REVIEW: Nathan’s Famous – Classic Hot Dog Potato Chips

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

Nathan's Hot DogIf you really want to know what these new Nathan’s Classic Hot Dog Flavor Potato Chips taste like just run on down to your local dog joint and ask for a dog with the classic Nathan’s condiment combo of ketchup, mustard, and relish.  And from what we taste, maybe heavy on the mustard.  If you are fans of hot dogs with ketchup, mustard, and relish, then you are going to love these chips!  Well, that is as long as you are also fans of fried, sliced potatoes, better known as – CHIPS!!

If you are like us, then maybe you first became acquainted with Nathan’s and their famous hot dogs through a decades old eating contest that became a worldwide phenomenon when a certain small, Japanese, professional food eater completely obliterated the competition in, and along with it, everything we thought we knew about competitive food eating!!  In 2001, Takeru Kobayashi consumed 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes!  This doubled what anyone previously had ever consumed in a Nathan’s contest.  People became fascinated by this small Japanese guy who could eat more dogs than anyone else.  And as they say, the rest was history.

Getting back to Nathan’s Hot Dog flavored potato chips…. First of all, they are instantly recognizable as Hot Dog flavored chips.  There is no doubt about what the seasoning tastes like.  A little salty-smoky, a good helping of pungent yellow mustard, a touch of sweet ketchup, and some background notes of tangy relish.  That being said, we of course knew what these chips were prior to eating them.  If we would have blind taste tested them would we have gotten the same results?  We can’t be sure, but we think that we may just have.

Do we actually taste meat?  No, not necessarily.  But do you ever really taste hot dog meat flavor when you put any condiments onto it?  For the most part the dog is there for texture and substance.  FYI – we did not get any real hot dog texture with these chips – THANKS GOODNESS!!!!

The potato chips themselves were quite tasty as well.  Light and crispy, thinner cut, slightly greasy, in a good way, potato chips.

Our only real gripe with Nathan’s Classic Hot Dog Flavor Potato Chips is that they do not remind us of the dogs we are used to in the Chicago area.  The Chicago Depression dogs or char dogs that we love!  They are missing a few of our favorite key components (ie. pickles, raw onions,  sport peppers & celery salt).  Once you’ve tried one of these, there is no going back to just ketchup, mustard and relish!

Those are our thoughts.  Let us know what you think below.

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BIJOU-REVIEW: T.G.I. Friday’s – Sweet & Spicy Happy Hour Snack Mix

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

TGI Friday's - Sweet & Spicy Happy Hour Snack MixIt is about that time, right?

We can only imagine how this over-the-top, disjointed “happy hour snack mix” came to exist.

Dude 1: Hey man, do you have anything we could crunch on with these ice cold brewskies?

Dude 2: Not sure…let me check the cupboards.  Oh yeah, let’s see here…..looks like I’ve got butter toffee peanuts, wasabi peas, roasted almonds, pecans, cashews, some rice crackers, and cajun corn sticks…..oh yeah, and apparently honey mustard pretzels.  What would you like?

Dude 1: Well, it is happy hour, so everything! Mixed together!

And as they say….the rest is history.

Not too much to say about these.  TGI Friday’s has taken a lot, and we do mean A LOT, of high quality products we know and love, and combined them into one sweet & spicy mess of a snack mix.  Despite the weird combination of disconnected crunchy pieces, it somehow all works!!  The wasabi peas are certainly the most dominantly flavor profile, but most of the other mix ingredients play off of the unmistakable nasal heat just fine.  The variety of nuts provide a good level of mouth fat and textural difference, and the pretzels are there to bring everything home, and probably to soak up the beer!

Mix discovered at 7-eleven; Burr Ridge, Illinois

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25 Chips to Christmas….

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Hot-Headz – Chipotle Mustard Mildly Spiced Potato Chips

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We love hot and spicy chips – we won’t deny it.  So, really love it when a company that specializes in hot and spicy decides to include potato chips among those hot and spicy specialties!  Hot-Headz Chipotle Mustard potato chips are a unique and tasty new flavor combination.  Let’s just say, that if you happen to cross spicy paths with these mildly tasty chilii chips, we suggest you give them a try!

BIJOU-REVIEW: Kettle Brand – Carolina BBQ Krinkle Cut Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

Kettle Brand KC - Carolina BBQKettle Brand really knows how to give us the best kettle cooked krinkle cut potato chips.  They understand that there is a fine line between kettle cooked crispy-crunch, and over the top, tooth cracking, just too crunchy chips.

What exactly is ‘Carolina BBQ’?  Well, these chips taste just like they have been coated with a smoky honey mustard barbecue sauce. So, if that is what Carolina barbecue sauce is, then Kettle Brand has nailed it.  Honestly, we thought Carolina barbecue was supposed to include a touch more vinegar tang, but maybe we are wrong.  Either way, the seasoning goes very well with Kettle Brand’s fantastically, crispy, slightly greasy, perfectly salty potato chips.

