BIJOU-REVIEW: Pretzel Crisps Limited Batch – Bacon Habanero

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pretzel-crisps-bacon-habaneroWe have wanted to try these new Pretzel Crisps ever since The Impulsive Buy spotted them on Safeway shelves some four months ago….

We mean come’on – BACON & HABANERO?!?!  Yes & Yes – Please!!

In fact, these aren’t the first bacon habanero flavored chips that we have tried.  Last year Late July’s lip-smacking tortilla chips wowed us.

Let’s hope that this flavor combo becomes a new standard among all chip companies – because there could be nothing wrong with that!

Smokey, salty, delicious bacon essence exudes from the Pretzel Crisps.

The flavor is sort of reminiscent of barbeque seasoning, and we are surprised to see that Pretzel Crisps has never offered the classic flavor as an option….

Unfortunately, similar to Late July’s chips, these Pretzel Crisps suffer from a case of no-habanero-flavor-idous. Maybe, just maybe, we get a little bit of the chili flavor deep behind the bacon, and there is a subtle burn when all is said and done.

But really, this seasoning is all about the bacon.

The crisps are tasty, and salty bacon flavor works well with the pretzels (not quite as well as Late July’s corn-ful tortilla chips), but we still really wish that we could taste some habanero!

Another welcome addition to Pretzel Crisps’ line-up.

Crisps discovered at Jewel Osco; Westmont, Illinois

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REVIEW: Late July – Bacon Habanero Clasico Tortilla Chips

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Late July - Bacon HabaneroWell, if you can’t beat’em (and in the case of flavored tortilla chips, we’re guessing no one will ever come even remotely close to really competing against the little golden triangles…), then why not join’em!!  Following in the footsteps of Doritos lip-smacking JACKED Spicy Street Taco (last year’s eventual winners of the Bold Test Flavor Experience), Late July has created an entire new line of Taco Truck Inspired Flavors!!  Stay tuned for our reviews of Late July’s other delicious sounding flavors coming soon…. Jalapeno Lime anyone?  How about some Nacho Chipotle??

Here at Chip Review we have a lot of respect for companies that work hard to produce a chip that is healthier than other chips on the market; and when those companies can actually deliver their healthier options that also taste as good as, if not better than, those unhealthier options, we are thrilled!!  Late July Organic Company is just that, a small family owned operation (or at least they were…), giving us a more conscientious chip, and certainly a delicious product!!

These are some really delicious chips!!  In fact, without actually going back through all of our bacon flavored reviews from throughout the years, we’re willing to bet that these are probably the most bacon-y bacon flavored chips that we’ve ever tried! Seriously, these permeate profusely with a pronounced porky presence! Try and say that five times fast!!   First, the smoke hits and sort of engulfs the entire cavity, then a dash of sweetness tickles the taste buds.  The combo really, really evokes thoughts of sweet-smoky bacon!  Working with the bacon flavor were also those standard staple ingredients – onion and garlic – that when combined with the smoke and sweet, really made us think of bbq seasoning.

We love like these chips a lot!!  If you happen to be thinking to yourself “why are they crossing out words? Why do I feel like there is a ‘but’ somewhere hidden here within this review…?”  Well, that is because there is a but.  A big BUT!!  A wish there wasn’t but there is but!  We really like these chips……. ‘B-U-T’ – habanero is practically no where to be found!!  That’s right, the cursive half of this delicious flavor combo has sent in the second string, or maybe third.  Don’t get us wrong, there is certainly a delayed heat that does develop over time, and it is a bit spicy, but when you start throwing around the ‘h’ word (habanero) we expect to actually taste those deliciously fruit and floral chile peppers! And we didn’t.  Also, we expect our mouths to be on fire!!  Which they were not.  As good as these chips are, and they really are, we think that they could have been really, really GREAT!  Late July just couldn’t commit to the habanero half and deliver some authentic street taco flavors!

All that being said, the tortilla chips themselves are fantastic!  Easily our favorite new tortilla chips since Paquis Tortilla Chips a couple years ago.  In fact, these tortilla chips could even be mistaken for a Doritos tortilla chip in a blind taste test.  Light and crispy, with those lovely little air pockets that give our favorite style of tortilla chips their delicious texture!

So, in closing, love the bacon, miss the habanero, can’t wait to try the other flavors.  Great job Late July!

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

Chips discovered at Whole Foods; River Forest, Illinois

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