Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips (notable)
Chef G. began the love affair of this flavor in Hatch, New Mexico, widely known as the Chile Capital of the World. How do you romance a world famous green chile? Luck would have it that Chef G. was spelunking in the Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, England and happened upon the birthplace of the most famous cheese of them all, Cheddar. With the rich, melt-in-your-mouth flavor of Cheddar, there’s no doubt that Hatch Has Met Its Match!
Now, who the heck is Chef G you ask?!? First of all, he is the genius behind the uniquely delicious kettle corn combinations known as, the sophisticated Cane Juice & Sea Salt Kissed With Anise, along with, the fiery Wasabi Ginger. And, according to Crave Canyon’s website he is also:
“THE MYTH, THE LEGEND, THE MAN BEHIND THE FLAVOR
We don’t think Chef G. is an elusive man by nature, it’s that he’s just too busy to be in one place for very long. But because of this, we at Crave Canyon don’t know that much about him.
From what we can gather, he’s had a culinary passion since a young age and as an adult started to travel the world to broaden his palate. He has been moving on to the next flavor adventure ever since.
We started our partnership with Chef G. when he approached us one day, eager to try his hand at creating unique popcorn flavors. Of course we readily agreed, his reputation preceding him. What resulted were the wonderful flavors we offer today. Who knows how many more he will come up with; like the man, it still remains a mystery.”
For one reason or another there just aren’t very many Hatch Chile flavored snacks out there. Might it be because the chile is so regional? Our research shows that the Hatch Chile is native to the state of New Mexico (we didn’t know that there was actually a city called Hatch, New Mexico – makes sense though), in fact, the chile is so popular in NM that they use it in just about everything. Crave Canyon’s Hatch chile popcorn has a good amount of kick, but won’t knock your socks off. The spicy vegetal flavor provided a solid base for the flavor profile, but really the star of this combo is the cheese, and the hatch only plays second fiddle!
Loads and loads of salty, and slightly aged-funky, cheddar cheese. Chef G has not simply dusted his popcorn kernels with this seasoning, but really made sure that they are covered with a heavy cheese powder blanket. The cheese has some depth too, likely be due to the use of a delicious blend of aged cheddar, sharp white cheddar and bleu cheeses.
The popcorn itself is not very rich, or filled with much fatty depth, but does have a toothsome, and crispy bite. The popcorn kernels are definitely on the smaller side, but have plenty of real popcorn flavor. Decent popcorn, but not as great as some of Crave Canyon’s other flavors.
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Popcorn provided to Chip Review by Crave Canyon for review
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Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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