REVIEW: Cobs – Coco Crunch Popcorn

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Cobs - Coco CrunchOkay, we are almost certain that 2015 is the year of the kernel!  We wouldn’t be at all surprised if we looked back through all of our reviews and ratings from this year so far, and ended up finding that we had tasted more new popcorn than chips!  Like we’ve said many times before, maybe we should just change our name to Popcorn Review?!  Or, at the very least dedicate another site to strictly reviewing the amazing popped kernels….(maybe we’re onto something here)!

As the story goes, it was sometime last year that we stumbled upon a bag of Cobs Cheddar Cheese Popcorn while perusing the snack aisle of our local World Market.  To say that we were thoroughly impressed by the delicious Down Under popcorn would be a grave understatement.  In all honesty it was some of the very best popcorn that we had ever tasted, from anywhere, period!  Luckily for us, someone at Cobs awesome Aussie popcorn company thought that it would be a good idea for us to review more of their popcorn, and we couldn’t agree more!!

Probably the most interesting of all of the popcorn flavors sent to us has to be this Coco Crunch!  Coco Crunch, huh, what you say??  Yep, COCO! CRUNCH!! POPCORN!!!  We can only imagine a stranger walking past as we are tasting this stuff.  After a quick double take, they quickly ask “What are you eating? No, seriously what is that stuff?  OK, but where did you get that??”  Until finally, they bravely ask “Can we try it?!”

After we so graciously proceed with sharing our uniquely flavored popcorn, we can only imagine that said popcorn eating stranger would come to the same two conclusions that we have regarding Cobs Coco Crunch.  First and foremost, this popcorn tastes EXACTLY like Kellog’s Cocoa Krispies!  Absolutely uncanny how similar the two are!  We imagine that if we put some of this popcorn in a bowl, topped it off with some milk, that within a couple of minutes we would have some of that good old delicious, sweet-chocolate-ly, Cocoa Krispies milk that youngsters everywhere covet at the end of every bowl of the snap, crackle and pop cereal!  And secondly, despite this popcorn most likely being as good as any cocoa flavored popcorn could possibly be, in our honest opinion, the combination of both was never meant to be.  Don’t take this wrong the way, we’re not saying that chocolate covered popcorn is a bad thing, but in this case what we have here is not popcorn that has been covered with chocolate, but rather a unique cocoa powder has heavily dusted the kernels and given us something truly unlike any other popcorn we have ever tried.

Unfortunately, we simply do not love it.  The popcorn itself is light and crispy, but we’re missing that crucial layer of rich, fattiness that we love from most savory popcorn; plus we would have liked some salt thrown into the mix!  Kudos to Cobs for pushing the popcorn flavor boundaries.  We more than appreciate the efforts, and we perfectly understand that to really knock one out of the park, you have a swing and miss sometimes.

As always, these are our thoughts. Agree or disagree, make sure to let us know.

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REVIEW: Pringles Limited Time Only! – Milk Chocolate

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Pringles - Milk ChocolateFor the 2014 holiday chip eating season Pringles has released two new “sweet-holiday-ish” inspired flavors, of course piggy backing off of the success of their other unique limited edition seasonal crisps the past couple of years.  In addition to the milk chocolate flavor, they have also added a Cinnamon & Sugar flavor to their Tortillas line of crisps – churros anyone?! (review coming soon).

For the 2013 holiday season Pringles released a limited edition White Chocolate flavor of crisps, and for one reason or another we never got around to reviewing them until this past JULY!!  So, in other words we were very late to the party on those ones, but this also means that we can still taste those lip-smacking, sweet cream and salty combined Pringles on the backs of our tongues.  Which, in turn, gives us an advantage when reviewing the milk chocolate flavor.  Henceforth, giving Chip Review the upper edge, and surely securing our victory….

We’ve asked before, but we’ll ask again, how much further can Pringles possibly push their flavor boundaries?!?  They have already brought us the likes of Pumpkin Pie, Cinnamon & Sugar, White Chocolate Peppermint, Pecan Pie, and even Mint Chocolate Chip, which we didn’t even get to try out here in the states!  We were sort of hoping that they would try their hand at some of the more savory holiday flavors this season.  Something like cranberry, mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing, but alas it seems as though Pringles likes to stick with what has been working up to this point.

Overall, Chip Review enjoyed last year’s white chocolate flavored Pringles quite a bit.  They weren’t revolutionary, or spot on accurate, or anything, they were just a decently, subtly sweet and salty potato crisp.  So, based on the success of those crisps, maybe we came in with too high of hopes for the milk chocolate flavor?  But, similar to the way that Junk Food Guy felt about last year’s white chocolate flavor, we pretty much feel about this year’s milk chocolate.  They just fall flat, and sort of tasted eerily similar to the white chocolate flavor.

