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!

REVIEW: Meijer – Grilled Pineapple and Jalapeño Potato Chips

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

Meijer - Grilled Pineapple and JalapenoYeah, yeah, yeah, we know.  We just keep on reviewing those “generic” brands that we continually tell you we don’t review.  Heck, it was only mere days ago that we reviewed Meijer’s Honey Butter flavored potato chips.  But, when these “generic” brands like 365, and in this case, Meijer, continue creating such deliciously unique flavors as Grilled Pineapple and Jalapeño, we cannot help ourselves, and nor should we, or you for that matter!  These flavors are just too outrageous to pass up.

First things first, these chips are certainly not for everyone.  If the sound of this flavor combination doesn’t automatically wet those taste buds, you should probably just leave them be.  However, if you are like us, and you can’t wait to try the next weird and wacky flavor (Kung Pao Chicken anyone?), then these may just be right up your alley, because they are quite tasty!

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.  OOOooooh, and speaking of which, doesn’t that sound like a great chip flavor – Al Pastor??  That would probably work better with corn tortilla chips right?  Seeing as how tacos are made using corn tortillas……

Okay, focus, getting back on track.  This flavor combination plain old works, and it works well with crunchy kettle cooked potato chips .  Right off the bat we get those sweet, tropical, sort of sour, grilled (maybe?) pineapple flavors.  In a blind taste test we may not have actually been able to pinpoint that it was pineapple we were supposed to be tasting, but once our palettes were already primed, we got it right away.  On the tail end of the flavor came those spicy, vegetal-ly, jalapeño chili pepper notes that helped to cut some of the sweet, while still keeping the party rockin’!

You know what chips these remind us a lot of??  Hawaiian Chip Company’s Mango Habanero Kettle Chips.  Not quite that deliciously spicy, complex, or intriguing, but definitely similar in that they combined a great chili flavor, and some heat with a sweet, tropical fruit not typically paired with fried potato slices.

Meijer’s kettle cooked potato chips are everything we could hope they would be.  Medium-thick, a bit greasy and extra crunchy.  A perfectly sturdy medium for the bold seasoning.

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

Chips discovered at….where else – Meijer; Bolingbrook, Illinois

Meijer Official Website

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REVIEW: Meijer – Honey Butter Potato Chips

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

Meijer - Honey ButterIt was just days ago that we told you how we usually try to refrain from reviewing, what we refer to as, “generic” grocery store lines of chips (but we just couldn’t help ourselves with 365’s Tamarind Baked Naan Chips).  But, that every once in a while those “generic” brands give us something so special, so delicious, that we just HAVE TO review them!  Well, in this case that something happens to be so WEIRD, or UNIQUE, that we just feel inclined to review them!

That’s right, your eyes do not deceive you, those are in fact HONEY BUTTER flavored potato chips to our left! We’re not even going to question whether or not you have ever tried honey butter.  If you are sitting at your computer right now, reading a review for some potato chips, and yet have never tried honey butter on anything, anywhere, you are not living!  Stop what you are doing, find some popovers, or cornbread, or whatever, and slather them up with some butter mixed with honey!  Get your honey butter on immediately!!

Okay, before we delve into our review of Meijer’s Honey Butter flavored potato chips it is certainly worth mentioning that nearly one year ago Mr. Junk Food Guy himself reviewed, and enlightened us with, THE HONEY BUTTER flavored chips – Calbee Honey Butter Flavored Potato Chips!  From what we read in JFG’s review, Calbee’s honey butter flavored chips are a worldwide phenomenon, that all started in Korea, which now has inspired honey butter flavored followers worldwide…..that being said, we have in fact only seen this one other thus far…..but still, a follower!

Meijer’s Honey Butter flavored potato chips tow a very, very thin line between being deliciously unique, and tasty, or being artificially over-sweet, and putrid.  That line can easily sway, or snap, from one chip to the next depending upon your own personal experience with the flavor.  In other words, even we ourselves were torn between loving and hating these chips! They are certainly sweet, coated with a heavy dusting of honey powder.  The sweetness interplays with the salt level very well.  As for the “buttery” aspect, well it conjured instant thoughts of Herr’s Fire Roasted Sweet Corn chips; in other words, some of the most disgusting chips that we have ever tried.  However, this time we did not find the fake buttery flavor nearly as gross on these potato chips as we did on Herr’s.  Whether that is due to slight flavor variances, or if we simply accept this flavor combination more so than the other – who knows?!?  What we do know is that in the end we decided (based on the completely empty bag lying in front of us), that our lip-smacking love for these chips outweighed our disgust.

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

Chips discovered at….where else – Meijer; Bolingbrook, Illinois

Meijer Official Website

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