Chip Review’s Honorable Mentions – 2016

25 Chips to Christmas – 10 Honorable Mentions

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

Burt's - Guinness Rich Chili
“If there is one thing we want you to take away from this review it is that these chips are savory.  SUPER-DUPER SAVORY.”

“…leave it to a small town Minnesota gas station to surprise us with these ‘new’ (to us at least) Hot and Spicy Fries!  And to that, all we really have to say is ‘Chip lovers start your fry chompin’ engines!!’

Herr's - Chickie's & Pete's Famous Crabfries seasoned Potato Chips with White Creamy Cheese Sauce flavoring

Herr’s – Chickie’s & Pete’s Famous Crabfries seasoned Potato Chips with White Creamy Cheese Sauce flavoring

“While these chips may include (although we cannot confirm) many of the same spices found in Old Bay… they also include a touch of heat to spice things up, and a good dash of tangy cheese powder to smooth things out.  In other words, they improve upon the iconic East Coast seasoning!”

Ikea - Potato ChipsIkea - Sour Cream & Onion

Ikea – Potatischips Satade (Salted Potato Chips) & Potatischips GRÄDDFIL LÖK (Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips)

“It seems like so many people who shop at Ikea always make a stop at the cafeteria for a bit, but we will be making a decision to grab a bag of these prior to our future shopping excursions!”

Keogh's - Sweet Chilli

“The Sweet Chilli & Irish Red Pepper seasoning is fantastic!  Love, love, love the addition of ginger and coriander, and also what appears to be licorice root – all adding flavor notes that are uncommon in most seasoning combos.”
Lieber's - Barbecue Potato Chips

Lieber’s – Barbecue Potato Chips

“Having been in this game for quite some time now, we can tell you that it is a very rare occurrence when we grab a $1 dollar buyout special bag of chips on the way up to the cash register and it turns out that those chips are actually tasty.”

Meijer - Grilled Pineapple and Jalapeno

Meijer – Grilled Pineapple and Jalapeño Potato Chips

Who knew that grilled pineapple and jalapeño worked well together??  Well, apparently anyone who has enjoyed one of these pizzas.  Or, anyone who loves some good al pastor tacos with some spicy jalapeños in there, that’s who.”

Rachel's - Sriracha Sour Cream

Rachel’s – Sriracha Sour Cream Gourmet Kettle Chips

“Wow Rachel, been a long time.  And what’s this…you’ve changed your look, haven’t you?  Well, just wanted to let you know that we like what you’ve done with your style!”

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Ten Acre – The Day Sweet and Sour Became Friends Hand Cooked Crisps

“Probably the best way that we can describe this seasoning to you would be picture a salt & vinegar chip crossed paths with a ranch flavored chip who had brushed up next to a BBQ flavored chip.”

Uncle Ray's - Roasted Garlic

Uncle Ray’s – Roasted Garlic Potato Chips

“We can really appreciate the simplicity of these potato chips. There is not one shred of doubt regarding what the intention of these chips really is. Plain and simple, garlic flavored potato chips.”

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2016 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2016!

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Keogh’s – Sweet Chilli & Irish Red Pepper Potato Crisps

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Keogh's - Sweet ChilliJust in time for Saint Patty’s Day, more great potato crisps from Ireland!!

FIELD: Abbeyville

VARIETY: Lady Claire

Come’on, how many other companies can you tell, or at least do tell you, what field the potatoes you are eating came from, and what variety of potato?!  Very cool!

We’ve told you before, but figure that it wouldn’t hurt to tell you again:

Keogh’s Farm is a family owned and run potato growing and crisping business based in North County Dublin, an area famous for producing Ireland’s finest potatoes.  Keogh’s has been farming the rich fertile lands in this area for over 200 years and have recently set up a “crisping house” on the farm…now producing Ireland’s only “hand cooked on the farm” artisan potato crisps.

Launched in 2012 to celebrate St Patricks Day, Keogh’s Shamrock and Sour Cream potato crisps combine the delicious tangy taste of Sour Cream with the freshness of traditional Irish Shamrock. Our Shamrock is grown in Ballinskelligs Co. Kerry by Livingshamrock. This area also produces the fresh Irish Shamrock which is presented to the American president on St Patrick’s Day! www.keoghs.ie

Keogh’s delicious potato crisps are varying sizes of rustic, skin on, bright yellow hued fried potato slices!  Medium thick, loads potato flavor, and a crispy kettle cooked consistency!  Maybe a little greasy, but nothing that hinders the clean and neutral flavor!

