REVIEW: Nathan’s Famous – Classic Hot Dog Potato Chips

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Nathan's Hot DogIf you really want to know what these new Nathan’s Classic Hot Dog Flavor Potato Chips taste like just run on down to your local dog joint and ask for a dog with the classic Nathan’s condiment combo of ketchup, mustard, and relish.  And from what we taste, maybe heavy on the mustard.  If you are fans of hot dogs with ketchup, mustard, and relish, then you are going to love these chips!  Well, that is as long as you are also fans of fried, sliced potatoes, better known as – CHIPS!!

If you are like us, then maybe you first became acquainted with Nathan’s and their famous hot dogs through a decades old eating contest that became a worldwide phenomenon when a certain small, Japanese, professional food eater completely obliterated the competition in, and along with it, everything we thought we knew about competitive food eating!!  In 2001, Takeru Kobayashi consumed 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes!  This doubled what anyone previously had ever consumed in a Nathan’s contest.  People became fascinated by this small Japanese guy who could eat more dogs than anyone else.  And as they say, the rest was history.

Getting back to Nathan’s Hot Dog flavored potato chips…. First of all, they are instantly recognizable as Hot Dog flavored chips.  There is no doubt about what the seasoning tastes like.  A little salty-smoky, a good helping of pungent yellow mustard, a touch of sweet ketchup, and some background notes of tangy relish.  That being said, we of course knew what these chips were prior to eating them.  If we would have blind taste tested them would we have gotten the same results?  We can’t be sure, but we think that we may just have.

Do we actually taste meat?  No, not necessarily.  But do you ever really taste hot dog meat flavor when you put any condiments onto it?  For the most part the dog is there for texture and substance.  FYI – we did not get any real hot dog texture with these chips – THANKS GOODNESS!!!!

The potato chips themselves were quite tasty as well.  Light and crispy, thinner cut, slightly greasy, in a good way, potato chips.

Our only real gripe with Nathan’s Classic Hot Dog Flavor Potato Chips is that they do not remind us of the dogs we are used to in the Chicago area.  The Chicago Depression dogs or char dogs that we love!  They are missing a few of our favorite key components (ie. pickles, raw onions,  sport peppers & celery salt).  Once you’ve tried one of these, there is no going back to just ketchup, mustard and relish!

Those are our thoughts.  Let us know what you think below.

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REVIEW: Mr. Snaki – Maczugi (Ketchup)

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Mr. Snaki - MaczugiOH NO IT’S BIG SCARY MR. SNAKI!  AND HE HAS KETCHUP!!!

Okay, so we have tried one other snack from this Mr. Snaki in the past, and we’ll admit that there’s a possibility, just maybe, that we did not do as much research as we probably should have prior to posting.  See, we assumed that Oczaki was the name of the snack flavor – Peanut.  But, as it turns out, with this newest snack we have discovered that Mr. Snaki’s Maczugi does not describe the flavor of Ketchup, but rather translates into the English word “club”.  Which we are assuming is meant to describe the shape of the snack that Mr. Snaki is so angrily charging us with.  Which would mean that the other Mr. Snaki – Oczaki – snack that we have tried actually describes the puff ball eyes…our apologies for any confusion.  We need to sharpen up on our Polish.

First, the positive: It is undeniable that these taste like ketchup.  Sweet, sweet tomato, with the slightest hint of vinegar.  In fact, it is uncanny how much these taste exactly like ketchup (in other words, if you are a ketchup hater like some of us here at Chip Review, don’t say we didn’t warn you!).

As for Mr. Snaki’s crunchy corn clubs, well, they are not as accurately amazing as their seasoning.  These Maczugi are very dense.  For a split second they hint at delivering Cheetos’ light, and airy, and crispy texture, but instead they simply offer a very solid crunch, that then fades into a weirdly heavy, sort of chewy, mouth texture.  They certainly do not melt away like most of the delicious corn crunchies, or puffs, that we enjoy here in the U.S.

So, if you are a big fan of ketchup flavored snacks then you may very well like these, but we’re going to keep searching and see what else this black, furry-face, Mr. Snaki has to offer.

