25 Chips to Christmas – 2016….

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

#16

Kettle Brand – Korean Barbeque – and – Moscow Mule – and – Chili Lime Potato Chips Potato Chips


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Original Reviews Here and Here and Here

Kettle Brand really hit it big with three new fantastic flavors this year.  Each representing a different region of the globe.  As for these three flavors, well, one is practically a CLASSIC chip flavor combo grateful to Mexico, another is rather trendy restaurant cuisine taken from eastern Asia, while the last is simply an icy cocktail served in a cool copper mug.

REVIEW: Kettle Brand – Hawaiian Barbeque with ginger infused sea salt Potato Chips cooked in 100% Avocado Oil

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

kettle-brand-hawaiian-barbequeSo, there’s Carolina Barbeque, and Kansas City Barbeque, there’s Texas Barbeque and Memphis Barbeque, of course there is Korean Barbeque – Kettle Brand’s most recent new chips that we reviewed – and, there’s probably even a few more regional styles that we can’t recall, but how many of you out there knew there was such a thing as Hawaiian Barbeque?  Certainly not us!

We’re not going to beat around the bush here, we had some high hopes for these chips, but then again, we almost always have high hopes for new Kettle Brand chips.  Unfortunately, we are here to tell you that these are just….OK.  They are missing that wow, that difference maker, that….ginger infused sea salt that we were promised….

Speaking of ginger, we’re onto you Kettle Brand.  You’ve released three new flavors that we are aware of – Korean Barbeque, Moscow Mule (which we still haven’t located), and of course these Hawaiian Barbeque.  What is the ingredient commonality between these three new flavors – GINGER.  Kettle Brand has gone ginger crazy!  Which certainly isn’t a bad thing in our books.  We love ginger here at Chip Review, but really we haven’t tasted all that many ginger flavored chips.

….Back to these chips being just OK.  Honestly, we could not really taste any of that ginger we were promised.  And for the most part, these “Hawaiian Barbeque” flavored chips taste like one hundred other BBQ flavored chips that we have reviewed.  Strong tomato powder presence, the usual onion and garlic tag team, of course there is a splash of smoke, but then if these chips did actually taste any different, it would have been an underlying, tropical, sweetness.  The ingredients on the back indicate that this flavor note likely comes from the inclusion of pineapple powder!  That’s unique at least, but we feel like Kettle Brand should have amp’d it up a bit more to really drive home that Hawaiian Barbeque flavor.

Luckily Kettle Brand’s Avocado Oil Kettle Cooked Potato Chips are always fantastic themselves.  So, in the end, we didn’t have any problem devouring these chips, we just were hoping for more.

Chips discovered at Whole Foods; Elmhurst, Illinois

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REVIEW: Hawaiian – Island Lemon (Special Batch #1) Kettle Style Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©©-1/4  (lip-smacking)

Hawaiian Kettle - LemonSpecial Batch #1 = Island Lemon.

Holy lemony-lemon chip man!  Tart & Tangy… well that’s kind of an understatement.

First off, these are some unique chips.  How often do you see lemon flavored chips?  Apparently, if you clicked on our link to the left, the answer is more often than we were aware of (we’ve tried a dozen or more).  Maybe a better question would have been “how often do you see solely lemon flavored potato chips?”  There we go, that’s the answer we were looking for – not very often!

Plain and simple, everything about this bag exudes tart and tangy lemon-ness.  From the big cross sections of plump juicy lemons, to the bright, bright, bright yellow bag, to the hula dancers soaking up the sunny tropical Hawaiian weather.  But what really screams CITRUS, and in the end what really truly matters, is their spot-on lemon flavor!  Nailed it!!  Chock up another winner up for Hawaiian Kettle Style Potato Chips team.

***WARNING*** ***WARNING*** These chips may not be appropriate for those of you who can’t handle your tongue tingling lemony citrus.  Everyone’s favorite yellow citrus fruit is certainly the star of the show.  Bright and fresh, as well as, tangy and acidic.  We simply have to say it again, these chips just nail the flavor execution!

And while the lemon seasoning does compliment Hawaiian’s thick cut and extra crunchy kettle cooked potato chips very well, we do have to admit that the flavor eventually becomes a touch overpowering, and monotonous.  In other words, we couldn’t eat very many of them before having to take a break, and cleanse our palettes.  We are all for a good squeeze of lemon juice on our food, but this equates more to eating lemons with a squeeze of potato.

So, if you are up for the lemony challenge, or are huge fans of lemons, than you are going to want to give these chips a try!

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; Oakbrook, Illinois

Hawaiian Snacks Official Website

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REVIEW: Whale Tails – Hawaiian Barbeque Tortilla Chips

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Whale Tails - Hawaiian Barbeque Tortilla Chips

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A while back we reviewed Whale Tail’s “Alaea” Hawaiian Sea Salt Tortilla Chips, and we were more than wowed by their classic take on the “plain” tortilla chip!  This time around we find ourselves trying out their generously seasoned Hawaiian Barbeque flavor.  And, while here at Chip Review we are usually suckers for a heavy dosing of seasoning, and would almost always pick flavored chips over plain ones, we must say that we still enjoyed their minimalistic sea salted version much better in this case.

Whale Tails tortilla chips themselves are remarkably balanced.  Not too hard, not too soft, just crispy, and solid, and fresh.  However, this time around, the Hawaiian Barbeque seasoning throws that near perfect harmony out completely off.  We simply found their barbeque recipe far-far too sweet.  It was as if Whale Tails was targeting the sweet tooth marketplace by utilizing multiple forms of sugar such as granulated cane sugar, molasses powder, and even mango powder.  Luckily, despite the generous sprinkling of sweet barbeque seasoning covering the chips, the true corn flavor was still very recognizable.

The whale tail’s tortilla chip shape was easily consumable in one bite, and would be perfectly versatile for scooping the dip of your choice!  So, why whale tails you ask?  Well, the answer to that question is two-fold in our opinion:

1) Because whale tail shaped chips are cool, functional and uniquely creative.

2) To emphasize the company’s passion “to create, make, and distribute the finest quality and most naturally innovative Corn Chips available. To maintain a commitment to utilizing wholesome ingredients as well as socially and environmentally responsible business practices that promote the understanding and preservation of Whales and the World we all share.”

We really don’t have much else to say.  These chips were notable, but definitely too sweet for our liking.  However, for another take on these chips, a raving one at that, make sure to check out Crisp Nation’s enthusiastic review.

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 Whale Tails for review

Whale Tails Official Website

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