25 Chips to Christmas – 2016….

On the sixth day of Chips to Christmas our true love gave to us……

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Trader Joe’s – Bollywood Popcorn (Vegan Tikka Masala) – and – Somewhat Spicy Dill flavored Kettle Cooked Potato Chips


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Original Reviews Here and Here

For our next trick a tandem of TJ’s totally tasty treats.  Trader Joe’s cracks the list for the third year running.  Way to go Joe!!  It couldn’t have happen to a finer grocery store guy.  We sure could go for a big bowl of Bollywood Popcorn AND Somewhat Spicy Dill flavored potato chips right about now.

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REVIEW: Trader Joe’s – Somewhat Spicy Dill flavored Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

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

Trader Joe's - Spicy DillWe really appreciate how Trader Joe’s just loves keeping their packaging light, and a little quirky!  With these latest chips we get an orange haired young chap, who is apparently dressed for his St. Patty’s Day party or something, and is reflecting to himself – “Everything changed the day I discovered…”
We have to assume that this reflection is in regards to the day he discovered these chips.

Well, we’re not going to go so far as to say that everything changed the day that we discovered….. these Somewhat Spicy Dill flavored Kettle Cooked Potato Chips.  But, we can guess that things would certainly change for us if we wore an outfit such as the one this guys is wearing!

The Spicy Dill variety is not necessarily a new combo in the chip flavor game, but it is one that has not really picked up steam with the “big” brand companies.  Most of the chip companies willing to venture into this tangy flavor realm seem to be a bit more of the independent sort.

Most certainly our all-time favorites from this flavor combo variety are Grippo’s Hot Dill Pickle Potato Chips.  It is very likely that these are no longer available, but our memories of these herbal-y-spicy thin cut potato chips were forever live on!  We are also huge fans of Zapp’s, and Deep River’s potato chip versions.  We are happy to report that Trader Joe’s Somewhat Spicy rendition can be added to that list of favorite versions!

TJ’s medium-thin cut kettle cooked potato chips are fantastic!  Perfectly crispy, with just the right amount of mouth pleasing body.  We couldn’t really taste any potato flavor underneath the powerful seasoning blend, but that was just fine since that seasoning was a delicious recipe.

Joe’s seasoning recipe reminded us a lot of McClure’s Bloody Mary chips.  First, comes the tongue tingling spicy acidic-chile burn.  The acidic burn attacks the throat and the nasal cavity sort of harshly, but then quickly subdues to the moderate chile burn that resides in the mouth!  The one-two spicy punch.  The fragrant dill herbal notes flutter there in the background, bringing thoughts of pickles to the mind.  Garlic is also very present.

The flavor combo works deliciously well!  If you are a fan of spicy chips, or pickle flavored chips, then we’re fairly confident that you would be fans of these as well.  Make sure to let us know your comments below regarding these chips, or the day everything changed when you discovered…..what?”

For another take check out What’s Good at Trader Joe’s review.

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

Discovered at Trader Joe’s (of course); La Grange, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Kettle Brand Krinkle Cut – Dill Pickle Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Kettle Brand KC - Dill PickleWell hello there Kettle Brand!!  It has been a while since we’ve tried anything new from you, and even longer since we tried any new Krinkle Cut style potato chips!

We should probably inform you that when we first spotted Kettle Brand’s new Dill Pickle chips out of the corner of our eye, we were really hoping that Kettle Brand had made the wonderful decision to re-release their fantastically flavored Dill & Sour Cream Krinkle Cut Potato Chips from the early 2000’s!!  Unfortunately, as we took a closer look at the bright green portion of this bag it was very apparent that they had forgotten to include the sour cream (WRONG DECISION, those chips were legendary!!).

We assume that most of you already know that Kettle Brand has some of the thickest, and sturdiest, kettle cooked potato chips on the market.

This particular bag consisted mostly of smaller than normal, wide rippled, whole krinkle cut potato chips.  There was of course the occasional ginormous and oblong one strewn in among the bunch.

Pretty decent potato flavor, with just a touch too much oil.

