REVIEW: Ruffles Ultimate – Tangy Honey Mustard Potato Chips

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Ruffles Ultimate - Tangy Honey Mustard

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Does everyone remember the old catch phrase “Ruffles have Ridges”?  Well, with Ruffles Ultimate line of potato chips they are definitely delivering on that promise, and holding nothing back.  In fact, these potato chips have the deepest, most wavy ridges that Chip Review can ever remember having.  Careful, these ripples are so deep that your tongue could possibly get lost in their potato chip canyons!

Similar to the first two Ruffles Ultimate chip flavors that debuted a while ago now, these Tangy Honey Mustard chips most definitely do not skimp on the seasoning.  However, if we are being completely honest here, we did not like these nearly as much as the Kickin’ Jalapeno Ranch or the Sweet & Smokin’ BBQ flavors.

The reason for our aversion towards this flavor has much more to do with flavor integration than it does with execution, because truth be told these do taste like good honey mustard.  We really appreciate that Ruffles has chosen a more pungent, dark yellow mustard to pair with the honey rather than the far too tame, and mellow bright yellow mustard that most of the U.S. associates with mustard.  Combined with a soft, and not overbearing or cloyingly sweet honey flavor, what results is a tasty honey mustard flavor.

In our opinion, most potato chips are not a very good medium for honey mustard flavor.  Like we said above, we like the flavor, and these Ultimate, thicker and crunchier potato chips are great to crunch on, but the combination does not work well at all.  There is a reason why pretzels are always served with mustard.  A pretzel’s hearty, sourdough body is able to counterbalance the powerful honey mustard flavor, but the docile potato chips are too meek of a vehicle for the flavor, and in our opinion it felt like we were shoveling honey and mustard into our mouths using potato chip spoons.  And maybe some of you would like that, but not us.

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

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Boxer Chips – Limited Edition Honey & English Mustard Potato Crisps

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Boxer Chips - Honey & English Mustard

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Boxer Chips Honey & English Mustard Potato Crisps are officially our first review from the amazing selection that our good friend Josh over at Crisp Nation recently sent us all the way from London, England!

As you may or may not be able to tell from the photo above, Boxer Chips have some very cute packaging, with a unique presentation.  The crisps come packaged inside of a little box, that when removed from its colorful wrapping, folds outward into a party presentable, cardboard, serving cup or bowl.

Visually, these crisps look an awfully similar to Tyrrell’s English Crisps – as they both seem to use complete cross-sections of the potato for their crisps.  This is evident by the outer edge of the crisp being encompassed by a darker, purple-ish potato peel ring?  The crisps are definitely on the smaller side.  Turns out, that these crisps don’t only look like Tyrrell’s crisp, but their texture is also very comparable to Tyrrell’s.  These crisps exude such a rough mouth feel, and a tough, dense crunch.  Not our favorite feeling crisps.

However, the flavor of these crisps is quite exceptional.  The sweet (honey), and savory (English mustard), compliment and play off each other very nicely.  First, the honey hits your pallet, and makes you think that these crisps are going to be a bit too sweet, but once the pungent English mustard makes its presence felt, the slightly spicy, nasal burn that very few foods exude (see: mustard seed, horseradish, wasabi…), counters the sweetness and creates a wonderful flavor melody.

We really, really like this flavor, but the potato crisps are a bit too hard and dense for us.  The packaging is cute, clever and unique, but not very convenient for a person on the go!

For another positive review of these crisps check out Crisp Nation take.

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

Chips provided to Chip Review by our good friend Josh at Crisp Nation for review

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Pretzel Pete – Honey Mustard Gourmet Pretzel Nuggets

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It seems like every time we come across any new type of seasoned pretzels at Chip Review we unavoidably compare them against Snyder’s of Hanovers pretzel pieces, or more recently, Pretzel Crisps wonderfully flavored crisps.  As we have explained in detail in a couple of our Snyder’s of Hanovers reviews, their technique of using pretzel pieces with lots of porous surface area maximizing seasoning absorption, is pretty brilliant in our opinion.  In the case of Pretzel Pete’s pretzels, they simply split the top of their nuggets, only allowing a minimal amount of potent seasoning absorption (no where near the delicious amount of Snyder’s pretzel pieces).

That being said, these honey mustard pretzel nuggets definitely aren’t flavorless.  Sweet, sweet honey mustard seasoning coats each one rather nicely.  Also, these pretzels definitely aren’t scared to tip the sugar scales in the direction of sweetville.  As far as the mustard half of the equation is concerned, these pretzels definitely don’t bring the mustard nasal burn thunder.  For the most part, the seasoning is completely neutralized, and overwhelmed by, the honey sweetness.

Our largest gripe with Pretzel Pete’s nuggets is that they do not have that rich and fatty mouth feel that Snyder’s of Hanover’s pretzel pieces are able to achieve.  Texturally and structurally, these nuggets are a bit dry with too soft of a crunch.  And they just don’t seem to evoke that fatty lushness that we wish we were eating.

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