BIJOU-REVIEW: 7 Select – Smoked Gouda Kettle Style Potato Chips

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7-select-smoked-gouda-kettle-styleWe picked up 7 Select’s Smoked Gouda Cheese Kettle Style Potato Chips on a recent stop at….. That’s right, you guessed it 7-Eleven.

What we wish we could say was that at a recent stop to 7-Eleven we happily did not pick up a bag of 7 Select’s Smoked Gouda Cheese Kettle Style Potato Chips….

Because these chips are B – A – D…..  Bad!

Similar to 7 Select’s Maple Bacon Potato Chips the chips suffer, actually fail, from an extremely heavy hand of salt.

Any thoughts of smoked Gouda cheese upon tossing a chip into the chompar are quickly obliterated by the true flavor of these chips – ocean water.

Maybe, just maybe, there is a hint of smoke flavor somewhere off in the distance.

The kettle chips themselves are decent enough, and certainly do their job – that is if there job is technically salt delivery.

Medium-thick cut, Solid crunch, but no potato flavor.

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

Discovered at 7-Eleven, Burr Ridge, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Lay’s – Flavor Swap – Smoked Gouda & Chive Potato Chips

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Lay's - Smoked Gouda & ChiveOne Stays.  One Goes.

Hang onto?  Or, let go?

Two shall enter.  One shall leave.

Alright, you probably get the picture….

That’s right friends, it is that time again.  Lay’s has fried up an all new Potato Chip Promotion – FLAVOR SWAP.  Basically Lay’s is pitting 4 totally brand new flavors up against 4 current market flavors.  In turn, we the consumers vote to save our favorite flavors – either the new, or the old.  Swap, or save.

Lay’s new Smoked Gouda & Chive are going head to head against Lay’s Sour Cream & Cheddar flavor.  That’s a tough match up, against a classic and time tested flavor!

These are really good chips.  Not extraordinary good, but really good.

The Smoked Gouda & Chive seasoning is simple, smooth and pretty accurate.

Just about every other potato chip we actually tasted a hint of smoke.  The cheesy Gouda aspect tasted mild, a little nutty, a little salty, and all smooth.  And lastly the chives added just enough onion punch to cut some of the cheese.  If you love gouda, or heck, ever cheese, you will like these chips.

So, the question is would we SWAP these new chips for the classic Cheddar & Sour Cream?  Well, we have said elsewhere that we would want to keep SAVE the originals, but the more we have thought about it, we would actually change our decision.  SWAP them up*!!

*Honestly, part of our change of heart, and ultimate decision to SWAP them, is due to the fact that Frito Lay’s will forever offer their fantastic Sour Cream & Cheddar flavor on their Ruffles chips!!

And for those of you who aren’t familiar with Lay’s Flavor Swap, here’s the rest of the battles looks like this:

Lay's Flavor Swap

What do you guys think?  Tried any of the new ones?  Or, perhaps there’s one or more of the old flavors that you really want to stay?  Or, perhaps go?

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

Chips discovered at Walmart; Villa Park, Illinois

Voting ends March 21st, so make sure you go to the link below, and let Lay’s know which flavors should STAY, and which should GO!!

Lay’s Flavor Swap

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25 Chips to Christmas….

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Primizie – Classic Italian 7-Herb & Cheese Smoked Dutch Gouda and Garlic Thick Cut Crispbreads

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Thick cut, grilled, and crispy…sort of sounds like we are describing a delicious cut of steak doesn’t it!?  But we are not, and these Crispbreads certainly aren’t juicy, they are just crispy, multi-layered, thicker cut, flaky, flour based, and of course grilled, savory crisp snacks.  Did we mention lip-smackingly delicious?!?

REVIEW: Primizie Cheese – Smoked Dutch Gouda and Garlic Thick Cut Crispbreads

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

Primizie - Smoked Dutch Gouda and GarlicOh Primizie, so grilled and crispy, and even slightly greasy, you make it so easy, for us to devour your lip-smacking crispbreads because are so cheesy!  You know we are impressed with a snack when it inspires us to spontaneously rhyme or review!

According to Primizie’s (Pri’ mit tsje) website, the name is Italian for “first of a kind or category”.  Well, prior to these, we had never heard of Crispbreads, and we’ve never known another snack that has actually been both grilled, and then “crisp-ified”, so yeah, first of a kind.  We would describe the Crispbreads to some sort of a cross between crunchy pita chips (only lighter), a crispy taco salad bowl (only more substantial), and sort of similar to Gringo Jack’s Handmade Flour Tortilla Chips, (except, so much better).  In other words, these are crispy, multi-layered, thick cut, flaky, flour based, grilled, snack crisps – Crispbreads.

