BIJOU-REVIEW: Manomasa – Chipotle & Lime Tortilla Chips

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Manomasa - Chipotle & LimeLast year Manomasa amazed us with their packaging, and really floored us with two of their lip-smacking flavored tortilla chips!

Which may just be why it pains us so much to say that these chips are only….notably okay.

RECIPE No. 24 bring us the TOTOPO with smoky chipotle chilli & zingy lime with RED BELL PEPPERS, GUAJILLO chilli & TOMATO PUMPKIN SEEDS

These chips certainly have some strong, smokey, chipotle chili flavor.  So much so that the seasoning seemed a bit harsh.

We can appreciate how the tortilla chips had actual pieces of the chili running through them, but overall these chips were just lacking some depth, and richness.  They are very one note – smokey-salty-chili chips.

The seasoning offers just the slightest hint of citrus.  In fact, we probably wouldn’t have known it was there if we weren’t looking for it.

We had assumed that Manomasa had to have at least one dud among their delicious line-up, and although these aren’t horrible, we think that these are them.

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

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REVIEW: Manomasa – Manchego & Green Olive Tortilla Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Manomasa - Manchego & Green OliveRECIPE No.15 The DIPPER

Layered with juicy Mediterranean olives, subtly sweet PIMIENTO and tangy MANCHEGO CHEESE

Even though we would consider this latest flavor from Manomasa our least favorite of the bunch we have reviewed thus far they are still not too shabby, and certainly deserve an applause for flavor conception!

We love manchego and green olives – don’t you?!?  And we certainly don’t see those two flavors popping up in the chip world very often.

Well, we are happy to say that we actually could taste plenty of that smooth and tangy manchego cheese coating these rectangular shaped tortilla chips.  Delicious!  However, what we couldn’t taste was any actual green olives.  There were certainly some savory background notes mingling with the creamy white seasoning, but just not really any of those distinct briny, bitter, muddy touches that we expect with green olives.

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

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Manomasa – White Cheddar Tortilla Chips

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

Manomasa - White CheddarAnd once again, more fantastic chips from Manomasa!!

In case you did not read our 2015 reviews of Manomasa’s Green Lemon & Pink Peppercorn, and Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper Tortilla Chips we suggest you take a look to get a more in depth idea of how deliciously original this chip company is!

RECIPE No. 51 The Super Scoop.  A rich white corn chip liberally scattered with golden linseeds!

Probably easiest to just let Manomasa describe their own “Super Scoop” oval tortilla chip texture:

Finest white corn masa rolled out nice and thick, rested then slow toasted on a low heat, before being paddled through sunflower oil for a rustic, but irresistible crumbly chip. Golden linseeds add a gentile bite.  (We could not have said it better ourselves, and so we didn’t!)

Manomasa’s white cheddar seasoning is really tangy, and impeccably salty, with a deliciously rich and creamy ample coating that perfectly compliments their white corn tortilla chips.

Plain and simple, we could not stop eating these deliciously sophisticated chips!

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

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25 Chips to Christmas….

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Manomasa – Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper – and – Green Lemon & Pink Peppercorn Tortilla Chips

Manomasa - Salt & PepperManomasa - Green Lemon & Pink Peppercorn

Original Reviews Here and Here

What do you get when you combine the classiest looking packaging of the year, with some of the best executed, and most creative flavor combinations….?  Well, some of our most favorite chips of the year of course!!

REVIEW: Manomasa – Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper Tortilla Chips

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

Manomasa - Salt & PepperRECIPE No. 34 The Sixer (did it take 6 attempts to nail down this recipe, or what?)

SHAPE: a HEXAGON – the shorter sturdy sides help hold the seeds in place (huh? – don’t quite understand that theory, but we can crunch with it)

TEXTURE: a strong yellow corn masa packed with six types of seed rolled out to a medium thickness, rested awhile then toasted carefully before tumbling through sunflower oil for the crispiest chip! (oh, now we get what ‘The Sixer’ is…six types of seeds – clever!)

TASTE: a subtle taste of onion and garlic, along with a pinch of salt and a smattering of black pepper lets the seeds shine through – pops of flavor come from the poppy, sunflower, pumpkin and golden linseed along with distinctive warmth of caraway.

Other than our few comments in italics above, the rest of the descriptive verbiage is taken straight from the Manomasa bag, which is pretty darn impressive, don’t you think?  Honestly, there’s not much more that we can say, or even really need to.  Thanks Manomasa for making our difficult job of eating and reviewing your chips – easy (we kid)!

