REVIEW: Keogh’s – Atlantic Sea Salt & Irish Cider Vinegar Potato Crisps

Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips (lip-smacking)

Keogh's - Salt & VinegarFIELD: Abbeyville

VARIETY: Lady Claire

COOKED BY: Gregor

We have never seen this before, at least we don’t think we have??  Plus, we didn’t notice it on the first bag of Keogh’s delicious Shamrock and Sour Cream Crisps we tried earlier this year, but apparently on each bag of Keogh’s Potato Crisps they inform us of where the potatoes we are crunching on were grown, what variety they are, and even who cooked them for us!  If that isn’t attention to detail, and just plain old cute, we don’t know what is.

For those of you who by chance did not read our first review, here is a little back story on this wonderful potato crisp company:

Keogh’s Farm is a family owned and run potato growing and crisping business based in North County Dublin, an area famous for producing Ireland’s finest potatoes.  Keogh’s has been farming the rich fertile lands in this area for over 200 years and have recently set up a “crisping house” on the farm…now producing Ireland’s only “hand cooked on the farm” artisan potato crisps.

Launched in 2012 to celebrate St Patricks Day, Keogh’s Shamrock and Sour Cream potato crisps combine the delicious tangy taste of Sour Cream with the freshness of traditional Irish Shamrock. Our Shamrock is grown in Ballinskelligs Co. Kerry by Livingshamrock. This area also produces the fresh Irish Shamrock which is presented to the American president on St Patrick’s Day! www.keoghs.ie

These are delicious salt & vinegar chips, sorry crisps.  But, they are very different from what we typically know and recognize as salt & vinegar flavored chips here in the U.S.  Here in the states, chips companies seem to usually go with the shock value vinegar flavor, over any attempt at giving us true vinegar flavor.  They like to slap our taste buds right across their flavor cheeks with a tongue tingling citric acid sour bang-bang-boom-pow!  All that being said, this country’s chip consumers must love it, because those companies just keep seasoning those salt & vinegar chips the same way!  Or, is it that they simply know nothing else?!  Have they never tasted salt & vinegar chips that actually taste like real vinegar?

Either way, let us get back to the point.  Keogh’s Atlantic Sea Salt & Irish Cider Vinegar Potato Crisps taste like they have been dipped in rich and tangy vinegar, and would be a great example to try for anyone who has never tasted vinegar chips that actually taste like vinegar!

Here’s an observation….salt and vinegar chips from other countries (countries other than the USA), tend to lean on a sweeter, tangy vinegar flavor than our country.  The good ole U.S. of A. likes to slap our taste buds right across the cheeks with a tangy-sour bang-bang, boom-pow!! Chips made in the U.S. like to use sooooo much acid that our tongues feel abused afterwards!!  Keogh’s seasoning is fantastic!  It encompasses a certain richness, a funk, a level of real sweet and tangy vinegar flavor that just tastes authentic, and delivers none of that acidic, tongue numbing!  Apparently, this delicious seasoning was developed by using dried cider vinegar, dried malt vinegar, and dried malt vinegar!! Three types of REAL vinegar – dried – meaning condensed and enhanced, and then sprinkled all over the tasty potato crisps!

Speaking of Keogh’s potato crisps… they are nothing short of lip-smacking themselves!  Varying sizes of rustic, skin on, bright yellow hued fried potato slices!  Medium thick, with good potato flavor, and a crispy kettle cooked consistency!  Maybe a little greasy, but nothing that hinders their clean and neutral flavor!  We would welcome these fantastic Irish crisps anytime stateside!!

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: Dakota Style – Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips

** Updated: 7/14/15

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Dakota Style - Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips

We were recently sent a handful of new flavors to review from Dakota Style (so stay tuned for reviews of flavors like Cayena and Chili & Limon soon).  Included with these new flavors were a couple of Dakota Style’s traditional flavors that we had reviewed less than favorably in years past!  We thought we give them another try and make sure what we had originally tasted was an accurate representation of Dakota Style’s chips.  In the case of these salt & vinegar chips, it looks like the original samples we were sent and reviewed must not have been a very good example of the chips because this most recent bag was perfectly satisfactory and tasty.  Maybe the original sample was old or expired and the oil had started to leech out of the potato chips.  Not the case with this recent example.  This time around the chips were crispy, with a good amount of salt, and decent splash of lip pucking vinegar.  We could even taste the subtle potato flavor.

