REVIEW: Doritos JACKED 3D – Bacon Cheddar Ranch

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Doritos Jacked 3D - Bacon Cheddar RanchDear Doritos,

We know that we have been consistently complaining about your JACKED line of chips for…well…since their beginning.  But, the fact of the matter is that when we look back through our reviews of your JACKED chips we actually find an awful lot of good, and even great, chips distributed throughout the JACKED roster!  Which is why we offer you the following confession:

We here at Chip Review have told ourselves that we are not the hugest fans of the JACKED line from Doritos.  However, despite the fact that we may not agree with the decision to change Doritos’ classic, light and crispy, tortilla chip to a BIGGER & THICKER version, we do recognize the reasoning behind it.  We simply feel like the chips are too big, and their texture is so thick that they no longer encompass the same light and crispy Doritos we have all loved for so many years.  That being said, the JACKED chip texture is slowly growing on us (especially the new 3D version), and when combined with your delicious BOLDER seasoning, the results more often than not we must admit, are some pretty great tasting chips!

How many of you out there remember Doritos original 3D chips??  If you do not, then you are younger than us, and you make us feel old!  Stop that right now!!  3Ds were a great snack from the 90’s, that most of us here at Chip Review enjoyed many a time.  The originals were light as air, soft crisp, with a very thin shell, and hollow in the middle.  The 3Ds were much too easy to pop one by one, over and over, until the bottom of that bag appeared.  They were unlike any other chip available on the market, and it appears as though Doritos is going for the gold medal in chip creativity once again!

Just look at that glowing Triforce shaped medallion chip above!  Have you ever seen, or eaten, anything quite like that before?!  Well, we have not, and we’re guessing that you have not either.  We have heard the 3Ds described as an Illuminati Symbol, or Egyptian Hieroglyphic, or our personal favorite, as ancient currency, used to buy things from a Mayan vending machine…  Plain and simple, these are some uniquely weird shaped chips no matter how you describe them!  Doritos you have wowed us again!

While technically speaking every Dorito that we have ever tasted has been of the three dimensional shape, these 3Ds do provide even more dimensional depth than any other Doritos, JACKED or otherwise, chips that came before!  For a second here let’s focus on what the heck these structures are…  This is 2015, and apparently, no longer will a thin-shelled, puffed, three dimensional Dorito from the past do the necessary snack trick.  Instead, Doritos top engineers have obliterated whatever drawing board they may have ever used, and veered towards ingenious structural JACKED creativity!!  These chips are cool!  These chips are originals!!  These chips are, not really even chips any longer!!!  The 3Ds are much more like Fritos corn chips in both flavor (corn-ful), and texture (dense crunch).  Albeit, corn chips that have been stacked and fused together to form a crunchy corn triangular pendant.  Do we love the shape?  Not really, but our mouths apparently do!  Because no matter how hard we tried, we could not stop ourselves from devouring them, one after one, until there were no more!

As for the scrumptuously sounding Bacon Cheddar Ranch seasoning… Well, these were not a hit.  A let down in fact.  We were certainly not as impressed with the BCRs as we were with the first JACKED 3D flavor – Jalapeño Pepper Jack.  Plain and simple, this is just a super mild Doritos flavor.  And mild and Doritos are two words that just don’t work together.    A little salty cheddar sprinkling here, a touch of fake smoke bacon there, and an unrecognizable (Cool) ranch do not work well together; especially when paired with the hearty, corn-ful 3D chips!  We wanted or expected more.  NO! We needed more!

Well, there you have it.  Anyone else out there tried them yet?  Thoughts?  As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

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REVIEW: Doritos JACKED 3D – Jalapeño Pepper Jack

**Updated: 3/7/2015**

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

Doritos Jacked 3D - Jalapeno Pepper JackOh Doritos! Why?!  Why must everything new always be JACKED!?  Let’s just quit JACKING everything up and around!!  Doritos original 3D were a great snack from the 90’s, that we enjoyed many a time.  Light as air, a soft crisp, with a very thin shell, and hollow in the middle.  The 3Ds were much too easy to pop one by one, over and over, until the bottom of that bag appeared.  They were unlike any other snack-chip available on the market, and well, it appears as though Doritos is going for it again!!  Just look at that glowing Triforce shaped medallion chip to the left!

Editor note, or confession: We here at Chip Review have never been the hugest fans of the JACKED line from Doritos.  They are (in most cases) – BIGGER – BOLDER & THICKER (in the case of these 3D, we can’t verify for certain that they are indeed ‘bigger’ than the originals, nor ‘bolder’ actually…).  Our predominant issue with the JACKED Doritos lies in the tortilla chips themselves.  While the 3D style may not even be considered chips technically, they are once again a variation of the original 3Ds style, and they are much thicker.  The chips just seem too big, and their texture is so thick that they no longer encompass the same light and crispy Doritos 3D texture.  In this case they have also completely changed their shape and structure.  We just do not know what to think here!!

