BIJOU-REVIEW: Dakota Style – Buffalo Ranch Industrial Strength Kettle Chips

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

Dakota Style - Buffalo RanchA little while ago we mentioned to you how Dakota Style had recently shipped us a box of chips that included a few of their new “line” of what we were describing as “south of the border” inspired flavors.

Well, also included in the box were these Buffalo Ranch kettle chips, and whether or not they are actually new to Dakota Style, they were certainly new to us.

These are really good chips, and you know what they taste like?  Buffalo wing sauce combined with ranch dressing seasoning – who would have thunk it?!

A very respectable, vinegar forward buffalo seasoning; that is not stingy with the cayenne usage.  As for the ranch, although not extremely creamy by any means, did hit its mark on more than enough of the ranch prerequisites such as garlic, onion, tangy sour cream, and herbs like dill or chive.

The chips are medium-thickness, with a sturdy (not quite sure we would call them “Industrial Strength”) kettle cooked crunch.  We were quite surprised by how well the potato chips worked with the buffalo ranch flavoring.  Usually the flavor is reserved, or paired, with tortilla chips.

So, there you have it.  Good potato chips, mixed with great seasoning combination.  Now the only real question left is are you a hot wings with ranch, or bleu cheese, potato chips sort of person?  Honestly, we can’t imagine bleu cheese seasoning working half as well as the ranch seasoning did with these chips!

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

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REVIEW: Dakota Style – Cayena Chips de Caldera (Cayenne Kettle Chips)

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

Dakota Style - CayenaThere sure are A LOT of cayenne chili peppers on the front of this bag!  We count 13 of them, how many do you see?  One other quick question, are there really green cayenne chili peppers out there?  If there are, we have not seen them, and we would assume that they would then be unripe right…..?

Apparently, the cayenne chili pepper is also known as the Guinea spice, cow-horn pepper, red hot chili pepper, bird pepper, or in its common powdered form simply red pepper.  Wait, does that mean that the spice jars we have in our pantry labeled cayenne chili powder, and simply red chili powder, are actually the same thing?  You tricky spice companies, you pulled one over on us this time!

Initial thought – these are really great chips!  Plain and simple, lip-smacking!!  Usually, when we think of cayenne chili powder (which is what we were assuming these chips would be seasoned with), we envision a blander chili pepper flavor that provides a lot more warmth, than any actual flavor.  Well, luckily for us (and you, if you happen to find yourself traveling through South Dakota), Dakota Style’s flavor description does their chips no flavor justice, and in turn, they exceeded our expectations by a long shot!  The chips have so much more depth and complexity than we could have hoped for!

The first flavor note we detected was a certain level of….citrus?!  Maybe, sour citric acid?  Yeah, that could be it, but then also a tangy, nasal zing from some…vinegar?!  Yummy.  The actual cayenne heat does show up but it is a bit delayed.  Then it hit us, these chips are not cayenne flavored, cayenne is one of the ingredients, but not the entire flavor, these chips taste like Tabasco!!  Which in our books is always a good thing!  In fact, these chips, which are not being called Tabasco flavored taste more like Tabasco Hot Sauce than any other Tabasco flavored snacks that we have ever tried.  Talk about ironic!  We’re starting to wonder if Dakota Style simply could not get the okay to use the good old Tabasco brand name?!?  Whatever it may be, we know our Tabasco, and these delicious cayenne flavored chips taste like Tabasco Hot Sauce.

We are fairly certain that it is safe to say that these are our new favorites from Dakota Style!  It used to be either the Spicy Ranch, or the Blaze ‘N Hot flavored kettle chips, but these new ones reign supreme.  We seem to have a thing for Dakota Style’s spicier flavors, even when they are trying to trick us into thinking that they are only cayenne flavored!

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

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Dakota Style – Chili Limon Chips de Caldera (Chili Lime Kettle Chips)

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Dakota Style - Chili LimonDakota Style recently shipped us a box of chips that included a few of their new “line” of what we are describing as “south of the border” inspired flavors.  Make sure to check out our review of their Cayena flavor today as well.

