Introducing Bijou-Review

Hello Chip Review readers!  How are things?  Good we hope!  Can’t complain here!

Yusho Chicken Skin ChipsAs you may or may not have noticed our number of reviews recently has been pretty minimal – what maybe one or two, every other week? – and for this we apologize.  All we can say is that for a multitude of different reasons, we have found it more and more difficult to find time to sit down and type out a full review.  However, be not afraid, we think that the answer to this dilemma resides in our new Bijou-Review!  What the heck is a Bijou-Review?  Well, in short, a Bijou-Review will be a very condensed version of one of our usual reviews.  The CliffsNotes if you will.  Just our tasting thoughts – short, condensed, and sweet.  In other words a Bijou-Review will likely not be as much fun to read, none of our witty and whimsical written word; but if you are looking for something more than just our rating of the chips, or all you really want to know is what do these taste like?  Well then our new Bijou-Review should suffice.

As always, thanks so much for sticking around and reading our reviews!  And, just so you can see what one of these new Bijou-Reviews will look like, it should be landing in your inbox any minute now!  Happy crunching!!

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2015 – New Look for Chip Review

Hello Chip Review fans!!

Nearly three years have passed since we first started posting our thoughts on salty (and often sweet, smoky, spicy, cheesy, tangy, etc-etc.) snacks, and we most certainly could not have done it without your amazing continued support!  So, thank you very much to all of you who consistently comment on our ratings and reviews, like us on Facebook, send us funny emails, and re-tweet our tweets!

For any of you out there interested in this sort of thing, here are some of our stats to date: 1,406 ratings/tastings, 651 reviews, 342 cheese flavored snacks (the most popular flavor by a landslide), and of course, approximately 425,000 calories of deliciously healthy goodness consumed.

For the new year we’ve decided to try out a new look!  We really like the overall feel of this new theme, but as is the case with all new things, this transition will be a work in progress, so please bare with us and let us know your thoughts, qualms, likes and dislikes about the new look.  Happy New Year!! Here’s to another great new year of chip reviewing!!

Thanks for reading Chip Review!!

Dustin
Editor
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REVIEW: Route 11 – Mama Zuma’s Revenge Potato Chips

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

Route 11 - Mama Zuma's Revenge - HabaneroBy now, most of you know that it is no secret here at Chip Review we love our hot and spicy chips!  We are always on the lookout for any sort of new spicy chips that we can find!!  Heat seekers!  And while it seems like there are so many spicy new chips hitting the market each and every day, none of those chips would even exist if it weren’t for those “classics” that paved the fiery way for those other chips!

The story of Mama Zuma’s Revenge is a great story!  Apparently, since she lost the love of her life in a bizarre and tragic potato peeler accident, she has been hell bent on burning every mouth she kisses with her special brand of passion.  Her weapons are the hottest jalapeno and habanero peppers this side of the Rio Grande.  In other words, be forewarned and keep your distance!

Like we’ve said in the past, Route 11 has some of the best packaging design in the potato chip market, bar none!  Mama Zuma’s Revenge (as you can see) is no different – creatively artsy.  She’s so spicy that she is carrying a burning red habanero, every cactus she passes goes up in flames, and she has a bandolier loaded for more chiles!!  Route 11’s packaging is simply creative, fun and very well executed!  And when compared to a few of the ridiculous bags we have seen recently (sorry Brad), Route 11 really shines.

Mama Zuma’s Revenge potato chips have been available for years, and we know that we’ve tried them a handful of times over the years, but for one reason or another, we never put our thoughts down on paper, or keyboard.  So, after grabbing another bag a couple of days ago we thought, hey, why not tell the world about these fiery chips?  So…

These chips are a single dash away from being practically perfect.  The chips have some great flavor profiles, like smoky, sweet, garlic, and chile notes.  Like Route 11 describes them, a combo of habanero and barbeque.  But, what these chips are really missing, and what we really wish there was more of was S – A – L – T!!  Salt!!  Salt-salt-salt!  Due to their lack of salt, all of the great flavors we just mentioned seemed toned down a bit, and sort of muted.  A good sprinkling of salt would emphasize and enhance those flavor notes so much, and really take these chips to the next tasty level!

The potato chips themselves are top notch.  Semi-thick, crunchy, kettle cooked potato potato chips, with lots of potato flavor, and just the right amount of oiliness to them.  We would rank the chips themselves up there with some of the best!

While these potato chips may not seem like they are the hottest chips at first, their sneaky, delayed, habanero heat, brings the spicy vengeance!  We’re pretty sure that back in their day these chips were one of the hottest chips around!  On a heat scale, we would give these chips a solid 7 out of 10.  Hot for sure, but not burn your mouth and stop eating!

So, there you have it, beware of Mama Zuma’s Revenge, not because she will scorch you (unless you are a real woosy!), but because she may leave you wanting for more salt!

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

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

Route 11 Official Website

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Chip Review of the day…..

Haunted chips for a haunted day!!!

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Rating: ©©©©-3/4 chips (lip-smacking)

Paqui - Haunted Ghost PepperEvery little detail of these chips scare us…and we haven’t even braved to open the bag yet!

First of all, the flavor name conjures thoughts of Halloween, which is both creative and of course perfect timing as the spooky holiday is right around the corner. Yet, the chips also play off the aptly translated Ghost Pepper (scientific name: Bhut Jolokia) with a cleverly ‘haunted’ pun.  The bold black and white bag is eery, and sort of conjures thoughts of a ghost, and most certainly would even more so if the colors were inverted, and white became the dominant color scheme for the bag.  Speaking of the bag, can we stop to mention how much we appreciate the bold simplicity to Paqui’s bag design.  Clever and witty, but still unassuming and straightforward – definitely contenders for best designed bag of the year!

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*UPDATED: Chip Re-Review of the day…..Doritos – Sour Cream & Onion

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Doritos – Sour Cream & Onion

**Updated – 1/14/2013

Rating: ©©-1/4 chips  (tolerable)

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We figured that since Doritos has decided to re-re-release their Sour Cream & Onion chips, that we better re-taste, and re-review them. Well, not much has changed here, we are still not big fans of these chips.  In our humble opinion, these are one of Doritos weakest efforts.

There are certain flavors that are destined to go with certain chips.  Nacho Cheese flavor + corn tortilla chips = Nachos.  Obvious right?  Ketchup flavor + potato chips = fries with ketchup.  Works right?  Well, Sour Cream & Onion happens to be one of those flavors that only works with a certain type of chip.  Can you guess what that type is?  Who doesn’t love the sour cream and onion combination on their potatoes?  Anyone?

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