BIJOU-REVIEW: Buck Wild – Honey BBQ Snack Mix

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Buck Wild - Honey BBQ MixAs one little reviewer responded, after being asked what she thought of this latest snack from Buck Wild:

Yummy.  Just yummy. 

In case you are looking for a touch more description from the reviews you read….

Buck Wild’s latest snack mix is very much similar to their Chocolate Banana Snack Mix, in that it includes an odd combination of snack pieces.

In this case there are pretzel pendants, corn sticks and pita bites (not exactly sure which was which), crunchy corn pieces, and peanuts.

The snack mix was more than thoroughly coated with a fairly sweet and smoky BBQ seasoning.  Nothing amazing, but nothing pleasantly out of place either.

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: Sabritas – Pake-Taxo – Mezcladito (Rancheritos, Cheetos, Sabritones, Fritos)

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

Sabritas - Pake-Taxo MezcladitoAnd yet another pretty great Frito Lay Mexico find from our favorite Illinois Tollway Oasis!

We had to dig deep into the archives to make sure that these Pake-Taxo were not just another reboot Sabrita Mix of sorts, but as much as they may be similar to Sabritas Fiesta Mix, they are also slightly different.

In fact, if we were being really picky, these Pake-Taxo are just another Frito Lay’s / Sabritas snack mix reboot that simply combines preexisting snacks.  Similar to the likes of Cheetos Mix-Ups, Frito Lay’s Munchies, and Doritos Mixes.

And just like with all of those other mixes, the sum of those parts are not quite as delicious as the individual items themselves.

Sabritas Pake-Taxo Mezcladito are a fun mix consisting of a sort of weird combination of three different flavors of Fritos (chile y limón, sal y limon, chorizo chipotle), some Rancheritos (aka Sabritas “Doritos” Ranchero flavor), and Cheetos Spicy/Chili-Cheese Bolitas (aka cheese balls!).  Many of these different items we have tasted and reviewed individually.

For the most part the overall flavor theme sprinkled throughout this mixed bag is most definitely chile and lime, aka chile y limón.

It is blatantly apparent that the vastly abundant mix ingredient here are the Sabritones.  Seriously, easily half of the bag is made up of Sabritones’ puffed wheat based, chicharrones inspired, crunchy snacks.

The rest of the mix consists of a fairly even combination of the remaining components.  That being said, it was fairly difficult to distinguish the differences in flavor between the three Fritos.

We really can’t stand it when a mix cannot be enjoyed in a single harmonious handful.  And yet, the individual components themselves are still lip-smacking enough on their own that we did not have any problem crunching our way through this Pake-Taxo Mezcladito!

Discovered at 7-eleven; Hwy. 294, Hinsdale Oasis, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Buck Wild – Chocolate Banana Snack Mix

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

Buck Wild - Chocolate Banana Snack MixOkay, we really didn’t mean to judge a book by its cover, or in this case a snack mix by its flavor, but we’ll admit it, our initial thoughts regarding this stuff had bad idea written all over it!  No seriously, small letters, right there in the bottom left hand corner of the bag.  Oh, you’re actually looking for it?  What’s that, you still can’t find it??  Well, you just keep looking, and we’ll just continue on.

Buck Wild’s Chocolate Banana Mix includes: Banana Chips, Chocolate Granola, Pretzel Sticks, and Little Chocolate (what they are calling) Cookies.

Are you thinking that this is an odd mix combination?  Well, we are way ahead of you!  But, we’re happy to tell you that the combination of textures and flavors actually works really well!

Right away our mouths recognized the classic sweet and salty juxtaposition.  Certainly more sweet than salt, but the deeper we dug into the bag, the more salty the combo became.

None of the four ingredients were really anything special on their own, but to be completely honest, each time we crunched on a handful of the pieces our mouths were deliciously intrigued.

So, we are here to tell you, don’t judge a mix by its flavor!

P.S., we just noticed the other day that you can actually pick up a bag of this mix at Starbucks locations now.  We’re thinking coffee may go very well with this odd sweet and salty combination.

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

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BIJOU-REVIEW: T.G.I. Friday’s – Sweet & Spicy Happy Hour Snack Mix

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

TGI Friday's - Sweet & Spicy Happy Hour Snack MixIt is about that time, right?

We can only imagine how this over-the-top, disjointed “happy hour snack mix” came to exist.

Dude 1: Hey man, do you have anything we could crunch on with these ice cold brewskies?

Dude 2: Not sure…let me check the cupboards.  Oh yeah, let’s see here…..looks like I’ve got butter toffee peanuts, wasabi peas, roasted almonds, pecans, cashews, some rice crackers, and cajun corn sticks…..oh yeah, and apparently honey mustard pretzels.  What would you like?

Dude 1: Well, it is happy hour, so everything! Mixed together!

And as they say….the rest is history.

Not too much to say about these.  TGI Friday’s has taken a lot, and we do mean A LOT, of high quality products we know and love, and combined them into one sweet & spicy mess of a snack mix.  Despite the weird combination of disconnected crunchy pieces, it somehow all works!!  The wasabi peas are certainly the most dominantly flavor profile, but most of the other mix ingredients play off of the unmistakable nasal heat just fine.  The variety of nuts provide a good level of mouth fat and textural difference, and the pretzels are there to bring everything home, and probably to soak up the beer!

Mix discovered at 7-eleven; Burr Ridge, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Doritos Mix – Taco Explosion

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Doritos Mix - Taco Explosion4 FLAVORS & 4 SHAPES!!  We weren’t actually aware that Doritos had 4 different flavors…

A few days ago we reviewed Doritos other new flavor from this Mix line of chips – Cheese Explosion.  Apparently, this new line is only available in flavors of Explosion….  For a much more in depth review of this ridiculous new product line, please see that review.

