Ranch Chips – Tell us what you think

Ranch_Poll

Chip Review’s Top 5 7 Ranch Flavored Chips:

1. Doritos – Cooler Ranch

2. Snyder’s of Hanover – Buttermilk Ranch Pretzel Pieces

3. Doritos – Blazin’ Buffalo & Ranch

4. Vitner’s – Cool Ranch Crunchy Cheese Curls

5. Pringles Tortillas – Southwestern Ranch

runner-up: Cape Cod – Kettle Cooked Farm Stand Ranch Waffle Cut Potato Chips

2nd runner-up: Popcorn Indiana Chip’ins – Jalapeno Ranch Popcorn Chips

REVIEW: Late July Organic – Sub Lime Multigrain Chips

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

Late July Organic - Sub Lime

Comments:

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, whomever Late July Organic has designing their wonderfully, colorful, line-up of chip bags for them, has really outdone themselves.  The bags are so intricately detailed, and so vibrantly designed, that we may just go ahead and call them the best looking bags in the industry!

At first sniff, we smelled no hint of any citrus-y flavors; only the fresh masa from the multigrain tortilla chips themselves.  The multigrain chip dough was scattered with a welcome presence of (the recently super-popular super-food) chia seeds, that added a wonderfully nutty, textural difference, as well as, a noticeably visual addition to them.  The triangle tortilla chips had soft, rounded edges, with a very fresh and light, crispy crunch.  In other words, the chips themselves were very good!

Unfortunately, as far as the flavoring went, we’re not sure of how much sour lime flavor we are really tasted!  At first we thought we may have just sampled a few of the lighter seasoned chips, but after we were about half we through the bag, we knew that the chips simply did not encompass the level of sour, acidic notes we were expecting.  One Chip Reviewer wondered if the ‘Sub Lime’ stood for below average lime flavor?  According to the back of the bag: “The taste of real lime is light, fresh…That’s why we bake real organic lime right into our SubLime tortilla chips, so the lingering flavor is like fresh squeezed lime”

Well, we now understand where the lack of lime flavor is coming from.  Late July Organics have tried to bake the organic lime flavor directly into the tortilla chip dough, but in the end the result was certainly a lack of lime flavor.  The bright, fresh, citrus-y, sour has all but disappeared, probably evaporated, and what we are left with, is an overall lack of, lime flavor!

Luckily, the multigrain chips are so tasty on their own, and most importantly, were coated with a liberal amount of salt (don’t believe the lightly salted on the front of the bag).  Some of the chips even had an extra decent amount of salt!!!  Lastly, can we just admit that we did not catch the cleverness of this flavor title until seeing it written as one word on the back of the bag!  Clever, clever, clever!  Like we said before, so much thought goes into the marketing and design of Late July Organic’s chips.

SubLime (sublime) – get it?!?  Brilliant.

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: Late July Organic – Red Hot Mojo Multigrain Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Late July Organic - Red Hot Mojo

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Finally, some mojo that Agent Powers can really get behind…….”Red Hot Mojo, yeah baby!”

Whomever Late July Organic has designing their wonderfully, colorful, line-up of chip bags for them, has really outdone themselves.  In fact, this Red Hot Mojo bag is so tasteful that we almost didn’t want to open it.  But, then we thought about it for a second and chips are destined to be eaten.  It’s part of the circle of chip-life.  Who are we to take that from them?  Plus, finding a frame deep enough to fit the entire bag into, was more than we wanted to tackle on an empty stomach.

Chip Review has always had a lot of respect for the little companies that work hard to produce a chip that is both healthy, but it’s even better when they are tasty.  Late July Organic’s Red Hot Mojo Multigrain Chips would definitely be considered on the healthier end of the spectrum, and they are certainly tastier than some.  The multigrain (tortilla) chips had an ample amount of textural grains running through them, while still exuding a light, airy and crispy texture.

The Red Hot Mojo aspect of these chips was a bit of a mystery to us prior to eating them.  Were they going to be extremely red hot spicy? Were they going to taste like mojo (which we know as the tasty traditional Cuban garlic citrus sauce), or did they just have a lot of chip swagger?  Well, the vibrantly red multigrain chips, pretty much live up to the red hot half of their equation.  The chips themselves are very red in color, which we believe to be due to the use of crushed red pepper, and the addition of beet juice into the multigrain dough.  The chips also have small pieces of real diced jalapenos baked into the chips, delivering an amply, rich chile heat and depth, that builds and builds in the backs of our throats, but did not do much for upfront flavor.

As for these chips’ mojo, we just couldn’t seem to really find it.  The chips were definitely not referring to the Cuban garlic citrus sauce, and mojo certainly must not mean salt, or seasoning, because if that was the case, than these chips would be called anti-mojo, or un-mojo’d – in other words, someone needs to loosen their grips from the salt shaker, and live a little!  In the end, we’re guessing that mojo must be referring to “mo(re) jo(kes)”, cause we’ve got endless amounts of them….ha ha…ha.  We’ll be here all night, eating chips of course!

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: Late July – Mild Green Mojo

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

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Chip Review has a lot of respect for companies that work hard to produce a chip that is healthier than other chips on the market.  Combine that with a chip that also tastes better than a lot of those unhealthier chips, and we really must tip our hat.  Late July Organic Company is a small family owned operation, and they’re doing just that.

Chip Review had to look closely at this wonderfully designed bag to discover what we were getting ourselves into.  Underneath the witty named ‘Mild Green Mojo’ chips, we discover that we are about to taste Green Chiles with Cheese and a Hint of Lime.  You know what?  They weren’t lying, we tasted just that.  In fact, this flavor combination really reminded Chip Review a lot of the wonderful Mexican dish Chilaquiles.

If you see Late July Organic Chips in your neck of the woods, do yourself a favor and give them a try.

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