Truth be told these crisps remind us a lot of some other crisps from across the big pond – Tyrrell’s Sweet Chili & Red Pepper Hand Cooked Potato Crisps, and even a little bit reminiscent of some of our own country grown potato chips – Kettle Brand Spicy Thai.

The Sweet Chilli & Irish Red Pepper seasoning is fantastic!  Love, love, love the addition of ginger and coriander, and also what appears to be licorice root – all adding flavor notes that are uncommon in most seasoning combos.  Combine these with red bell pepper, spicy chiles, and garlic, and what do we have?  Deliciously sweet, spicy, tangy, and amazingly fragrant potato crisps!

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

Crisps discovered at World Market; Oak Brook, IL

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Keogh’s – Shamrock and Sour Cream Potato Crisps

Keogh's - Shamrock and Sour Cream

Original Review Here

If we had to choose a surprise sleeper chip of the year, Keogh’s Shamrock and Sour Cream would take the prize hands down!  First of all, when we snagged this bag from World Market’s chip aisle we had never heard of Keogh’s brand of chips (later to learn that they are a family owned and ran potato farm in Ireland that also creates some amazingly delicious crisps – chips).  Secondly, we had also never, ever heard of ‘shamrock’ being included in the ingredients of potato chips (although we are still not quite convinced that we can actually taste any….).  Lastly, the “…and Sour Cream” flavor description does not do these crisps any justice!!    To better understand what we are saying, either click on the link above and read our review, or go find yourself one of these delicious bags of potato crisps!!!

BIJOU-REVIEW: Keogh’s – Roast Beef & Irish Stout Potato Crisps

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Keogh's - Roast Beef& Irish StoutFIELD: Abbeyville

VARIETY: Lady Claire

COOKED BY: Gregor

Let’s just cut to the chase, Keogh’s knows how to make some fantastic tasting potato chips!! Sorry, we mean crisps!

Thinner cut, hearty or rustic, skin on potato crisps with some very real potato flavor!

That being said, as much as we love their crisps (these included), everyone who tasted this flavor agrees that they don’t really evoke deep thoughts of Roast Beef & Irish Stout.

To us these sort of taste like some deliciously weird sweet, salty, and savory vinegar flavored crisps; with just a touch of malty-yeasty stout notes.  Maybe, just maybe, if we strain our palettes and imagine that we are tasting slowly roasted beef do we get some of those rich and savory notes.

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

Crisps provided to Chip Review by Keogh’s for review

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REVIEW: Keogh’s – Atlantic Sea Salt & Irish Cider Vinegar Potato Crisps

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Keogh's - Salt & VinegarFIELD: Abbeyville

VARIETY: Lady Claire

COOKED BY: Gregor

We have never seen this before, at least we don’t think we have??  Plus, we didn’t notice it on the first bag of Keogh’s delicious Shamrock and Sour Cream Crisps we tried earlier this year, but apparently on each bag of Keogh’s Potato Crisps they inform us of where the potatoes we are crunching on were grown, what variety they are, and even who cooked them for us!  If that isn’t attention to detail, and just plain old cute, we don’t know what is.

For those of you who by chance did not read our first review, here is a little back story on this wonderful potato crisp company:

Keogh’s Farm is a family owned and run potato growing and crisping business based in North County Dublin, an area famous for producing Ireland’s finest potatoes.  Keogh’s has been farming the rich fertile lands in this area for over 200 years and have recently set up a “crisping house” on the farm…now producing Ireland’s only “hand cooked on the farm” artisan potato crisps.

Launched in 2012 to celebrate St Patricks Day, Keogh’s Shamrock and Sour Cream potato crisps combine the delicious tangy taste of Sour Cream with the freshness of traditional Irish Shamrock. Our Shamrock is grown in Ballinskelligs Co. Kerry by Livingshamrock. This area also produces the fresh Irish Shamrock which is presented to the American president on St Patrick’s Day! www.keoghs.ie

These are delicious salt & vinegar chips, sorry crisps.  But, they are very different from what we typically know and recognize as salt & vinegar flavored chips here in the U.S.  Here in the states, chips companies seem to usually go with the shock value vinegar flavor, over any attempt at giving us true vinegar flavor.  They like to slap our taste buds right across their flavor cheeks with a tongue tingling citric acid sour bang-bang-boom-pow!  All that being said, this country’s chip consumers must love it, because those companies just keep seasoning those salt & vinegar chips the same way!  Or, is it that they simply know nothing else?!  Have they never tasted salt & vinegar chips that actually taste like real vinegar?

