Chip Review’s Honorable Mentions – 2016

25 Chips to Christmas – 10 Honorable Mentions

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These chips nearly made our Top 25 of the Year, and deserve some recognition too!! (alphabetical order)

Burt's - Guinness Rich Chili
“If there is one thing we want you to take away from this review it is that these chips are savory.  SUPER-DUPER SAVORY.”

“…leave it to a small town Minnesota gas station to surprise us with these ‘new’ (to us at least) Hot and Spicy Fries!  And to that, all we really have to say is ‘Chip lovers start your fry chompin’ engines!!’

Herr's - Chickie's & Pete's Famous Crabfries seasoned Potato Chips with White Creamy Cheese Sauce flavoring

Herr’s – Chickie’s & Pete’s Famous Crabfries seasoned Potato Chips with White Creamy Cheese Sauce flavoring

“While these chips may include (although we cannot confirm) many of the same spices found in Old Bay… they also include a touch of heat to spice things up, and a good dash of tangy cheese powder to smooth things out.  In other words, they improve upon the iconic East Coast seasoning!”

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Ikea – Potatischips Satade (Salted Potato Chips) & Potatischips GRÄDDFIL LÖK (Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips)

“It seems like so many people who shop at Ikea always make a stop at the cafeteria for a bit, but we will be making a decision to grab a bag of these prior to our future shopping excursions!”

Keogh's - Sweet Chilli

“The Sweet Chilli & Irish Red Pepper seasoning is fantastic!  Love, love, love the addition of ginger and coriander, and also what appears to be licorice root – all adding flavor notes that are uncommon in most seasoning combos.”
Lieber's - Barbecue Potato Chips

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.”

Meijer - Grilled Pineapple and Jalapeno

Meijer – Grilled Pineapple and Jalapeño Potato Chips

Who knew that grilled pineapple and jalapeño worked well together??  Well, apparently anyone who has enjoyed one of these pizzas.  Or, anyone who loves some good al pastor tacos with some spicy jalapeños in there, that’s who.”

Rachel's - Sriracha Sour Cream

Rachel’s – Sriracha Sour Cream Gourmet Kettle Chips

“Wow Rachel, been a long time.  And what’s this…you’ve changed your look, haven’t you?  Well, just wanted to let you know that we like what you’ve done with your style!”

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Ten Acre – The Day Sweet and Sour Became Friends Hand Cooked Crisps

“Probably the best way that we can describe this seasoning to you would be picture a salt & vinegar chip crossed paths with a ranch flavored chip who had brushed up next to a BBQ flavored chip.”

Uncle Ray's - Roasted Garlic

Uncle Ray’s – Roasted Garlic Potato Chips

“We can really appreciate the simplicity of these potato chips. There is not one shred of doubt regarding what the intention of these chips really is. Plain and simple, garlic flavored potato chips.”

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2016 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2016!

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REVIEW: Burt’s – Guinness Rich Chili Hand Cooked Potato Chips

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Burt's - Guinness Rich ChiliWhat better chips to review on St. Patrick’s Day than Burt’s Rich Chili Guinness flavored thick cut hand cooked potato chips, right?!  Wait, hold on, what’s that now?  Oh, it’s not St. Patty’s day?   Huh, well…we already used this same opening in our review for Burt’s Original Guinness flavored chips, so…let’s go with: What better chips to review on the cusp of Summer than Guinness Rich Chili flavored chips!  Yeah, that works!!

Burt’s, from what we have tasted, and what we can tell via the world wide web, is a really great potato chip company out of the southwest corner of the United Kingdom.

We tried Burt’s original Guinness flavored chips a few years back, when our friend Josh over at Crisp Nation was kind enough to send us a bag from across the big blue.  We liked the originals quite a bit, so we were more excited when we spotted this new “chili enhanced” version on our local World Market shelves.

What we weren’t prepared for was just how delicious, and at the same time, weird, these were going to taste.  If there is one thing we want you to take away from this review it is that these chips are savory.  SUPER-DUPER SAVORY.  Say it with us now “SAVORY”.  All at once malty, yeasty, roast-y, a little sour, plenty bitter, certainly rich and yes, of course, savory.

Honestly, before we started crunching into these we were thinking that these rich chili chips were meant to be Guinness blended with everyone’s favorite winter warming bean “stew” sort of chili.  But, as it turns out, according to the description on the back of the bag, Burt’s was actually “continuing our mission to take taste buds to new extremes, we’ve taken fresh jalapeño chilies and infused the world’s most iconic stout to create Guinness Rich Chili Burts Chips.”  Jalapeño and Guinness does have a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?  That being said, we didn’t really taste very much actual jalapeño flavor, it sort of got lost in all of the SAVORINESS!  We did get some real nice heat in the backs of our throats after a few handfuls, and it mingled very well with the rich stout flavors.  

