BIJOU-REVIEW: Paldo – Crab Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

paldo-crab-chipsDo you like crab?

Do you like chips?

Do you think you would like crab flavored chips??

Well, for the most part, we here at Chip Review do not necessarily enjoy eating sea-food flavored chips.  We just don’t love the combination of chips, with the flavors of the sea, or sea creatures.

Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate when a company puts forth some chips that, despite our disgust with them, are impressively accurate.

Paldo’s Crab Chips taste like shrimp that have been sprinkled with a light dusting of sugar.  Their seafood essence is impressively spot on!

The chips themselves are of an unusual variety.  An odd puffed wheat creation.  Sort of like a cheese puff crossed with a Popchip.

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.

Crab Chips provided to Chip Review by MunchPak for review

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Pringles – Consomme (Japan)

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pringles-consommeThis past week Chip Review was lucky enough to be shipped a box full of different chips, and chip like snacks, from our new friends at MunchPak.  The box included chips from all over the globe.  Everywhere from Germany and Korea, to Ireland and of course Japan.  It was would be fair to say that the majority of these chips were new to us.

So, who is this MunchPak?  Well, according to their website:

At MunchPak we are just a bunch of devoted snackers! We love to share our passion for foreign and familiar snacks with you and therefore only ship out a MunchPak that we ourselves would enjoy. We also strive to make your MunchPak experience on our site fast, convenient, and customizable….  Whether you’re sticking to your usual treats or are a more adventurous snacker, you can easily customize your order to include your favorites or be able to add a different kind of rare item that you wouldn’t have normally tried. No other subscription based snack service offers such customization and customer driven choices. We aim to satisfy even your most insatiable snack cravings. No one makes it as easy or as convenient to discover the best snacks from around the world like MunchPak does!

Well, that sure sounds like a cool concept to us.  And, in case you are interested in such a service, make sure to tune in and pay attention to the unique chips we will be reviewing over the next few weeks.

First up from our worldly munch-pack are these Consomme flavored Pringles from Japan.  Just in case there are any of you out there who do not know what consomme is, basically it is concentrated broth or stock.  In other words, a clarified soup.

The Japanese Pringles are a bit smaller in size than our U.S. version, as well as, a bit thicker, with a more hearty than crispy crunch.  We prefer the U.S. Pringles.  As for the consomme seasoning, well, these taste pretty darn accurate.  In other words, the crisps tastes just like they have been coated in a  chicken flavored ramen seasoning packet, or a crushed buillion cube.  The seasoning is salty and works fairly well with the potato crisps.

All in all, these Japanese Pringles were notably good.  We think that we would have liked liked this flavor even a bit more on our U.S. Pringles, but we get it, that is sort of like saying that we want to have our chips, and eat them too!

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

Pringles provided to Chip Review by MunchPak for review

Pringles Official Website

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REVIEW: Cheetos – Avocado Cheese (Japan)

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Cheetos - Avocado and CheeseWe sometimes wonder here at Chip Review if the Japanese population looks at our snack flavors – our Doritos Cool Ranch, our Cheetos Flamin’ Hot, and our Pringles Sour Cream & Onion – and thinks to themselves, wow, now those are those some REALLY WEIRD flavors….!?

Well, we’re betting that the same will be thought of these Avocado & Cheese flavored Cheetos here in our country!

Okay, we know what you are thinking “has Chip Review lost their minds?!? How could avocado cheese flavored Cheetos possibly be good??”  And, for many of you out there, these may in fact not taste very good.  But! There would be no denying that they are unique, and in a weird sorta way, we really dug them.

First of all, are avocados naturally sweet…?  No?  Are certain cheese?!?  We didn’t think so.  Which make us wonder where all of the sweetness is coming from because it is far and away the most predominant flavor on these Cheetos.  What the heck is that about?  Anyhoo, some of the tasters weren’t thrilled with the sweetness, but for those of us who did enjoy it, we really liked it.

Next came the salty-sort of funky-layer that may in fact be cheese, or at least some seasoning meant to represent a cheese flavor.  The seasoning also seems to encompass some sort of Worcestershire-Umami flavor layer.  Avocado? Who knows. There is a rich fatty smooth layer, but can’t quite say that we hit that vegetable layer.

At this point, some tasters began to declare these THE WORST CHEETOS EVER!

In other words, again, we repeat, these are not for everyone, but if you like your Cheetos flavored with sugar, Worcestershire, and tangy salt, well then, these may be for you!

Sorry everyone, hate us if you must (like the way some of our tasters hated these), but to some of us, these really are uniquely delicious!

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 purchased from market_tokyo on ebay.

Frito Lay – Doritos Japan Official Website

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Cheetos – Just Salt (Japan)

Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips  (lip-smacking)

Cheetos - SaltThat’s right we’ve got more of Japan’s unique (aka weird) crunchy snacks!

Wow, these are fun! And these are tasty!!

Simply extruded corn, that’s crunchy, salty, delicious!!

Have you ever tasted plain-salted puffcorn (if not, you should give it a try)??

And, we know that you have tasted Fritos, right?