Initially, we did smell some strong notes of cocoa as we opened the canister, and the potato crisps were sparsely coated with a light brown dusting of seasoning.  Truth be told, we had envisioned that the crisps themselves would actually be brown, but it looks like Pringles has stuck with their traditional potato crisps, simply dusted with the milk chocolate seasoning.  As for their flavor, we do not taste chocolate of any sort.  We had two reviewers taste them without knowing what they were trying, and neither one of them made any mention of chocolate.  Both nailed the fact that they were eating Pringles, but one referred to them as sweet cream, and the other called them simply sweet and salty.  These Pringles aren’t bad in any way, in fact they taste pretty great, but we just cannot find any real signs of chocolate flavor hidden anywhere among them!  We wanted chocolate!!  We feel cheated!!  This is a missed opportunity by Pringles’, and we still expect a delicious holiday crisp this year!!  That’s right, Cinnamon & Sugar Tortillas Pringles we’re looking and relying on you!!

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

Crisps discovered at Walmart; Darien, Illinois

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REVIEW: Pringles Limited Time Only! – White Chocolate

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Pringles - White ChocolateAll New!  Limited Time Only! Pringles White Chocolate Potato Crisps!  Available to us just in the nick of time for our 4th of July festivities…. Wait! What’s that you say?!?  Oh, sorry about that, it appears as though we are a little behind on the reviewing times here.  Pringles White Chocolate were originally released just in time for a limited engagement during the 2013 holiday season (that makes more sense).  Truth be told we aren’t sure of the specifics but somehow we lost this can, and only recently discovered it at the bottom of the chip pile.  Luckily for all, the expiration date is far from being reached and better late than never!  Although, we’re sure that many of you out there are probably thinking “NEVER! Would be better than late” in the case of these Pringles!

How much further can Pringles possibly push their flavor boundaries?!? They have already brought us the likes of Pumpkin Pie, Cinnamon & Sugar, White Chocolate Peppermint, Pecan Pie, and even Mint Chocolate Chip, which we didn’t even get to try out here in the states!  So, in comparison, this white chocolate flavor isn’t really that far out there.

Similar to the other holiday flavors, the white chocolate flavored crisps, sort of split Chip Review(ers) right down the proverbial flavor middle.  However, this time around, there were no real major detractors, only those who just weren’t fans of the crisps.  But, then there were those who really enjoyed the sweet white chocolate and salty combo!  In fact, dare we say it, but these are probably our most favorite among the weird holiday flavors released the over past two years.  Any guesses as to what Pringles may have up their sleeves for the 2014 holiday season?  Our money is on fruitcake or roast turkey & cranberry!

As for an accurate description of the flavor, all we really have to tell you is that these do not really taste like white chocolate.  And just so we are clear here, we are among the group that do not even recognize white chocolate as real chocolate.  White chocolate is simply a sweet, white, meltable by-product of real chocolate.  It should never be eaten on its own, and is only slightly tolerable when melted down and drizzled over salty pretzels.  Which may be why it works in this case.  The sweet creamy seasoning contrasts the salty potato crisps rather well.  Granted, they don’t have much complexity, they are plain and simple a sweet and salty potato crisp, that we would be more than happy to enjoy at our holiday parties!

For another, less enthusiastic review, check out Junk Food Guy.

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

Provided to Chip Review by K & A

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REVIEW: Lay’s Wavy – Original Potato Chips Dipped In Milk Chocolate

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By now just about  everyone, who is anyone, has weighed in on Lay’s newest limited edition sweet and salty creation.  Some love it, others not so much, but the real truth of the matter is, everyone is talking about them, and everyone wants to, or has, tried them!!

Truth be told, we almost didn’t even review these.  We know, we know, they are CHIPS – yes, but it is not like they have been flavored with some simple chocolate powder, they have been dipped into real creamy, milk chocolate and have crossed the savory line over into sweet, dessert-ville!

Everything about these Lay’s Wavy Potato Chips screams capital R-I-C-H!  From their shiny, rich, gold packaging, with the sturdy, thick quality packing to the simple product conception of salty, deep fried starchy, potato slices covered in rich, sweet, creamy milk chocolate.  Even their actual price tag screams rich!  Regularly priced at $3.49, for a bag size that normally sports the cents symbol!!

In the end, the wavy potato  chips are exactly what they aim to be.  They are simple, concise, and executed perfectly.  For those of us that want a salty snack when we reach for our potato chips, they do not fill that crunchy, salty void.  However, if you want something perfectly chocolate-y, a little sweet, a little salty, and a little crispy, well then here you go! Enjoy!!

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