Just in case you were looking for a little more feedback from us here then we would just tell you that we really, really, really enjoyed these chips!  There was just something about them that sat well with us.  Maybe it was their unique variation of the classic salt and pepper combination?  Not simply relying on plain old salt and pepper to season the chips but adding other flavors like onion and garlic to the mix.  Or, maybe it was their recipe of untypical seeds that provided complex layers of flavor and texture that slowly materialized with the more chips we ate?  Imagine salt and peppery everything (bagel) flavored tortilla chips.  On the tail end of the flavor ride there was even a prominent “heat” from the black pepper that lingered on the backs of our tongues – fantastic!!

One thing that we would like to mention, as we’re fairly certain that our first review of Manomasa’s Green Lemon & Pink Peppercorn Tortilla Chips never touched on this, is how beautiful Manomasa’s packaging is.  Seriously, each bag is like a piece of artwork, or not like a piece of artwork, it is artwork.  Vivid paintings of the chips’ ingredients surround the chip itself, while the Manomasa brand name boldly pops from the red banner it rests on.  We’re sure a lot of time and effort went into this design and it deserves to be recognized and praised!

Best looking chip bags ever!!  To go along with some of the best tasting Salt & Pepper flavored chips we’ve ever tried as well!

Once again we have to give thanks to Josh from Crisp Nation for making us aware of these fantastic chips!  Now we just need someone in the U.S.A. to start carrying them.

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

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REVIEW: Manomasa – Green Lemon & Pink Peppercorn Tortilla Chips

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Manomasa - Green Lemon & Pink PeppercornTORTILLAS WITH SPIRIT

Manomasa nailed it with that statement!  In fact, we’d go even further and say Tortillas with Spirit and –  Vision, Execution and Creativity!! Wow, these are some of the most unique, and delicious tortilla chips that we have tried in a while!

A little while ago we were lucky enough to be introduced to this fantastic U.K. brand of chips via a glowing review we read on Crisp Nation (Josh – we owe you for this one!).

We had originally thought that the Manomasa name was a witty word play calling themselves the MAN o(f) MASA; but after a little digging we found that the name is actually a combination of two spanish words: MANO (of the hand), and MASA (corn).  The clever name combo fits perfectly as each one of their different flavors is delivered on a different style (or ‘recipe’ as they call it) of corn chip!  Brilliant!!

First up: Green Lemon & Pink Peppercorn.  That’s right, GREEN LEMON & PINK PEPPERCORN!  Green Lemon?  What’s that??  Are we are having flashbacks to when we were in Chile, and and it seemed like there was no way to differentiate between lemons and limes?!  They just called everything limons!  We actually assume that by green lemon Manomasa is most likely referring to unripened lemons.  And what would green lemons taste like?  Would they be more sour?  More bitter?  We are not sure, but clever marketing either way, and we’ll just crunch along.

These chips bring some serious lemon flavor.  Not necessarily lip puckering, but just loads of those deliciously fruity, aidic, citrusy lemon notes!  Far and away the lemon is the star of the show here but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a good supporting cast of other flavors as well.  The pink peppercorns are of course the next predominant flavor.  Providing just enough of that semi-spicy throat tickle, along with those elegant fruity-floral aromatic notes that only PINK peppercorns can provide. The lemon with the peppercorn sort of reminded us of that classic seasoning combination that we’re sure you all have somewhere in your spice cabinet – lemon pepper!  You know, that seasoning that you use a ton of to try and cover up for your dry chicken?!  Throw in a couple more of the usual ingredient characters like onion and garlic, and it looks like even some vinegar, and these tortilla chips provided a pretty delicious flavor party!

The Green Lemon & Pink Peppercorn seasoning utilized Manomasa’s Recipe No. 86: The Tostada, as their chip of choice!   According to the back of the bag the tostada SHAPE: named in homage to the original MEXICAN TOSTADA – the large circular tortilla that’s toasted and then enjoyed with fresh, tasty toppings.  The shape served its purpose just fine.  The chips themselves were light and crispy, and we didn’t know it at first, but apparently they also incorporated a medley of beans into the recipe; most likely to provide some additional textural variance, along with all of the additional health benefits of course.

Bravo Manomasa!  You really impressed us, and we can’t wait to try the next flavor and tortilla recipe!

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

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