Well, these are sort of taste like a delicious hybrid between those two!  Loads of corn flavor, front and center, while also delivering the classic Cheetos’ light and crispy texture.

Pure, simple, crunchy, salty, deliciously tasty!

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 purchased from market_tokyo on ebay.

Frito Lay – Doritos Japan Official Website

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Doritos – Butter Soy Sauce (Japan)

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Doritos - Butter Soy SauceAs we taste, and review, more and more of these chips from Japan, we are beginning to wonder – more and more – if we actually have been told the correct flavor translation?!

Plain and simple, we do not know Japanese, and we are taking the eBay seller’s word for the translation of these chips.

Case in point, take a close look at the Doritos bag to the left.  The small oval picture seems to contain some grilled corn on the cob, with a pad of butter drizzled in what actually looks like caramel to us.  But, according to our eBay seller Market Tokyo this flavor is actually Butter Soy Sauce?!

So, that’s what we had to go with….

Is butter and soy sauce a common or authentic combination in Japan?  We’re not really sure about that, but it must be a delicious combination nonetheless when the New York Times dedicates an entire article to it.

As for these Doritos, well, they are pretty darn tasty.  Certainly a unique chip flavor combination that we have never tried before.

The chips sort of taste like buttered popcorn to us.  Very salty buttered popcorn.

Frankly, we expected a lot more prominent soy flavors, but really all we taste is salt and butter, combined with Doritos corn tortilla chips.

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.

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Frito Lay – Doritos Japan Official Website

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Cheetos – Cinnamon, Banana & Minions (Japan)

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Cheetos - Minions BananaWe sometimes wonder here at Chip Review if the Japan population looks at our snack flavors – our Doritos Cool Ranch, our Cheetos Flamin’ Hot, and our Pringles Sour Cream & Onion – and thinks to themselves, wow, now those are those some REALLY WEIRD flavors!?

Well, we think that it is more than fair to say that the same can be said for Japan’s unique snacks!  We mean come’on, with this latest one we’re talking about Cinnamon Banana Minion Cheetos here!!!

Truth be told, we do not have very much to say about these.  They are, for lack of a better description, weird but surprisingly okay.  If you are looking for a thorough examination of them, make sure to check out The Impulsive Buy’s review, it’s a great read.

As for our thoughts, just imagine light yellow colored Crunchy Cheetos that have been slightly dusted with cinnamon, and even more slightly dusted with a fake banana flavor (we are unsure of whether or not we could taste any minion in there).  We here wished that there was a dash of salt somewhere in there to cut the too reminiscent of eating cereal sweetness, but unfortunately there was not.

We could eat these, but we won’t ever be ordering them from Japan again.  Stay tuned for two more unique Japanese Cheetos flavors soon.

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 purchased from market_tokyo on ebay.

Frito Lay – Doritos Japan Official Website

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REVIEW: Doritos Royal – Ahijo (Japan)

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Doritos Royal - Ahijo (garlic seafood)Doritos Royal = Rich Taste Tortilla Chips….. Okay, we can definitely buy into that!  Plus, we’re pretty sure that these chips are double fried.

As you may or may not know, we are slowly working our way through a variety of unique flavored Japanese Doritos and Cheetos from eBay.  So far we have reviewed: Doritos Black Pepper, and Tandoori Chicken flavors.  Next up, Doritos Royal Ahijo?!

Not sure what Ahijo is…?  Well, neither were we; so we did a little research.  Obviously the pic on the front of the bag looks like shrimp and clams, in some sort of soup or stew, and sprinkled with some herbs.  According to what we found on the world wide web, Ahijo = Garlic Seafood (not sure if this flavor is supposed to be a misspelled version of the popular Spanish dish Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp)?  Either way, yes that’s right GARLIC SEAFOOD flavored Doritos!!  All together now “Ewwwwwwww!!!”

These are amazing!  Wait, that may have come out wrong.  These Doritos are amazing-ly spot on, 100%, seafood flavored tortilla chips!  We definitely taste shrimp or prawn.  There’s a touch of garlic in there.  Good splash of sea water, or seaweed. Really wow, we have not tasted very many seafood, fish, shellfish, etc. flavored chips, but we cannot deny that these are spot on!  However, due to said accuracy, there in lies the question “do you like garlic seafood flavor sprinkled on your corn tortilla chips?” Well, we here at Chip Review have come to the cohesive conclusion that we certainly do not like garlic seafood flavored tortilla chips!!  Maybe this flavor combination is simply too foreign to us, but in the end none of us actually enjoyed eating them.  If we were rating these chips solely on our taste preference then they would have received our worst possible rating, however due to their unique flavor accuracy we have bumped that rating up a bit.

Doritos Royal tortilla chips themselves are shaped just like the example on the front of the bag – sort of like a bell.  They are a tad thicker than our traditional U.S. Doritos, with a harder crunch.  No qualms with the chips themselves until they try to carry seafood seasoning into our mouths!!

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 purchased from market_tokyo on ebay.

Frito Lay – Doritos Japan Official Website

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