Either way, let us get back to the point.  Keogh’s Atlantic Sea Salt & Irish Cider Vinegar Potato Crisps taste like they have been dipped in rich and tangy vinegar, and would be a great example to try for anyone who has never tasted vinegar chips that actually taste like vinegar!

Here’s an observation….salt and vinegar chips from other countries (countries other than the USA), tend to lean on a sweeter, tangy vinegar flavor than our country.  The good ole U.S. of A. likes to slap our taste buds right across the cheeks with a tangy-sour bang-bang, boom-pow!! Chips made in the U.S. like to use sooooo much acid that our tongues feel abused afterwards!!  Keogh’s seasoning is fantastic!  It encompasses a certain richness, a funk, a level of real sweet and tangy vinegar flavor that just tastes authentic, and delivers none of that acidic, tongue numbing!  Apparently, this delicious seasoning was developed by using dried cider vinegar, dried malt vinegar, and dried malt vinegar!! Three types of REAL vinegar – dried – meaning condensed and enhanced, and then sprinkled all over the tasty potato crisps!

Speaking of Keogh’s potato crisps… they are nothing short of lip-smacking themselves!  Varying sizes of rustic, skin on, bright yellow hued fried potato slices!  Medium thick, with good potato flavor, and a crispy kettle cooked consistency!  Maybe a little greasy, but nothing that hinders their clean and neutral flavor!  We would welcome these fantastic Irish crisps anytime stateside!!

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

Crisps provided to Chip Review by Keogh’s for review

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REVIEW: Keogh’s – Shamrock and Sour Cream Potato Crisps

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Keogh's - Shamrock and Sour CreamCan we take a moment, and just start off this review by sending World Market stores everywhere a great big thank you, and hug!  Seriously, for us to try and figure out all of the different amazing chips we have discovered at World Market over the years would take forever.  Chips that we would have very likely never ever crossed paths, or lips with if it weren’t for the World Market!  Can you imagine if we never had reviewed the uniquely fruity and seriously spicy Hawaiian’s Mango Habanero Kettle Style Potato Chips?  Or, indulged in the delicious melange of flavors from Burt’s British Potato Chips Bursting With Spicy Chorizo?  How could we call ourselves Chip Review if we hadn’t reviewed Covered Bridge’s Montreal Steak Spice Seasoning Old Fashioned Kettle Cooked Potato Chips?!  And, let’s not forget our most recent delectable discovery Cobs Cheddar Cheese Popcorn!

Well, we think that it is pretty safe to say that we can now add Keogh’s Shamrock and Sour Cream Potato Crisps to this fantastic list!  According to local Irish legend:

Keogh’s Farm is a family owned and run potato growing and crisping business based in North County Dublin, an area famous for producing Ireland’s finest potatoes.  Keogh’s has been farming the rich fertile lands in this area for over 200 years and have recently set up a “crisping house” on the farm…now producing Ireland’s only “hand cooked on the farm” artisan potato crisps.

Launched in 2012 to celebrate St Patricks Day, Keogh’s Shamrock and Sour Cream potato crisps combine the delicious tangy taste of Sour Cream with the freshness of traditional Irish Shamrock. Our Shamrock is grown in Ballinskelligs Co. Kerry by Livingshamrock. This area also produces the fresh Irish Shamrock which is presented to the American president on St Patrick’s Day! www.keoghs.ie

Shamrock?!?  What the heck is shamrock….?  We mean, we know what a shamrock is in the sense of Lucky Charms…it is like a four leaf clover, right? Honestly, when we first dug into these fine potato crisps we figured that they were just going to be some variation of the classic sour cream and onion flavor combination.  But to our delight these crisps encompassed so much more.  A uniquely tangy combination of sour cream, onion, garlic, cheddar cheese and shamrock!?! In other words, tasty and amazing!  The sour cream aspect is up front, powerful and spot on.  A rich, tangy, and creamy flavor, complimented by the fragrant notes of garlic and onion, and rounded out with an underlying sweetness, and a dash of some salty cheese powder.  We’re not exactly sure if we actually could detect the addition of shamrock, but the crisps did finish with a slightly bitter, and savory tone that we really appreciated.

Keogh’s potato crisps are nothing short of great themselves!  Varying sizes of rustic, skin on, bright yellow hued fried potato slices!  Medium thick, with good potato flavor, and a crispy kettle cooked consistency!  Maybe a little greasy, but nothing that hinders their clean and neutral flavor!  We would welcome these fantastic Irish crisps anytime stateside!!

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

Crisps discovered at World Market; Oak Brook, IL

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