BIJOU-REVIEW: Doritos Shots – Yoghurt & Herb Mix

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Doritos Shots - Yoghurt & Herb MixHow many of you out there can actually remember the original Doritos 3D chips?

We’re guessing that even fewer of you can remember, or have ever even heard of Doritos Sonic Sour Cream chips?!

Fear not, because Doritos has created Shots Yoghurt & Herb Mix – aka the combination of Doritos original 3D chips, and Doritos Sonic Sour Cream seasoning from the United Emirates.

Unfortunately, this combination is not one we like very much.

First of all, we have never felt like the flavor of Sour Cream / Yoghurt has melded well with corn tortilla chips.  And these shots, with the additional ‘herb mix’ are no different.

But, even worse than the seasoning is the unpleasing texture of these shots.  Where as Doritos’ 3Ds would crunch very similarly to their traditional chips; providing a light, softer, crispy crunch.  These Doritos Shots are rigid, with a too strong-solid-toothsome crunch.  In other words they do not make us think of Doritos at all, and they do not treat our mouths kindly!

Well, there you have it.  Anyone else out there tried them yet?  Thoughts?  As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

Chips provided to Chip Review by S&A, acquired in Dubai, United Emirates

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REVIEW: Lay’s Kettle Cooked – Flavor Swap – Olive Oil & Herbs Potato Chips

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Lay's Kettle Cooked - Olive Oil & HerbsOkay, by now you have heard all about Lay’s newest promotion FLAVOR SWAP, right?   The one where Lay’s is pitting 4 totally brand new flavors up against 4 existing flavors that they currently offer on the market.  We, the consumers, in turn vote to save our favorite flavors – either the new, or the old.  As Lay’s says “One Stays. One Goes.”

We’re sorry, but with this one, Lay’s Kettle Cooked Olive Oil & Herbs, we just don’t get it….

Business Insider says: “World, meet your new “I feel like eating a whole bag of chips and no one is going to stop me” chip.

Junk Food Guy says: “I munched on these Lay’s Kettle Cooked Olive Oil & Herbs Potato Chips, and definitely noticed that these were WAY more complex. They had the same oily base, but the olive oil flavor was more present, and gave off more buttery round notes. The flavors of thyme, oregano, and basil were all noticeable, and faded in and out as I chewed. These were really really flavorful, and quite delicious. Not much else to say.”

And Junk Food Banter says: “My fat Italian ass approves… I absolutely love these…. Lay’s Olive Oil & Herbs serve as a reminder that basic, real ingredients like stuff that comes from vegetables and things that grow out of the ground can combine to be spectacular…. I crushed this bag before I even had a chance to regret it. Even though I am completely covered in olive oil from head to toe, I couldn’t be happier. If you’re Italian or just eat like one, buy these chips and vote for them. Please… do it for me, even if you hate them.”

Apparently, we are in the minority with this one, because in our opinion, Lay’s Kettle Cooked Olive Oil & Herbs potato chips are nothing more than GREASY SALT BOMBS with some green specs scattered throughout!!  Seriously, we like a decent amount of grease on our kettle cooked potato chips, and we love a heavy dashing of salt on pretty much all chips, but in this case both are beyond our preferences by a long shot!

Others have commented on how they could detect, and pinpoint each of the three highlighted herbs within this seasoning, but honestly all we could really taste beyond the sea of salt washing away our taste buds were a few faint notes of thyme, nothing of oregano or basil.  We have tried quite a few other Herb Flavored chips, and these Lay’s do not hold a candle to many, if any, of them.

For our money we would stick with the original Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper chips (frankly we do not purchase them very often either), but since Lay’s is hoping for everyone’s money, and opinion, if this case, and since Junk Food Banter says “…buy these chips and vote for them. Please… do it for me, even if you hate them,” we’re fine with throwing our vote in with the majority.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Lay’s Flavor Swap, here’s what 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 to 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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BIJOU-REVIEW: Skinnygirl – Peppercorn Ranch Baked Veggie Crisps

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Skinnygirl - Peppercorn Ranch Baked Veggie ChipsWe know what you are thinking – Baked Veggie Crisps….no thank you!  Well, we were thinking the same thing, but we gave them a shot anyways, and you know what?  These are pretty darn good!

Many vegetable chips that we have tried over the years claimed to include vegetables in their recipe, but for the most part we simply had to just take their word for it.  Not with these!  Seriously, the crisps are green!  Deep, rich, dark green.  At first, the crisps sort of taste like any other crunchy potato crisps, but then what the heck is that flavor?

That flavor friends is loads of veggies!  Whoa, seriously, we can taste actual vegetables!  Who knew that the combination of dehydrated spinach, kale and celery could actually result in some weirdly tasty, veggie-rific crisps!

What really brings these crisps home though, and makes them actually delicious, is their oohhh so tasty peppercorn ranch seasoning.  First, a powerful wallop of black pepper blasts the palette, and then everything is smoothed out with the creamy ranch flavors.  The seasoning is packed with garlic, onion, tomato, and definitely no lack of salt!

The moral of this tasty story is that we just shouldn’t judge a crisp by their veggies!

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REVIEW: Rocky Mountain Popcorn Sinfully Thin – SuperPop Popcorn (Herb & Spice with Kale & Pomegranate)

Rating: ©©© chips  (notable)

Rocky Mountain Singully Thin - Super PopHerb, and spice, and kale, and pomegranate…huh???  Does that flavor combination sound appealing?!  And, even more importantly, does the combo sound appealing on popcorn?!?  Unusual?  Yes. Intriguing?  Sure!  Appealing?  Not so much!!

But wait, just when we thought this popcorn couldn’t possibly get any weirder, the flavor plot thickens.  A quick glance at the ingredients list on the back of the bag and we learn that this “SuperPop” flavor actually includes even more than the front of the bag initially reveals. Let’s see here, beyond the kale and pomegranate there is of course both garlic and onion (prerequisites for every seasoning since the beginning of time), as well as, dill, rosemary and celery seeds!! That’s right, just when we thought this flavor was weird enough already, it got weirder!!  We are 100% sure that it is safe for us to say that this is the only kale-pomegranate-garlic-onion-dill-rosemary-celery seed popcorn that we have ever, and will ever try!

Initial thoughts, no big surprise, we don’t like it!  The flavor just doesn’t jive with our taste buds.  Lets break it down.  The rosemary is very apparent right away, and then there is sort of a sour fruity note (pomegranate we assume) that encapsulates the palate. The garlic is also very apparent and seemed really out of place at first.  Not sure if we could actually taste any of the little green kale flecks scattered all over the kernels (but, regardless of actual taste, they did make us feel like we were eating healthy, so they did their presumed job).

As we continued our struggle of examining this popcorn something changed somewhere along the line.  Slowly, but steadily, the seasoning actually began to grow on us.  And, believe it or not, but by the time we reached the bottom the bag, we may have even said that we were practically enjoying this popcorn!  What happened?  Why did our opinion change?  We aren’t exactly sure.  Maybe our taste buds were so perplexed that they simply gave in!!  Please do understand that this flavor probably wouldn’t appeal to most, but there was just something about it that sort of worked on a really, really weird level.

As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

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