RATING: Angie’s – Boom Chicka Pop. Maple Sea Salt Popcorn

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Angie's Boom Chicka Pop. - Maple Sea Salt

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REVIEW: Angie’s Boom Chicka Puff – Nacho Cheese Baked Ancient Grain Puffs

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Angie's Boom Chicka Puff - Nacho CheeseAngie seems like she must be a very, very busy girl because every other time we check the snack aisle for delicious new treats, she has some new flavor of Boom Chicka Popcorn that is radiating from the store’s snack shelves.  However, as if she wasn’t busy enough already, conquering the popcorn game, Angie has decided to branch out from providing us with popcorn alone, and include all new baked ancient grain puffs into her repertoire!

Baked ancient grain puffs nice….but, what does that mean?  Well, baked is when you traditionally take an uncooked piece of food and cook it in an oven, at a consistent temperature (usually ranging from 300-500 degrees F), for a sustained period of time.  Ancient pretty much just means really, really old.  Grains, well in this case that refers to the three types of grains that are being used to make Angie’s Boom Chicka Puffs.  There is of course corn, because one cannot have a puff without corn, it simply goes against all rational logic.  The other two grains, which are supposed to provide the unique wow-ancient grain-factor are quinoa and sorghum.  And, while we recognize that their may in fact be some small amount of health benefit from adding these grains to the puff mix, we can’t imagine that it amounts to very much, and their addition certainly does not improve on the puffs’ texture.

Angie’s Popcorn Company has come a very long way from that small mom and pop started, southern Minnesota, kettle cooked popcorn company, that we remember gracing the shelves of only a few different grocery stores back in the day (we’re talking about you Byerly’s!).  Now, Angie’s Popcorn is EVERYWHERE!  We’re not joking, we mean everywhere!  We don’t know this for a fact, but Angie’s could possibly be the biggest popcorn company out there right now!  And to that, we must say congrats Angie.  You’ve come a long way.  In fact, it looks like you have come so far as to officially change your name to Boom Chicka.  Is that correct?  Is the company name actually Boom Chicka now…?

Angie’s Boom Chicka Puffs are extremely light and fluffy and crispy puffs.  Light as air, or kind of like popcorn.  But, with that subtlety they also bring a lack of the usual melt-ability we’ve come to expect from traditional, delicious cheesy corn puffs.  Apparently, the addition of ancient grains has a very recognizable affect on the puffs’ consistency, and not one we enjoy.  Probably our most favorite aspect of the traditional cheese puffs are the deliciously rich, crunch and then melt on the tongue.  So, when you change the best characteristic of the cheese puff, we are not fans from the beginning.  Along those same lines, the Boom Chicka Puffs do not have a very savory or fatty cheese presence.  We’re not saying that they don’t have any flavor, they do exude a pretty decent nacho cheese essence.  The classic mix of cheese, tomato, onion, garlic, bell peppers, with a kiss of heat is always a good one.

Overall, Angie’s Nacho Cheese Boom Chicka Puffs are perfectly acceptable, and snackable, it’s just that we would not pick them over most puffs on the market.  But, if we had to make a choice between eating puffs, or not eating puffs, we’re eating some puffs!!

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

Discovered at Target; Hillside, Illinois

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REVIEW: Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop. – Sea Salt & Vinegar Popcorn

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Angie's Boom Chicka Pop - Salt & Vinegar PopcornOver the many, many years of chip reviewing we have tasted many, many bags of salt & vinegar snacks.  There are of course countless variations of the classic combo. Some use cider vinegar, while others use malt vinegar, or red wine vinegar.  Some blast you away with acid, while others just kiss the snack with a touch of sour.  In our honest opinion, there is no one right way of doing it as long as it is done well, with everything in balance, and of course tastes great!

Most recently we tasted two different brands of popcorn, both of which had created a salt and vinegar flavored variation…  Salt and vinegar flavored popcorn, you say?!  That’s right, salt and vinegar flavored popcorn.  Don’t knock it until you try it, and we think that once you have tried it, you won’t want to knock it anyways.

Since ‘A’ comes before ‘C’ let’s start with Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop. Sea Salt & Vinegar Popcorn, and we will save Cobs Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar for our next review.  Angie’s Popcorn company has come a very long way from that small, mom and pop created, southern Minnesota, kettle cooked popcorn company, that we remember gracing the shelves of only a few different grocery stores back in the day.  Now Angie’s Popcorn is EVERYWHERE!!  We don’t know this for a fact, but Angie’s could possibly be the biggest popcorn company out there right now!  And to that, we say congrats Angie.  You’ve come a long way.  In fact, it looks like you have come so far as to officially change your name to Boom Chicka Pop.  Is that correct??