Burt’s potato chips are of great quality.  Medium-thick cut, hand cooked, solidly crispy, with a neutral potato flavor.

All in all, we get the feeling that these chips would not be for everyone.  BUT, if you are looking for something really unique, or if you simply love SAVORY! than these chips are probably right up your alley.

As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

Chips discovered at World Market; Oakbrook, Illinois

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Burt’s British Potato Chips – Bursting With Spicy Chorizo

Burt's - Spicy Chorizo

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Tomato, chorizo, lime, and paprika, with vinegar, chili flakes, salt and sugar!  What does that spell?  Delicious!!  What does that mean?  It means we want more, cause this bag went fast!!  But unfortunately for all of us, Burt’s chips are located over in the U.K., and we can’t find these stateside very often.  **So, if you spot them, grab us a bag!

REVIEW: Burt’s British Potato Chips – Bursting With Spicy Chorizo

Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips  (lip-smacking)

Burt's - Spicy ChorizoOh Burt, you know you had us at Spicy Chorizo!

Many of you, as well as all of us here, are from the U.S. of A., and we often associate chorizo sausage with Mexican cuisine.  That dark red, heavily seasoned, spicy ground pork that is often found cooked in tamales, tacos or with eggs.  Well, that’s not the chorizo that Burt’s British Potato Chips is using on their hand cooked potato chips (don’t they mean crisps?!).  No, Burt’s spicy chorizo refers to the classic, smokey, cured, Spanish chorizo popular in Europe, but readily available throughout the world.

To date, we have only tried one other of Burt’s British Potato Chip flavors, but luckily we were more than impressed with the uniquely flavored Guinness Hand Cooked Potato Chips.  Well, we are happy to report that Burt’s Spicy Chorizo flavor is even better!  How can we accurately describe this lip-smacking flavor to you?  Burt’s says they “…take smokey Spanish sausage to a new level by combining it with a delicious tomato chilli sauce for a real spice fiesta.”  We call them a lip-smackingly delicious mélange of flavors, with loads of depth, and perfect interplay between smoky, sweet, sour and heat!  The ingredients list may seem like there’s too much going on but let us assure you that the combo of tomato, chorizo, lime, paprika, vinegar, chili flakes, and some sugar makes for a great delicious party in the mouth!  We wouldn’t necessarily call, and certainly not title, these spicy. There is a bit of chili flake heat, and it even slightly builds with each additional chip, but never really reaches any sort of “spicy” level.

The hand cooked potato chips themselves deliver an adequate level of greasiness, but are a little thinner, and less toothsome than most “hand cooked / kettle cooked” style chips.  We couldn’t really detect much actual potato flavor from behind the delicious seasoning.

In the end, these are some pretty fantastic potato chips!  Extremely well balanced.  Easy to devour.  Plus a unique blend of ingredients we don’t often see together.  That being said, by the time we finished chomping down this delicious bag of chips, we realized that Burt’s Spicy Chorizo seasoning actually tasted eerily similar to Kettle Brand’s Salsa with Mesquite Potato Chips.  The only distinguishable difference were the chips themselves, and as great as Burt’s chips are, we don’t love them quite as much as Kettle Brand’s perfect kettle chips!

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

Burt’s British Potato Chips discovered at World Market; Oak Brook, Illinois

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REVIEW: Burt’s – Guinness Hand Cooked Potato Chips

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Burt's - Guinness Hand Cooked Potato Chips

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What better crisps to review on St. Patrick’s Day than Burt’s Guinness flavored hand cooked potato chips.  That’s right people Guinness stout beer flavored chips!!  Happy St. Patty’s Day! Cheers, and down the hatch!

We’re suspecting that there aren’t many of you, but just in case you have been living under a rock your whole life, or you refuse to drink beer, or enter a bar, Guinness is the unofficial, national beverage of Ireland.  According to Wikipedia: Guinness a popular Irish dry stout that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness (1725–1803) at St. Jame’s Gate, Dublin. Guinness is one of the most successful beer brands worldwide.  50 million litres (1.5 billion imperial or 1.8 billion US pints) are sold annually (wikipedia.com).

These are definitely unique tasting, and multi-layered chips.  All at once rich and savory, and yet very light and crisp.  The chips exhibit a very strong yeast flavor, with hints of malt in the background (especially in their scent), and just the lightest touch of sweetness.  Plain and simple, they really do taste like dark beer.  In fact, the recognizable burnt characteristics of Guinness, are very noticeable and we’re pretty sure that they are represented here with the use of cocoa powder – both for flavor and color.  The chips themselves are of great quality.  Medium thickness and size, with a great crunch and lots of neutral potato flavor.

As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

Crisps provided to Chip Review by our good friend Josh at Crisp Nation for review

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