25 Chips to Christmas – 2016….

On the seventeenth day of Chips to Christmas our true love gave to us……

#9

Zapp’s – VooDoo Heat New Orleans Kettle Style Potato Chips


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Original Review Here

Zapp’s VooDoo Heat are an addition to their original version of the VooDoo flavored chips.  Well, it is not very often that we can say that a sequel surpasses the original, but in the case of Zapp’s VooDoos – these new Heat ones are simply fantastic!

REVIEW: Zapp’s – VooDoo Heat New Orleans Kettle Style Potato Chips

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

zapps-voodoo-heatLong, long ago, in a place far, far away (we’re talking at least eight, maybe even ten miles) Chip Review fell hand over mouthfuls for Zapp’s Original VooDoo chips….

So, when we first heard about Zapp’s new HEAT variation of the original lip-smacking chips we had high hopes.  Not high hopes like, oh we sure do hope this pull-tab is a $2 winner.  No!  High hopes as in these new Zapp’s chips could just be flippin’ amazing!

Before we go ahead and crunch into these new Zapp’s, perhaps a little backstory is in need.

According to Zapp’s themselves, the:

“Voodoo flavor is a result of an accident. An employee was moving a pallet of spices off the top shelf, and dropped it. While cleaning it up, someone stuck their finger into the mixture of about 5 flavors and pronounced it great.”

Now, if we had to gander a guess as to how the VooDoo Heat flavor came about, it would go something like this…

“The VooDoo Heat flavor is a result of someone (perhaps us, who knows) saying that the VooDoo flavor is lip-smacking, and wouldn’t they taste EVEN BETTER if we made them even SPICIER?!?!”

With Zapp’s original VooDoo chips we didn’t understand what exactly the VooDoo name was meant to represent (of course other than Zapp’s is New Orleans), but with these new chips, we totally get it.  These chips encompass, and deliver, and absolutely cast a delicious dusting of VOODOO flavor Magic all over the New Orleans Kettle Style Potato Chips!

You really have to taste these chips to really understand the wonderful circus of flavors they have going on.  First and foremost, the chips deliver a pungent zing of zippy vinegar.  Then came a sugary sweetness that paired nicely with the vinegar’s acidity.  Next, came the heat, and a good level of it for sure.  One taster thought that they may have tasted horseradish…?  Finally, we tasted a touch of sweet and tangy and vegetal tomato flavor, which helped round out the entire flavor combo.

All said and done, probably the best way that we can describe this delicious flavor to you would be to compare it to some spicy version of an American Chinese breaded chicken dish….sweet, tangy, sticky, spicy, and delicious in all of the right ways.

As far as the potato chips themselves go, Zapp’s knows what they’re doing.   Their Cajun Kettle Recipe makes for some really crunchy, perfectly greasy, semi-thick potato chips, that we could munch on all day.

Overall, we were really, really impressed with these chips!  And, although Zapp’s aren’t always readily available here in the Midwest, we know for certain that these chips are almost always available at Potbelly!

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

Zapp’s provided to Chip Review by MunchPak for review

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REVIEW: Zapp’s – Limited Edition Sweet Creole Onion New Orleans Kettle Style Potato Chips

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

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Comments:

Zapp’s makes some really great kettle cooked potato chips, and we have touted their lip-smacking tastiness plenty of times on this site, however, this time we simply cannot share the same enthusiasm!

Thank goodness these Sweet Creole Onion potato chips are only a Limited Edition for Zapp’s because they certainly do not accurately exemplify what we have tasted with any of their other flavors!

The back of Zapp’s bag states that the “Sweet Creole Onion….are known for their robust onion flavor, with a mellow sweetness.”  Well, that’s not exactly what we experienced, rather we would have to describe what we tasted as the exact opposite of that – ‘ROBUST SWEETNESS, with a mellow onion flavor!’  In other words, sugary sweet onion flavored chips!  The onion aspect was actually rather creamy, sweet and mellow, but nearly indistinguishable due to the level of sweetness.  And, unfortunately the salt level was not nearly enough to cut through, and compensate for the sweetness!  We usually love the sweet and salty combo, but this was not a very good rendition.

Luckily for us, Zapp’s semi-thick, crunchy kettle cooked potato chips themselves are always great!  When it comes to frying sliced potatoes, Zapp’s really knows what they’re doing.  However, when it comes to evening mixing sugar and salt, it appears they may need a little practice!

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

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