BIJOU-REVIEW: Paqui Tortilla Chips – Nacho Cheese Especial

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

paqui-nacho-cheese-especialBy now we’re guessing – NO! We’re hoping!! – that most of you chip lovers out there are familiar with Paqui Tortilla Chips.  (If you are not, we are in fact slightly judging you and letting you know that you should be flying out the door right now to try them!)

Their most recent, insanely spicy, venture has been all over the Twitter-sphere!  You may have heard about it, the #OneChipChallenge?

Somehow, Paqui’s Nacho Cheese Especial chips snuck onto the chip market, and we didn’t even realize that we had never reviewed them.

And as usual, these Paqui chips are lip-smacking!

Take this next statement as you will, but these chips taste an awful lot like the classic Doritos Nacho Cheese chips, in the best ways possible.

Same deliciously cheesy seasoning, only with maybe a touch more zing. 

Extremely light, crispy, airy, and flaky corn tortilla chips.  But, to top it off, also with some real corn flavor depth.

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

Chips discovered at 7-eleven; Addison, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Simply Sprouted Way Better Snacks – A Nacho Above Tortilla Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Simply Sprouted Way Better Snacks - A Nacho AboveYep, that’s right, just when you thought that you had gotten your fill of nacho flavored, healthier option chips – we’ve got this week’s second review!

Way Better Snacks (WBS) delivers some notably healthy deliciousness, but they aren’t quite up to the level of amazing that Beanfields Jalapeño Nacho Bean & Rice Chips delivered just days ago!

In all honesty we tasted these new WBS at the same sitting as we tried those Beanfield chips, and it wasn’t really fair to WBS.  Beanfield’s Jalapeño Nacho seasoning was so powerfully packed with flavor that they made these chips taste like they had no seasoning at all!

We’ve enjoyed about half of the offering we have tried from Way Better Snacks, and we would put these among that category.  There’s just something about those slightly sweet and seedy, sprouted tortilla chips that our taste buds really enjoy.

As for the ‘A Nacho Above’ seasoning, well, we stick by our initial tasting thoughts that this stuff is very, very subtle.  Only a light dusting of orange seasoning has been applied to the chips.  The seasoning tastes very much like cheddar cheese powder.  We really didn’t get any background seasoning notes, and certainly no level of nacho heat.

Overall though, the light cheese coating does jive very well with WBS’s naturally sweet and diversely textured tortilla chips.  We had no problem crunching our way through these, they just didn’t wow us in any way either.

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REVIEW: Beanfields – Jalapeño Nacho Bean & Rice Chips

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

Beanfields - Jalapeno NachoWe said it before, and we’ll just go ahead and say it again….just when we thought Beanfield’s couldn’t possibly do any better than their lip-smacking Nacho flavored or Ranch flavored bean and rice chips, they go and one-up them both with their most lip-smacking creation to date! Wow!!

We know what you are thinking, “sure Chip Review you are impressed with these bean and rice chips for what they are, but when compared to “regular” chips, they don’t really compare, right?!”  Sure, they are most definitely different, we recognize that, it is impossible not to.  And comparing Beanfield’s to your typical tortilla chips is sort of like comparing apples to, something even healthier than apples, if there is such a thing.  That being said, when it comes down to it, we compare chips to chips!  And these new Jalapeño Nacho Bean & Rice Chips from Beanfields are lip-smacking regardless of their type!

First and foremost, the combination of the jalapeño nacho seasoning, paired with the bean and rice chips delivers some fantastically savory chips!  Throw in a decent dose of slightly vegetal, and even more than slightly spicy jalapeño chili flavors, and Beanfields has made the delicious decision to take their classic nacho chips, and build upon them.

However, once again the most amazing aspect of these chips is that they are completely dairy free!  That’s right, vegan.  Absolutely no dairy, meaning no cheese used in their nacho cheese flavored chips……?!?  Huh, what’s that now?  And yet, these chips taste cheesier than many other cheese dust coated chips!  All at once rich, creamy, tangy, funky, and certainly flavorful!  Seriously, honest to truth, these really taste like there is a deliciously salty layer of creamy nacho cheese coating them!

