BIJOU-REVIEW: Uncle Ray’s – Lightly Salted Popcorn

Rating: ©©© chips  (notable)

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Lightly salted popcorn is right.

Really, not much more to say.

Light, airy, crispy, bright white kernels.

Very little fat content, and lightly salted.

Uncle Ray’s popcorn is perfectly snackable, if you are looking for any something to crunch on; but it is certainly nothing special, and also nothing we would be choosing over most other RTE popcorn on the market.

These are our thoughts.  Let us know if you agree or not.

Popcorn discovered at Amoco; Villa Park, Illinois

Uncle Ray’s Official Website

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25 Chips to Christmas….

#11

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

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

Original Review Here

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

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

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

Comments:

We are starting to get very concerned here at Chip Review that if this year keeps up with the really, super, fantastic pace of delivering so many lip-smacking new chips, we are simply going to run out of ©©©© ratings to give them!!!

Well, we should probably address the elephant in the room (aka, description on the chip bag).  UNSALTED!?!?!  Huh?  What?!  Michael Season’s you had us at unsalted!  Not, ‘had us’ the way that Rene had Tom in that Maguire film.  No, you ‘had us’ wondering what the heck you were thinking!  And, you ‘had us’ wondering if we should even give these a taste?!  In our neck of the woods, and in our line of work (snacking), unsalted could be referred to as fighting words!!

Surprisingly enough, these potato chips aren’t our first encounter with Michael Season’s unsalted potato chips. Apparently, low sodium seems to be a theme with many of Michael Season’s tasty snacks.  Well, we’ll be the first to admit when we are wrong, and in this case, we were definitely jumping to unsalted conclusions before really giving them a shot.  We are more than happy to report that these potato chips are certainly bold, and definitely flavorful!!

The Balsamic Vinegar & Cracked Pepper seasoning blend really shines, and compliments the natural potato flavor almost perfectly.  Even before making contact with our tongue, the presence of finely ground black pepper tickles our senses.  Once the chip does connect with our tongue, a subtle sweetness hits right before a restrained, but ample zing of balsamic vinegar surrounds the taste buds, and nasal cavity.  Finally, at the finish, the cracked pepper appears once again and adds a tiny bit of heat to the back of our throat, and rounds everything out perfectly.

So, are we missing the salt?  Only very slightly.  We like salt on our chips.  In fact, if we hadn’t been made aware of it prior to eating them, we very likely may not have been able to tell that they were missing salt.  But, the fact of the matter is that these chips are called ‘Unsalted Boldness’, and Michael Season’s wanted us to recognize that they didn’t use salt, and be impressed by it.  Well, consider us impressed!

More than the salt, what we did find a little lacking was the fatty richness of the chips.  Thinner, crispy, large, unbroken potato chips, with loads of potato flavor, complimented by the delicious seasoning.  Great chips, but our mouths could tell that the chips did not encompass the rich, greasy, potato chip fat content that we love.  We appreciate the health aspect of sporting 30% less fat than the leading potato chip brand, but put some of that fat back into these and the chips may just have been “A” list worthy!!  In the end, for chips with no salt, we are perfectly fine with settling on lip-smacking!

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

Discovered at Whole Foods; Willowbrook, Illinois

Michael Season’s Official Website

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REVIEW: Michael Season’s – Natural Gourmet Lightly Salted & Unsalted Thin & Crispy Reduced Fat Traditional Style Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

Comments:

Alright, let’s get two things out of the way, right from the get go.

First of all, we think there should be a limit to the number of descriptors a brand can include on the front of a single bag of chips.  We mean, come’on…..could the descriptions of these chips be any more long-winded….let’s leave something up to the imagination of the eater.  We want the mouthful to fill our stomachs….

And secondly, this is in fact the first time Chip Review has included two chips in one review….dare we say a tandem review, just for you?  We just feel that there is not enough criteria separating these chips to warrant two individual reviews, so the following review will be descriptive of both of these chips.

Michael Season’s Thin & Crispy Potato Chips can be described as a good version of Lay’s regular potato chips, and by this we mean less salty (which we admit, we slightly miss the salt), along with quite a bit less greasy (and we are thankful for that), and finally by the chips themselves, which are large, unbroken, crunchy and really taste like potato chips.

Sporting 30% less fat than the leading potato chip brand, you just wouldn’t know it by tasting them.  We definitely won’t be referring to these chips as “those” low fat chips any time soon.

Regarding the lack of salt on these chips….what can we say?  We like salt on our chips.  We love salt on our chips.  In fact, for the most part we enjoy seasoned chips more than regular salted potato chips.  So, we are having difficulty comparing these against any other chips…..and honestly, we’re pretty sure that Michael Season’s Unsalted potato chips are the very first ones we have ever given a shot, and you know what, they aren’t that bad.  For any of you out there who may have health issues with sodium, or just simply try to stick to a diet with lower sodium, these are the chips for you.  And you know what?  With, or without salt, these chips are better than Lay’s Regular Potato Chips in our opinion.

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 from Michael Season’s for review

Michael Season’s Official Website

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