REVIEW: Ruffles Deep Ridged – Bacon & Cheddar Loaded Potato Skins Potato Chips

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Ruffles Deep Ridged - Bacon & Cheddar Loaded Potato Skins

Ruffles, will your quest for the ultimate ridged potato chips ever be complete?!  How deep must your ridges dive to satisfy your wavy urges?  This ridge-sanity must end!!  However, in the meantime, we will gladly crunch away at your Deep Ridged potato chips!!

Correct us if we are wrong, but has Ruffles simply re-branded their line of Ultimate potato chips, under the new moniker Deep Ridged?  And, are “ridges 2X as deep” even more deep than “now with deeper ridges?!?”  Who’s in charge around here?!  “Ruffles have Ridges”, but now those ridges have become 2X’s deeper, and consequently, the most wavy-ridged chips that we have ever laid our lips on.  Wow!  So deep in fact, that our tongues could barely reach the bottoms of their potato chip canyons!

Hold on here!  Stop the Chip Review-ing presses!!  Now we are positive that we already reviewed these chips, but under the ‘Ultimate’ brand?!!  At least with Ruffles Deep Ridged Buffalo Wild Wings Classic Hot Wings flavor, Ruffles was bringing us a new flavor.  Well, since Ruffles can do it, why can’t we.  See below for our description of both Ruffles Ultimate, and Deep Ridged, Bacon & Cheddar Loaded Potato Skins:

Like all of the flavors before them, these chips do not go lightly on the seasoning, however, the flavor recipe is only satisfactory at best.  All of the necessary flavor components are present, but together, the combination, underwhelms.  We taste a lot of smooth sour cream, some bland cheddar cheese, some onion, representing the chives, and then of course, the fake, sweet, smoky and salty bacon aspect (that always reminds us of Baco Bits).

One small detail, or issue, that a handful of us at Chip Review had with these chips, was something we like to call “false advertising”.  Maybe more accurately, “slightly misleading advertising”.  You see, there has to be some reason that Ruffles would deliberately enlarge and highlight the two ingredients BACON & CHEDDAR apart from the Loaded Potato Skins flavor name.  Why?  Because those two ingredients are the best!  And, Ruffles had us believe that were to be accentuated and emboldened, but alas, the chips are simply fake smoky, sour cream and cheddar potato chip.  Eatable yes, but not very reminiscent of the warm, fatty, cohesive, and ultra comforting loaded potato skins!

In the end, regardless of whether Ruffles calls them Deep Ridged or Ultimate, these potato chips are super wavy & rippled, and our mouths appreciate the textural playground!

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

Discovered at Target; Hillside, Illinois

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REVIEW: Ruffles Ultimate – Loaded Bacon & Cheddar Potato Skins

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“Now With Deeper Ridges”?!?!?

Ruffles Ultimate wavy ripple potato chips were already what Chip Review has declared the deepest ripple-y-ridged potato chips we had ever laid lips on, and now they are supposed to be even more wavy???  Wow!  That’s all there is to say about that “WOW!”.  Sadly, upon opening said ‘Deeper Ridged’ potato chip bag, we came to discover that these Ruffles were no Ultimate, or deeper ridged, than any of the other flavors we had tasted.  That being said, the Ruffles chip ripples are so deep that our tongues could barely reach the bottoms of their potato chip canyons!

These Loaded Bacon & Cheddar Potato Skins mark the fourth flavor of Ruffles Ultimate potato chips that we have tasted and reviewed.  So far, we would rank them as number three, among the four, right behind Kickin’ Jalapeno Ranch and Sweet & Smokin’ BBQ, and ahead of Tangy Honey Mustard respectfully.  Like all of the flavors before them, these chips do not go lightly on the seasoning, however, the flavor recipe is only satisfactory at best.  All of the necessary flavor components are present, but together, the combination, underwhelms.  We taste a lot of smooth sour cream, some bland cheddar cheese, some onion, representing the chives, and then of course, the fake, sweet, smoky and salty bacon aspect (that always reminds us of Baco Bits).

