25 Chips to Christmas….

#22

McClure’s – Bloody Mary Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

McClure's - Bloody Mary Kettle Cooked Potato Chips ()

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Ladies and gentlemen!  May we introduce to you, Detroit and Brooklyn’s finest bloody mary kettle cooked potato chips!  We’re not sure how many other bloody mary chips there are in either of those cities, but we’re pretty sure that these would still be the finest!

REVIEW: McClure’s – Bloody Mary Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

McClure's - Bloody Mary Kettle Cooked Potato Chips ()Small time pickle company, turned big time pickle company, who then turned potato chip company, huh!?!  Well, if McClure’s can crank out chips that are this lip-smacking, then it works for us!

We have been fans of McClure’s pickles for quite a while now (probably ever since Ted Allen mentioned them on the Food Network), and it was over a year ago that we reviewed McClure’s other two potato chip flavors – Spicy Pickle and Garlic Dill Pickle.  Both of those potato chips came in crinkle cut form, and these new ones are not only NOT crinkle cut, but also now kettle cooked.  Changing things up are we McClure’s?!

Oddly enough, as we passed around this ruby red bag of crunchy kettle cooked chips at Chip Review, not a single one of our tasters actually claimed to be fans of the classic bloody mary beverage.  Obviously, we understand that we are likely in the minority here, who doesn’t love the zippy, tomato-ful, brunch and hang-over beverage champion?!  Well, apparently Chip Review doesn’t!!  Luckily, we’ve tried nearly a handful of Bloody Mary flavored chips along the way, and as a whole, have rated them all rather favorably.

If real bloody mary’s tasted as fantastic as these chips do, maybe we would actually be admirers!!  We were very surprised to like the seasoning as much as we did.  In the end, we’re pretty sure that McClure’s may have just combined a lot of the major ingredients from the two other flavors.  First, comes the tongue tingling spicy acidic burn.  Not to be confused with the traditional spicy chile burn that envelops the entire mouth, and lingers for quite some time.  No, the acidic burn attacks the throat sort of harshly, but then quickly subdues to a moderate burn in the mouth, and gently coaxes you to want more!  The other major flavor component here is garlic.  So, you can see what we were saying about combining their two other flavors – spicy and garlic.  Well, the flavor combo really works when sprinkled on some crunchy and salty kettle cooked potato chips!

So, these are delicious, but do they necessarily taste like real bloody mary’s to us??  Nope, not at all.  They have that tangy acidic sour aspect, and certainly deliver the heat, but we could not detect any real tomato flavor.  Which, as we recall, is the predominant ingredient in the bloody mary, correct?  Or, has it been too long since any of us tried one??  Nope, we just looked it up, we were right, bloody mary’s contain tomato juice.  We do see that both tomato and paprika are listed among the ingredients, but it seems like they were both there more to add color, than to add flavor.  Maybe, just maybe, we could detect a small amount of sweet and tangy tomato powder from behind the powerful garlic and heat, but it certainly would not have been enough for us to call these blood mary flavored in a blind taste test.

The potato chips themselves are textbook kettle cooked.  They are medium thickness, a good hearty crunch, decent level of oil, plenty of salt, and of course twists, and turns, and folds, and crevices.  A great delivery medium for this spicy garlic flavor!  That’s right, these chips are delicious, but we’re not going to call them blood mary flavored!

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

Discovered at Macy’s – Oak Brook Center; Oak Brook, Illinois

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REVIEW: McClure’s – Garlic Dill Pickle Crinkle Cut Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

McClure's - Garlic Dill Pickle Potato Chips

Comments:

We may have told you once already, but in case you didn’t catch that other review, or you just somehow forgot, we are pretty sure that it was none other Ted Allen, of Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ (and formerly ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’), who chose McClure’s hand sliced pickles as one of the ‘Best Things (he) Ever Ate’.  So, years ago we gave them a try, and they quickly became a favorite of ours!  So, when we learned that the gurus behind some of the world’s greatest pickles, decided to take what they knew about pickles, and apply it to the greatest snack flavor delivering medium in the world, known as chips, we were very, very excited!!

Of course our hopes were very high for these chips, just like they were for McClure’s Spicy Pickle Crinkle Cut Potato Chips, and in the end, maybe they were too high. First, and by far foremost, McClure’s Garlic Dill Pickle Crinkle Cut Potato Chips definitely bring the for real rilly-dilly-dill.  If you are like us, than this powerful presence of herb-y dill is a very welcome addition.  The chips have a minimally decent level of garlic and salt coating them, and a very miniscule surprise appearance by a touch of zippy red pepper oil.  As good as those components may sound together, there was also something just as equally off-putting about the seasoning on these chips.  We really could not identify what it was, but we would describe it as a harshness, and abrupt background flavor that rubs our taste buds us the wrong way.

Just like with their Spicy Pickle chips probably the best aspect of McClure’s crinkle cut potato chips are their large, mostly unbroken, wide ripple and potato-flavorful chips themselves.  Their crunch was a wee bit too brittle and subtle in our opinion, but the classicly rustic, dark, charred edges added a great dimension and flavor to the chips.

Unfortunately, despite all of the good that they have going on, the potato chips simply can’t compete, or withstand, the onslaught from indistinguishable and disconcerting background flavor.

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

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REVIEW: McClure’s – Spicy Pickle Crinkle Cut Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

McClure's - Spicy Pickle Crinkle Cut Potato Chips

Comments:

We’re pretty sure that it was Ted Allen, of Food Network’s ‘Chopped’, who chose McClure’s hand sliced pickles as one of the ‘Best Things (he) Ever Ate’, and thus turned us onto McClure’s pickles for evermore.  So, you can only imagine our excitement when we learned that the gurus behind some of the world’s greatest pickles, decided to take what they knew about pickles, and apply it to the greatest snack flavor delivering medium in the world – CHIPS!!

We must admit, our hopes were very high for these chips, and in the end, maybe, just maybe, too high.  McClure’s Spicy Pickle potato chips are good, they just aren’t great.  Unlike their pickles that exude crisp, hand packed, original flavors, these potato chips are a bit boring, simple and straightforward.  They were simply missing that wow factor that some of our favorite spicy pickle chips like Grippo’s, Zapp’s, and Deep River always provide!

Probably the best aspect of McClure’s chips are the large, mostly unbroken, wide ripple and potato-flavorful chips themselves.  Their crunch was a bit too soft and subtle in our opinion, but the nice rustic, dark, charred edges added a great dimension and flavor to the chips.  The seasoning blend coating these chips is short lived with a quick, but fleeting burst of vinegar (citric acid), followed by a good amount of dill and just a bit of heat that catches the back of the throat.  The seasoning combo just didn’t seem to come together cohesively for us, each one of the three facets above was working on their own, and in the end our mouths could tell.

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

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