REVIEW: Larry The Cable Guy – Bacon Ranch Tater Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Larry the Cable Guy - Bacon RanchAccording to the big red circle Larry’s new Bacon Ranch flavored Tater Chips were “Picked by YOU, the Facebook FANS!”.  Now, we didn’t see the flavor list that Larry’s fans were choosing from (or maybe it was submissions…), either way – Bacon Ranch seems a little on the safe, or predictable side, or maybe mainstream.  Personally we actually liked Larry’s other new 2015 Summer flavor more than Bacon Ranch –  Hollar-Peño Popper!

Correct us if we are wrong but does Mr. Cable Guy release two new Tater Chip flavors every summer?!  He’s a hard flavor tater working man!  Let’s go back through his flavor progression over the past four years.  Season 1 (initial release – four flavors): Cheese Burger, Barbeque Rib, Fried Dill Pickle and Buffalo Wing.  A great introductory line-up, showing us all that Larry meant business with his bar food themed flavors!  Season 2: Pass the Darn Ketchup and Tater Salad.  You had us as potato salad flavored chips!!  Season 3: Chili Cheese Fries and Biscuits & Gravy!  That’s right, lip-smackingly game changing biscuits & gravy flavored potato chips!!  This season: Hollar-Peño Popper and Bacon Ranch.  And, like we’ve already said above, we are on team Hollar-Peño!  We see a theme here, and it appears to be that each summer we love one flavor, and we could leave the other.  But, if that’s what it takes to find one really great flavor each summer, we’ll take it no problem!

Quick question before we delve into what we thought about these chips.  Why is it that every chip brand seems to have blue-ish-green and red specs in their ranch seasoning blend?!  Seriously, we have no idea!  Low and behold, guess what we found scattered all over Larry’s Bacon Ranch Tater Chips?  That’s right, blue-ish-green and red flecks of flavor.  As for the taste of this colorful seasoning – some of our tasters thought these chips were pretty lackluster,  describing them using such words as adequate and uninspired, (one taster used that worst two letter word in the English language O.K.!!).  While other tasters thought the Tater Chips were actually above-average in taste, but slipping on flavor accuracy.  The bacon aspect was pretty much just a splash of smoke, no real fatty-porky essence or depth.  Subtle would be a good description of it.  And the ranch flavor half brought plenty of garlic to the party, but seemed to have forgotten to pick up its buddies creamy and tangy along the way!  We really appreciated how savory the flavor combo was, but in the end, just too timid of execution.  We expected a more commanding combination!  And what we got was Larry’s Garlic Smoke Tater Chips!!

As for Larry’s potato chips, they are on the thinner side, and many of the chips still have their skins on them.  Really, they are just good old, “real” potato chips with a crispy-soft crunch.  The chips provide the prerequisite delicious potato flavor, and a perfect delivery device for all of Larry’s unique seasonings.  We will see you next summer Larry!

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: Larry The Cable Guy – Hollar-Peño Popper Potato Chips

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

Larry the Cable Guy - Hollar-Peno PopperLarry The Cable Guy is back again with two all new 2015 summer flavors for us to devour and review.  Back again?….Larry The Cable Guy does chips??  If you must ponder that to yourself then you are unaware of Larry’s Tater Chips, and frankly, you have been cutting yourself short!!

As the story goes, a few years ago Mr. Cable Guy wowed our group with his initial snack release of four different bar food themed Tater Chips, with flavors such as cheese burger and fried dill pickle.  The following summer Larry switched gears and gave us two new flavors that we described as summer, outdoor-sy, picnic-barbeque “dishes”.  Last year Larry knocked our socks off with some Biscuits & Gravy flavored Tater Chips; plus some other flavor we can’t recall at this time!!

Larry The Cable Guy must know potato chips.  We like to believe that he personally taste tested each and every batch of his Tater Chip flavor recipes until he came up with final recipes that he could be proud of, to bear his name.  This summer everyone’s favorite cartoon tow truck is back again, and first up on our tasting docket are his Hollar-Peño Popper Potato Chips.

Let us just start everything out by saying that these are most definitely not just another jalapeño flavored chip.  Initial tasting thoughts, these are lip-smackingly fantastic, and amazingly do taste an awful lot like jalapeño poppers!!  Upon tossing a chip into our mouth, our tongues were welcomed with a lovely embrace from a sort of fatty coating layer that set the mood, flavor, and pace for the rest of the tater tasting experience!  Next up, the unmistakeably fragrant and vegetable jalapeño chile flavor arrived with a boom-pow!  The heat seemed subtle at first, but the longer we let it settle in, the hotter it became.  Certainly not among the spiciest chips out there, but we could see these being too spicy for some people.  On the tail end of the flavor arrived that subtle, creamy, coolness meant to represent the jalapeño popper’s cream cheese filling.  And you know what?  It really did!!  The touch of buttermilk among the ingredients really drove the flavor execution home.

As for Larry’s potato chips, they are on the thinner side, and many of the chips still have their skins on them.  Really, they are just good old, “real” potato chips with a crispy-soft crunch.  The chips provide the prerequisite delicious potato flavor, and a perfect delivery device for all of Larry’s unique seasonings.