Plain and simple this seasoning is really, really PACKED full of flavor!!

The bean and rice chips themselves are no joke either.  They remind us a lot of other rice chips we’ve tried (like Riceworks), with a good grainy consistency, but at the same time with a much softer crunch – likely due to the inclusion of beans.  The zesty seasoning adheres perfectly to the chips’ texture, and the triangular cut gives them a traditional tortilla chip presence.

We love these chips!  You have to give them a try if you see them!!

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

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Doritos Mix – Taco Explosion

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Doritos Mix - Taco Explosion4 FLAVORS & 4 SHAPES!!  We weren’t actually aware that Doritos had 4 different flavors…

A few days ago we reviewed Doritos other new flavor from this Mix line of chips – Cheese Explosion.  Apparently, this new line is only available in flavors of Explosion….  For a much more in depth review of this ridiculous new product line, please see that review.

As for this Taco Explosion version, well, it has the exact same shapes as the Cheese Explosion, just different flavor profiles.  Let’s take a quick look at them:

  1. Traditional Doritos triangular corn tortilla chips – Spicy Nacho flavor.  Really, what do we have to say about these?  If you aren’t familiar with these, you aren’t living.  These completely dominate the bag in regards to both flavor and volume.  The other mix pieces just really don’t have a chance.
  2. Doritos Dinamita or Rollitos rolled corn tortilla chips – Taco flavor.  Although the back of the bag simply refers to these as rolled corn tortillas, Doritos has had a couple of different lines with this popular rolled corn shape.  Doritos has also had many, many different Taco flavored chips over the years, and one of those was Doritos Rollitos Zesty Taco!  We’re guessing that they simply made some more of those for this bag.  Same, usual, delicious Doritos Taco seasoning, only we couldn’t really taste much of it, on account of the Spicy Nacho tortilla chips.
  3. 3D triangle – Triforce like corn chip – Salsa flavor.  This shape is not totally unlike Doritos relatively recent JACKED 3D chips.   Full of fried corn flavor, with a nice crunch and mouth texture.  These are probably our favorite shape and flavor from the mix.  We love Salsa flavored Doritos, and these triangles just have a great texture, with loads of corn flavor.
  4. Lastly are Doritos twisted corn chips – Sour Cream flavor.  We thought that this shape looked familiar and it does appear that Frito Lays has put this corn shape out two times before, with two different names – Sabritas Turbos, and Fritos Twists.  We aren’t the biggest fan of this shape.  A little too hard and crunchy, almost dangerous to our teeth and gums.  The sour cream seasoning was subtle, and creamy.  Sort of like Cool Ranch, just not as good.

We always love seeing any new Doritos on the market, and we do appreciate the variant textures of the unique shapes included in the Doritos Mix; but in the end it simply does not work for us.  There is no cohesiveness to this odd group of shapes.  As for the Taco Explosion flavor combination, it does work a bit better than the Cheese Explosion combo, especially when all of the pieces are munched together!

Well, there you have it.  Anyone else out there tried them yet?  Thoughts?  As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

Chips discovered at Walmart; Countryside, Illinois

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REVIEW: Doritos Mix – Cheese Explosion

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Doritos Mix - Cheese Explosion4 FLAVORS & 4 SHAPES!!  Yes, but in the end, no lip-smacking 4©©©©’s rating from us!

You know what this bag sort of looks like?  It reminds us of a block buster movie poster, or maybe even more like a rock star concert poster.  – One Night Only! Doritos Mix presents Cheese Explosion.  Starring the one and only Nacho Cheese tortilla chips, Jumpin’ Jack Cheese rolled tortillas, Spicy Nacho triangle holes and everyone’s favorite Four Cheese twists!!  Sorry, but if we would have known any better, we would have just waited for the DVD, or the CD to be released rather than waste our dough on the big cheesy show…

