REVIEW: Morther’s Farms – Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips

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What comes to mind when we say the words “sweet potato chips” to you?  Maybe, healthy?  Dark red?  Sweet?  Of course. And, potato chips, we’re guessing?

Well, unlike ‘traditional’ sweet potato chips as we know them, Mother’s Farms has created sweet potato tortilla chips.  Their chips are actually predominantly corn based tortilla chips, but they use some sweet potato flour in the recipe.  The addition of sweet potato gives the tortilla chips a lovely, soft, reddish hue, along with a very recognizable, yet subtle, sweet potato flavor.

As we have indicated many times before, we often have had our problems with the traditional sweet potato chip texture.  However, with this sweet potato and corn tortilla combo, Mother’s Farms may have found our cure.  The chips’ texture remains true to a tortilla chip – crispy, flaky, substantially rigid, yet light; where as, with sweet potato chips always seem to have this slightly soft, not very crispy, crunch, and a toothsome chew that we do not really love…

These tortilla chips have a nice layer of salt that helps cut through the sweetness, which we found out was embraced, and even enhanced a bit, with the addition of honey.  All in all, very eatable chips, and we can’t wait to try Mother’s Farms other flavors.  Stay tuned for Pumpkin Seed and Sweet Corn & Black Pepper.

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: Food Should Taste Good – Ancho Chile Kettle Cooked Sweet Potato Chips

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Food Should Taste Good - Ancho Chile Sweet Potato Chips

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What do you call a pepper that is not yours?  “An-cho Chile” (yes, you’re right, we won’t be quitting our day jobs).

As far as we know, Food Should Taste Good is the only brand that continues to use kettle cooked sweet potatoes as their vehicle of choice for trying out new flavors (maybe Terra could be comparable, except that they tend to stay more traditional with the sweet potato chips).  We can really appreciate Food Should Taste Good’s unique approach to chips, but we’re going to be completely honest, and tell you right now that we believe that sweet potatoes are definitely not as clean and perfect of chip canvas as other more traditional potatoes, nor corn tortillas.  That being said, sweet potatoes can and do work very well with certain seasoning flavors.

With these Ancho Chile flavored sweet potato chips, similar to their Barbeque flavored ones, Food Should Taste good has given us another flavor that both jives with the natural sweetness of these chips, but at the same time is also barring on being too overly sweet.  The flavors tread the sweetness line a little too closely for us to fully embrace them.  Unlike their two other sweet potato chip flavors – Salt & Pepper and Salt & Vinegar – which each juxtaposed, and countered the potatoes natural sweetness, and balanced the overall flavor profiles very well!

Ancho chile flavored chips are a new one to us.  In fact, we are pretty sure that these are the first ancho chile flavored chips that we can ever remember seeing.  Apparently, an ancho chile is……drum roll please………a smoked poblano?  That’s right, similar to the chipotle chile, which is a dried smokey jalapeno, an ancho chile in the dark red, dried version of the mild green chile pepper.  The ancho chile seasoning is very smokey, with a very mild heat and a heavy does of salt.  We’re not quite certain as to what really gives off the additional sweetness to these chips, but there is something there we know it.

In the end, these chips really just remind us of Food Should Taste Good’s barbeque version, just very, very, very smokey!

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REVIEW: Leighton Brown – Sweet Potato Cheese & Jalapeno Crisps

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Leighton Brown - Sweet Potato Cheese & Jalapeno Crisps

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For the most part, we have a love-hate relationship with sweet potato crisps.  We love the subtle sweetness that the tuber exudes when sliced and fried.  However, we hate (maybe hate is too strong of a word – dislike), the dense, heavy and usually too crunchy texture of the sweet potato crisp.

Despite our texture reservations towards sweet potato crisps, we had high hopes for Leighton Brown’s Cheese & Jalapeno flavored Sweet Potato Crisps for three reasons: 1) Crisp Nation‘s extremely positive review on the crisps.  2) As far as our records show, we have never tasted the classic jalapeno and cheese flavor combination on sweet potato crisps.  3) Just check out the very 70’s -ish, retro style packaging!!  Any pack that looks that classy, can’t be bad!

As suspected, these sweet potato crisps had a much denser and heavier mouth-feel than we typically appreciate with traditional potato crisps.  Rather than a light, and flaky crispiness, the sweet potato crisps required a bit of chewing, as they crumbled in our mouths.  The overall seasoning was very tasty though, and was definitely not your typical jalapeno and cheese (cheddar) flavor combination.  In addition to the funky cheese, and jalapeno chili elements, Leighton Brown’s seasoning ingredients, included: celery, smoked paprika, oregano, garlic, bell pepper and malt vinegar – sounds like a party we’d like to join!

The overall flavor did not feel muddled in the least, and definitely complimented, and was complimented by, the subtle sweetness from the sweet potatoes.  We were able to taste the rich, flavorful cheese, and spicy jalapeno chili flavors; and there was actually quite a bit of heat that crept up in the back of the throats toward the end of the packet.

In the end, we’re not sure that we loved these crisps, but their seasoning was delicious, and we respect their uniqueness.

As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

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Salt & Pepper Chips – Tell us what you think

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Chip Review’s Top 5 Salt & Pepper Flavored Chips:

1. Poore Brothers – Salt & Cracked Pepper Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

1. Terra Yukon Gold – Salt & Pepper Potato Chips

3. Kettle Brand – Salt & Fresh Cracked Pepper Krinkle Cut Potato Chips

4. Better Made – Salt & Pepper Potato Chips

5. Snyder’s of Hanover – Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Pretzel Pieces