One small detail, or issue, that a handful of us at Chip Review had with these chips, was something we like to call “false advertising”.  Maybe more accurately, “slightly misleading advertising”.  You see, there has to be some reason that Ruffles would deliberately enlarge and highlight the two ingredients BACON & CHEDDAR apart from the Loaded Potato Skins flavor name.  Why?  Because those two ingredients are the best!  And, Ruffles had us believe that were to be accentuated and emboldened, but alas, the chips are simply fake smoky, sour cream and cheddar potato chip.  Eatable yes, but not very reminiscent of the warm, fatty, cohesive, and ultra comforting loaded potato skins!

In the end, at the very least, Ruffles Ultimate chips sure are a lot of fun for our mouths to crunch on.  However, we will forever prefer a bag of Ruffles good old original ‘The Works’ over these any day of the week!

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Chip Review of the day…..

Herr’s – Loaded Baked Potato Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Herr's - Loaded Baked Potato Chips

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When we hear something described as “Loaded” (and NO, we are not talking about that uncle that everyone tries to avoid at the holiday parties), we are thinking “excess”, and “overkill”, and “almost too much!”  So, when potato chips describe, or aptly name, their chip flavor as “Loaded”, we want to taste an overabundance of seasoning that is verging on too much, but also works great together with the potato (chips).  Unfortunately, as is the case with the majority of Loaded Potato flavored chips that we have tasted, these just underwhelm in the end.

Since a number of us at Chip Review grew up in the frozen woodlands of northern Minnesota, we are most certainly familiar with the ultra classic, comfort food that is the loaded baked potato.  Those piping hot, puffy white potatoes that have been split in half and topped with a rich and salty combination of cheese, sour cream, bacon and green onions.  The flavor combination is truly a classic for a reason – each of the flavors compliments and counters the next.

Herr’s Loaded Baked Potato chips seem to have forgotten some of the key ingredients necessary to describe themselves as such.  The rippled potato chips are medium thick, light and crispy, with a moderate potato flavor.  The seasoning predominantly consisted of a light yellow-orange dusting of cheese flavoring that concealed most of the other flavor members.  We could barely pick up any of the sour cream and onion notes, and really none of the porky bacon flavor.

So, in the end would we describe these chips as tasting bad?  No, certainly not.  However, when our mouths, and our minds, are expecting a certain tasty combination of flavor overload, and we are only given a moderate glimpse of what should have been, then we are rightfully disappointed.  We will however continue chomping on the salty disappointment longing to find some of those good old comforting memories!

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REVIEW: Lay’s Stax – Bacon & Cheddar Potato Skins

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Lay's Stax - Bacon & Cheddar Potato Skins

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The antithesis of manufactured, stereotypical, fat soaked, artificial, over-salted, and preformed, flavored potato flakes coming straight at you.  Greasy U.S. bar food, converted into a crunchy, salty snack, delivered in a handy-dandy, easily transportable, plastic container.  These crisps have no essence, no personality.

The ‘good old’ loaded potato skins.  For any of you out there still unfamiliar with this classic bar & grill appetizer (we’re guessing that there aren’t many of you); potato skins are russet potatoes that have been cut in half, and some of the potato innards have been scooped out to make a potato canoe, or bowl.  The halves are then thrown into the deep fryer, once removed they are covered with chopped bacon, and cheddar cheese, and then put under the broiler to melt the cheese.  Lastly, they are topped with chopped green onions, and served with sour cream on top, or on the side.  And the U.S. wonders why we have weight issues….

The only reason why we even gave these potato crisps an additional 3/4’s of a rating, was simply because their flavor wasn’t necessarily off-putting, and the crisps did crunch in our mouths like they were supposed to.  They were relatively edible – in a bland, mish-mash, smoky seasoned salt, sort of way, and they were sprinkled with a colorful confetti of seasonings – light orange (cheddar cheese), red (bacon), and green (onion).  If we didn’t know any better, we would think that those colors were the national colors.

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