If this combination looks familiar to any of you, well, that would be because Frito Lay has done something similar to this mix at least three times that we can recall.  You have to admit that they sort of seem like Frito Lay’s Munchies Mix, and they actually even more closely resemble Sabrita’s Party Mix Favoritas.  But, in our opinion, probably the best way to think of this new mix would be do describe it as the Doritos variation of Cheetos Mix-Ups.  In other words, a snack mix that is supposedly a Doritos mix, but really Doritos only one of the four shapes resembles what we all know and think of as Doritos tortilla chips.  So, let’s break down our 4 shapes and flavors:

  1. Traditional Doritos triangular corn tortilla chips – Nacho Cheese flavor.  Really, what do we have to say about these?  If you aren’t familiar with these, you aren’t living.  Probably worth noting that the chips are standard size, not shrunken at all to better fit into the mix.
  2. Doritos Dinamita or Rollitos rolled corn tortilla chips – Jumpin’ Jack Cheese flavor.  Although the back of the bag simply refers to these as rolled corn tortillas, Doritos has had a couple of different lines with this popular rolled corn shape.  As for the Jumpin’ Jack Cheese seasoning, well Doritos has done this flavor before as well.   This cheese seasoning is quite tasty.  Salty, peppery bit, tangy – yummy.
  3. 3D triangle – Triforce like corn chip – Spicy Nacho flavor.  This shape is not totally unlike Doritos relatively recent JACKED 3D chips.   Full of fried corn flavor, with a nice crunch and mouth texture.  Spicy Nacho seasoning is Doritos long standing spicy variation of their classic Nacho Cheese.  Again, if you haven’t tried those chips either, you aren’t living.
  4. Lastly are Doritos twisted corn chips – Four Cheese flavor.  We thought that this shape looked familiar and it does appear that Frito Lays haWQ3WEDGVC VCGXs put this corn shape out two times before, with two different names – Sabritas Turbos, and Fritos Twists.  We aren’t the biggest fan of this shape.  A little too hard and crunchy, almost dangerous to our teeth and gums.  We recall the Four Cheese seasoning from back in the 90’s, but pretty sure that it has not been offered any time recently in the U.S.  Cheesy.

We always love seeing any new Doritos on the market, and we do appreciate the variant textures of the unique shapes included in the Doritos Mix; but in the end it simply it simply does not work for us.  There is no cohesiveness to this odd group of shapes.  The snacks work rather individually, but try throwing all four pieces into your mouth at once, and tell us your tongue tongue and chompers aren’t confused!!  We will be sticking with the original versions for all that are available!

Well, there you have it.  Anyone else out there tried them yet?  Thoughts?  As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

Chips discovered at Walmart; Countryside, Illinois

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REVIEW: Cobs – Nacho Cheese Popcorn

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Cobs - Nacho Cheese PopcornWe can’t believe that it has been over a year now since we first tasted Cob’s lip-smackingly delicious Cheddar Cheese Popcorn!!  So, needless to say we were quite excited to try Cobs Nacho Cheese flavored popcorn!

First, the positives:

Once again, we can’t begin to tell you how much we love Cobs popcorn itself!  The popcorn is so crispy, with a wonderful toothsome crunch.  Cob’s popcorn kernels are on the smaller end of the spectrum, with a rustic, simple, sort of burnt-nutty essence to them.  We just love them!

The nacho cheese seasoning itself is also not too shabby, and definitely unique – at least as far as we know ‘nacho cheese’ seasonings (maybe they do things differently ‘down under’?).  First of all, there is actually a good level of spice-heat to the seasoning.  Usually when we think of nacho cheese we don’t associate it with any heat.  We are also fairly certain that there may be some cumin thrown into the mix…. Odd? Yes.  Tasty?  Also, yes.

As for the negatives, well it all basically boils down to two things (and those two things may in fact actually be the same thing).  First – in our opinion this nacho cheese flavor doesn’t jive as well with popcorn as plain cheddar cheese does.  Which sort of ties into our second thought, which is that the nacho cheese seasoning distracts from Cobs delicious popcorn.  The seasoning is simply ‘too much’ for the popcorn to handle.

We prefer the perfect simplicity of Cobs Cheddar Cheese Popcorn!  That being said, this popcorn is more than munch-able, and we still devoured this bag in no time flat.

As always, these are our thoughts. Agree or disagree, make sure to let us know.

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