REVIEW: Hometown Bagel – Chicago Style Jalapeño Bagel Chips

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

Hometown Bagel Chicago Style - Jalapeno Bagel ChipsWe’ve been wanting, and meaning (OK, yearning) to try these Bagel Chips for a long, long time, but for one reason or another, just hadn’t gotten around to finally making the purchase – UNTIL NOW.

Chicago may not be known (by many of you ) as a “bagel city”, but don’t let your unawareness fool you.  Of course, Chicago may not be as well known as New York City or Montreal, but we do have a bit of a bagel renaissance, or movement, going on in the Windy City right now as we write this!  Superb bagel spots like Reno, Brobagel, Craft and Great American Bagel Bakery are firing up some exquisite examples of the chewy bread specimens!

So, what happens when Hometown Bagel decides to take some of those delicious bagels, slice them into thin bite size disks, toasts them, and scatters them with just enough salt to solidify their chip declaration?  Well, plain and simple, some lip-smacking bagel chips!

The Chicago Style Bagel Chips are very minimal, and concise with their ingredients – jalapeño, salt, bagel, which results in simple, but delicious flavors!  If you are like us, then you’ve probably enjoyed a jalapeno bagel (or five, or ten) from time to time.  We simply love the way that the small pieces of jalapeño are scattered throughout the bagel body, adding those spicy, and slightly vegetal notes to excite our taste buds!  Well, these bagel chips deliver those same flavors, only in a slightly tamed down, crunchier and saltier version.

The chips themselves are roughly two, maybe three, inches in diameter, which begs the question, what tiny little bagels is Hometown Bagel using for these chips??  And, probably our only problem with them is that despite their relatively thin bagel chip cut, when we tried to eat a lot of them in one sitting, their bready essence was just too dense and heavy.  Certainly not as light and crispy as typical potato or corn chips.  In other words, we couldn’t snack on as many of them as we would have liked to!!

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

Discovered at Pete’s Market Fresh; Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois

Hometown Bagel Official Website

Chip Ratings Scale:

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