Similar to another Primizie review tasting we recently had a gathering at Chip Review, we set out a variety of different chips for our guests to sample, enjoy and comment on.  Despite some tough competition, Primizie’s Smoked Dutch Gouda and Garlic Crispbreads were the definite delicious standout.

Everything about these Crispbreads just seemed to work and meld so well together.  The splash of delicious oil that subtly covered and complimented each crisp, instead of adding an odd, old oil, aroma and flavor.  The salt level was absolutely spot on and easy recognizable.  Lastly, and certainly not least, the smooth, creamy, rich and smoky Dutch Gouda and Garlic seasoning was an amazing flavor for the Crispbreads!  The smoky aspect was very recognizable, but not overwhelming at all.  There was even a wonderful surprise of heat to the crisps, and not just from the potent garlic, but there was definitely something else hidden in the background. Oh look-y here, the always illusive “spices” were included among the ingredients…that’s probably where the heat was hiding.

Plain and simple, Primizie’s Crispbreads are a great addition to the industry!  We would place them leagues ahead of the some of the other chip and snack fads like WAFFLE CUT, or especially those popped chips!  Although we started out kind of slow with Primizie’s French Velvet Grey Sea Salt, we soon realized that Primizie actually had what it takes with their Classic Italian 7-Herb.  And now, with these Smoked Dutch Gouda and Garlic, no one can deny that they are the real deal!  We’re actually sort of sad knowing that there is only one flavor left to try – New Mexico Mild Chimayo Chile & Lime.  Will it be another hit, or will it fall flat?  Stay tuned, we will let you know!

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: Simply Sprouted Way Better Snacks – Smoked Havarti Pita-ahh Chips

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Simply Sprouted Way Better - Smoked Gouda Pita-ahh Chips

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It was slightly over one year ago that we stumbled upon one of those rare surprises that made us smile with enjoyment after just one chip!!  Not necessarily because we had just tasted some of the greatest chips ever, but simply because they were much better than we were expecting!  Those chips were Simply Sprouted’s Way Better Snacks Simply So Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips, and they were delicious!

We stumbled upon Simply Sprouted’s latest, all-new creation just the other day, and once again we were quite surprised by both what we saw, and by what we tasted.  What we saw, were smoked Gouda flavored Pita-ahh chips and we were very intrigued.  Interested enough to grab the bag from the shelf and give them a whirl.  But what we tasted, well, let’s just say that surprise went in the wrong direction!

First, let’s discuss the positives of these playfully named pita chips.  The pita chips themselves are triangular shaped, like tortilla chips, but thick and sturdy like pita chips.  The captivating, milky white seasoning that liberally coats the chips explodes on the tongue with a heavy blast of very smoky Havarti cheese flavor.  Seriously, it is as if the pita chips have been dunked into a creamy cheese powder, or the powder has been spread on with a knife; and as soon as that cheese dust comes into contact with any moisture from your mouth it turns into a smooth, silky cheese sauce!

Lastly, based on the way these chips taste, they have got to be healthy.  Way Better Snacks appear to have a theme running through them, and yep, you guessed it, they use sprouted grains!  This particular recipe from Simply Sprouted, happens to contain both Red Fife, and Spelt.  Both, being “magical” ancient grains that are supposed to add loads of health benefits, along with, some great texture and flavor to the chips.  But, what exactly are sprouted grains? you ask.  According to Way Better Snacks website: “…seeds, grains and beans play an important role in a healthy diet, but their nutrients can be increased multifold through the process of germination. Germination releases enzymes specifically designed to start the seed on its way to becoming a plant, which in turn consolidate nutrients. Sprouted foods are high in fiber, helps neutralize and remove waste from the body, and some (like our Broccoli and Diakon Radish Seeds) even contain anticancer substances.”

In concept, Way Better Snacks’ sprouted grains sounded good to us, but at the end of the day, they also needed to taste good!  And unfortunately, these chips do not!!  In fact, more than one of our tasters actually said “yuck” after eating only one of the chips.  For starters, the triangular shaped pita chips had no real character to them.  Smooth, flat and quite texture-less.  Somehow the chips were brittle and delicate, but yet not light and crispy like other pita chips that we have enjoyed.  As the chips disintegrated into moisture absorbing, grainy powder, we found ourselves grasping for anything we could find to drink.

Lastly, and probably most regrettably, was that despite the chips’ initially intriguing smoked Gouda cheese seasoning, we swiftly realized that the seasoning blend was all but devoid of any salt!  How can a cheese flavored seasoning not include any salt!?!  What a disappointment, and failed opportunity, for a potentially delicious new flavor!

In the end, all we can really say about these new Pita-ahh Chips is that Simply Sprouted, we’ve had some way better snacks from you!

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

Discovered at Whole Foods; Hinsdale, Illinois

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