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Top 5 – Sour Cream & Onion

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Chip Review’s Honorable Mentions – 2014

25 Chips to Christmas Honorable Mentions

25 Chips to Christmas 2014

These chips nearly made our Top 25 of the Year, and deserve some recognition too!!

(honorable mentions, in no particular order)

Archer Farms - Habanero Ranch

Archer Farms – Habanero Ranch Homestyle Kettle-Cooked Potato Chips

“First wave of flavors includes an impressively rich and creamy, sour, buttermilk flavor.   Then a wave of powerful garlic and onion!  And we do mean POWER. FULL!”

Jay's - Nacho Rings

Jay’s – Nacho Rings

“After popping one Nacho Ring into our mouths we immediately knew what we were really dealing with there.  You can’t fool us, Jay’s Nacho Rings are the amazing hybrid offspring of a Bugle and a cheese puff!”

De-lish-us - Ripple Potato Chips

De-lish-us – Ripple Potato Chips

De-lish-us just seems to consistently put out products that we are impressed with.  Simple, and straightforward.  Nothing flashy or over the top.  Simply good old, quality products!”

chipz Happen - Spice-z Garlic Parmesanchipz Happen - Cinnful Sweet Treat

chipz Happen – Spice-Z Parmesan Garlic Gourmet Tortilla Chipz

chipz Happen – Cinnful Sweet Heat Gourmet Tortilla Chipz

“First and foremost, is that these gourmet tortilla chips taste real.  They taste homemade.  In fact, they trigger tasty memories of those delicious, freshly fried, mom and pop’s Mexican restaurant tortilla chips that find their way to the table as soon as you are seated.”

Deano's Jalapenos - Ranch Jalapeno Chips

Deano’s Jalapenos – Ranch Jalapeno Chips

“These chips are not for spicy food amateurs, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!!  In fact, if we are being honest here, Deano’s Jalapeno Chips are very close to being too spicy for even us to enjoy!”

Dirty - Sour Cream & Onion

“Dirty” – Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips

“Apparently, we are not the only ones who have wondered why these chips are called “Dirty”?  According to “Dirty’s” website: “The name “Dirty” comes from the process we used to prepare our chips. The potato slices are not washed, leaving more of the potato flavor….”

Pop! Gourmet Popcorn - Huy Fong's Sriracha

Pop! Gourmet Popcorn & Huy Fong Foods – The Original Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Popcorn

“This popcorn is really delicious!  D-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s, delicious; but with a surprisingly subtle seasoning when compared directly against the real hot sauce.”

The Better Chip - Chipotle

The Better Chip – Chipotle & Sea Salt Tortilla Chips

“A fine textbook definition of the saying: less is more.  The Better Chip keeps it simple, and merely conveys chipotle essence to the smoky chile maximus!”

Cosmos - Crushed Sea Salt Vinegar & Black Pepper Puff Corn

Cosmos Creations – Crushed Sea Salt Vinegar with Pepper Premium Puffed Corn

“We’ve tried a lot of different types of puffed corn in our time.  We’ve crunched our way through corn puffs, puffers, crunchies, kurls, doodles, dittos, and nuggets; and in the end, they are all sort of the same corn-y snacks.”

Pringles - Sriracha Asian Chili Sauce

Pringles – Sriracha Asian Chili Sauce

“Zippy and spicy, tongue tingling, Thai chili flavor, combined with a very generous dosage of powerful garlic, and rounded out with a heavy splash of nose burning vinegar!  These are tasty, tasty potato crisps.”

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2014 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2014!

REVIEW: “Dirty” – Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips

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

Dirty - Sour Cream & OnionWho likes their potato chips “dirty”?  Apparently, we do! We have to admit that the first handful of times we opened up a “Dirty” Potato Chips bag we envisioned reaching in and pulling out a potato chip seasoned with a liberal dusting of dirt!

