BIJOU-REVIEW: Kernel Season’s – White Cheddar Crunchin’ Kernels

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Kernel Season's - White Cheddar Crunchin' KernelsFirst, there was Gladcorn.  The original corn trail blazer!

Next, came Pop’d Kerns with “a corn crunch like no other!”

Heck, even Trader Joe’s tried their hand at a couple of ‘Partially Popped Popcorns’.

And now, Kernel Season’s Crunchin’ Kernels are joining the “half-popped popcorn” club!

Typically white cheddar cheese and popcorn is one of those flavor matches made in heaven.

Unfortunately, Kernel Season’s white cheddar seasoning is not the best cheese powder variation we have tasted.

To further complicate things, the cheddar seasoning does not jive right with the Crunchin’ Kernels.  What exactly doesn’t work, we can’t seem to pinpoint, but we just don’t love it.

These are our least favorite from Kernel Season’s flavor line-up.

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

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Kernel Season’s – Kettle Corn Crunchin’ Kernels

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Kernel Season's - Kettle Corn Crunchin' KernelsFirst, there was Gladcorn.  The original corn trail blazer!

Next, came Pop’d Kerns with “a corn crunch like no other!”

Heck, even Trader Joe’s tried their hand at a couple of ‘Partially Popped Popcorns’.

And now, Kernel Season’s Crunchin’ Kernels are joining the “half-popped popcorn” club!

For more on Kernel Season’s Crunchin’ Kernels see our review for their Original Corn Flavor.

Usually we are a sucker for any type of sweet & salty Kettle Corn product, but for one reason or another Kernel Season’s offering does not really suit our fancy.

Both the sweet & salty are there, but when combined with the half-popped kernels, there are just no fireworks.

Maybe it has to do with the fact that with this flavor, more than any of Kernel Season’s others, the half-popped kernels far more broken down into tiny kernel bits.  In other words, a LOT more of those pesky – stuck in your gums – kernels.

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

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Kernel Season’s – Ranch Crunchin’ Kernels

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

Kernel Season's - Ranch Crunchin' KernelsFirst, there was Gladcorn.  The original corn trail blazer!

Next, came Pop’d Kerns with “a corn crunch like no other!”

Heck, even Trader Joe’s tried their hand at a couple of ‘Partially Popped Popcorns’.

And now, Kernel Season’s Crunchin’ Kernels are joining the “half-popped popcorn” club!

For more on Kernel Season’s Crunchin’ Kernels see our review for their Original Corn Flavor.

Surprisingly, the super flavorful ranch seasoning pairs lip-smackingly well with the half-popped popcorn.

Creamy, herb-y, tangy, with a good bit of garlic, onion and other seasonings.  The Kernel’s ranch recipe hits all of the necessary flavor notes.

Really quite impressed.

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: Kernel Season’s – Original Crunchin’ Kernels

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Kernel Season's - Original Crunchin' KernelsFirst, there was Gladcorn.  The original corn trail blazer!

Next, came Pop’d Kerns with “a corn crunch like no other!”

Heck, even Trader Joe’s tried their hand at a couple of ‘Partially Popped Popcorns’.

And now, Kernel Season’s Crunchin’ Kernels are joining the “half-popped popcorn” club!

In other words, more of the same old delicious thing.  Really, there is not a single thing new that we can tell you about these Crunchin’ Kernels that we haven’t already told you in our reviews of their predecessors.  The crunchy corn hybrid snack rests somewhere between a light and fluffy, fully-popped kernel of popcorn, and an extra hard and crunchy corn kernel snack like Corn Nuts.

The Original flavor Crunchin’ Kernels deliver a ton of corn flavor.  Although the below words were written in regards to Pop’d Kerns’ Original flavor, the exact same can be said for Kernel Season’s as well.

In our opinion…..Original flavor are far and away the best example of their crunchy snack.  No seasoning to cover up the naturally delicious corn essence.  Just an ample dusting of good old salt, that perfectly compliments the corn.  Less is more in this case.

So, for those of you looking for a corn snack with a little more crunchy body than popcorn, but won’t necessarily chip a tooth; and you don’t mind if it feels a little bit like you are eating some cattle feed, then Kernel Season’s Crunchin’ Kernels may be the crunchy corn snack for you!

