25 Chips to Christmas….

#8

Old Dutch Appetizers on the Go Ripples – Jalapeño Cream Cheese Poppers Potato Chips

Old Dutch Ripples - Jalapeno Popper

Original Review Here

Old Dutch there is no shame in admitting that it has been quite a while since we here at Chip Review have been impressed by one of your new chips…  That being said, you really knocked our socks off with these delicious tangy, and extra spicy, chips!

25 Chips to Christmas….

#23

Larry The Cable Guy – Hollar-Peño Popper Potato Chips

Larry the Cable Guy - Hollar-Peno Popper

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Larry The Cable Guy strikes again!  This is starting to become an annual occurrence for our favorite chip producing redneck comedian.  Heck, combine these Poppers with the our favorite Biscuits & Gravy potato chips (sorry Lay’s), add some Tater Salad Tater Chips, and you’ve got a meal fit for any holiday party!

REVIEW: Old Dutch Appetizers on the Go Ripples – Jalapeño Cream Cheese Poppers Potato Chips

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

Old Dutch Ripples - Jalapeno PopperFinally!  It is about time Old Dutch makes up for taking their delicious Hot Potato Ripples off of the market so many years ago.  Do any of you out there actually remember those?  We devoured many a bag back in the day!

Although we have never really been the biggest fans of real restaurant jalapeño poppers, we apparently really love potato chips that are jalapeno poppers flavored!

For those of you who aren’t in the know, Old Dutch Ripples Appetizers On the Go, are basically a line of flavors based on those typical appetizers found on your everyday bar menu.  You know the ones – sweet potato fries, sliders, onion blossoms, or artichoke dip.

Lets just start out by saying that these chips are hot.  Like wow, serious, very unexpected level of heat, sort of hot!!  This seasoning doesn’t really have that instant tongue burning impact that some chips do, but rather it slowly and steadily builds, and builds, and builds, until your mouth is wishing for a tall glass of milk, or at the very least that Old Dutch would have doubled or tripled the cream cheese ratio to counter their hefty dusting of chili powder!  Oh, who are we kidding we love the jalapeño heat!!

While the seasoning may deliver a very tasty sour tang from the inclusion of buttermilk and sour cream; it somehow, at the same time, does not offer very much in the form of any rich and smooth cream cheese mouth feel.  However, that does not prevent us from loving the spiciest creamy chips that we have ever tasted!

As for Old Dutch’s Ripples potato chips, well, they are of course delicious.  On the thinner side, with probably the most narrow ripples in the wavy chip industry.  At times they can get greasy, but we love them all the same!  Now, if we could only convince Old Dutch to start selling in the Chicago area!

Chips provided to Chip Review by JS in Maple Grove, Minnesota

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REVIEW: Jalapeño Poppers Puffed Corn Snacks

Rating: ©© chips  (tolerable)

Jalapeno PoppersThe no name – generic Jalapeño Poppers to your left were recently discovered at everyone’s favorite global bonanza (aka World Market of course!).  And let’s just say that this puffed corn snack have some good things going on, but a lot more bad things!

First of all, whose corn puffs are these??  Come’on, no brand name of any type on the front of the bag!  If these are any good, then someone should pony up to creating them!  A quick glance to the fine print on the back of the bag shows that these puffs are distributed by Cost Plus, Inc.  They must be affiliated with World Market in some way, shape or form.  Either way, we are not enthusiastic with these from the start!

Secondly, the bright green bag to your left is quite a bit taller than most snack bags we have encountered, but upon opening this green bag we discovered that it was literally 2/3rds empty.  Now, we are not typically pessimistic – 1/2 bag empty sort of people, but when a lot more than 1/2 of the actual bag is empty, then we are a bit annoyed and disappointed!!  That’s strike two, let’s just hope that these taste better than they do at making a first appearance!

Visually, these Jalapeño Poppers are a bit odd.  Whereas most cheese puffs are cylindrical in shape, with a slight curl to them, these puffs were practically rectangular, with not much curl to them at all.  The corn meal extruder used for these must have been more square in shape than circular.  Not sure if this is some sort of difference the no-name company was going for or what, but it did not do anything for us.