Overall, these Tater Chips were extremely well balanced!  Plenty of jalapeño heat, a dollop of creamy cheese, and a splash of salt.  These chips are 100% savory, and definitely up there among our top 2 or 3 Larry Tater Chips ever!!  This Cable Guy really seems to know how to get’r done! when it comes to chips!

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Larry The Cable Guy – Biscuits & Gravy Potato Chips

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Wait, let’s see if we understand this correctly.  There’s this guy named Larry, who works in the cable industry, and he thought that potato chips flavored like his favorite breakfast staple of all-time would be a good idea?!?  Nothing about that should work, but everything about it does!!

REVIEW: Larry The Cable Guy – Chili Cheese Fries Tater Chips

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

Larry The Cable Guy - Chili Cheese FriesAlright, let’s Git-r-done!  Mr. Cable Guy’s initial Tater Chip release a couple of years ago seemed to encompass a bar food theme to them, with flavors such as cheese burger, fried dill pickle and buffalo wings.  With last summer’s release of two new additional flavors, Larry appeared to be targeting an outdoors-y, picnic-barbeque theme?!  We were hoping that we would also be seeing some hot dog, bratwurst, or maybe even sweet corn flavored chips to further accentuate the summer picnic theme.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.

For the Summer of 2014 everyone’s favorite cartoon tow truck released two more new flavors.  What kind of theme do we have this time?  Well, although it was a bit more difficult to really nail these two down into a single classification, we’ve decided to go with the “…..don’t want to get out of my jammies, just want ultra comfort food”.  And, those two flavors are Biscuits & Gravy and Chili Cheese Fries.  What do you think, does the theme fit?

First and foremost, Larry’s tater chips themselves are as consistently delicious as ever.  The fried potato slices are on the thinner side, and many of them still have their rustic skins on them.  Just, good old, “real” potato chips with a crispy, softer crunch.  The chips provide the perfect amount of potato flavor.

Again, just like with his Biscuits & Gravy Tater Chips, Larry’s flavor seasoning is SPOT ON!!  These chips really do taste like chili and cheese, and well, we’ll equate the fried potato chips to the fries aspect of the equation.  Layers of flavor that meld very well together, delivering a slightly rich and comforting, sloppy, meaty-ness-mess. Lots of chili powder, adding a bit heat, but really just more smoky and savory notes.  A good dusting of salty, and slightly tangy, cheddar cheese delivers the perfect counterbalance to the chili.  Throw in some of the usual flavor suspects like onion and garlic, and there you have it, Chili Cheese Fries in Tater Chip form!!

All in all, another creative and very well executed snack from the man in the plaid!

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: Larry The Cable Guy – Biscuits & Gravy Potato Chips

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

Larry the Cable Guy - Bicuits & GravyLarry The Cable Guy is once again back with two more new summer flavors for us to enjoy.  Mr. Cable Guy’s initial Tater Chip release a couple of years ago seemed to encompass a bar food theme to them, with flavors such as cheese burger and fried dill pickle.  With last summer’s release of two additional flavors, Larry appeared to be targeting an outdoors-y, picnic-barbeque theme?!  We were hoping that we would also be seeing some hot dog, or possibly bratwurst, or maybe even sweet corn flavored chips also released to further accentuate the theme.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.

Summer of 2014, and once again two new flavors from everyone’s favorite cartoon tow truck.  What’s the theme this time you ask?  Well, although it was a bit more difficult to nail down, we’ve decided to go with “ultra comfort food”, and feel like that description accurately encompasses both flavors.  Those two flavors are Biscuits & Gravy and Chili Cheese Fries.  Does the theme fit?

Although we more often than not try to taste the flavor that we are least interested in first (which would have been the chili cheese fries), we simply could not help ourselves with these ones.  We couldn’t believe our eyes.  Bisuits & Gravy!  Really?!  How is it possible that this has not been attempted before?  The combination seems like a no-brainer to work with potato chips, but can it be executed correctly?

Let’s just say…WOW!  Really wow!  These potato chips, believe it or not, taste just like biscuits & gravy.  Rich, smooth, creamy, salt and pepper spotted, buttermilk gravy flavor.  As for biscuits?  Who knows.  Maybe the buttermilk flavor helps portray that aspect of the combo a little bit, but really all we can pinpoint for sure is that these potato chips taste like delicious gravy!  And may we just say, the black pepper kick continues to creep up the backs of our throat and build upon itself a bit, delivering a little kick.

As for Larry’s potato chips, they are on the thinner side, and many of the chips still have their skins on them.  Really they are just good old, “real” potato chips with a crispy, yet soft crunch.  The chips provide a delicious potato flavor, and a perfect delivery device for the biscuits and gravy seasoning.

All in all, another creative and very well executed snack from the guy who really seems to know how to ‘get’r done!