Apparently, we are not the only ones who have wondered why these chips are called “Dirty”?  According to “Dirty’s” website: “The name “Dirty” comes from the process we used to prepare our chips. The potato slices are not washed, leaving more of the potato flavor….and they are crafted one batch at a time– it’s a difference our customers say they can taste in every bite.”  There you have it!  Does the decision to not wash off the natural potato starch after slicing the potatoes?  We’re not sure, but we can tell you that “Dirty” certainly makes a lip-smackingly respectable kettle cooked potato chip.

“Dirty’s” potato chips do exude some great potato flavor!  The potato chips themselves are curly and twisted into all types of shape.  The kettle cooked recipe uses peanut oil for frying, resulting in a, slightly greasy, mild oil flavor that doesn’t distract away from the potatoes themselves, or the seasoning blend.  The chips are medium cut, with a commendably sturdy bite to them.  Really good kettle chips.

“Dirty’s” sour cream and onion seasoning is all at once smooth, simple, concise, clean and correct!  The potato chips provide the perfect canvas to display this very complimentary seasoning.  This recipe of sour cream and onion is light on the cream, and onion.  The pungently sweet onion does linger for a while, while the light and tangy sour cream adds a nice bite.

Plain and simple, these “Dirty’s” are a lip-smacking rendition of sour cream & onion flavored kettle cooked potato chips!!!

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

Discovered at a gas station; Kimball, MN

“Dirty” Potato Chips Official Website

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REVIEW: “Dirty” – Funky Fusion Potato Chips

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Dirty - Funky Fushion

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“You’ll have what?!?” (this is what we envision the store clerk responding to us with, as we ask him for large one of the Dirty’s Funky Fusion!!).

What exactly is Funky Fushion?  Well, maybe to better help us answer that question we should first define those two words.

Funky (adjective):

  1. Frightened; panicky
  2. Having a moldy or musty smell: funky cheese; funky cellars.
  3. Having a strong, offensive, unwashed odor.

Not sure if these forms of the adjective ‘funky’ are necessarily what Dirty is referring to with these chips…?  Possibly, they are using another, slang definition of the word, such as:

slang: Earthy and uncomplicated; natural

That sounds a bit more viable for some chips that call themselves Dirty!  Then again, what do we know, maybe these chips are going to to taste like mold?!?

Fusion (noun):

  1. The act or procedure of liquefying or melting by the application of heat.  (probably not)
  2. Physics A nuclear reaction in which nuclei combine to form more massive nuclei with the simultaneous release of energy. (huh..?)
  3. A style of cooking that combines ingredients and techniques from very different cultures or countries. (warmer!)
  4. A mixture or blend formed by fusing two or more things. (yahtzee! bingo!!)

Well, that solves it, Dirty’s Funky Fusion Potato Chips are a natural and earthy blend of two or more things – in this case ingredients. It looks as those Dirty’s has taken a page out of Zapp’s VooDoo Kettle Chip recipe book, and simply fused a large selection of their traditional flavors into one funky flavor.

We would describe the flavor combination as tasting like sweet and salty vinegar flavored onion rings, but in the potato chip form.  With some barely recognizable notes of earthy garlic, and sour citrus.  Unusual to say the least, but also certainly flavorful, and tasty, if not a tiny bit one-note!  There are almost certainly other flavors included within the Funky Fusion recipe, but we couldn’t quite pinpoint any of them, as none of them were powerful enough to command attention away from all of the sweet and sour flavors!

As far as the potato chips themselves go, Dirty makes a very respectable kettle cooked potato chip.  Their kettle cooked recipe uses peanut oil for frying, resulting in a mild oil flavor that does not distract away from the potatoes themselves, or the seasoning blend.  The chips are cut medium-thin, and have a sturdy and crispy bite to them.

So, if you happen to find yourself a bag of these Funky Fusion potato chips, you do not be worried that they will taste like a frightened funky cheese nuclei, but rather just some uniquely flavored chips!

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

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