Rating: ©©©©-3/4 chips (lip-smacking)
We are not going to consider for even one second that any of you out there could possibly be unfamiliar with Canada’s greatest culinary gift to the world – fries, cheese curds and gravy!
Truth be told, the Poutine Ruffles have been available since summer 2015. The one caveat, they have remained only available in Canada!? Meaning that for us here at Chip Review they have been that elusive white rabbit always slipping through our finger tips.
Why Ruffles? Why would you do this to us for so long?!
Well, the day has finally came, and that elusive white rabbit, or more like white cheese curds, have found their way into chip loving arms thanks to the generosity of Chip Reviews great friend JK!
And you know what? THESE WERE COMPLETELY WORTH THE WAIT!! Seriously, really lip-smackingly delicious chips! We can say without any hesitation that if this flavor was available on our local shelves, we would be spending plenty of our hard earned cash on more of them.
Now, we wouldn’t say that any of us here at Chip Review are seasoned experts when it comes to the likes of poutine, but that being said, we have tasted our fair share of versions (none more delicious than the amazing rendition at Duplex Restaurant in Minneapolis, MN). Regarding Ruffles’ poutine flavor accuracy as compared to the real dish itself, well, let’s just say that we most definitely taste the fried potatoes (who’d have thunk it), and we also get plenty of rich and salty, beef gravy flavor; but we can’t seem to locate the cheese aspect anywhere in there. Not even a whisper of cheese. In Ruffles’ defense, in the actual dish the curds are more about their smooth, squeaky texture than they are about adding any flavor. So, in that aspect, Ruffles has done a very fine job with these chips!
These may just be our most favorite Ruffles of all-time. In fact, this means that two out of three of our favorite Ruffles of all-time happen to hail from our neighbors to the north. And in case you were wondering those three flavors are (no, not All Dressed) Poutine, Sour Cream ‘N Bacon, and Cheddar & Sour Cream.
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Chips provided to Chip Review by JK – acquired in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Ruffles Canada Official Website
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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