REVIEW: Lay’s Wavy – Passport to Flavor – Greek Tzatziki

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Lay's Wavy - Greek TzatzikiAlrighty chip fans it is that time of year again.  Once again time to vote for your most favorite new ‘Do Us a Flavor’ creation. 

Wait, what’s that?  We aren’t voting on these four new flavors?  Well, who wins the one million U.S. dollars then for coming up with the most creative flavor?!

Huh?  Well….oh, okay.  Scratch all of that.

Apparently, this summer Lay’s has forgone their annual summer ‘Do Us a Flavor‘ competition tradition, and instead opted to offer us four new flavors of their own choosing (although, we’re betting that most, if not all, of these flavors were at one point or another submitted by someone for the ‘Do Us a Flavor’ contest).  Lay’s new promotion is called ‘Passport to Flavor’, and each of their new offerings is based on a traditional, or iconic, dish associated with a different foreign country from all around the globe.  Maybe this new promotion was designed to coincide with 2016’s Summer Olympics in Rio, because wouldn’t you know it, one of the four flavors is from this year’s host country.

Lay’s ‘Passport to Flavor’ line-up includes: Kettle Cooked Indian Tikka Masala, Brazilian Picanha, Chinese Szechuan Chicken, and, leading off for our list of  of reviews are Lay’s Wavy Greek Tzatziki flavored potato chips.  

Chip Review’s flavor creativity rating for Tzatziki (scale: 1 – 10): 3

Chip Review’s excitement for this Tzatziki flavor (scale: 1 – 10): 6

Chip Review’s rating of bag design and color (scale: 1 – 10): 8

Tzatziki is not exactly a new flavor for Lay’s.  Not only were they one of the four contestant suggested flavors in Canada’s 2014 ‘Do Us a Flavor’ contest, but they also had a small window of availability in early 2015 at certain Costco location.  Plus, they apparently were, or maybe are, a flavor from Lay’s foreign Meditarraneas line of chips.  In other words, Lay’s has just been stealth-ly regurgitating this flavor for a while now.

In fact, let’s just call Tzatziki flavor what it really is, a variation of the classic potato chip flavor known as sour cream & onion.   Meaning that if you are a fan of sour cream & onion flavored chips, you will most likely enjoy these as well.

We are happy to report that Lay’s Tzatziki seasoning is SPOT ON!  Like, Mr. Joey Lawerence used to say (or maybe he still does) WHOA! sort of spot on.  The predominant flavor differences that differentiate these chips from your typical sour cream & onion, is the use of fragrant dill notes, and some sort of vegetal cucumber hints.  The seasoning is also somehow even more smooth and creamy than usual.  It is as if they have actually been coated in thick, trendy, Greek yogurt.  Overall, just some very well balanced, easily eatable chips.

And finally we have a new Lay’s chip where in our opinion the flavor seems to perfectly fit with the style of potato chip.  It seems like far too often we are saying that these potato chips would be better on a ripple chip, or this flavor would be better with a thick cut kettle chip.  Well, Lay’s Greek Tzatziki seasoning was surely destined to coat a Lay’s Wavy style potato chip.  The wide and deep Wavy chip ridges provide ample square potato inch-age for the seasoning to cling to, while the chips’ thickness and ripples provide just the right texture and flavor to compliment the smooth subtler seasoning.

So there you have it, all four ‘Passport to Flavor’ chips eaten and reviewed.  We were pretty pleased with this new flavor line-up.  Here is how we would hand out the ‘Passport to Flavor’ medals:

Gold – Chinese Szechuan Chicken

Silver – Greek Tzatziki

Bronze – Brazilian Picanha (Steak & Chimichurri Sauce)

What’s after Bronze? – Indian Tikka Masala

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

Chips discovered at Walmart; Hodgkins, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Doritos Shots – Yoghurt & Herb Mix

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Doritos Shots - Yoghurt & Herb MixHow many of you out there can actually remember the original Doritos 3D chips?

We’re guessing that even fewer of you can remember, or have ever even heard of Doritos Sonic Sour Cream chips?!

Fear not, because Doritos has created Shots Yoghurt & Herb Mix – aka the combination of Doritos original 3D chips, and Doritos Sonic Sour Cream seasoning from the United Emirates.

Unfortunately, this combination is not one we like very much.

First of all, we have never felt like the flavor of Sour Cream / Yoghurt has melded well with corn tortilla chips.  And these shots, with the additional ‘herb mix’ are no different.

But, even worse than the seasoning is the unpleasing texture of these shots.  Where as Doritos’ 3Ds would crunch very similarly to their traditional chips; providing a light, softer, crispy crunch.  These Doritos Shots are rigid, with a too strong-solid-toothsome crunch.  In other words they do not make us think of Doritos at all, and they do not treat our mouths kindly!

Well, there you have it.  Anyone else out there tried them yet?  Thoughts?  As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

Chips provided to Chip Review by S&A, acquired in Dubai, United Emirates

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Ikea – Potatischips GRÄDDFIL & LÖK (Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips)

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

Ikea - Sour Cream & OnionRight on the heals of last week’s review for Ikea’s Salted Potato Chips, comes their only other flavor – Sour Cream & Onion.

We know what you are thinking – Hey Chip Review, which one of the two is better?  And honestly, we can’t answer that.  They are both lip-smacking in their own right.

Both of Ikea’s Potatischips are deliciously rustic, skin on, thick cut, a touch oily (in a good way), crunchy and toothsome!