Our original review below:

Alright, we’re really starting to see a bit of a pattern here, and we’re not very happy about it.  Unlike Daniel Plainview, we are not searching for a ton of ‘Oil’ flavor in our chips!  Unfortunately we’ve discovered and tasted a lot of greasy chips from Dakota Style.  Maybe it’s the type of oil or potatoes they use, or maybe it’s the thickness or their cooking process, we’re not sure….

The greasy oil flavor overwhelmed the mild vinegar on these chips.  The salt tried to distract us, but wasn’t enough to draw our attention away from the oil.

Another ‘Industrial Strength’ bag of potato chips from Dakota Style.  Again, we’re not quite sure what this means, but these potato chips are on the crunchier side, as if they were kettle cooked, but then they are quite a bit thinner than kettle chips normally are.

To be honest, we don’t know what else to say about these.

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

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RATING: Roundy’s – All Dressed Up Potato Chips

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

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We don’t typically review or rate generic grocery store brands but this flavor was so unique and so delicious (apparently, a very popular Canadian flavor), that we just had to rate them.  Plain and simple, we would describe these as ultra-vinegary, sweet and salty, ketchup chips!

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REVIEW: Cobs – Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar Popcorn

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Cobs - Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar PopcornWe often joke around these parts that we should maybe change our name to Popcorn Review due to all of the different popcorn we taste and review.  Well, that’s not going to happen, or maybe it will……only time will tell!

We should point out that after discovering Cobs Cheddar Cheese Popcorn last year at….where else, World Market….we were so impressed with the it that we did a little research and found that Cobs, similar to Angie’s Popcorn, was started by a husband and wife team years back, and eventually grew into the great popcorn company that it is today!!

Like we told you yesterday, over the many, many years of chip reviewing we have tasted many, many bags of salt & vinegar snacks.  Countless variations of the classic combo.  Is there one right style/type??  In our honest opinion, there is not, all that matters is that it is done well, with everything in balance, and of course tastes great!

We recently tasted two different brands of popcorn, both of which had created a salt and vinegar flavored variation…That’s right, salt and vinegar flavored popcorn.  Since ‘A’ comes before ‘C’ we reviewed Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop. Sea Salt & Vinegar Popcorn yesterday, and we saved Cobs Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar for our review today.  And, just by happen chance, we saved the best, or better, for last.  Similar to Angie’s popcorn yesterday, Cobs delicious popcorn works very well with the salt and vinegar seasoning.  The blank crunchy popcorn canvas effortlessly embraces the seasoning, and provides a more than acceptable backdrop for the flavors.  Cobs seasoning has a really bright, flavor-packed punch of acidic vinegar to it.  Very aromatic, filling both mouth and nasal cavities with that pungent vinegar zing.  There is no denying that this popcorn is salt and vinegar flavored!

Cob’s all natural popcorn kernels are on the smaller end of the spectrum, with a deliciously simple, sort of burnt-nutty essence to them.  They remind us of the popcorn that dad used to make at the hunting shack on top of the stove, the old school way!  The rustic popcorn kernels pair really well with the salt and vinegar seasoning.

Overall, this is a really good popcorn, and we quite enjoy the combination of salt & vinegar with popcorn.  It may never become as classic of a combination as cheese, or salt, or sugar, and popcorn, but we could see this new combo lasting for many years to come!!

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: Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop. – Sea Salt & Vinegar Popcorn

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Angie's Boom Chicka Pop - Salt & Vinegar PopcornOver the many, many years of chip reviewing we have tasted many, many bags of salt & vinegar snacks.  There are of course countless variations of the classic combo. Some use cider vinegar, while others use malt vinegar, or red wine vinegar.  Some blast you away with acid, while others just kiss the snack with a touch of sour.  In our honest opinion, there is no one right way of doing it as long as it is done well, with everything in balance, and of course tastes great!

Most recently we tasted two different brands of popcorn, both of which had created a salt and vinegar flavored variation…  Salt and vinegar flavored popcorn, you say?!  That’s right, salt and vinegar flavored popcorn.  Don’t knock it until you try it, and we think that once you have tried it, you won’t want to knock it anyways.

Since ‘A’ comes before ‘C’ let’s start with Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop. Sea Salt & Vinegar Popcorn, and we will save Cobs Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar for our next review.  Angie’s Popcorn company has come a very long way from that small, mom and pop created, southern Minnesota, kettle cooked popcorn company, that we remember gracing the shelves of only a few different grocery stores back in the day.  Now Angie’s Popcorn is EVERYWHERE!!  We don’t know this for a fact, but Angie’s could possibly be the biggest popcorn company out there right now!  And to that, we say congrats Angie.  You’ve come a long way.  In fact, it looks like you have come so far as to officially change your name to Boom Chicka Pop.  Is that correct??

