25 Chips to Christmas….

#25

Popchips – Parmesan & Black Truffle Oil Risotto Chips

Popchips - Parmesan & Black Truffle Oil Risotto Chips

Original Review Here

Who doesn’t love black truffle and parmesan risotto?!?  In fact, we could go for some right now….except for the fact that it is 5 o’clock in the morning, and we’re not going to go through the trouble of making it, nor are there any restaurants open at this current time.  Enter Popchips – problem solved!!

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REVIEW: Popchips – Parmesan & Black Truffle Oil Risotto Chips

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Popchips - Parmesan & Black Truffle Oil Risotto Chips

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What do we have here?  Oooh, fancy chips!  Popchips have decided to try and elevate their typical popped chips, and give them an upscale makeover!  Luckily for all of us, Popchips deliver on an entirely new taste experience!

Probably the most recognizably unique aspect of these chips are not their black truffle oil and parmesan flavor, but the risotto chips themselves.  For any of you out there who happen to be (unluckily) unfamiliar with the amazing, classic Italian rice dish known as RISOTTO, you should immediately stop what you are doing, do a quick Google search for “the best risotto in insert your neighborhood here“, throw on your hat and coat, and drive there immediately.  Thank yous can be sent to the attention of Dustin at Chip Review!

Risotto is the rice dish equivalent of the most comforting, rustically, homemade pasta dish you can imagine.  Popchips risotto chips encompass a lot of those same delicious attributes.  They have a light, smooth, and delicate crunch.  They are definitely “softer” than Popchips traditional popped potato chips.  Their texture becomes almost creamy as your mouth breaks down the chips.  Amazingly enough, the chips are actually made using the classic risotto rice called Aborio.  Who knew that this was even possible?!?

The bright white risotto chips are heavily coated with a scattering of green specs, and a liberal dosage of white parmesan cheese dust.  We tasted garlic and onion in the background.  The chips encompassed many of those same flavor layers that you get from risotto.  But most noticeably was the unmistakable scent and flavor of the black truffle oil.  A uniquely funky, earthy and fragrant ingredient that is considered one of the world’s most opulent foods!  Once again, luckily for all of us, it appears as though Popchips have gone the extra mile and opted for the more authentic, and natural, (and for this reason we must assume expensive) route, and used an olive oil that has actually been infused with real black truffles.  This would be as opposed to the far more commonly (over)used truffle flavored oil.

“For some reason, back in the ’90s, truffle oil became an acceptable—even desirable—ingredient for chefs to use. Coming in at a fraction of the cost of real truffles (which vary year to year, but generally run in the thousands-of-dollars-per-ounce range), it seemed like an easy way to add some truffle aroma to an otherwise boring dish.  Problem is, truffle oil isn’t even made from truffles. It’s made from an organic compound called 2,4-Dithiapentane—derived either naturally or from a petroleum base—mixed together with olive oil.” Serious Eats

BRAVO Popchips!  Well done!  The fragrant black truffle oil and the rich and salty parmesan cheese create a flavor storm in our mouths.  The chips are complex, yet simple.  Homey, yet sophisticated.  This was a HUGE CostCo size bag, and we devoured the entire thing in no time flat!  The more we ate, the better they tasted!  We would consider these definitely some of Popchips finest!

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

Discovered at CostCo; Oak Brook, Illinois

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Chip Review of the day…..

Torres Selecta – Black Truffle Premium Potato Chips

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Torres Selecta - Black Truffle Premium Potato Chips

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Aromatic maximus-truffle-ness!!

As far as we can recall Torres Selecta’s Premium Potato Chips are the first truffle flavored snack that we’ve encountered that actually includes REAL pieces of black tuffles (aromas as well).  It seems as though typically in the snack world truffle flavored anything is seasoned using either truffle oil, or possibly truffle salt.

The black truffle flavor/scent was quite faint at first, and initially we were thinking that the overall truffle presence was going to underwhelm.  However, the black truffle flavor and aroma did grow, exponentially in fact, with each and every potato chip more that we tasted!  Wonderfully delicious, earthy, slightly peppery and sweet, but above all else, aromatic!!  Powerfully fungal, aromatics to be exact!!

Torres Selecta’s Premium Potato Chips are paper thin, slightly greasy, and extra crispy.  Unfortunately, the chips aren’t very much to write home about.  They certainly provided nothing in the form of competition, or even counterbalance, for the powerful flavor and aroma of the black truffles!  They simply do their job of delivering the black truffle flavor to us on a palatable, crispy, salty, medium.  In our humble opinion, we would have hoped for an even more “premium” potato chip that could provide a substantial backdrop to the truffle.  In other words, and we can’t believe that we are saying this, in the end the chips are verging on being too truffle-y!

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

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