We have tried quite a few variations of the classic chili pepper and lime combination over the years.  Some we have loved, and others were just so-so.  Unfortunately, Dakota Style’s version, falls into that latter category.

First off, we would like to mention that these chips de caldera (kettle chips) tasted a lot like frying oil, which has been a concern, or complaint, that we have iterated more than once before with Dakota Style’s potato chips.

Even more concerning than their oily taste was how very, very subtle the seasoning tasted.  Certainly not strong enough to contrast the strong oily balance of these chips.  We did appreciate how the lime tasted like the real thing, but we just wanted more of it.  Plus, we recognize that the chili pepper is there in the background, but again there just isn’t enough of it for our taste buds to enjoy!

We are very interested to hear what you think of the Dakota Style’s bag coloring and design choice?  Not quite sure if our picture does these chips any justice but that is in fact a light purple colored bag, with…yes, that is correct, the shiny reflecting power of cellophane!  The new look is certainly eye catching, and maybe we’ll just leave it at that.

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

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REVIEW: Dakota Style – Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips

** Updated: 7/14/15

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Dakota Style - Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips

We were recently sent a handful of new flavors to review from Dakota Style (so stay tuned for reviews of flavors like Cayena and Chili & Limon soon).  Included with these new flavors were a couple of Dakota Style’s traditional flavors that we had reviewed less than favorably in years past!  We thought we give them another try and make sure what we had originally tasted was an accurate representation of Dakota Style’s chips.  In the case of these salt & vinegar chips, it looks like the original samples we were sent and reviewed must not have been a very good example of the chips because this most recent bag was perfectly satisfactory and tasty.  Maybe the original sample was old or expired and the oil had started to leech out of the potato chips.  Not the case with this recent example.  This time around the chips were crispy, with a good amount of salt, and decent splash of lip pucking vinegar.  We could even taste the subtle potato flavor.

Our original review below:

Alright, we’re really starting to see a bit of a pattern here, and we’re not very happy about it.  Unlike Daniel Plainview, we are not searching for a ton of ‘Oil’ flavor in our chips!  Unfortunately we’ve discovered and tasted a lot of greasy chips from Dakota Style.  Maybe it’s the type of oil or potatoes they use, or maybe it’s the thickness or their cooking process, we’re not sure….

The greasy oil flavor overwhelmed the mild vinegar on these chips.  The salt tried to distract us, but wasn’t enough to draw our attention away from the oil.

Another ‘Industrial Strength’ bag of potato chips from Dakota Style.  Again, we’re not quite sure what this means, but these potato chips are on the crunchier side, as if they were kettle cooked, but then they are quite a bit thinner than kettle chips normally are.

To be honest, we don’t know what else to say about these.

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

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Ranch Chips – Tell us what you think

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Chip Review’s Top 5 7 Ranch Flavored Chips:

1. Doritos – Cooler Ranch

2. Snyder’s of Hanover – Buttermilk Ranch Pretzel Pieces

3. Doritos – Blazin’ Buffalo & Ranch

4. Vitner’s – Cool Ranch Crunchy Cheese Curls

5. Pringles Tortillas – Southwestern Ranch

runner-up: Cape Cod – Kettle Cooked Farm Stand Ranch Waffle Cut Potato Chips

2nd runner-up: Popcorn Indiana Chip’ins – Jalapeno Ranch Popcorn Chips

Salt & Pepper Chips – Tell us what you think

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Chip Review’s Top 5 Salt & Pepper Flavored Chips:

1. Poore Brothers – Salt & Cracked Pepper Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

1. Terra Yukon Gold – Salt & Pepper Potato Chips

3. Kettle Brand – Salt & Fresh Cracked Pepper Krinkle Cut Potato Chips

4. Better Made – Salt & Pepper Potato Chips

5. Snyder’s of Hanover – Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Pretzel Pieces