REVIEW: Paqui Tortilla Chips – The One Chip Challenge – Carolina Reaper Madness

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paqui-carolina-reaperThere’s no turning back once you enter Homemade Hell.

— Inside: One Deadly Chip —

The reaper is waiting.  Any last words?

IT’S DAMN HOT.

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We could go on, and on, referencing Paqui’s quippy packaging slogans, but all we really want to do is say:

Bravo Paqui.  Bravo.

We don’t normally show you more than a single picture from the front of the bag, but we’re feeling like this packaging warrants a couple more shots.

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Details (“warnings”) from the back of the coffin, and the single Fear the Reaper chip bag from inside.

In all seriousness, Paqui’s new One Chip Challenge may just go down in history as the single greatest chip marketing promotion that we have ever encountered!  The videos posted all over the internet of people attempting the One Chip Challenge, combined with Paqui’s absolutely, freakishly, fantastic packaging, had us fearing these chips even prior to tasting them.

Quick backstory on Chip Review and Paqui. We reached out to Paqui Tortilla Chips over three years ago about reviewing their small-ish line of chips.  After a few weeks of back and forth, Doug finally got a sample box out to us.  If you have ever checked out our 25 Chips to Christmas then needless to say that we were WOWED by the amazing quality of Paqui’s Grilled Habanero flavored tortilla chips.  Not just for their spot on attention to flavor detail but also for their willingness to really push the heat level to somewhere we had never tasted before.

Later that year, around Halloween time, Paqui reached out to us about being the first to taste, and review, their Limited Edition Haunted Ghost Pepper flavored tortilla chips.  Once again, if you have ever checked out our 25 Chips to Christmas, then you know that we were wowed by these as well.  Once again, Paqui pushed the heat to a level we had never before tasted on chips.

Fast forward to today: Paqui Tortilla Chips – The One Chip Challenge – Carolina Reaper Madness.  Lets break these chips, hold on, sorry, this chip experience down for you.

Truth be told, we typically start out by licking a chip.  We like to get a taste of the seasoning on its own.  This time was no different.  Lick 1 – wow, really delicious.  And, yeah, that’s pretty spicy.  One more lick – yep, these are very delicious.  Another amazing seasoning blend by Paqui.  Fruity, smoky, floral chile notes…..

Hold on now, wait a second…..

Oh yeah, there it is…..

Oh……

OMG!!!!!!! HOLY HELL!! F&$^(#F!!!!

Yep, that’s right, Paqui brought the heat once again!  It takes a little while to really hit you, but then once it does, you can expect some compounding, persistent, PAIN!  The tongue was actually throbbing. Two glasses of milk, and about ten minutes later and the heat practically disappeared.  We survived.

We are calling these chip, “A” list – perfect, not because they are our most favorite chips, or even that we would want to taste another one, but because they live up to everything they promise, and everything we expect from Paqui.  Without a doubt, the spiciest chips of all-time!

Bravo Paqui.  Bravo.

As always, these are our thoughts, agree or disagree, let us know.

Chip provided to Chip Review by JK, for review, plus to torture us….

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Kettle Brand – Carolina BBQ Krinkle Cut Potato Chips

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Kettle Brand KC - Carolina BBQKettle Brand really knows how to give us the best kettle cooked krinkle cut potato chips.  They understand that there is a fine line between kettle cooked crispy-crunch, and over the top, tooth cracking, just too crunchy chips.

What exactly is ‘Carolina BBQ’?  Well, these chips taste just like they have been coated with a smoky honey mustard barbecue sauce. So, if that is what Carolina barbecue sauce is, then Kettle Brand has nailed it.  Honestly, we thought Carolina barbecue was supposed to include a touch more vinegar tang, but maybe we are wrong.  Either way, the seasoning goes very well with Kettle Brand’s fantastically, crispy, slightly greasy, perfectly salty potato chips.

Chips discovered at World Market; Oak Brook, Illinois

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REVIEW: Dale Jr Foods – Carolina Barbeque Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips (notable)

Dale Jr Foods - Carolina Barbeque Potato Chips

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We thought the opening paragraph for our review of Dale Jr’s Original Crispy Potato Chips worked well, but we’re fairly certain that it’s even more appropriate for these chips.  So, we’re not going to try and recreate the wheel (paragraph) here, we’re simply just going to use it again.

What’s more American than Nascar?!?  You could definitely present us with fair arguments for baseball, cheeseburgers, or apple pie, but we’re fairly certain that on a great percentage of lists, Nascar racing would definitely be included.  At the top of Chip Review’s American shortlist would be chips (duh)!  So, what do you get when you combine “3” great American classics?  Well, Dale Jr Foods Carolina Barbeque Potato Chips OF COURSE!!!

First, Barrel O’ Fun gave us Larry The Cable Guy’s Tater Chips, and as much as we wanted to laugh at the thought, and dismiss the chips as a clever marketing gimmick, in the end we had to show props to B.O.F. and Larry for giving us some very solid tater chips.  And, so far, the same can be said for B.O.F. and Dale Jr.’s products.

WHOA!!!  Yep, we’re talking Joey Lawrence from Blossom kind of WHOA!!  These Carolina barbeque chips may just be the smokiest chips we’ve ever tasted!!  How smoky are they?  We’re talking Hickory wood blazing, face over the chimney, salty-meaty-JERKY kind of smoky.  We say jerky because one taster mentioned that they thought these chips tasted eerily similar to jerky, and almost every taster agreed that the chips evoked some very strong thoughts of meat.  We can only imagine that this is what Carolina barbeque really tastes like.

Dale Jr’s potato chips are on the thinner side, very crispy, made up of mostly unbroken, large potato slices.  These chips pack a flavor explosion of almost unbearably overpowering BBQ-ness.  The positives with that are that they have many different flavor layers, or levels.  First, it’s immediate smoke, then a vinegar zing with a touch of mustard, next a sweet-savory tomato and brown sugar combo, and finally everything is rounded off with just a tiny bit of spicy heat.  We love that the chips are not overly sweet.  The cons: the smoke level is too much for us!  The chips are also a little overly rich; so much so, that we couldn’t eat very many of them.  Lets just say that if you are a real meat/bbq/jerky lover – these would be right up your alley!!

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

Chips provided to Chip Review by Barrel O’ Fun Snacks for review

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