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

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Chip Review’s Honorable Mentions

25 Chips to Christmas Honorable Mentions

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(honorable mentions, in no particular order)

Brown Bag Crisps - Oak Smoked Chili

Brown Bag Crisps – Oak Smoked Chilli Potato Crisps

“We can get behind a crisp that exudes a bit of class….Or as our friend at Crisp Nation would refer to them, “…crisps for the crisp connoisseur.”

Whale Tails -

Whale Tails – “Alaea” Hawaiian Sea Salt Tortilla Chips

“It is not very often that we are really wowed by some “plain” salted tortilla chips.  Usually we are reviewing, and raving about, the latest extra spicy this, or cheesy-bbq-ranch that, but we can’t be happier than when we discover some amazingly simple, and perfectly executed tortilla chips.”

Crave Canyon Popcorn - Cane Juice & Sea Salt Kettle Corn kissed with Anise

Crave Canyon – Cane Juice & Sea Salt Kettle Corn Kissed With Anise

“It is not very often that we stumble upon something completely new in the industry that we love; but when we do cross paths with a wonderful discovery, we welcome it with open minds, and open mouths!”

Larry The Cable Guy - Tater Salad Tater Chips

Larry The Cable Guy – Tater Salad Potato Chips

“With the release of these brand new Tater Salad chips, along with his Pass The Darn Ketchup flavored potato chips, we think he may be going for a bit of a Summer, outdoors, picnic-barbeque theme?!  We wouldn’t be at all surprised, or opposed, if he also releases some hot dog, or bratwurst, or sweet corn flavored chips next!”

Cheetos - Tapatio

Cheetos – Tapatio

“So far, we’re are absolutely confident in calling these Cheetos our favorites amongst the Tapatio and Frito Lay collaboration.”

Pan de Oro - Blue Sesame Tortilla Chips

Pan De Oro – Blue Sesame Tortilla Chips

“Pan de Oro means “bread of gold” in Spanish.  However, in this case, the “bread” appears to be made of precious sapphire colored blue corn, rather than precious metals.”

Simply Sprouted Way Better Snacks - Simply So Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips

Simply Sprouted Way Better Snacks – Simply So Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips

“We just love it when we stumble upon one of those rare surprises that make us smile with enjoyment after just one chip!!”

Trader Joe's - Cheddar & Horseradish Potato Chips

Trader Joe’s – Cheddar & Horseradish Potato Chips

“We can’t argue one bit with Trader Joe’s description that these chips are “delightfully flavored, cheesy spicy and wavy kettle.”

Mackie's of Scotland - Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper

Mackie’s of Scotland – Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper Potato Crisps

“Surprisingly enough, the vast majority of the reviews that we had read for these crisps were relatively, actually predominantly, positive.  We say surprisingly, because the majority of information we have gathered in regards to the actual Scottish dish, is that it can be a bit challenging to consume.”

Brother Kane - Hot Sauce

Brother Kane – Hot Sauce Home Style Potato Chips

“The chips immediately deliver a sharp and pungent nasal zip from the ample inclusion of vinegar.  Then a spicy kick from  cayenne appears, and continues to build and build…”

**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: Larry The Cable Guy – Tater Salad Potato Chips

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

Larry The Cable Guy - Tater Salad Tater Chips

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Larry The Cable Guy is back with two new fresh Summer flavors for us to ponder.  Mr. Cable Guy’s initial snack release of four different Tater Chips seemed to have encompassed a bar food theme to them.  With the release of these brand new Tater Salad chips, along with his Pass The Darn Ketchup flavored potato chips, we think he may be going for a bit of a Summer, outdoors, picnic-barbeque theme?!  We wouldn’t be at all surprised, or opposed, if he also releases some hot dog, or bratwurst, or sweet corn flavored chips next!

Our instant, immediate, and initial thoughts…these chips smell exactly like some good mustard-y potato salad, and we start wondering to ourselves, “should we have been keeping this bag refrigerated??”  Luckily, no where on the bag does it say that we must keep these chips refrigerated!

We are going to be completely honest here, this flavor is a bit freaky.  Creative, nonetheless, but in a mind-boggling, potato salad, freaky flavor sort of way.  Right away the fragrant mustard punch hit our tongues, not an extremely potent, or spicy mustard, but simply more of that unmistakeable mustard-y essence and flavor, followed very swiftly by some sharp wafts of vinegar that puckered our nasal cavities.  As quickly as our senses recuperated themselves, a second wave of flavors came rushing in.  This time, a sugary sweetness coated our tongues, and then the garlic crept up on us, and planted its powerful flavor bomb in our mouths.  At the very tail end there was some flavor lingering, and hiding in the background, that we just could not put a finger (tongue) on.  After a quick sneaky glance to the back of the back at the ingredients list, we realized that it was celery powder!?! Celery powder, really?  Yep, and we simply must say “well done, nice touch!!”

These Tater Salad potato chips are definitely some of the most original and flavorful chips we have tasted in a while.  Larry has definitely created a flavor combination that we’re certain we’ve never tried before.  Bravo, for pushing the flavor boundaries!

Need we even mention that this flavor of course works well with potato chips?  This flavor was born for potatoes, and of course works well with all varieties, especially the best kind: sliced and fried ones!

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