Alright, back on track now, let’s get to the popcorn itself.  And, this Sea Salt & Vinegar Popcorn is pretty darn good.  Angie’s salt and vinegar seasoning works very well with popcorn. The blank crunchy popcorn canvas easily embraces the seasoning, and provides a more than acceptable backdrop for the flavors.  Angie’s salt and vinegar seasoning is tart, with a tasty tongue tang, but overall very subtle for a salt and vinegar flavor.  Not that the vinegar isn’t there, or anything, but it is just so very subtle when compared to the majority of ultra tangy salt and vinegar snacks out there.  We’re assuming that this subtlety comes from the use of real vinegar solids, as opposed to the inclusion of citric acid adding that extra vinegar pucker.  In fact the vinegar aspect was so subtle that we could actually taste the salt, which was a pleasant surprise.

Angie’s provides some light as air, fluffy and puffy white popcorn. Any real crispy crunch is practically nonexistent. The popcorn is better described as soft, with a meaty-toothsome chew.  The kernels are on the larger size.

Overall, this is a really good popcorn, and we quite enjoy the combination of salt & vinegar with popcorn.  But, in the end, we could have used more of that vinegar zing and tang.  We would rename this popcorn to, sea salt with a hint of vinegar popcorn.

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

Discovered at Mariano’s; Westchester, Illinois

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25 Chips to Christmas….

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Michael Season’s Unsalted Boldness – Balsamic Vinegar & Cracked Pepper Reduced Fat Potato Chips

Michael Season's Unsalted Boldness - Balsamic Vinegar & Black Pepper

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Has anyone else out there tried these chips?  Or, did the big UNSALTED BOLDNESS turn you away??  We’re just really wondering if Michael Season’s is going about marketing these the wrong way?!  Potato chips without any salt?!?!?  Does that mean, potato chips with any flavor?  Because that doesn’t sound good!  Luckily that is not the case, and these chips work amazing flavor magic!!  Seriously, if you don’t believe us, give them a shot yourself, and then make sure to send all thank you cards and presents to: Chip Review…..

REVIEW: Cosmos Creations – Crushed Sea Salt Vinegar with Pepper Premium Puffed Corn

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

Cosmos - Crushed Sea Salt Vinegar & Black Pepper Puff CornWho is Cosmo, and what are his Creations?  Well, we can tell you all about those creations a little further down this page, but as far as Cosmos goes, we don’t really have a clue.  We’re thinking that Cosmos is either the top secret, under cover name for the original inventor of these creations, or Cosmos actually refers to The Cosmos; which as we all know is a complex and orderly system, aka, the opposite of chaos.  Sort of like this Crushed Sea Salt Vinegar with Pepper Premium Puff Corn.  Delivering a deliciously complex, and lip-smackingly orderly crunchy puff corn system to our chaotic mouths!!

We’ve tried a lot of different types of puffed corn in our time.  We’ve crunched our way through corn puffs, puffers, crunchies, kurls, doodles, dittos, and nuggets; and in the end, they are all sort of the same corn-y snacks.  Cosmos Premium Puffed Corn Creations are shaped a little different than other puffed corns we’ve tried.  They are sort of shaped like regular old butterflied, popped popcorn.  We’re thinking that these creations have been purposely formed, or more technically, extruded to look exactly like their natural, kernel laden friends, but of course we cannot confirm this.  But, maybe Cosmos actually has no control of their process?  Maybe they just flip the puff corn solenoid somewhere, actuate that extruder valve, and let the puffed corn fly!?!

The crushed sea salt vinegar with pepper seasoning delivers a very strong aroma upon opening the bag, but it is not the usual nasal vinegar burn, it is more something….more peppery, we guess.  The flavoring is quite delicious, with a tangy vinegar bite, and a spicy aromatic black pepper.  The black pepper adds a subtle warmth to the backs of our throats, and a nice layer to the combination.  This flavor combo reminds us of something, but what is it?  Throw in some classic ingredient side kicks like onion and garlic, and what do we have…..Ranch!  That’s what this flavor combination tastes like.  Other than missing those creamy, rich, buttermilk notes, the other flavor profiles all make sense.  Sour twang from the vinegar solids, plenty of strong black pepper, those constant backup flavors of garlic and onion, and voila!!  A delicious variation of ranch sorts!  The premium puffed corn had a perfectly, melty body to them, but only a very soft crunch.  Not nearly as crispy as other puffed corn snacks we’ve tried.

In the end, these are a delicious snack. And if this is any indication of the rest of Cosmos Creations we better get trying’em!!

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

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