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

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Buck Wild – Honey BBQ Snack Mix

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Buck Wild - Honey BBQ MixAs one little reviewer responded, after being asked what she thought of this latest snack from Buck Wild:

Yummy.  Just yummy. 

In case you are looking for a touch more description from the reviews you read….

Buck Wild’s latest snack mix is very much similar to their Chocolate Banana Snack Mix, in that it includes an odd combination of snack pieces.

In this case there are pretzel pendants, corn sticks and pita bites (not exactly sure which was which), crunchy corn pieces, and peanuts.

The snack mix was more than thoroughly coated with a fairly sweet and smoky BBQ seasoning.  Nothing amazing, but nothing pleasantly out of place either.

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: Fritos – Chile y Limón (Mexico)

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Fritos - Chile y LimonSorry Fritos, but compared to your fantastically delicious, and plain old amazing brethren, that we just recently reviewed, these Chile y Limón flavored corn chips are just sort of así así.

Really, it just comes down to these chile and limón not having nearly the depth of flavor, or the originality, or the funk of the delectable chorizo and chipotle.

Short funny story about finding  these Fritos at our local tollway oasis 7-eleven.  This particular gas station likes to relabel their Frito Lay Mexico snacks with the English flavor translation.  Most of the time they are usually accurate with these translations, but with this particular bag they had labeled them with Chili and Lemon…..WRONG!  Now, in their defense limón does accurately translate to both lemon and lime geographically speaking (in fact, this is a very widely discussed topic in Latin America).  However, in this case, we feel like it should be pretty darn apparent that limón is referring to lime.  We’re talking about Fritos from Mexico where they use limes predominantly, and we’re talking about a practically classic chip flavor combination used throughout the United States.  Not to mention that there is a green piece of citrus fruit in the bottom right hand corner of the bag……

Getting back to the corn chips themselves, they were, again, just so so.  We did get a pretty decent splash of citrus-y lime sour, but only the slightest dash chile pepper flavor.  Even less impressive was their complete lack of any chile heat.

All that being said, the corn chips are perfectly edible and crunchable, but we will be sticking with the impeccable chorizo and chipotles.

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: Fritos – Chorizo & Chipotle (Mexico)

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

Fritos - Chorizo and ChipotleThese are, far and away, without a shred of a doubt, the best Fritos we have ever, ever-ever-ever, tried!  Where have you suckers been all of our life?!?

THANK YOU – Hinsdale Tollway Oasis 7-eleven gas station!  If it was not for you and your little rack of Frito Lay Mexico snacks then we may have never found these fantastic corn chips!  Which brings us to ask one simple question – why is this flavor not made or produced in the U.S.?  Why?!?  Here’s a suggestion – make these available everywhere in the U.S.  And heck, while you are at it, bring back Frito Bandito – he would pair perfectly with these!

Wow, these have some real Mexican chorizo bite –  an unmistakable funk, a tang, a rich & zesty sausage flavor!  It’s almost as if these Fritos have been sprinkled with actual Mexican chorizo in seasoning form!

Right from the get go you can tell that these dark Fritos are bringing another level to their corn chip game.  Besides the spicy aroma that permeates from the bag, grab a handful of these corn chips and they are heavy, and almost wet, or sort of greasy….kind of like chorizo.

Fritos hearty corn chips go very, very, very well with this chorizo and chipotle seasoning blend! And, come to think of it, why wouldn’t they?  Corn is a major staple in Mexican cuisine, and of course it pairs perfectly with other staples like chorizo sausage and chipotle chilies!

Speaking of that other flavor component – chipotle, we don’t really taste any of this chili’s usual smokey notes.  Sure there is plenty of zesty heat present, but we can neither confirm, nor deny, that it is coming from the addition of chipotles.  What we can confirm is that we DO NOT CARE, because whatever this seasoning is made up of is delicious just the way it is!

Come’on Fritos!  Do us a solid and put these on our U.S. shelves everywhere regular Fritos already are.  And to you Fritos lovers out there, if you cross paths with these delicious chips, do not hesitate to buy every bag you see on the shelf!!

Junk Food Guy reviewed these about three years ago, and his opinion is quite different than our own.  Our best guess is that his taste buds were off from too many delicious vacation margaritas!

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

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