REVIEW: Funyuns – Steakhouse Onion

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Funyuns - Steakhouse OnionRip open this bag and let the crunchy goodness of Funyuns Steakhouse Onion Flavored Rings make all your onion blossom dreams come true. Your taste buds will have no choice but to say, “THANK YOU!” Crunchy Rings of AWESOMENESS (these words are from the back of the Steakhouse Onion Funyuns bag)

Do we share this in this enthusiasm?

Maybe a little bit…

We’ll just get it out of the way and say that these are pretty good, and certainly not lacking in the flavor department.  The corn meal puffed onion rings are as crunchy as they ever are, BUT to be completely honest our “onion blossom dreams” have not come true (especially since our onion blossom dreams always include rainbows, pots of gold, and the occasional unicorn!!).

We just don’t really see the purpose of this flavor?!?  They taste very similar to original Funyuns with a sprinkling of muddled, generic seasoning on them.  Again, they are not bad, but they are unnecessary.  We simply feel like the only real reason for making a new version of a classic should be if you could enhance it in some way, or at the very least make such a difference that you can barely recognize the original  – neither of those two are apparent here!  The Steakhouse Onion seasoning basically just adds further onion flavor, a dash of garlic, traces of tomato, and a tiny smooch of heat on the finish.

If we had a choice, we would pick the Original Funyuns over these every time.  And, if we had another choice, we would pick both the Flamin’ Hot and Chile Limon versions over the Originals, probably because we really like both of them, but also because they provide an enhanced version of the Original!!  With the Funyuns Flamin’ version they were bright red, tangy & spicy, and with the Chile Limon, Funyuns took our taste buds on an exciting roller coaster of flavor that we had never ridden (eaten) before!

FUNYUNS – we are all for you giving us new flavors to try, but we want them to be just that – NEW!!  Not onion flavored onion rings!

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

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25 Chips to Christmas….

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Funyuns – Chile Limón

Funyuns - Chile Limon

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You know what sounds really good?  Piping hot, thick cut, beer battered onion rings, dusted with lots of salt and chili, and splashed with a squeeze of lime!  Wait, do you know anywhere that actually serves that?  No?!  We neither.  In which case, until that day comes, we will continue to enjoy Funyuns deliciousness!!

REVIEW: Funyuns – Chile Limón

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

Funyuns - Chile LimonAnd what do we have here?!?  Yep, that’s right, it appears as though everyone’s favorite crunchy, onion ring snack has decided to try their own variation on the, all-too-often over done, and overused, chile & limón combination!

What is limon you ask?  Actually, we know that you probably don’t need to ask that, as the picture on the front of the bag clearly shows a cross section of a lime, and we’re pretty sure most people in the U.S. now know what a limón is.  However, in case you did ask that, a limón is in fact not the combination of a lime + a lemon, but actually the Spanish word for both lime and lemon.  In this case, and most cases when discussing chile & limón together, limón is referring to the limón verde – aka lime.

The initial smell released from the Funyuns’ bag as we ripped it open was of a deeply delicious, chile and onion combination. That rich and savory scent alone had us very excited for where these Funyuns were headed!  Luckily for you, and us, that excitement was completely justified!

In our opinion, not only are these Chile & Limón Funyuns as good as either the Original, or Flamin’ Hot versions, but actually even better, and certainly more complex.  The seasoning level varied from ring to ring, while some were heavily blanketed with a deep red dusting of powder, others were only lightly coated with a reddish sprinkling of seasoning.  The onion rings themselves were the same old crunchy, corn based, circular extruded snack, that was easy to crunch through, and sort of fun to play with!

Initially, the Funyuns flavor exhibited a surprisingly restrained subtlety, with just a light touch of some smokey chile notes, that mingled flawlessly with the salty onion flavor.  We found that the limón flavor was actually rather sporadic, but when we did find it, the tangy citrus surprise added a delicious zap of freshness.  Although the Funyuns do not initially exude very much chile heat, the spicy intensity definitely grew and grew with the more rings we crunched!

Plain and simple, Funyuns Chile & Limón are that rare snack sequel that was actually able to elevate above and beyond their tasty original snack.  They are some of the best “chips” that we have tried so far in 2014!

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: Chio Tacos – Texas Barbecue Flavour

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Chio - Texas BBQ TacosWe have to hand it to this German snack company, they keep us guessing and we just don’t know what to expect.  We have not been able to distinguish any type of style consistency for Chio’s versatile snack spectrum.  Nor do they shy away from creating unique flavor choices, such as Wasabi, or Thai chili, with caffeine, or even Extreme chili & scary tigers…?!?

We have not been able to figure out for the life of us why Chio is referring to this snack as Tacos??  And, we’re guessing that some other people in this country have been confused by this snack as well.  Are tacos in Germany some type of snack or item that is circular shaped?  Speaking of the shape of these Tacos, they are sort of like shrunken Funyuns.  Actually, more accurately, they remind us of a corn puff snack shaped like a calamari ring (that’s squid, in case you didn’t know).  The rings are light, crunchy, and easy to pop directly into your mouth cavity.  They melt rather quickly once they have touched the moisture on your tongue.

Texas Barbecue?  Really??  First off, look at the image of the “BBQ” on the front of the bag.  Can someone tell us if skewers of grilled vegetables (with maybe some protein consisting of chicken or scallops, we can’t quite tell?) are representative of Texas Barbecue?  Actually, scratch that, we already know that it is not.  Texas Barbecue is smoke and beef, otherwise known as BRISKET!  We often find it very interesting when one part of the world (ours included) creates a snack that they think is representative of another part of the world, without every really doing their investigative due diligence.  Are you really sure that those fries, or toast, are really French?

The Texas Barbecue seasoning coating the rings basically tasted of garlic and onion powders, with the slightest hint of slightly smoky paprika.  Low and behold, the ingredients list pretty much confirmed those exact thoughts.  The flavoring combo was simple, it sufficed, but definitely did not do much for us, and certainly did not remind us of any barbecue seasoning that we are familiar with.  What we are looking forward to is the day that Chio creates some bratwurst flavored chips, or maybe beer, yeah!!

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