While last week’s salted potato chips deliver a good dosing of salty-salt, at the same time still letting the rich potato flavor shine, today’s sour cream & onion flavored potato chips deliver a nice splash of a sort of sweet, and adequately sour, creamy-onion seasoning, that compliments the chips more than highlighting them.

If you like thick cut, and extra crunchy potato chips, then you can’t do wrong by either of the two flavors – or you can just do right by both, and grab a bag of each!

Potatischips Saltade Chips discovered at Ikea; Bolingbrook, Illinois

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REVIEW: Uncle Ray’s – Sour Cream & Cheddar Potato Chips

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Uncle Ray's - Sour Cream & CheddarWhat’s this now?  Uncle Ray’s is the Official Potato Chip of the MLB??  Oh, wait, not THAT MLB – it appears that we’re talking Minor League Baseball (we all know who owns, or buys, that other MLB title right?  Their name rhymes with Squito Spray).

Uncle Ray’s is one of those brands that seems like they have been around forever.  Always lurking in the background.  Always content with the customers who do decide to buy their chips over those other choices.  Not exactly one of the “big guys” in the chip market, but definitely no longer one of the “little guys” either.  In fact, Uncle Ray just recently released 5 brand new flavors (that we are hoping to taste soon…wink – wink, nudge – nudge), so it appears that Ray is making to push to expand his flavor selection.

These Sour Cream & Cheddar rippled potato chips are not among those 5 new flavors (did we mention that we can’t wait to try Pepperoni Pizza flavored potato chips!?), and unfortunately, these SC&C are also not among our Top 5 Uncle Ray’s chips of all-time either.  That being said…..in case you were wondering what those Top 5 actually are:

1. Roasted Garlic Potato Chips

2. Salt & Pepper Potato Chips

3. Green Onion Potato Chips

4. Cheese Flavored Puffs

5. Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips

Well, as for these Sour Cream & Cheddar rippled potato chips, Uncle Ray once again seems to be relying a touch heavily on the salt level.  Now, we aren’t ones to shy away from salt, but these are on the verge of being described, and labeled, as “too salty” in our opinion.  The salt practically overwhelms any actual presence of sour cream and cheddar.  If we focused our palettes and strained our taste buds we could recognize just a smidgen of sour cream, but really no cheddar.  In the end the chips still went down pretty easily, but we just had to make sure that we had a beverage in hand to balance their seasoning level.

The semi-wide ridged potato chips were more than adequate, and delivered a very sturdy crunch.  Any weaker potato chip would have crumbled under the weight of Uncle Ray’s salty seasoning.

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

Discovered at Max Mart; River Grove, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Pop Art – Tandoori Yogurt Gourmet Popcorn

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Pop Art - Tandoori Yogurt PopcornLast year we were lucky enough to try Pop Art’s fantastic Thai Coconut Curry Gourmet Popcorn.  In fact, they nearly cracked our Top 10 of 2015.

So, to say that we were excited for Pop Art’s Tandoori Yogurt Gourmet Popcorn would be a huge understatement.

Unfortunately, we were let down by these the very second we popped some handfuls into our mouth holes.

Compared to the unique and explosive Thai Coconut Curry, the Tandoori Yogurt was just plain old tame and muted.

The seasoning was not bad in any way, just simple and bland in every way.

Certainly savory, we’ll give it that.  Also, evoking of a few fleeting thoughts of Indian food.  But really, we could not pinpoint any actual, single, typical Tandoori flavors of ginger, or cumin, or tumeric, or coriander, or yogurt.

All we really tasted was a slightly rich creamy essence, combined with an extra savory jumble of seasoning.  Both of which were scattered evenly across Pop Art’s deliciously light popcorn kernels.

As always, these are our thoughts. Agree or disagree, make sure to let us know.

Popcorn discovered at TJ Maxx; Oakbrook, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Cabana – Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Cabana - Sour Cream & OnionDon’t you just hate it when your first impression becomes obliterated by your last?  Complete 180.  Well, that’s what we’ve got here.

Everything started out just perfectly as we reached in to grab a few of Cabana’s thin and large potato chips.  They delivered a perfectly light crisp, with loads of real potato flavor.

But, when it came to the sour cream and onion seasoning, well, that’s when things made a turn for the worse.

Strong punch of pungent onion, with a salty sour splash of cream, but then…what’s that…..sweet sugar?!  An uncomprimisingly sweet layer that completely throws the classic flavor combination out of whack!  Sweet & Sour Cream & Onion?  Doesn’t have a nice ring to it, and nor do we love it!

Weird and off-putting.  We’re going to stay away from these ones.

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Utz – Cheddar & Sour Cream Potato Chips

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Utz - Cheddar & Sour Cream Potato ChipsThese are solid potato chips.

Looking back through our records, we noticed that we haven’t actually reviewed very many Utz chips/snacks over the years.  This has to be due to their availability in the Midwest, as Utz is an East Cost chip company.

Luckily, on a somewhat recent golfing get away, Mr. JK brought these bad boys (or should we say girls, as there is a little girl gracing the front of the bag) back with him for us here at Chip Review to taste and give our personal one-two.

Like we said, these are solid potato chips.

The cheddar & sour cream seasoning was spot on.  Tangy and salty cheddar cheese mingling with rich and creamy sour cream.  The only thing being that the seasoning was not very prominent.  To describe it as a dusting may actually be an overstatement.

However, the potato chips themselves were practically perfect.  Medium-thin cut, old school, skin-on, solid crunch, real potato chips.  Utz potato chips are fantastic.

We really hope that we are able to find more of Utz’s offering in the future.

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

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