REVIEW: Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels

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Dot's PretzelsIt was a year ago or so that we first crossed paths with Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels.  To say the least, we were very, very impressed!

Fast forward to this year’s annual summer jaunt to northern Minnesota, and what do we find on a quick stop into L&M Fleet?  Yep, you guessed it, Dot’s delicious pretzels!  But….wait a minute here….something is a little different this time.  Oh, now we see it, looks like someone got themselves a makeover.  – Last year’s bag on the left, and the new and improved design on the right. –  Dot’s Pretzels Company must be doing well for themselves these days.

A little backstory on this small, family owned operation:

Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels have been around for many many, years made in Dot’s own home outside of Minot, ND. They were a special family snack for football-watching, family gatherings, and every day yumminess, of course. In 2012, two families began a business centered around the snack they’ve been enjoying for years.

Probably the best way we can describe Dot’s Homestyle Pretzel flavor would be something akin to a cross between the seasoning from traditional Chex Mix, and Old Dutch’s classic Butter Spindles.  In case that description doesn’t work for you, then try to imagine braided pretzels, about two inches in length, coated in a deliciously rich butter flavor, and dusted with an addictive seasoning blend of tangy buttermilk, garlic, onion and some secret spices.

Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels are absolutely amazing, and addicting.  Easily among the best pretzel snacks we have ever tried.  In fact, Dot’s Pretzels got us thinking that we should probably put together our Top 5 Pretzel list – so that’s what we did.  We’re talking pretzels only, no filler, no mixes.  Make sure to check it out.

P.S. – if you ever happen to cross paths with Dot’s, do your self a favor and grab a bag – a BIG BAG!!  And grab one for us while you are at it too!!!

Pretzels discovered at Simonson’s and L&M Fleet; Bemidji, Minnesota

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REVIEW: Art’s & Mary’s – Hot ‘N Zesty Jalapeño Home Style Potato Chips

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Art's & Mary's Hot & Zesty JalapenoIt has probably been over a decade ago now since we first, and last, crossed crunchy paths with the legendary – (that’s right legendary, in our books at least, if you’ve tried them, then probably yours as well) – Art’s & Mary’s Hot ‘N Zesty Jalapeño Home Style Potato Chips.  Honestly, we were sort of anxiously worried to taste these chips again.  Maybe our memory from ten years ago isn’t all it is cracked up to be, and A&M’s chips aren’t really that great…  Or, maybe our personal tastes have simply changed so much that chips that we once loved, no longer register as great any longer…

Well, by the good grace of J&V, we here at Chip Review are beyond ecstatic to report that A&M’s Jalapeño chips are not only just as amazingly fantastic as we remember them being a decade ago, but they may in fact be even better!!  It only took the crunch of one chip for us to confirm and re-solidify Art’s & Mary’s position on Chip Review’s Top 5 Jalapeño Flavored Chip of all-time.

Art’s & Mary’s Homestyle, aka Kettle Cooked, Tater Chips are probably the perfect example of what we want in kettle cooked potato chips.  Medium-thickness, really rigid, perfectly crunchy, a tad toothsome, and altogether fantastic.  But, as perfect as the chips themselves are, our most favorite aspect of these chips is the jalapeño seasoning.  And we are not just talking about the chili heat that these deliver, although that they most certainly do!  No, we are also talking about the depth, and complexity, and cohesiveness that this seasoning recipe resonates using a combination of jalapeño, garlic, onion, and citric acid!

We could go on and on about what makes these chips great, but, let’s just say that we looooove them!  They are easily some of our all-time favorites.  If you ever find yourself driving through Doo-Dah, Kansas, we suggest you make a bit stop at the local grocery store and pick yourself up a bag or two of these fantastic chips.  In fact, while you are there grab us a few bags as well please!!

Chips provided to Chip Review by J & V for review

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REVIEW: Archer Farms – Honey Dijon Homestyle Kettle-Cooked Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Archer Farms - Honey Dijon

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In case you have never heard us say it, Archer Farms really puts out a lot of great chip products.  Their vast selection, originality, and quality are definitely near, if not, at the top of the grocery-store, exclusive line of chips.  And, in case you are somehow unfamiliar with Archer Farms – SHAME ON YOU, and you should probably check out What’s Good at Archer Farms?!!  And, in case you decide not to, Archer Farms is Target’s exclusive line of food products.

Archer Farms’ homestyle potato chips are thicker cut, hearty, with a robust, kettle cooked crunch.  These are commanding potato chips, with super crispy edges, and are definitely up there with some of the crunchiest chips on the market.  Visually, they are a light golden color, and come in every shape – large circles, folded half moons, wiggles and bunches.

The honey dijon flavor is certainly HONEY forward!  A strong, practically cloyingly sweet honey forward flavor hits the palette first and foremost.  A quick glance at the ingredients’ list shows not only honey, but ‘dry honey’!  Huh?!?  Apparently, dry honey is secret combination of honey and sugar.  Otherwise known as your dentist’s worst nightmare!!  Combined with some sweet onion powder, and there is simply no denying the sweetness of these chips.

Luckily, the Dijon mustard is rather pronounced as well.  In fact, there is no mistaking that these are Dijon mustard flavored.  Flavorful and aromatic, and yet somehow they were completely devoid of any and all of the pungent mustard nasal heat!  Other than their overwhelming sweetness, the chips were on the tame side.  We would have liked a little something to perk them up a bit, or counterbalance the sweetness.  A splash of vinegar, a dash of horseradish, something.  Alas, they are rather one (SWEET) note, but still notably easy to crunch.

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

Discovered at Target; Hillside, Illinois

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