BIJOU-REVIEW: Goldbaum’s – Barbecue Multigrain Quinoa Crisps

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Goldbaum's - Barbecue Quinoa CrispsAnother all natural, wholesome, gluten, wheat, and a handful of other things free, multigrain snack option from Goldbaum’s.

We’ve tasted an array of different “healthier” snack food options from Goldbaum’s now, and for the most part they been pretty good.

These latest barbecue flavored multigrain quinoa crisps fall right there inline with the rest.

The quinoa crisps’ texture is just sort of……off, or off-putting, let’s say.  Kind of stale, with a soft crunch.

Goldbaum’s tries to redeem the crisps by dousing them with a heavy orangish-red seasoning coat, but it does not quite do the trick.

The barbecue seasoning blend reminds us of a Texas BBQ sauce that is heavy on the Hickory smoke essence.

The inclusion of paprika adds another smoky, and slightly sweet, note, while some sort of chili adds just a touch of peppery heat.

We recognize the necessity of these crunchy crisps in the snack market, but that doesn’t mean that we would be choosing them over tastier, more unhealthy, options.

Crisps provided to Chip Review by Goldbaum’s for review

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Lay’s Stax – Hot’n Spicy Barbecue

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Lay's Stax - Hot & Spicy BarbecueThese are just plain old delightfully eatable.

Nothing mind blowing, and nothing out of the ordinary. Just exactly what Lay’s said they should be, and what we were expecting they would be.

The barbecue half of the flavor equation stuck to a traditional sweet recipe that was heavy on the brown sugar and molasses, while also providing just enough tomato powder to drive home that BBQ essence.

As for the Hot’n Spicy half, well it’s certainly nothing that is going to have you reaching for milk, or even wiping a drip of sweat from your brow, but it is present in both chipotle chile pepper (also providing that smoky background note), and red pepper extracts.

Quick couple of questions for you out there:

  1. Why does it seem like chip companies feel it necessary to always use two adjectives to describe their chips?  More importantly, in instances where those two adjectives are the practically, if not, exactly same??  Is it simply to reiterate something?
  2.    And what is with the multitude of different spellings for the word: BBQ, Bar-B-Q, Barbecue, Barbeque??  Is there actually an original one, or a correct one?

As always, these are our thoughts, along with the thoughts of another, and we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Stax discovered at Walmart; Villa Park, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Lieber’s – Barbecue Potato Chips

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

Lieber's - Barbecue Potato ChipsWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again.  Every once in a while we nonchalantly cross paths with an unsuspecting delicious surprise.

This past weekend that surprise was Lieber’s Barbecue Potato Chips.

Having been in this game for quite some time now, we can tell you that it is a very rare occurrence when we grab a $1 dollar buyout special bag of chips on the way up to the cash register and it turns out that those chips are actually tasty.  Let alone, really lip-smackingly delicious chips.  BUT, that is exactly what we discovered inside of this ultra shiny red and yellow potato chip bag.

There is nothing flashy about these chips, just good old BBQ flavored potato chips.

Lieber’s Barbecue Potato Chips actually sort of remind us of Old Dutch’ Bar-B-Q Potato Chips, only not quite as potato-y of skin on potato chips.  But still very acceptable, medium-thin cut potato chips.

The BBQ seasoning on the other hand is practically identical to that of Old Dutch’s. Not too smoky, not too sweet, just TONS of salty seasoning that triggers thoughts of BBQ chips from when we were young.

We just wish that every chip we found for $1 was this good!

Chips discovered at Mariano’s; Westchester, Illinois

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REVIEW: Brew Foods – Chipotle BBQ Corn Tortilla Chips

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

Brew Foods - Chipotle BBQHey dudes!  Brew Foods!!

Probably needless to say, it is fairly easy to identify who the target audience for these chips are right?  Beer drinkers… in other words, just about everyone everywhere!

According to the back of the brewski colored bag, these tortilla chip are “best paired with hoppy, fruity Pale Ales or malty, crisp Pilsners.”  Now, you must remember that our field of self proclaimed expertise is chips, not brews (although we have, and do, consume our fair share of beer, we do not claim to know very much about it).  So, we took a look at what we had in the old Chip Review ice box and pulled out a bottle of Ballast Point’s Pineapple Sculpin (described as an India Pale Ale with natural pineapple flavor).  Sort of sounds like it falls perfectly into the “hoppy, fruity Pale Ale” category right?