Chips discovered at World Market; Oak Brook, Illinois

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REVIEW: Hot-Headz – Chipotle Mustard Mildly Spiced Potato Chips

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Hot Heads - Chipotle MustardWhat flavor are these?

Are these Chicago Dog flavored?!?

Oh, Chipotle Mustard…huh?  Well, that is a unique new one, but I’m going to stand by my Chicago Dog flavor because that’s even more unique, and sounds delicious too, right?!?  Who’s with me?  (says one Chip Review taster as we sample Hot-Headz Chipotle Mustard Mild Chilli Chips)

Honestly, after we tasted a few more chips and thought about it for a minute, Chicago Dog flavor was not too far off from what these lip-smacking potato chips actually taste like.  You get a tiny touch of the hot dog meaty essence from the smoke of the chipotle chile.  There’s a good punch of chile heat, coming from a combination of the chipotle, and its un-smoked sibling the jalapeño chiles; both together providing the ample mouth burn that typically accompanies the sport peppers (pickled serranos) that come on a Chicago Dog.  Okay, so there may be no tomato, or celery salt, but there is actually a sprinkling of onion powder, so we can check that ingredient off the list as well.  And lastly, there is of course the star of the show (for these chips at least), a whole bunch of hot dog’s favorite yellow condiment MUSTARD!  So, maybe it is a little bit of a stretch to compare Hot-Headz chips to what we, and Anthony Bourdain call the best hot dogs in the country, but for those of us who know our Chi Dogs, the comparison is undeniable!!

Hot-Headz refers to the Chipotle Mustard flavor as the mildly spiced one within their potato chip line-up, but we’ll be the first to tell you that some of our tasters were feeling the burn from this “mild heat!”  First, the chips get you with a nice slap of that nasal-ly mustard burn.  Then, slowly but surely the chipotle (along with it’s unsmoked,  green, more vegetal version, the jalapeño) creeps up the back of the throat, and the tongue, and burns just a little…then a little more…and then, by the end, a good decent amount!  Heat seekers would not be floored by these chips, but they should at least acknowledge the heat, and even more importantly, they should appreciate the fantastic flavor!

The potato chips themselves are solid as well.  A little more toothsome than a “typical” kettle cooked potato chip.  And they don’t have that extra crispy-crisp to them, but more of a decently crispy crunch. Golden hue in color from the peanut oil, with a fairly nuetral potato canvas, perfect for flavor delivery!

Overall, just some really great chips from Hot-Heads!  Zingy, pungent, spicy, and a very flavorful combo!!  Now the question is, should we even try to attempt the chips they call Inferno Habanero?!?!

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

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RATING: Simply Sprouted Way Better Snacks – Simply Tangy Mustard & Onion Corn Tortilla Chips

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Way Better Snacks - Mustard Onion

Chips discovered at Mariano’s; Westchester, Illinois

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REVIEW: Pretzel Crisps – Honey Mustard & Onion Deli Style

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Pretzel Crisps - Honey Mustard & OnionWho doesn’t love Pretzel Crisps?!?  Ever since the flat, crispy pretzel hybrids hit the market shelves years ago, it seems as though they can do no wrong, and their popularity has no boundaries.  As for us here at Chip Review we are always happy to see a new flavor addition from the company that reminds us to “rethink your pretzel!”  Pretzel Crisps, our favorite flattened pretzel-cracker-chip hybrids, continues their push onward, braving once again the pretzel flavored waters in search of even more tasty combinations for everyone to enjoy – we can honestly say that we have yet to taste a single flavor that we didn’t enjoy!

Well, these new Honey Mustard & Onion Pretzel Crisps are tasty, and the flavors meld well with the light and crispy pretzels; just not quite as well as some of their more inventive flavor combos like Buffalo Wing, Jalapeno Jack, Chipotle Cheddar or even Cinnamon Toast.  But, then again, when you have so many stars in your repertoire, even tasty flavors can become slightly over-shadowed.

We are all aware of the fact that pretzels go well with honey and mustard.  A balanced flavor combination that compliments each ingredient.  The addition of onion definitely adds some depth and salty tang to the recipe, as well as, a pungent background aroma.  We really appreciated that the honey aspect was not overly sweet, and how Pretzel Crisps did not shy away from including some of mustard’s spicy nasal bite.

Honey and mustard have been served alongside crispy, hot, bar pretzels for as long as we can remember; so to describe this new flavor choice as a creative choice for Pretzel Crisps, would be a bit of a stretch for us.  We always love new flavors, but at the end of the day we want the boundaries pushed!  If you are simply going to put out another version of an already established flavor combo, it had better be either the best version of that flavor combo, or have something that differentiates it from the rest of the pack!

If you are already fans of Pretzel Crisps, then you will have no problem accepting their newest addition to the family!  The classic flavor combo compliments the airy, crunchy crisps just enough that you could enjoy them with some accoutrements, or just as easily crunch them on their own.  As for us, we just hope Pretzel Crisps continues on with their flavor journey for a long time to come, because we love to rethink what we think about pretzels!

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

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