down to money and lack of creativity!  We are less than happy to say that we seem to see an unwelcome trend forming in this chip industry, where brands are either getting lazy, or think that they can combine two of their preexisting products, re-package them with some clever title, and make us believe that we will be tasting something revolutionary, or at the very least that we should buy them and try them.  When, in the end, the simple fact is that the sum of the two chips, is not greater than the individual chips themselves – ESPECIALLY – when you combine an A-list one like Cheetos Flamin’ Hot, with an only slightly tolerable one like Doritos Dinamitas Chile Limon!

Other than that, we don’t have too much more to say or report about these.  By now, you have all tried Cheetos Flamin’ Hot right?  If not you are crazy, and we seriously question why you are reading a review about chips?!?  If for some reason you have not tried any of the onslaught of rolled tortilla snacks on the market these days, well then, good for you!  Stick to it, you are not really missing anything.  And, as for the combination of the two, well, we would suggest never trying these.  If you really need a snack fix, and these are the only thing in site, then go ahead and buy them.  But, may we suggest you dump out the entire bag and sift through them, separating the two snacks into two piles.  Try your best to enjoy the Cheetos after all of the hard work of separating the two, and dump the Dinamitas straight into the garbage!

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

Discovered at 7-Eleven; Burr Ridge, Illinois

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REVIEW: Doritos Dinamita – Fiery Habanero

Rating: ©©©©-1/4 achips  (lip-smacking)

Doritos Dinamita - Fiery Habanero

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What do we have here?!?  Doritos has decided to take one of our most favorite flavors from years ago (Original Fiery Habanero), and combined it with what are most definitely some of our least favorite type of snacks of all-time (Rolled Corn Snacks (aka taquitos, flaquitos, takis, you name it…)!

Luckily for all, the end result is lip-smacking, and mouth burning!  We can say without a doubt that this flavor is the best that we have tried from the Doritos Dinamita line-up, in fact, from any rolled tortilla chips.  Similar to some other habanero flavored rolled corn snacks we reviewed a while back, only just not quite as texturally tasty!  Still, these Dinamita are nothing to scoff at, and they’ve even got us rethinking our position towards those crunchy tubular rolled tortilla chips!

Doritos Dinamita seem to be mimicking the illustrious gas station snack the taquito.  As many of you may very well know, we do not have a great history with the rolled tortilla chip genre.  In our opinion, despite their often delicious seasoning, they are too dense, too crunchy-hard, and while we are nit-picking, their shape does not allow us to really give them a good lick across any large, flat chip surface the way we traditionally like to (it’s our top secret technique!).  We actually get a little scared before each bag of rolled corn snacks that we eat, assuming that sooner or later we are going to crunch down on the hard rolled corn snack, and it is going to jab right into the roof of our mouth!

Where these Fiery Habanero chips really differ from other habanero chips out there is the addition of cheese into the mix.  That’s right, you heard us correctly, there’s cheese in them there ingredients.  Not one, but two types; and they most certainly add a tasty depth of salty smoothness to the concoction!  Combined with hints of of garlic, spices, onion, and lots of that mouth burning acid that Frito Lay loves to use, and we’ve got ourselves some delectably spicy Dinamitas!  The funniest part is that we actually did not even notice that habanero was no where to be found within the ingredients’ list.  Granted, there was the always ambiguous “spices” present, so we’ll just assume that it was included in there; that, and the fact that we honestly felt like we tasted a bit of habanero in there.

Before we go, can we just take a moment to admire how vibrantly colorful the bag above really is?!  Let’s just say, that we didn’t have to look twice to spot these on the supermarket shelf!

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

Discovered at Jewel Osco; Westchester, Illinois

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REVIEW: Doritos Dinamita – Chipotle Crema

Rating: ©-3/4 chips  (return to sender)

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Junk Food Guy beat us to the punch on these ones……and we really wished he would have had the same opinion of these as us, because it would have saved us some money, and the trouble of tasting them!!  And, like we told Junk Food Guy we thought these sounded really good in concept, and that we couldn’t wait to try them.

Well, we have two big issue with these.

First, the flavor name/description is misleading.  We’re pretty sure that there is some mistake with these.  The Spanish word ‘crema’, used on its own (and not in conjunction with queso) refers to Mexican style sour cream.  Crema is very similar to what we know as sour cream in the USA, except that it is often more liquid-y, and able to be drizzled onto food (often times thinned out with limon).  Obviously, based on the description and translation on the back of the bag, which says “delicioso queso crema…delicious cream cheese”, along with the inclusion of cream cheese among the ingredients, Doritos was trying to give us a Chipotle and Cream Cheese flavored snack…?  These should be named ‘Chipotle Queso Crema’, that’s all we’re saying.

Secondly, we just don’t like anything about these except for the the zippy chipotle seasoning.  At first, we almost thought that the flavor of these may have some promise as the chipotle chili hit our tongues, and heated the backs of our throats.   But, quickly we realized that these chips are actually pretty gross in our opinion.  The two flavors completely clash with themselves, and our palettes!  These really left a bad lingering taste in our mouths….one that we can only describe as rotten spicy milk (like expired queso crema…).

Similar to the shape of Barcel’s Takis these Doritos Dinamita rolled tortilla chips seem to be mimicking the illustrious taquito.  And, they are simply not a chip shape, or texture, that we here at Chip Review appreciate at all.  In our opinion, they are too dense, too crunchy, and unable to be licked the way we like to lick our chips (it’s our secret technique…;).

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