REVIEW: Snyder’s of Hanover Sweet and Salty – Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Pieces

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Snyder's of Hanover Sweet and Salty - Cinnamon SugarAll new Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Pieces alert! 

If the sound of that doesn’t peak your interest, than we’re not sure if you are in the right place, nor if your taste buds are actually working!  May we suggest you have those checked out right away!!

As many of you are probably already aware Snyder’s of Hanover (SOH), are (in our humble opinion) the “classic masters of hard sour dough pretzel snacks”.  We have touted their pretzel making merits countless times around these parts.  That being said, although being a little better than the other Salted Caramel flavor, for the most part we’re not huge fans of SOH’s ‘Sweet and Salty’ line of pretzel pieces.  We’re just going to stick with their ‘salty and savory’ line of tried and true pretzel pieces!

For those of you somehow still unfamiliar with Snyder’s of Hanover’s pretzel pieces, let us explain to you our hypothetical scenario beliefs regarding these deliciously crunchy pretzel pieces.  In a perfect world, SOH would resourcefully use their leftover, broken during the manufacturing process, pretzel pieces to creatively provide us with these tasty bites (unlikely, we know)!  The most ingenious part of the “broken” pretzel pieces, is that they generously expose their very porous, bread-y insides, and willfully absorb an often more than ample amount of whatever flavoring SOH is applying.

Once again, as was the case with the other ‘Sweet and Salty’ flavor, we were wishing that there was even more salt.  More like ‘Sweet and sorta Salty’!  While salt was not necessarily nonexistent this time, it would have benefited tremendously from an extra dash, or two, or five of the world’s greatest mineral rock formation!  The finely ground cinnamon and sugar combination was abundantly coating every nook and cranny of the pretzel pieces.  The flavors melded well, and while it the pieces weren’t necessarily overly sweet, they just would have profited from the salt cutting though some of the monotonous cinnamon and sugar sweet tones.

All in all, these were certainly not bad, but we didn’t really love them.  This is one of those cases where we think SOH could really take some notes from Pretzel Crisps’ ultra successful Cinnamon Toast flavor, and made sure to still include enough salt to juxtapose the sweetness.  Maybe we should set these out amongst another salty snack to help balance each other out.  Or, MAYBE Snyder’s of Hanover should do another Flavor Doubles with Cinnamon Sugar, and one of their deliciously salty-savory flavors?  How does Cinnamon Sugar and Buffalo Wing sound….huh?!?  You heard it here first!

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

Discovered at Hy-Vee; Madison, Wisconsin

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REVIEW: Popcorn, Indiana – Hot Cinnamon Popcorn

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Popcorn, Indiana - Hot Cinnamon Popcorn

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The latest seasonal holiday popcorn variation from Indiana’s favorite popcorn company is unlike any we have ever seen or tasted before!  This Hot Cinnamon flavored popcorn is exactly that = bright Red Hot candy coated popcorn.

Honestly, we must say, we have a much greater admiration and appreciation for the execution and creativity of this popcorn, than any actual love for their taste and flavor.  Each glossy red kernel was heavily dosed with an ample, amount of sweet, tooth clingingly, hot cinnamon sugar coating.  Couple of things worth pointing out: One, the fact that this popcorn has zero, yep that’s right, zilch, zippo, ZERO grams of fat per serving.  Meaning only one thing, this popcorn must have been air popped, which did result in a less fatty, and rich, and tasty popcorn.  Secondly, the popcorn itself is not the first, or the most prominent, ingredient on the ingredients list?!?  That title actually belongs to good old sugar, provided in the form of evaporated cane juice in this case!  You know that you are in for some sticky sweet popcorn when there is more sugar than corn!!

So, in the end, if you like sweet popcorn, or if you are big fans of hot cinnamon flavored candies, then you may very well like Popcorn, Indiana’s new popcorn; however, for us, we appreciate this popcorn, but we like a little more salt, and savoriness to our crunchy snacks.  All that being said, we wouldn’t hesitate for one second to set out a big, bright red, bowl full of this popcorn during a holiday party, and watch as it quickly becomes the main conversation piece!

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 of the day…..

Rocky Mountain Popcorn – Cinnamon Sugar

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Wait, this popcorn tastes eerily familiar…. Have we tasted and reviewed this popcorn before?  Our records indicate that we have not ever tried Rocky Mountain’s Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn before.  However, after some further reflection, and investigation, we are fairly certain that what we were thinking of was Smartfood’s (much better version of) Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Popcorn!

Sorry, Rocky Mountain Popcorn, but your cinnamon and sugar popcorn, doesn’t hold a kernel to Smartfood’s version.  In fact, we are very close to simply describing Rocky Mountain’s popcorn as the antithesis of Smartfood’s popcorn, except that there are a few low-lights that should be addressed.  First, the popcorn kernels are very small and soft.  They just do not exude any of that full, light and crispy kernel-ness that everyone wants from their popcorn.  Secondly, who at Rocky Mountain Popcorn has the unbelievably heavy hand with the all too fine sugar?!  The cinnamon is present, but both it, and the popcorn, are practically lost under the mounds of super fine sugar that annoyingly stuck to our fingers while trying to pinch the tiny kernels.

Note to Rocky Mountain Popcorn: when producing a sweet version of  a traditionally salty and savory snack, the seasoning should not sway too far from the savory end of the spectrum.  There is a reason why certain snacks are iconic = because they work!!  In other words, do not forget to include at least some of that savoriness, and most importantly: SALT!!

