RATING: Jay’s Krunchers! – Sriracha Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

Jay's Krunchers! - Sriracha Potato Chips

Jay’s newest Krunchers! flavor is SRIRACHA!  Yes, that sriracha!!  The same sriracha that every other brad everywhere seems to be using!!  Jay’s version is really tasty, and the flavor is a spot on rendition of Huy Fong’s version of sriracha chile sauce; but – no heat, NONE!!

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Chips discovered at Jewel Osco; Westchester, Illinois

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Chip Review’s Honorable Mentions – 2014

25 Chips to Christmas Honorable Mentions

25 Chips to Christmas 2014

These chips nearly made our Top 25 of the Year, and deserve some recognition too!!

(honorable mentions, in no particular order)

Archer Farms - Habanero Ranch

Archer Farms – Habanero Ranch Homestyle Kettle-Cooked Potato Chips

“First wave of flavors includes an impressively rich and creamy, sour, buttermilk flavor.   Then a wave of powerful garlic and onion!  And we do mean POWER. FULL!”

Jay's - Nacho Rings

Jay’s – Nacho Rings

“After popping one Nacho Ring into our mouths we immediately knew what we were really dealing with there.  You can’t fool us, Jay’s Nacho Rings are the amazing hybrid offspring of a Bugle and a cheese puff!”

De-lish-us - Ripple Potato Chips

De-lish-us – Ripple Potato Chips

De-lish-us just seems to consistently put out products that we are impressed with.  Simple, and straightforward.  Nothing flashy or over the top.  Simply good old, quality products!”

chipz Happen - Spice-z Garlic Parmesanchipz Happen - Cinnful Sweet Treat

chipz Happen – Spice-Z Parmesan Garlic Gourmet Tortilla Chipz

chipz Happen – Cinnful Sweet Heat Gourmet Tortilla Chipz

“First and foremost, is that these gourmet tortilla chips taste real.  They taste homemade.  In fact, they trigger tasty memories of those delicious, freshly fried, mom and pop’s Mexican restaurant tortilla chips that find their way to the table as soon as you are seated.”

Deano's Jalapenos - Ranch Jalapeno Chips

Deano’s Jalapenos – Ranch Jalapeno Chips

“These chips are not for spicy food amateurs, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!!  In fact, if we are being honest here, Deano’s Jalapeno Chips are very close to being too spicy for even us to enjoy!”

Dirty - Sour Cream & Onion

“Dirty” – Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips

“Apparently, we are not the only ones who have wondered why these chips are called “Dirty”?  According to “Dirty’s” website: “The name “Dirty” comes from the process we used to prepare our chips. The potato slices are not washed, leaving more of the potato flavor….”

Pop! Gourmet Popcorn - Huy Fong's Sriracha

Pop! Gourmet Popcorn & Huy Fong Foods – The Original Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Popcorn

“This popcorn is really delicious!  D-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s, delicious; but with a surprisingly subtle seasoning when compared directly against the real hot sauce.”

The Better Chip - Chipotle

The Better Chip – Chipotle & Sea Salt Tortilla Chips

“A fine textbook definition of the saying: less is more.  The Better Chip keeps it simple, and merely conveys chipotle essence to the smoky chile maximus!”

Cosmos - Crushed Sea Salt Vinegar & Black Pepper Puff Corn

Cosmos Creations – Crushed Sea Salt Vinegar with Pepper Premium Puffed Corn

“We’ve tried a lot of different types of puffed corn in our time.  We’ve crunched our way through corn puffs, puffers, crunchies, kurls, doodles, dittos, and nuggets; and in the end, they are all sort of the same corn-y snacks.”

Pringles - Sriracha Asian Chili Sauce

Pringles – Sriracha Asian Chili Sauce

“Zippy and spicy, tongue tingling, Thai chili flavor, combined with a very generous dosage of powerful garlic, and rounded out with a heavy splash of nose burning vinegar!  These are tasty, tasty potato crisps.”

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2014 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2014!

REVIEW: Jay’s – Bacon Cheddar Fries

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Jay's - Bacon Cheddar Fries


Once again, Jay’s Fries are really, kinda, sorta, just meh….

Similar to their inaccurately named Hot Fries, Jay’s crispy potato sticks are once again rather short on flavor.  Short, that is except for, the unmistakable presence of smoky, fake-meat flavor presence.  The flavor isn’t necessarily inaccurate this time around, we actually can taste imagine that we are tasting some bacon and cheddar, just not a very good rendition of the combo.  The cheddar cheese aspect is bland and flavorless, mostly devoid of any good cheddar funk, or saltiness.

The light, and crispy potato fries are satisfactory enough, and definitely easy to crunch through; but, they are a tad greasy, resulting in  a slightly off-putting taste in our mouths.  The fries would surely benefit from the addition of a good dose of salt, but they did serve the crunchy purpose of keeping our fingers and mouths busy – at least until we could find something else to snack on – zing!

Plain and simple, these are nothing to write home about.  In the mood for some crunchy, smoky, practically flavorless fried potato sticks?  Then these fries….wait, we didn’t think so.

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

Discovered at Shell Gas Station;Westchester, Illinois

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