Kettle Brand’s dill pickle seasoning is nothing special, nothing out of the ordinary, but no complaints either.  A relatively sharp and tangy pickle vinegar mingles effortlessly with a good sprinkling of fragrant dill weed.  Just the right dash of salt balances out the pickle combo.

If you like dill pickle flavored chips then you will be alright with these, but there are definitely more amazing ones available out there!   Just see our All-Time Top 5 Dill Pickle for example!!

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

Chips discovered at World Market; Oak Brook, Illinois

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REVIEW: Trader Joe’s – Popcorn in a Pickle

Rating: ©-3/4 chips  (return to sender)

Trader Joe's - Popcorn in a PickleWhoa! Now that is an eye-catching bag for sure!!  Green to the maximus!  Clever word play too, but then again, isn’t Trader Joe’s always witty and playful with their product names?  Might we have another hit on our hands from that Joe we know who likes to trade (that’s our meager attempt at word play)?

Have we discovered the new sriracha of the popcorn world?  We were surprised to find that we have actually tried four different dill pickle flavored popcorn bags in about the last year.  Unfortunately, none of them have been really good.  Well there is always hope that this new popcorn from Trader Joe’s isn’t all visual show and wit, and actually tastes good, and certrainly better than their last new popcorn – Baconesque White Cheddar Popcorn!

SADLY….as you may have noticed from our rating above already, Popcorn in a Pickle is not only not better than Trader Joe’s Baconesque, but it makes Joe’s cheddar bacon popcorn seem lip-smacking in comparison.

We feel that there are two major issues with this popcorn.  First, would be the usage of dill oil as opposed to the real herb.  The flavor just seems off, and even sort of off-putting.  You get some of the fragrant dill notes but it’s like all of the fresh and bright herbal life that you would typically get from the fresh stuff has been completely sucked dry from the dill oil.  Our second, and certainly bigger issue, lies with the popcorn itself.  According to Trader Joe’s website, their supplier uses the largest mushroom popcorn kernels they can find, and they air pop them (apparently mushroom popcorn kernels are large, round balls of popcorn, with lost of surface area).  In our opinion these air-popped mushroom kernels are the probably the worst popcorn texture that we have ever tasted.  No real popcorn flavor what so ever.  Sure, they were light and crispy, and sure they were largest popcorn we have ever seen, but they were also SOOOOOO full of pesky, gum catching, kernels that we could barely pay attention to what we were tasting!!  Add to this the fact that this popcorn was air popped, and no additional amount of mouth pleasing fat was added to supplement and enrich the dry popcorn, in the end left us wanting so much more.

Sorry Junk Food Guy, but we have to disagree with you on this one!  For another, far different review of the Popcorn in a Pickle, make sure to check out his review too!

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

Popcorn discovered at Trader Joe’s; La Grange, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Old Dutch – Dill Pickle Popcorn

Rating: ©©-1/2 chips  (tolerable)

Old Dutch - Dill Pickle PopcornIs dill pickle flavored popcorn becoming a thing?  This would mark the 4th pickle popcorn variation that we have tried in approximately the last year!?

This flavor, this popcorn, has to be better than the other new popcorn we tried from Old Dutch right?  That’s right, Old Dutch’s cheddar bacon popcorn was pretty bad!

OK, so this stuff is better than Old Dutch’s Bacon Cheddar Popcorn, so that’s a plus.  In fact, it is also way better than Trader Joe’s new-ish version of dill pickle popcorn – Popcorn in a Pickle.  But, despite that, this is still only so-so popcorn.

Decent sour-vinegar level, and coverage of real dill weed.  The flavor is there, and tastes pretty good, but the popcorn quality is not the best.  The kernels were too meaty, and toothsome.  No light and crispy crunch here.  More like a heavy chew!

You know what?  We’re beginning to think that the two just aren’t meant to be.  Dill pickle and popcorn should call it quits, and go back to their old, time tested, partners. We’re talking about you – dill pickle & potato, and cheddar cheese & popcorn.

Popcorn discovered at Kwik Trip; Plymouth, Minnesota

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