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REVIEW: Popcorners – Sweet Cinnamon Popped Whole Grain Chips

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Popcorners - Sweet Cinnamon

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“The New Shape of Popcorn Whole Grain”

What exactly was the old shape of Whole Grain?

Maybe to answer that question, we must first understand what whole grain represents in this case.  According to the ingredients list on the back of PopCorner’s bag, the whole grains in this instance are none other then the infamous sorghum grain?  That’s right, sorghum; and we’re not talking about what you get from eating too much beef jerky.  According to Wikipedia: sorghum “is a genus of numerous species of grasses, one of which is raised for grain and many of which are used as fodder plants, either cultivated or as part of pasture. The plants are cultivated in warmer climates worldwide.”  As far as we know, these are officially the first line of chips that we have ever tasted made from a species of grass….

For the most part we are huge fans of the cinnamon and sugar combination.  The perfect harmony of the sweet, salty and earthy aromatic notes come together with supreme balance.  Personally, we always loved the combination best when it also included a fatty element, such as butter with our toast, or butter with our cinnamon roll, or melted butter with our Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal….(JK)?!?  However, these snack companies are messing with our minds a little bit. They are taking iconic flavors from our youth (knowing we associate them with happy memories), and combining them with savory snacks that we associate with our salty youths.  Either way you sprinkle it the combination seems like it just can’t lose.

The rustic whole grain chips consist of a unique monotone mixture of colors, that somehow includes hues of light greys and steely blues in certain spots.  Their mouth feel is light and crispy, without being very hard or dense.  They work perfectly adequate as crunchy flavor delivering devices, but in the end do not deliver the type of crunch, texture and richness that we like to get from our chips.

The cinnamon and sugar flavor combination seems to work just fine with these chips.  The two aren’t quite as natural of a fit as pretzels with cinnamon and sugar, but do seem more natural than potato chips dusted with cinnamon and sugar.  From the very second these hit our tongues, it was undeniable what flavor they were.  We are guessing that 9 out of 10 tasters would identify this combination in a blind taste test.  So, the prerequisite cinnamon and sugar are present, but as tasty as they always are on their own, we really wish there was a lot more salt to cut through the sweetness, and balance out the combo (while reminding us that we are also eating a chip).

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: Aggie’s – Cinnamon Broken Pretzels

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Aggie's - Cinnamon Broken Pretzels

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We love to chime in for the little guys.  Those companies that get started in the basement, or garage, or mother’s house.  Those family owned companies that exude their heart, soul, blood and tears in their creations, often times, regardless of actual product execution.  Aggie’s Broken Pretzels, is one of those little companies, started by two guys named Bob, located in the Chicago area.  The other day we happily stumbled upon Aggie’s Cinnamon Broken Pretzels in the snack aisle of a small family owned grocery store, and were quite surprised that we hadn’t seen them before now.

It appears as though Aggie’s has taken a stylish hint from one of the big boys in the game (Snyder’s of Hanover), and opted for the rustic, broken, pretzel parts method.  We have gushed over this technique numerous times before, but it is certainly worth pointing out that this method provides optimal porous, bread-y, flavor soaking pretzel square inch-age.  We also used to hypothesize that this snack was created out of resourcefulness.  We thought that possibly these companies simply use their broken leftover pieces to create these tasty bites.  As it turns out, apparently Aggie’s uses a slightly different technique.

Aggie’s Cinnamon Broken Pretzels are rich, and sweet, and sort of egg-y, and butter-y, and very reminiscent of delicious vanilla and cinnamon french toast.  The only thing really keeping these pretzels from being head-over-heels, completely amazing, is a lack of salt.  If only these were coated with the large salt crystals that hard pretzels are traditionally coated with, then they could have even given our favorite Cinnamon Pretzel Crisps, a run for their money.

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REVIEW: Terra Sweets Medley – Hint of Cinnamon Orange, Purple & Cuban White Sweet Potato Chips

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Terra - Sweets Medley - Hint of Cinnamon - Orange, Purple, Cuban Sweet Potato Chips

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For those of you unfamiliar with Terra’s products here are a couple of tell tale signs you have found them: 1) shiny black bags, with shiny, colorful examples of the product that you will find in those bags 2) rarely are they made from “standard” potatoes 3) you will most likely find the bags in stores specializing in organic foods, or possibly your local grocery store’s health food aisle.

Unique…

Intriguing…

Dare we even say, lovely…?

Many, many more adjectives could be used to describe these Hint of Cinnamon Sweet Potato Chips from Terra, but the one we would use, above and beyond any other, would be SWEET!!!!  Too sweet.  Cloyingly sweet.  Uniquely sweet.  Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet (hence the name), but adding cane sugar to these chips, puts their sweet level over the top.  The ‘Hint of Cinnamon’ is present, and welcomed, but again, plays second fiddle to the sweetness.  These chips are so sweet that we’re not even certain that we tasted any salt on them at all….  No salt, what?

The use of three different types of sweet potatoes makes for a unique melange of colors and textures.  The orange potato chips were the most abundant in the bag, and had the softest crunch of the three chips types.  We liked them the best.  Both the purple, and the white Cuban, sweet potato chips were a bit too hard for our liking.

Plain and simple, if you like chips for dessert, you would most likely enjoy these.  We appreciate these more than we like them.

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