As for the Jalapeño Poppers Puffs themselves, well, they are crispy, but dry and without any good richness to them.  Wait, maybe these are low-fat or something…?  We’re not seeing any mention of any type of calorie reduction provided by these.  The nutrition facts show 8g of fat per serving.  Certainly not fat free, or low calorie in any way, but 8g is less fat than traditional cheese puffs delivers. Low-fat or not, we want some rich, fatty, cheesy, mouth melting texture when we enjoy our cheese puffs, and these just do not deliver!
The only saving grace for the Jalapeño Poppers would be their flavor!  A fresh and bright vegetal jalapeño flavor hits the tongue with a welcome BAM!  Nothing too spicy or anything, but certainly a moderate level of heat that retains for quite a while.  Combined with a “Mexican Cheese flavor” says the front of the bag.  Not exactly sure what type of Mexican cheese these no-name puffs are talking about, but we’re guessing that it is more likely the generic, shredded blend hanging in every grocery store, than any sort of combination of queso Oaxaca or fresco!!  Whatever it is, it delivers plenty of salt, and a little bit of tang (but still missing any real creamy-fatty-cheesy essence!).
We won’t be running back to World Market to pick up another bag of these anytime soon, but if we happen to stop by a cheese puff party and these were available, we’d be alright chomping on them!

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

Discovered at World Market; Oakbrook, IL

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REVIEW: Larry The Cable Guy – Hollar-Peño Popper Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips  (lip-smacking)

Larry the Cable Guy - Hollar-Peno PopperLarry The Cable Guy is back again with two all new 2015 summer flavors for us to devour and review.  Back again?….Larry The Cable Guy does chips??  If you must ponder that to yourself then you are unaware of Larry’s Tater Chips, and frankly, you have been cutting yourself short!!

As the story goes, a few years ago Mr. Cable Guy wowed our group with his initial snack release of four different bar food themed Tater Chips, with flavors such as cheese burger and fried dill pickle.  The following summer Larry switched gears and gave us two new flavors that we described as summer, outdoor-sy, picnic-barbeque “dishes”.  Last year Larry knocked our socks off with some Biscuits & Gravy flavored Tater Chips; plus some other flavor we can’t recall at this time!!

Larry The Cable Guy must know potato chips.  We like to believe that he personally taste tested each and every batch of his Tater Chip flavor recipes until he came up with final recipes that he could be proud of, to bear his name.  This summer everyone’s favorite cartoon tow truck is back again, and first up on our tasting docket are his Hollar-Peño Popper Potato Chips.

Let us just start everything out by saying that these are most definitely not just another jalapeño flavored chip.  Initial tasting thoughts, these are lip-smackingly fantastic, and amazingly do taste an awful lot like jalapeño poppers!!  Upon tossing a chip into our mouth, our tongues were welcomed with a lovely embrace from a sort of fatty coating layer that set the mood, flavor, and pace for the rest of the tater tasting experience!  Next up, the unmistakeably fragrant and vegetable jalapeño chile flavor arrived with a boom-pow!  The heat seemed subtle at first, but the longer we let it settle in, the hotter it became.  Certainly not among the spiciest chips out there, but we could see these being too spicy for some people.  On the tail end of the flavor arrived that subtle, creamy, coolness meant to represent the jalapeño popper’s cream cheese filling.  And you know what?  It really did!!  The touch of buttermilk among the ingredients really drove the flavor execution home.

As for Larry’s potato chips, they are on the thinner side, and many of the chips still have their skins on them.  Really, they are just good old, “real” potato chips with a crispy-soft crunch.  The chips provide the prerequisite delicious potato flavor, and a perfect delivery device for all of Larry’s unique seasonings.

Overall, these Tater Chips were extremely well balanced!  Plenty of jalapeño heat, a dollop of creamy cheese, and a splash of salt.  These chips are 100% savory, and definitely up there among our top 2 or 3 Larry Tater Chips ever!!  This Cable Guy really seems to know how to get’r done! when it comes to chips!

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 KLN  for review

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