As for this Taco Explosion version, well, it has the exact same shapes as the Cheese Explosion, just different flavor profiles.  Let’s take a quick look at them:

  1. Traditional Doritos triangular corn tortilla chips – Spicy Nacho flavor.  Really, what do we have to say about these?  If you aren’t familiar with these, you aren’t living.  These completely dominate the bag in regards to both flavor and volume.  The other mix pieces just really don’t have a chance.
  2. Doritos Dinamita or Rollitos rolled corn tortilla chips – Taco flavor.  Although the back of the bag simply refers to these as rolled corn tortillas, Doritos has had a couple of different lines with this popular rolled corn shape.  Doritos has also had many, many different Taco flavored chips over the years, and one of those was Doritos Rollitos Zesty Taco!  We’re guessing that they simply made some more of those for this bag.  Same, usual, delicious Doritos Taco seasoning, only we couldn’t really taste much of it, on account of the Spicy Nacho tortilla chips.
  3. 3D triangle – Triforce like corn chip – Salsa flavor.  This shape is not totally unlike Doritos relatively recent JACKED 3D chips.   Full of fried corn flavor, with a nice crunch and mouth texture.  These are probably our favorite shape and flavor from the mix.  We love Salsa flavored Doritos, and these triangles just have a great texture, with loads of corn flavor.
  4. Lastly are Doritos twisted corn chips – Sour Cream flavor.  We thought that this shape looked familiar and it does appear that Frito Lays has put this corn shape out two times before, with two different names – Sabritas Turbos, and Fritos Twists.  We aren’t the biggest fan of this shape.  A little too hard and crunchy, almost dangerous to our teeth and gums.  The sour cream seasoning was subtle, and creamy.  Sort of like Cool Ranch, just not as good.

We always love seeing any new Doritos on the market, and we do appreciate the variant textures of the unique shapes included in the Doritos Mix; but in the end it simply does not work for us.  There is no cohesiveness to this odd group of shapes.  As for the Taco Explosion flavor combination, it does work a bit better than the Cheese Explosion combo, especially when all of the pieces are munched together!

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 discovered at Walmart; Countryside, Illinois

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REVIEW: Doritos Mix – Cheese Explosion

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Doritos Mix - Cheese Explosion4 FLAVORS & 4 SHAPES!!  Yes, but in the end, no lip-smacking 4©©©©’s rating from us!

You know what this bag sort of looks like?  It reminds us of a block buster movie poster, or maybe even more like a rock star concert poster.  – One Night Only! Doritos Mix presents Cheese Explosion.  Starring the one and only Nacho Cheese tortilla chips, Jumpin’ Jack Cheese rolled tortillas, Spicy Nacho triangle holes and everyone’s favorite Four Cheese twists!!  Sorry, but if we would have known any better, we would have just waited for the DVD, or the CD to be released rather than waste our dough on the big cheesy show…

If this combination looks familiar to any of you, well, that would be because Frito Lay has done something similar to this mix at least three times that we can recall.  You have to admit that they sort of seem like Frito Lay’s Munchies Mix, and they actually even more closely resemble Sabrita’s Party Mix Favoritas.  But, in our opinion, probably the best way to think of this new mix would be do describe it as the Doritos variation of Cheetos Mix-Ups.  In other words, a snack mix that is supposedly a Doritos mix, but really Doritos only one of the four shapes resembles what we all know and think of as Doritos tortilla chips.  So, let’s break down our 4 shapes and flavors:

  1. Traditional Doritos triangular corn tortilla chips – Nacho Cheese flavor.  Really, what do we have to say about these?  If you aren’t familiar with these, you aren’t living.  Probably worth noting that the chips are standard size, not shrunken at all to better fit into the mix.
  2. Doritos Dinamita or Rollitos rolled corn tortilla chips – Jumpin’ Jack Cheese flavor.  Although the back of the bag simply refers to these as rolled corn tortillas, Doritos has had a couple of different lines with this popular rolled corn shape.  As for the Jumpin’ Jack Cheese seasoning, well Doritos has done this flavor before as well.   This cheese seasoning is quite tasty.  Salty, peppery bit, tangy – yummy.
  3. 3D triangle – Triforce like corn chip – Spicy Nacho flavor.  This shape is not totally unlike Doritos relatively recent JACKED 3D chips.   Full of fried corn flavor, with a nice crunch and mouth texture.  Spicy Nacho seasoning is Doritos long standing spicy variation of their classic Nacho Cheese.  Again, if you haven’t tried those chips either, you aren’t living.
  4. Lastly are Doritos twisted corn chips – Four Cheese flavor.  We thought that this shape looked familiar and it does appear that Frito Lays haWQ3WEDGVC VCGXs put this corn shape out two times before, with two different names – Sabritas Turbos, and Fritos Twists.  We aren’t the biggest fan of this shape.  A little too hard and crunchy, almost dangerous to our teeth and gums.  We recall the Four Cheese seasoning from back in the 90’s, but pretty sure that it has not been offered any time recently in the U.S.  Cheesy.

We always love seeing any new Doritos on the market, and we do appreciate the variant textures of the unique shapes included in the Doritos Mix; but in the end it simply it simply does not work for us.  There is no cohesiveness to this odd group of shapes.  The snacks work rather individually, but try throwing all four pieces into your mouth at once, and tell us your tongue tongue and chompers aren’t confused!!  We will be sticking with the original versions for all that are available!

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 discovered at Walmart; Countryside, Illinois

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