We’ve said it before but we will mention it again, within the past decade or so, Chipotle has become a fairly common household name, and ingredient, among the majority of us here in the United States.  Many of you may automatically conjure up visions of a football sized burrito, but the chipotles we are talking about vine ripened jalapeño chiles, that have been smoked and dried.  In other words they deliver a decent amount of heat, along with a deep smoky flavor.  And, for one reason or another, there are still many people out there pronouncing these chilis as ch-pull-tee!  Come’on people!  Say it with us now Chee-pote-ley!!

Let’s get back to the chips themselves.  Well, these corn tortilla chips are pretty darn delightfully flavorful, especially for being brand-newcomers on the market.  We devoured this entire bag in no time flat.  We may have even had to crack open another Sculpin to quench our chip induced thirst.  The seasoning blend starts out by teasing you into believing that you are tasting some good old sweeter, tomato-ful bbq chips, but then……wowsers, layers of smoky, spicy chipotle chili peppers join the party! Seriously, we don’t usually taste this much spicy heat from chipotle flavored chips, but these most certainly do bring some substantially impressive heat.

The crunchy corn tortilla chips are thinner cut, small batch, with loads of corn flavor.  The chips are light, and yet deliver a substantial toothsome chew.  Think more like fried tortillas, than tortilla chips with lots of air pockets.  Any which way we describe them, just think tasty.

In the end we can confirm that the pairing of these two delicacies (chips and beer) was a fine choice.  And, we certainly can agree that the “select savory and sweet ingredients….compliment the hop….flavors in the beer” very well!  Well done Brew Foods!!

*Disclaimer: We can also concur that the chips do not go very well with red boxed wine…..but really, how could any food compete with boxed wine….we kid.

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

Chips provided to Chip Review by Brew Foods for review

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Alaska Chip Company – Grizzly Barbecue Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Alaska Chip Co. - Grizzly Barbecue ChipsGrizzly may just be the perfect adjective to describe these barbecue flavored potato chips.

ACC’s gourmet kettle cooked chips have just a hint of sweetness, and really only a minimal touch of those barbecue flavors of tomato, garlic and onion.

In the end, these kettle chips are all about the savory hickory grizzly barbecue essence.  A smoky, sort of burly, strong mesquite flavor presence.

We’re wishing that they had that tang, that sour, that extra layer of of some flavor note to help subdue the powerful smoke.  Alas, these chips are a bit one note, albeit, still notably eatable.

The kettle cooked potato chips themselves are delicious.  Medium-thin cut, with a perfect level to crispiness.

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

Chips provided to Chip Review from Alaska Chip Company for review

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Target – Sweet Saucy Barbecue Rib Popcorn

Rating: ©-3/4 chips  (return to sender)

Target - Sweet Saucy Barbecue Rib PopcornIsh.

You know what this popcorn tastes like?  Sweet and saucy barbecue flavored popcorn.  And you know what flavor does not taste good on popcorn?  Yep, you’re right – sweet and saucy barbecue!

You know the one – overly sweet, generically tomato heavy with no character or depth whatsoever.  We loathe the stuff!

Popcorn itself was OK.  Airy, slightly crispy kernels without much body or chew to them.  And certainly no level of fat or richness to them at all – despite the popcorn actually having 11g of fat…

Popcorn discovered at, where else, Target; Hillside, Illinois

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25 Chips to Christmas….

#19

Cape Cod – Kettle Cooked Waffle Cut – Farm Stand Ranch – & – Barbeque Ranch

Cape Cod Waffle Cut - Top 25

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Here’s the plan, we’re going to take a thick cut kettle cooked potato chip and slice it two ways until it looks like lattice work.  We will call it ‘Waffle Cut’.  Then, we coat the chips with our amazingly tasty ranch seasoning blend.  And since one flavor probably isn’t enough, let’s just throw some BBQ seasoning on with the ranch, and we’ll call it ‘Barbeque Ranch’.  Genius, we can’t lose!

Bravo Cape Cod, bravo!