REVIEW: Pretzel Crisps – Honey Mustard & Onion Deli Style

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Pretzel Crisps - Honey Mustard & OnionWho doesn’t love Pretzel Crisps?!?  Ever since the flat, crispy pretzel hybrids hit the market shelves years ago, it seems as though they can do no wrong, and their popularity has no boundaries.  As for us here at Chip Review we are always happy to see a new flavor addition from the company that reminds us to “rethink your pretzel!”  Pretzel Crisps, our favorite flattened pretzel-cracker-chip hybrids, continues their push onward, braving once again the pretzel flavored waters in search of even more tasty combinations for everyone to enjoy – we can honestly say that we have yet to taste a single flavor that we didn’t enjoy!

Well, these new Honey Mustard & Onion Pretzel Crisps are tasty, and the flavors meld well with the light and crispy pretzels; just not quite as well as some of their more inventive flavor combos like Buffalo Wing, Jalapeno Jack, Chipotle Cheddar or even Cinnamon Toast.  But, then again, when you have so many stars in your repertoire, even tasty flavors can become slightly over-shadowed.

We are all aware of the fact that pretzels go well with honey and mustard.  A balanced flavor combination that compliments each ingredient.  The addition of onion definitely adds some depth and salty tang to the recipe, as well as, a pungent background aroma.  We really appreciated that the honey aspect was not overly sweet, and how Pretzel Crisps did not shy away from including some of mustard’s spicy nasal bite.

Honey and mustard have been served alongside crispy, hot, bar pretzels for as long as we can remember; so to describe this new flavor choice as a creative choice for Pretzel Crisps, would be a bit of a stretch for us.  We always love new flavors, but at the end of the day we want the boundaries pushed!  If you are simply going to put out another version of an already established flavor combo, it had better be either the best version of that flavor combo, or have something that differentiates it from the rest of the pack!

If you are already fans of Pretzel Crisps, then you will have no problem accepting their newest addition to the family!  The classic flavor combo compliments the airy, crunchy crisps just enough that you could enjoy them with some accoutrements, or just as easily crunch them on their own.  As for us, we just hope Pretzel Crisps continues on with their flavor journey for a long time to come, because we love to rethink what we think about pretzels!

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

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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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REVIEW: The Original Saratoga Chips – Honey BBQ Potato Chips

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The Original Saratoga Chips - Honey BBQ

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What do you think of The Original Saratoga Chips newly revamped packaging, compared to their original look here??  Call us crazy, but we’ve got an itching suspicion that Saratoga Chips are from a place called Saratoga, and that place has some type of connection to horse racing…..

Earlier this year we had the tasty opportunity to review Saratoga Specialties Company’s Original (and impressive) kettle cooked potato chips, (you can find our review for those right here).  In case you missed our original review, let us provide you with a little bit of back story for the iconic Moon Brand potato chips.  According to Saratoga Specialties Company’s website, in 1853:

“A patron at Moon’s Lake House ordered fried potatoes with his meal. The diner complained that the potatoes were too thick and sent them back to the cook.

The cook at the restaurant was George Crum, who is described as Native American in some accounts and an African American in others. There is agreement, however, on Crum’s disposition—he was generally ornery. Upset that someone would criticize his cooking, Crum sliced a new batch of potatoes paper-thin, fried them in boiling oil to a crisp, and then salted them.

But what was intended as a stunt turned into an instant hit – the fussy patron and his friends loved the “crunch potato slices.” Soon the chips became known as Saratoga Chips. At first they were served in restaurants throughout the region. When George Crum left Moon’s Lake Inn to start his own restaurant called “Crumbs House,” he placed large baskets of the chips on every table. It was not long before Saratoga Chips could be found in restaurants up and down the East Coast. Soon they became known as potato chips.”  www.originalsaratogachips.com

That’s right, you are not mistaken, and you read that correctly, Saratoga Chips Original Kettle Cooked Potato Chips are modeled after the FIRST POTATO CHIPS EVER!!  Which is very impressive.  What’s equally impressive, is that Saratoga Specialties Company, rather than idly sitting on their butts and relishing in the success of their original kettle chips, they have opted to expand upon their original potato chips by one, completely revamping their packaging (as mentioned previously), and more impressively, by adding a couple of new flavors to their potato chip arsenal.  We already reviewed their Rosemary Garlic flavored chips, and we were very impressed, and now for the Honey BBQ.

Of course, the same great, extra crispy, kettle cooked, Yukon Gold, potato chips apply, which is a great basis to start with.  Unfortunately, the slightly, overly sweet, honey bbq seasoning does Saratoga Chips no justice.  The seasoning blend is mild, timid, and simple – straightforward, honey bbq.  The chips’ sweetness come from molasses or honey or sugar and is apparent, followed by an ample dusting of tangy, tomato powder, and lastly the familiar bbq supporting cast of garlic and onion.  All and all, these are certainly not bad chips, they just do not wow us.  That being said, if you prefer your bbq chips on the sweeter side, you may actually really like these.

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

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