Once again, the big boys have beat us to the review on this one.  Nothing like a new product from Doritos to warrant a visit to Walmart for everyone!  Most reviews are consistently mixed for these, but the one thing everyone seems to be talking about most, is the peculiar shape of the 3Ds! The Impulsive Buy described the 3Ds as “…an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic or an Illuminati symbol, there’s an element of both metaphysical mystery and advanced technology suggested by the pyramidal shape of the new Doritos Jacked 3D Jalapeño Pepper Jack chips.” While Junk Food Guy jokingly asks “Are these some ancient currency, used to buy things from an Mayan vending machine?”  Plain and simple, these are some uniquely weird shaped chips no matter how any of us describe them!  Doritos has wowed us again, and created something new and original.

While technically speaking every Dorito that we have ever tasted up until this point have also been of the three dimensional style (to be honest that’s really the way we like all of our chips!), these 3Ds do provide even more dimension than any of the traditional Doritos, or Doritos JACKED lines!  For a second here let’s focus on what the heck these structures are…  Well, this is 2015, and apparently, no longer will a thin-shelled, puffed, three dimensional Dorito from the past do the necessary snack trick.  Instead, Doritos top engineers have obliterated whatever drawing board they may have ever used, and veered towards ingenious structural JACKED creativity!!  These chips are cool!  These chips are originals!!  These chips are, not really even chips any longer!!!  The 3Ds are much more like Fritos corn chips in both flavor (corn-ful), and texture (dense crunch).  Albeit, corn chips that have been stacked and fused together to form a crunchy corn triangular pendant.  Do we love the shape?  Not really, but our mouths apparently do!  Because no matter how hard we tried, we could not stop ourselves from devouring them, one after one, until there were no more!

As for the Jalapeño Pepper Jack seasoning, we actually enjoyed it more than the chips themselves.  As other reviews have already pointed out, the initial flavors actually trigger thoughts of Cool Ranch seasoning.  A smooth and creamy cheese powder, with some salty, onion and garlic notes.  An aromatic vegetal presence appears subtly in the background from the addition of jalapeno; delivering our daily dose of vegetables, and at the same time a moderate level of heat.  The flavor is balanced, and tasty, but certainly not JACKED!  We wish that we couldn’t even see the golden corn hue of the 3D chips from beneath the amply applied seasoning layer!  The seasoning works very well with the corn chips!

Before we leave, can we just mention how heavy this bag is?!  Despite being much smaller in size than a typical large 11 ounce bag of Doritos, the electric lime JACKED 3Ds bag was packed to the brim with the dense and heavy chips!  No one should be complaining about not getting their money’s worth on these ones!

Well, there you have it.  Anyone else out there tried them yet?  Thoughts?  As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

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Doritos JACKED – Test Flavor: 855 / Spicy Street Taco – & – Test Flavor: 404 / Caribbean Citrus Jerk

Doritos Jacked - Test Flavor trio

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Thanks for testing these flavors out on us Doritos!  These are two very impressive flavors, in fact, some of the best we have seen from Doritos in quite some time!  Only thing holding these chips back were their JACKED status!!  No matter how hard we try, we just can’t seem to enjoy the giant JACKED tortilla chips.

REVIEW: Doritos JACKED – Test Flavor: 855 / Spicy Street Taco

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

Doritos Jacked - Test Flavor 855 - Spicy Street TacoNow that Doritos has disclosed that the winning flavor of their Bold Flavor Experiment is none other than Test Flavor: 855, we felt like this entire experiment, and experience, deserved a bit more conversation.

Test Flavor: 855: Spicy Street Taco

Our final ranking: 2nd place 1st place!

Thoughts on the reveal:  We really, really like the name.  It sounds modern, edgy, delicious and touches on the very popular trend of urban food trucks.  We were pretty accurate with our original flavor guess below; feeling like the flavor seemed to combine enchilada spices with hot wings.  Originally liked this flavor the most, but after revisiting each of the flavors again, they dropped down to second behind Caribbean Citrus Jerk; however, since revisiting them again, and again, and probably again, these are pretty awesome!  Without a doubt, if this flavor was available in Doritos original (non-JACKED) tortilla chips, they would be among the best ever!  Thank you Doritos for such an amazing flavor experiment!

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Test Flavor: 855

Report granted: test flavor is acceptable, proceed with enjoyable consumption!

Rather than bore you with a bunch of repetitive wittiness lifted from our first two Test Flavor reviews, we will simply direct you to head on over here, and here to hear what we thought about the other flavors from Doritos Bold Flavor Experiment (which is really pretty brilliant don’t you think)!?!