Alright, back on track now, let’s get to the popcorn itself.  And, this Sea Salt & Vinegar Popcorn is pretty darn good.  Angie’s salt and vinegar seasoning works very well with popcorn. The blank crunchy popcorn canvas easily embraces the seasoning, and provides a more than acceptable backdrop for the flavors.  Angie’s salt and vinegar seasoning is tart, with a tasty tongue tang, but overall very subtle for a salt and vinegar flavor.  Not that the vinegar isn’t there, or anything, but it is just so very subtle when compared to the majority of ultra tangy salt and vinegar snacks out there.  We’re assuming that this subtlety comes from the use of real vinegar solids, as opposed to the inclusion of citric acid adding that extra vinegar pucker.  In fact the vinegar aspect was so subtle that we could actually taste the salt, which was a pleasant surprise.

Angie’s provides some light as air, fluffy and puffy white popcorn. Any real crispy crunch is practically nonexistent. The popcorn is better described as soft, with a meaty-toothsome chew.  The kernels are on the larger size.

Overall, this is a really good popcorn, and we quite enjoy the combination of salt & vinegar with popcorn.  But, in the end, we could have used more of that vinegar zing and tang.  We would rename this popcorn to, sea salt with a hint of vinegar popcorn.

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

Discovered at Mariano’s; Westchester, Illinois

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Popcorn – Tell us what you think

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Chip Review’s Top 5 Popcorns:

tie 1. Ziggy’s – Kettle Corn (Sweet & Salty / Happenin’ Jalapeño)

tie 1. Greg “B.A.” Anders Fire Corn – Real Jalapeño / Real White Cheddar Jalapeño Popcorn

3. Palo Popcorn – White Cheddar Cheese

4. Jenny’s Old Fashioned – Hot Cheese Popcorn

5. Cobs – Cheddar Cheese Popcorn

Chip Review’s 25 Chips to Christmas – 2013

Well Chip Review readers, that wraps things up for another great year of chip reviewing!

We would like to say that it has been a true pleasure sharing our thoughts with all of you as we chomped our way through hundreds of bags, and countless calories this past year 🙂  Thanks to all of you who follow us each and every day.  We appreciate it, and we wouldn’t be here without each and everyone of you!!  Also, a very special thanks to those snack companies who graciously provided their products for us to review.  It’s a tough job (especially for our waistlines), but someone has got to do it.

Below is our list of the Top 25 Chips we reviewed this year.  Agree or disagree, we’d love to hear it!!

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#1 Lay’s – Do Us a Flavor Finalist – Chicken & Waffle Potato Chips

#2 Yamayoshi – Spicy Chili Sour Plum Potato Chips

#3 Ziggy’s Kettle Corn – Sweet & Salty and Happenin’ Jalapeno with Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

#4 Paqui Tortilla Chips – Grilled Habanero and Limited Edition Haunted Ghost Pepper

#5 Simply 7 – Jalapeno Lentil Chips

#6 Tyrrell’s – Sweet Chili & Red Pepper Hand Cooked Potato Crisps

#7 Palo Popcorn – White Cheddar Cheese

#8 Gibble’s – Red Hot Home Style Potato Chips

#9 The Original Saratoga Chips – Rosemary Garlic Potato Chips

#10 Angie’s – Sweetly White Cheddar Kettle Corn

#11 Herr’s – Sweet Onion Potato Chips

#12 Lundberg Multigrain Chips – Mojave Jalapeno

#13 Deep River Snacks – Aged Cheddar & Horseradish Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

#14 Mackie’s of Scotland – Scotch Bonnet Chili Pepper Flavor Potato Crisps

#15 Chio Flips – Classic Peanut

#16 Lay’s Wavy – Roasted Garlic & Sea Salt Potato Chips

#17 Monster Munch – Flamin’ Hot

#18 Herr’s Kettle Cooked – Russet Potatoes Dark Potato Chips

#19 Yamayoshi – Wasabeef Potato Chips

#20 De-lish-us – Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips

#21 Simply 7 – Creamy Dill Lentil Chips

#22 Barrel O’ Fun – Gardy’s Signature Flavors – Cheddar & Horseradish Potato Chips

#23 Pepperidge Farm Goldfish – Buffalo Wing Puffs

#24 Maebo’s – One-Ton Chips

#25 Lay’s – Do Us a Flavor Finalist – Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips

2013 Honorable Mentions

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2013 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2013!

Chip Review’s 25 Chips to Christmas…

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Angie’s – Sweetly White Cheddar Kettle Corn

Angie's - Sweetly White Cheddar Kettle Corn

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The first of a few popcorns that crack our Top 10 this year.  Angie’s Sweetly White Cheddar Kettle Corn provides an amazing flavor juxtaposition from a thin layer of sweetness, contrasted by the salty, funky white cheddar cheese.  The likes of which we have never tasted before.