Discovered at Lassak Market & Deli; Willowbrook, IL

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RATING: Roundy’s – All Dressed Up Potato Chips

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Roundys - All Dress Up

We don’t typically review or rate generic grocery store brands but this flavor was so unique and so delicious (apparently, a very popular Canadian flavor), that we just had to rate them.  Plain and simple, we would describe these as ultra-vinegary, sweet and salty, ketchup chips!

Chips discovered at Mariano’s; Westchester, IL

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REVIEW: Goldbaum’s – Snap Stix Let’s Get Saucy Tangy Ketchup!

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Goldbaum's - Tangy Ketchup Snap StixGoldbaum’s Snap Stix just might be the perfect crunchy snack for kids. First of all, kids love to snack, these are a snack – check.  The Snap Stix are on the healthier end of the snack spectrum, parent approved – check, check.  Kids love fun and interactive things to snack on, such as long, skinny, crunchy, potato Stix – check, check, check.  And from what we know, most kids really, really love ketchup – CHECK!

Oh, we must say that these are quite ingenious!!  What’s more classic than fries and ketchup?  It is a time tested and proven combination.  Personally some of us at Chip Review actually despise ketchup.  Just can’t stand it!.  However, being the professionals that we are, we are able to put our grievances aside, and certainly recognize a great idea, and product, when we see (TASTE) one!!

Back to that classic combination of fries and ketchup.  The sweet and tangy tomato ketchup mingles with the snappy potato (fry shaped) Stix very well – as it should.  The seasoning is on the lighter side, and could probably benefit from a little more salt, but it definitely, without a doubt, provokes thoughts of a slightly sweet, and tangy ketchup.  The potato Snap Stix are light, crispy, and addictive.  Before we knew it, half the bag had disappeared, and our stomachs didn’t even feel a dent.  The Snap Stix had a hole running through them lengthwise, like a tube, probably adding to the light, crispiness.

Plain and simple, these are fun and easy to eat.  Who wouldn’t enjoy eating these?!  Heck, even those of us who don’t like ketchup, enjoyed crunching on these!

As always, these are our thoughts. Agree or disagree, make sure to let us know.

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REVIEW: Larry The Cable Guy – Pass The Darn Ketchup Potato Chips

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Larry The Cable Guy is back with two new fresh Summer flavors for us to ponder.  Mr. Cable Guy’s initial release of four different Tater Chips seemed to have encompassed a bar food theme to them.  With the release of these Pass the Ketchup flavor, along with his Tater Salad flavored potato chips, we think he may be going for a Summer barbeque theme?!  We wouldn’t be at all surprised if he also releases some watermelon or baked beans flavored chips next!

Well, it appears as though Larry has picked up right where he left off, giving us some more tasty flavored potato chips.  Larry The Cable Guy seems to know his chips.  We like to imagine that he personally taste tests each of his Tater Chip’s recipes until he comes up with the end products that he can be proud of, and that we can appreciate.

At first appearance, without knowing the intended flavor, one may think they were about to consume some “Flamin’ Hot” chips.  The bag is filled with super bright-bright-bright, burn your eyes, glowing red potato chips.  However, one quick whiff from the bag, and all spicy thoughts are out the window, as some very sweet notes of tomato and paprika take over.  We think that it is fair to say that these chips were coated with a lot more seasoning than standard flavored potato chips.  In fact, the chips were nearly barring on an unbearable over-abundance of flavoring.

As most ketchup eaters can tell you, bottled ketchups can definitely vary in flavor, and these potato chips appear to be mimicking, or veering towards, the sweeter end of that flavor spectrum.  In fact, they may be trying to break the sweet scale.  We would call these more sweet than tangy.  They did not exhibit very much of the vinegary twang that other ketchups bring; rather, they seemed to be focusing on buckets and buckets of sweet tomato flavor, with a few accents from paprika.

Larry’s chips are thinner, ‘regular’ style potato chips.   We are certain that (just like with Larry’s other chips) these potato chips would evoke a good amount of that lovely, and subtle potato flavor (however, honestly it is difficult to taste anything beyond this onslaught of seasoning).  The chips have a softer crunch.

Overall, we liked them, they are above average potato chips, but they are quite sweet, and could easily be considered too sweet for many tasters.

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

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