*Really super quick side note: We here at Chip Review have never been the biggest fans of the JACKED line from Doritos.  They are indeed – BIGGER – BOLDER & THICKER, and while we have no problem with the bolder aspect (bolder of course equaling more flavor, which these do for the most part); our issue with the JACKED Doritos lies in the tortilla chips themselves.  The chips just seem too big, and their texture is so thick that they no longer encompass that perfect Doritos light, crispy crunch that we all know and love.  Luckily, the BOLD flavor aspect almost completely distracts from the the texture all together!  *end side note

Well, regardless of a special “flavor experiment”, or ‘test flavor 5-4-3-2-1″, we are always excited when we spot new Doritos on our local supermarket shelves (slightly less excited when they are the JACKED version, but still excited)!  We will not delve deeply into our thoughts on what we think either of the two other flavors may possibly be, but based solely on their listed ingredients, we suspect that from Test Flavor: 404* we could be getting some form of sweet & sour chicken (uniquely weird).  From Test Flavor: 2653*, we suspect to taste some spicy chocolate (which could really compliment Doritos corn tortilla chips). *now that we have tasted the 404’s and 2653’s, you can find out what flavor we really think they are over here.

As for Test Flavor: 855, well, let’s just say that this bag’s ingredients made us think we were going to be tasting some good old Buffalo Hot Wings and Bleu Cheese, and low and behold, the chips tasted like we were eating some Hot Wing and Cheese flavored chips, but with some variation, or depth.  First and foremost, the chips certainly encompassed the prerequisite spicy cayenne chili heat.  Of the three Test Flavors, the 855’s were definitely the most visually bold!  Prepare yourself for flavor!!  Loads, and loads, of deep, dark red seasoning layered each square inch of the chips.  The flavor also encompassed a good dosage of some slightly funky, rich cheese.  Along with a light background note of smooth sour cream.  Some other spices in there that we couldn’t quite pinpoint reminded us of red chile enchiladas.

OH WAIT, we’ve got it!! We may have cracked the flavor mystery!!  We suspect, that similar to the way Frito Lay just recycled their Ruffles Deep Ridged Bacon & Cheddar chips, these 855’s are a lip-smackingly delicious, recycled combination, of two past Doritos JACKED flavors! Doritos have simply taken the spicy cayenne wallop, with a nice touch of creaminess from their Ranch Dipped Hot Wings, and mixed it up with the tangy cheddar cheese, and bold Mexican flavors of their Enchilada Supreme (which is kind of funny because in our original review of these chips we described them as a mash-up of Doritos Nacho Cheese, Taco and Salsa flavors – way to recycle Doritos!).  These are definitely our most favorite of the three flavors (we changed our mind Test Flavor: 404 is our favorite).  Not because they are the most unique or revolutionary.  And, also not because they are the most recognizably “safe” flavor.  The 855’s are the best because they are the most cohesive, and simply the tastiest!

So, in the end, what do we think Doritos has attempted to create with Test Flavor: 855? Drum roll please……..

Our money is definitely on Ranch Dipped Enchilada Hot Wings Supreme!!

There you have it.  The final one of Doritos JACKED three test flavors down the review hatch.  Anyone else out there tried them yet? Thoughts? Opinions? Reviews?

As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

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REVIEW: Doritos POWER (aka JACKED) – Queso Picante

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Doritos Power - Queso PicanteWhat and where in the world are Doritos POWER?!  Where?  That’s easy, Doritos POWER can be found west of the Andes Mountains, in that long and skinny country called Chile.  But, what are Doritos POWER?  That’s a tougher question.  Will these chips give us power?!?  Are these really energy chips?  Or, possibly protein packed muscle chips?

Actually, upon further speculation, it is rather obvious that these are simply Chile’s version of the JACKED line from Doritos U.S.  The bag indicates that Doritos POWER are: Grande = large, Intenso = intense, and Crocante = crunchy!  Which we are guessing was the closest translation to Doritos JACKED’s saying of: Bigger. Bolder. Thicker.  However, that being said, it does not explain why Doritos decided to change the JACKED moniker to POWER?  First, we do not see the correlation, and second, POWER is still in English, it is not as if it is the Spanish translation for JACKED.

OK, enough of that, onto the important thing – how do they taste?!  As we have mentioned in the past, we have always struggled with the Doritos JACKED tortilla chips’ texture and structure (we like a lot of their flavors, but that is only part of the equation).  JACKED are indeed the – BIGGER – BOLDER & THICKER Doritos, and we feel that here is a case of where bigger and thicker is not always better.  They just seem too big, and their texture is so thick that they no longer encompass that perfect Doritos size, or light, crispy crunch that we all know and love.  Despite all that, we are always excited when we spot any new Doritos chips, especially when they are from another country!

