25 Chips to Christmas – 2016….

On the tenth day of Chips to Christmas our true love gave to us……

#16

Kettle Brand – Korean Barbeque – and – Moscow Mule – and – Chili Lime Potato Chips Potato Chips


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Original Reviews Here and Here and Here

Kettle Brand really hit it big with three new fantastic flavors this year.  Each representing a different region of the globe.  As for these three flavors, well, one is practically a CLASSIC chip flavor combo grateful to Mexico, another is rather trendy restaurant cuisine taken from eastern Asia, while the last is simply an icy cocktail served in a cool copper mug.

REVIEW: Kettle Brand – Korean Barbeque Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips  (lip-smacking)

kettle-brand-korean-barbecueWOW! These are really, really deliciously funky and quite spicy!!

We have not tasted very many Korean BBQ flavored chips. But, just one bite and we can tell you that these are LEAGUES above both Lay’s versions of Korean BBQ chips that we have tasted, and we weren’t even as unimpressed with Lay’s most recent attempt the way that Junk Food Guy was.  We can’t wait to hear his thoughts regarding Kettle Brand’s rendition.

Seriously, we are very impressed with these chips.  These are easily some of the best Kettle Brand Potato Chips that we have tasted in quite a while!  We also can’t wait to find Kettle Brand’s other new flavor that they just released.  Two intriguing new flavors…thank you Kettle Brand!

We are not going to pretend like we know very much about what real Korean BBQ food actually tastes like, or even what all it entails.  Our only insight into Korean food is the likes of kimchi, good old twice fried chicken, and of course the fantastic Chicago restaurant that is Parachute!  In fact, we’re fairly certain that we’ve never actually had Korean BBQ.

Apparently, the main flavors/ingredients associated with Korean BBQ are – soy, sugar, garlic, onion, sesame, ginger – according to what we found on the internet.

As for Kettle Brand’s Korean Barbeque seasoning, the first taste is of classic BBQ chip flavors – sweet, tomato, garlic, onion, with maybe a splash of smoke?  The next wave of flavor includes some more of those funky, or uncommon notes like ginger, soy, sesame, and the realization that there is a LOT of sweet onion flavor.  On the finish an impressive level of heat appears, and decides that it is staying for the entire party. The flavor tastes a lot like Kettle Brand combined their Spicy Thai, Organic Chipotle Chili Barbeque and Roasted Garlic Potato Chips, and then added a splash of soy.  All in all, the whole Korean Barbeque shebang just works.  To top it all off, it works extremely well with Kettle Brand’s deliciously crunchy kettle cooked potato chips.

And may we just point out how much we love the appearance of this bag.  First of all, bright blue is not a color we see very often while walking down our favorite aisle of the grocery store.  Secondly, we very much appreciate how Kettle Brand has yet to succumb to what seems like a recent chip industry standard of displaying the actual potato chip product on the front packaging.  We much more prefer the simple representative image that describes the flavor inside.  In this case, that image is a Korean tabletop grill with chopsticks.  Very simple, yet descriptive.

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

Chips discovered at World Market; Oak Brook, Illinois

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REVIEW: Ocean’s Halo The Seaweed Chip – Korean BBQ

Rating: ©-3/4 chips  (return to sender)

Ocean's Halo - Korean BBQ Seaweed ChipOK, we tried.  We tried our hardest to Swim against the tide as Ocean’s Halo tells us to on the back of their packaging; but, in the end, and truth be told, these Seaweed Chips simply had us backstroking – with the tide, in the opposite direct, as fast as we could!!!

Are you a fan of “fishy” flavored things?  Do you crave those flavors of the ocean floor?  Were you raised in a house on the coast, each morning waking to the scent of that cool ocean breeze?  If your answer to any of those questions is NO, then may we suggest you tread the flavor waters lightly before diving into a bag of these seaweed chips!

We are not fans of these chips (as you can probably tell by our rating of them).  But, we do really appreciate what Ocean’s Halo has given us here.  As far as we know, these are one of a kind!  A completely unique chip on the market these days is an impressive feat.  They obviously do use seaweed in their chips, and it is quite amazing just how much sea flavor the chips retain even after the cooking process.  And lastly, seaweed is a plentiful, healthy and underutilized, and we value Ocean’s Halo’s attempt to deliver it to us in a new medium.  Unfortunately, in our opinion, not one we ever want to try again!

As for the Korean BBQ seasoning, well, we can’t really taste it from behind the potent chip flavor.  We could recognize some of those common Korean ingredients like soy, garlic, tamari and vinegar, but they all seemed muddled, and minor compared to the seaweed flavor that lingered in our throats for quite some time after eating these chips.

So, once again, if you crave a big glass of sea water in the morning, or if you have hopes and dreams of marrying a mermaid and enjoying a seaweed side salad every night at your dinner table at the bottom of the sea – then these chips are for you!  If not, give them a try anyways and let us know what you think, maybe we are way off here (probably not, but maybe…).

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

Discovered at Whole Foods; Hinsdale, Illinois

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REVIEW: Lay’s Stax – Korean BBQ

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Lay's Stax - Korean BBQWe love Korean BBQ! Who doesn’t love Korean BBQ? Oh, you say you don’t love Korean BBQ!? Well, we say you are lying! Or, you’ve never had Korean BBQ!! Or, both! Or, possibly……never mind.  Doesn’t matter.  We love it, if you don’t somehow, so be it!  But, do us a favor, and don’t make these potato crisps the first Korean BBQ that you have ever tried!

Before delving into these New Korean BBQ flavored crisps from Lay’s Stax, we felt like we should get something off of our chests.  We are Pringles people!  Yes, those people.  And by Pringles people we don’t mean that we love them more than many other chips on the market, we just mean that between the two big dogs – Stax and Pringles – we are Team Pringles all the way!

Let’s try and put this into perspective for you.  Plain and simple, we prefer Pringles thinner, lighter, crispy (as opposed to crunchy), and more potato flavored crisps, when compared to the competition. We also like the feel and grip of their round cardboard canisters as opposed to the Stax sterile, plastic, oval canisters. Pringle’s seasoning placement selection, on the outer arc side of the potato crisp, as opposed to the Stax placement on the underbelly of the curved crisp, is once again our preference.  And lastly, but certainly not least, Pringles are the O.C. – the “Original Crisp”, and much can be said for the crisps that paved the way for all other canister stacked crisps!!

For those of you unfamiliar with Korean BBQ, we would say that it typically includes some variation or combination of the following ingredients: soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, pepper, and onion; usually coating thinly sliced, sensational cuts of beef. The marinade/sauce provides a delicious combination of rich yet subtle, glazed flavor, while not completely overwhelming the grilled beef essence. The Korean BBQ that we are familiar with is traditionally cooked table side by the patrons, allowing the customer the ability to control the degree of done-ness, and to be interactive with their meal.

As for Lay’s Stax version of Korean BBQ, well, we guess they kind of, sort of, taste a little bit like the flavors of Korean BBQ. That being said, we are nearly certain that without initially seeing the flavor name plastered on the canister we would not have specifically pinpointed this flavor as Korean BBQ.  We definitely got notes of sweet onion, some garlic, a little pepper, but for some reason not very much soy or sesame; which seem like they would have been easy Korean flavor profiles to utilize…??  Of course, there was the MSG and whey ingredients, that always seem to represent the meat aspect of the seasoning, and they did the trick more or less.  So, in the end, these taste alright.  The promise of Korean BBQ was not executed extremely well, but we appreciate the original flavor attempt, and the seasoning was pretty good.

As always, these are our thoughts, along with the thoughts of another, and we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

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