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!”

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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: Lieber’s – Ripple Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

Lieber's - Ripple Potato ChipsWhile not quite as lip-smackingly delicious surprise as their Barbecue flavored Potato Chips, Lieber’s Ripple Potato Chips are still a great find!

Once again, this bag only cost us a single measly Washington, aka $1, one smacker, one buckeroo.  A big bag of lip-smacking potato chips for only a dollar is steal of a deal anyway you say it!

Surprisingly decent level of rich potato flavor.

Just good old, slightly greasy, delightfully salty, rippled potato chips.

If you like potato chips, you will like these.

We just wish that every chip we found for $1 was this good!

Chips discovered at Mariano’s; Westchester, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Lieber’s – Barbecue Potato Chips

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

Lieber's - Barbecue Potato ChipsWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again.  Every once in a while we nonchalantly cross paths with an unsuspecting delicious surprise.

This past weekend that surprise was 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.  Let alone, really lip-smackingly delicious chips.  BUT, that is exactly what we discovered inside of this ultra shiny red and yellow potato chip bag.

There is nothing flashy about these chips, just good old BBQ flavored potato chips.

Lieber’s Barbecue Potato Chips actually sort of remind us of Old Dutch’ Bar-B-Q Potato Chips, only not quite as potato-y of skin on potato chips.  But still very acceptable, medium-thin cut potato chips.

The BBQ seasoning on the other hand is practically identical to that of Old Dutch’s. Not too smoky, not too sweet, just TONS of salty seasoning that triggers thoughts of BBQ chips from when we were young.

We just wish that every chip we found for $1 was this good!

Chips discovered at Mariano’s; Westchester, Illinois

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