Doritos POWER are what we envision the generic version of Doritos JACKED would be if some other company decided to mimic them. First of all, if these are supposed to be the larger and more crunchy version of traditional Chilean Doritos we cannot begin to imagine how thin and un-crispy their traditional Doritos must be.  The Doritos POWER chips were really not very thick at all, imagine pressed and rolled tortillas that have been baked.  It is as if the triangular formations are being held together by air, and one crunch from the mouth and they crumble into corn dust.  And the tortilla chip flavor was simply off.  It tasted far too cornmeal-y, and left an overwhelmingly odd flavor in our mouths.  These chips really do have the POWER.  The POWER to send us running!!

Sticking with our JACKED, whoops sorry POWER theory, the best aspect of these Doritos is once again their bold and intenso flavoring.  Except that it is not very bold or intenso.  Apparently, Chilean Queso Picante (spicy cheese) are not what we know as spicy cheese in the U.S.  Nope.  In the U.S. Doritos do have a classic Spicy Nacho flavor, and while the seasoning is not mouth scorching it does have some heat to it.  We would compare the POWER Queso Picante seasoning to a “spicy” chip circa 1950.  In other words, not very spicy at all!!  That being said the flavoring is quite tasty.  Nice salty, rich, tangy cheese essence, with a small amount of heat on the tale end.

Well, there you have it.  Has anyone else out there tried these?  Or, perhaps any other foreign chips?  Let us know your thoughts!

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REVIEW: Doritos POWER (aka JACKED) – BBQ Wings

Rating: ©©© chips  (notable)

Doritos Power - BBQ Wing“By the Power of Doritos…We have the Power!”  If any of you out there caught that reference, then we are definitely part of the same club!  If not, please disregard our foolery and push forward. So, what the heck are Doritos POWER?!  Actually, upon one quick glance it is fairly obvious that these chips are Chile’s version of the JACKED line from US’s Doritos.  The bag indicates that the Doritos POWER are: Grande = large, Intenso = intense, and Crocante = crunchy!  Which we are guessing was the closest translation to Doritos JACKED’s saying of: Bigger. Bolder. Thicker.

Despite our respect for many of the new flavors released upon the JACKED line of Doritos (remember the TEST FLAVORS?!?), for the most part we have always struggled with their texture and structure.  Doritos JACKED are indeed – BIGGER – BOLDER & THICKER, and while we have absolutely no problemo with the bolder seasoning aspect (bolder of course equaling more flavor); we simply can’t get passed the chips themselves.  They just seem too big, and their texture is so thick that they no longer encompass that perfect Doritos light, crispy crunch that we all know and love.  Despite all that, we are always excited when we spot any new Doritos chips, especially when they are from another country!

OK, we take it back!  So, remember how we mentioned that we are not fans of the Doritos JACKED tortilla chips, well, let’s just say we really, really do not like Doritos POWER tortilla chips!!  First of all, if these the the larger and more crunchy version of Chilean Doritos we cannot begin to imagine how thin and un-crispy their traditional Doritos are.  The Doritos POWER chips were not very thick at all, imagine pressed and rolled tortillas that have been baked.  It is as if the triangular formations are being held together by air, and one crunch from the mouth and they crumble into corn dust.  And the tortilla chip flavor was simply off.  It tasted far too cornmeal-y, and left an overwhelmingly odd flavor in our mouths.  These chips really do have the POWER.  The POWER to send us running!

Once again, as is the case with all of the flavors, the best aspect of these Doritos JACKED, whoops sorry POWER, ends up being their seasoning; and even that is no saving grace this time.  Apparently, Chilean BBQ Wings are not what we know as barbeque flavor chicken wings in the US.  Nope.  We thought that we were going to be tasting an overly sweetened, slightly smoky, tomato flavor, with probably the lightest touch of heat, and maybe a little chicken seasoning thrown in to round everything out.  What we actually got was an unusual combination of slightly sweet tomato, the usual garlic and onion, hint of smoky paprika, but then there was the curve ball thrown in there.  We are fairly certain that there is some soy sauce flavoring included.  In fact, these sort of remind us of Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili, only with more tomato, and a touch less heat (which does become evident on the tail end after a bunch of handfuls).  The Asian flavor influence is a nice surprise, but we find it difficult to call this flavor BBQ Wings?!

Well, there you have it. In closing we thought that we should mention that the ingredients list on Chilean bags of chips do not really give any secrets away.  That’s right their version of the FDA (assuming they have one), allows them to use the generic “spices or seasoning” moniker for practically all flavor seasoning ingredients.  Which makes our job of flavor identification much more difficult.

Has anyone else out there tried these?  Or, perhaps any other foreign chips?  Let us know your thoughts!

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