REVIEW: Cobs – I ♥ Dark Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

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

Cobs - I Heart Dark Chocolate Covered PopcornThis sort of stuff is just not our thing.  We have of course tried various different chocolate flavored snacks over the years, one of which was actually chocolate coated such as these, but when it comes down to it, we are not sweets people!  There is a specific reason why we review chips and pretzels and popcorn.  We love salt!  We can enjoy a combination of the sweet and salty, but when there is no salt present, or at least none distinguishable, we simply have a difficult time of reviewing them objectively.  Such is the case here…!

All that being said, if chocolate, in this case especially dark chocolate, is right up your alley, or suits your fancy, or gets your motor going, then we’re pretty sure that you would love this stuff!  Because, even we could see past the existence of any salt, and recognize the quality of product that we were tasting.  In fact, some of us here at Chip Review may have even loved it!

There’s just something about the combination of some fantastically light and crispy popcorn kernels, coated with a sweet thin kiss of caramel, enveloped in a rich, creamy, slightly sweet and bitter layer of some of the best dark chocolate we have ever tasted.  The combination just works!  And despite our own personal reservations regarding the lack of salt, we just can’t deny or argue with how well balanced and tasty this stuff is!

Although we may not be buying this stuff for ourselves in the future, we’ll stick with Cobs Cheddar Cheese Popcorn, we do know plenty of people who would absolutely enjoy receiving a bag of this stuff from us as a gift!

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

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REVIEW: The Original Saratoga Chips – Dark Russets Potato Chips

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Saratoga Chips - Dark RussetsAnd we’re off to the chip eating races!!

We have been meaning to get to this review for quite some time now, but as so often happens our chip tasting notes were no where to be found.  Well, luckily for you, and for us, those notes have have reappeared and we can finally discuss Saratoga Chips newest venture – Dark Russets with Himalayan Salt.

While it seems like some chip companies are perfectly content with simply sitting back and providing the masses with their edible salty snacks, other chip companies continually strive to deliver their fans with even better versions of their amazing products.  Not only did Saratoga Chips invent the America’s First Kettle Chip in 1853, but in the summer of 2014 the company has decided to only use Himalayan Pink Salt on all six of their chip flavors. As far as we know this is an industry first, and really reflects Saratoga Chip’s strong efforts to meet the demands of picky consumers these days.

For those of you who may not be aware, Himalayan Salt::

*   Provides 84 beneficial minerals including calcium, magnesium, and potassium
*   Delivers purity because the salt is protected in veins of the Himalayans – untouched by pollutants and impurities for more than 250 million years

Plus, come’on let’s admit it, using Himalayan Salt is trendy and sounds really cool!!

We have decided that there are really two types of russet potato people in the this world.  Those who love them for their uniquely dark, nutty, pure potato essence, and those who think that they are actually burnt, and obviously just don’t get it.  Burnt Chips?  Recycled chips??  Dark Russet potato chips have been called many things, but we’re fairly certain that the chips are more the result of the use of Russets, than actually being overcooked.

Either way you crunch it, these are tasty potato chips.  The kettle chips are on the thinner side, very light with an extra crispy crunch.  Like we’ve mentioned before, the dark Russet chips deliver a very rustic, smoky, nutty, golden brown, pure potato flavor!  The chips are not greasy, and the sunflower oil provided a very neutral fry that simply let the potatoes shine.  Honestly, we do not get very much from the Himalayan salt.  As so often the case with the use of sea salt, it simply does not hit our palettes the same way that traditional salt does.  Instead of tasting the salt simultaneously with the chips, the sea salt delivers a delayed subtle salt flavor.  We would have liked a bit stronger, more forefront salt punch, but can certainly recognize how the Himalayan salt compliments, or enhances the potato flavor, and provides a healthier product.

So, there you have it.  Are Saratoga Chips’ new Dark Russets better than their Original Potato Chips, we think that’s a toss up.  We would be happy snacking on either of them.  In case you are unfamiliar with Saratoga Chips tasty back story, according to their website, in the year 1853:

“A patron at Moon’s Lake House ordered fried potatoes with his meal. The diner complained that the potatoes were too thick and sent them back to the cook.

The cook at the restaurant was George Crum, who is described as Native American in some accounts and an African American in others. There is agreement, however, on Crum’s disposition—he was generally ornery. Upset that someone would criticize his cooking, Crum sliced a new batch of potatoes paper-thin, fried them in boiling oil to a crisp, and then salted them.

But what was intended as a stunt turned into an instant hit – the fussy patron and his friends loved the “crunch potato slices.” Soon the chips became known as Saratoga Chips. At first they were served in restaurants throughout the region. When George Crum left Moon’s Lake Inn to start his own restaurant called “Crumbs House,” he placed large baskets of the chips on every table. It was not long before Saratoga Chips could be found in restaurants up and down the East Coast. Soon they became known as potato chips.” (www.originalsaratogachips.com)

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

Chips provided to Chip Review by Saratoga Specialties Company for review

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REVIEW: Herr’s Kettle Cooked – Russet Potatoes Dark Potato Chips

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Recycled chips??  Or, maybe more accurately, Re-purposed chips.  We have this grand idea, here at Chip Review, that Herr’s has decided to take all of their over-cooked, “mistake” chips, and rather than throwing them away, collect them, and simply re-brand them as Dark Russet Potato Chips.  In all actuality, we’re pretty sure that they don’t do that, because their chip making process doesn’t burn chips all that often.  But, you have to admit, it sounded like a great idea.

These are really tasty-tasty potato chips.  Plain and simple, they taste like burnt potato chips!  Many of us at Chip Review search out those “well done” potato chips from the bag, normally only finding a few per bag of “real” potato chips, and when we find one, we thoroughly enjoy it.  However, that being said, some people may not like “well done” potato chips, and an entire bag, consisting of only, those potato chips could become slightly overwhelming for some.  We certainly could not sit down and chow through an entire bag.

The kettle cooked chips are on the thin side, very crispy, but yet, not as hard, or crunchy, as the usual kettle cooked chips.  Salt level was perfectly adequate.  The flavor profile of “plain” potato chips definitely changes when the sugars are essentially burnt.  The chips begin to take on more rich, nutty and almost smoky characters.

As it turns out, not very many companies seem to offer this variation on the potato chip; in fact, the only other one we can think of that we’ve tried would be Better Made’s Rainbow Dark Potato Chips (also delicious).  Why this is, we’re not sure.  We graciously welcome the flavor break from the too often monotonous regular potato chip game.

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

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