REVIEW: 7 Select – Maple Bacon Potato Chips

Rating: ©-1/2 chips  (return to sender)

7 Select - Kettle Style Maple Bacon Potato ChipsMaple!

Bacon!

Maple Bacon!!

How can these chips possibly be bad?!?

Plain and simple, because they really are.  The only reason they even garner an additional half chip rating is for their respectably crunchy kettle cooked potato chips, their overly generous seasoning level, and for sort of tasting like maple bacon.  Beyond that, they are an abomination!

Have you ever heard the saying “too much of a good thing…”?  Well, too much of a bad thing, IS EVEN WORSE!  Too sticky, fake, maple sweet.  Too much unnatural smoke.  Too much salty, fatty, fake, whey, bacon flavor!  Too much, too much, too much!!

This is a textbook example of the difference between being letdown, and being really turned off!  Although, we did not love Kettle Brand’s Maple Bacon flavored potato chips, it was more due to their flavor execution actually tasting like maple bacon than it was the chips not tasting very good.  In this case, we simply cannot eat these chips.  They make us cringe just thinking about the overload of salt, and sugar, and whey tingling our tongues.

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

Discovered at 7-Eleven, Burr Ridge, Illinois

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Review: Kettle Brand – Maple Bacon Potato Chips

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Kettle Brand - Maple Bacon Potato Chips

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Initial thoughts……

1 – sweet and smoky scents….

2 – we have no doubt that these are really just bbq potato chips disguised as maple bacon chips.

3 – because of numbers 1, and 2, we are disappointed.

4 – Maple & Bacon……?  Nope! Not to us!

We had very high hopes for these chips.  We are lovers, and connoisseurs, of the sweet and salty combo.  We love our breakfast for dinner.  We love our Yin with our Yang.  And we recently fell head-over-heels in love with Lay’s maple-y-sweet-savory Do Us a Flavor – Chicken & Waffle Potato Chips!  So, needless to say, our hopes were high for Kettle Chips answer to Lay’s amazing new venture.

Kettle Brand’s Maple Bacon Potato Chips taste exactly like they smell.  And, they smell like sweet and smoky bbq potato chips.  With the simple (and, in our opinions, incorrect) addition of chile pepper and paprika, we’re pretty sure the entire stereotypical barbeque recipe is present.  To be completely honest, we don’t really taste any notes of maple.  None.  There is plenty of sweet, sweet cane sugar, but no maple.

It is probably only fair that we mention, as we’ve done numerous times before, that for the most part we are not huge fans of really sweet bbq flavored chips.  So, maybe we didn’t think these new chips through far enough, because when we first heard that Kettle Brand had created a flavor called Maple Bacon, we had visions of potato chips studded with nibbles of porky bacon, and drizzled with rich maple syrup.  Instead, what we are given is nothing more than another simple variation on the standard sweet and smoky bbq chip.  You can understand our disappointment.

And for the bacon aspect of the equation – of course the exuberant amounts of smoke flavoring conjures immediate thoughts of bacon (smoked meats in general), but when you sit back and further examine the actual bacon execution, do you really taste bacon??  Or, is it just a bunch of smoke?  Is there any fatty richness??  They are fried potato chips, of course there is a certain level of yummy, fatty richness, but not in the porky-meaty-bacon sense.

The only thing saving these chips from dropping down to that level of complete loathing is the fact that in the end, they are still Kettle Brand potato chips.  Medium to medium-thick, kettle cooked, potato chips.  That perfect level of seasoning, which always melds flawlessly with their potato chips.  Loads of real potato flavor exude from each crunchy chip.

Maybe our rating is a bit lower than it should be.  We are not denying that this was a very emotional rating, and review, for us.  We had also high expectations for these chips, maybe too high in fact.  We love Kettle Brand.  We love, and have loved, so many of their products, but this is simply one of them that we are not going to be able to rally behind.

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