Chip Review’s Honorable Mentions – 2014

25 Chips to Christmas Honorable Mentions

25 Chips to Christmas 2014

These chips nearly made our Top 25 of the Year, and deserve some recognition too!!

(honorable mentions, in no particular order)

Archer Farms - Habanero Ranch

Archer Farms – Habanero Ranch Homestyle Kettle-Cooked Potato Chips

“First wave of flavors includes an impressively rich and creamy, sour, buttermilk flavor.   Then a wave of powerful garlic and onion!  And we do mean POWER. FULL!”

Jay's - Nacho Rings

Jay’s – Nacho Rings

“After popping one Nacho Ring into our mouths we immediately knew what we were really dealing with there.  You can’t fool us, Jay’s Nacho Rings are the amazing hybrid offspring of a Bugle and a cheese puff!”

De-lish-us - Ripple Potato Chips

De-lish-us – Ripple Potato Chips

De-lish-us just seems to consistently put out products that we are impressed with.  Simple, and straightforward.  Nothing flashy or over the top.  Simply good old, quality products!”

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chipz Happen – Spice-Z Parmesan Garlic Gourmet Tortilla Chipz

chipz Happen – Cinnful Sweet Heat Gourmet Tortilla Chipz

“First and foremost, is that these gourmet tortilla chips taste real.  They taste homemade.  In fact, they trigger tasty memories of those delicious, freshly fried, mom and pop’s Mexican restaurant tortilla chips that find their way to the table as soon as you are seated.”

Deano's Jalapenos - Ranch Jalapeno Chips

Deano’s Jalapenos – Ranch Jalapeno Chips

“These chips are not for spicy food amateurs, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!!  In fact, if we are being honest here, Deano’s Jalapeno Chips are very close to being too spicy for even us to enjoy!”

Dirty - Sour Cream & Onion

“Dirty” – Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips

“Apparently, we are not the only ones who have wondered why these chips are called “Dirty”?  According to “Dirty’s” website: “The name “Dirty” comes from the process we used to prepare our chips. The potato slices are not washed, leaving more of the potato flavor….”

Pop! Gourmet Popcorn - Huy Fong's Sriracha

Pop! Gourmet Popcorn & Huy Fong Foods – The Original Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Popcorn

“This popcorn is really delicious!  D-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s, delicious; but with a surprisingly subtle seasoning when compared directly against the real hot sauce.”

The Better Chip - Chipotle

The Better Chip – Chipotle & Sea Salt Tortilla Chips

“A fine textbook definition of the saying: less is more.  The Better Chip keeps it simple, and merely conveys chipotle essence to the smoky chile maximus!”

Cosmos - Crushed Sea Salt Vinegar & Black Pepper Puff Corn

Cosmos Creations – Crushed Sea Salt Vinegar with Pepper Premium Puffed Corn

“We’ve tried a lot of different types of puffed corn in our time.  We’ve crunched our way through corn puffs, puffers, crunchies, kurls, doodles, dittos, and nuggets; and in the end, they are all sort of the same corn-y snacks.”

Pringles - Sriracha Asian Chili Sauce

Pringles – Sriracha Asian Chili Sauce

“Zippy and spicy, tongue tingling, Thai chili flavor, combined with a very generous dosage of powerful garlic, and rounded out with a heavy splash of nose burning vinegar!  These are tasty, tasty potato crisps.”

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2014 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2014!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

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From all of us here at Chip Review we just want to wish you a Happy 4th of July!

Take a load off, have some fun, be safe and enjoy those chips!  And, just in case you are looking for substitutes for those usual grilled dogs and burgers check out these alternatives below!

Hot Dog

7 Select – Big Bite Hot Dog Potato Chips

Herr’s – Classic American Hot Dog Potato Chips

Herr’s – Limited Tailgate Flavor Stadium Dawg! Potato Chips

Burgers

Doritos Late Night – All Nighter Cheeseburger

Cheetos – Cheeseburger

Pringles – Limited Time Only Cheese Burger

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

From all of us here at Chip Review we just want to wish all the special mothers out there a Very Happy Mother’s Day!!  Without you, there would be no chips!!

In honor of all the mothers out there who wish that their children ate less chips (ours included), we are going to refrain from tasting and reviewing any new chips today!  Thanks for everything Mom!!

I love mom

Chip Review’s 25 Chips to Christmas – 2013

Well Chip Review readers, that wraps things up for another great year of chip reviewing!

We would like to say that it has been a true pleasure sharing our thoughts with all of you as we chomped our way through hundreds of bags, and countless calories this past year 🙂  Thanks to all of you who follow us each and every day.  We appreciate it, and we wouldn’t be here without each and everyone of you!!  Also, a very special thanks to those snack companies who graciously provided their products for us to review.  It’s a tough job (especially for our waistlines), but someone has got to do it.

Below is our list of the Top 25 Chips we reviewed this year.  Agree or disagree, we’d love to hear it!!

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#1 Lay’s – Do Us a Flavor Finalist – Chicken & Waffle Potato Chips

#2 Yamayoshi – Spicy Chili Sour Plum Potato Chips

#3 Ziggy’s Kettle Corn – Sweet & Salty and Happenin’ Jalapeno with Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

#4 Paqui Tortilla Chips – Grilled Habanero and Limited Edition Haunted Ghost Pepper

#5 Simply 7 – Jalapeno Lentil Chips

#6 Tyrrell’s – Sweet Chili & Red Pepper Hand Cooked Potato Crisps

#7 Palo Popcorn – White Cheddar Cheese

#8 Gibble’s – Red Hot Home Style Potato Chips

#9 The Original Saratoga Chips – Rosemary Garlic Potato Chips

#10 Angie’s – Sweetly White Cheddar Kettle Corn

#11 Herr’s – Sweet Onion Potato Chips

#12 Lundberg Multigrain Chips – Mojave Jalapeno

#13 Deep River Snacks – Aged Cheddar & Horseradish Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

#14 Mackie’s of Scotland – Scotch Bonnet Chili Pepper Flavor Potato Crisps

#15 Chio Flips – Classic Peanut

#16 Lay’s Wavy – Roasted Garlic & Sea Salt Potato Chips

#17 Monster Munch – Flamin’ Hot

#18 Herr’s Kettle Cooked – Russet Potatoes Dark Potato Chips

#19 Yamayoshi – Wasabeef Potato Chips

#20 De-lish-us – Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips

#21 Simply 7 – Creamy Dill Lentil Chips

#22 Barrel O’ Fun – Gardy’s Signature Flavors – Cheddar & Horseradish Potato Chips

#23 Pepperidge Farm Goldfish – Buffalo Wing Puffs

#24 Maebo’s – One-Ton Chips

#25 Lay’s – Do Us a Flavor Finalist – Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips

2013 Honorable Mentions

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2013 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2013!

Chip Review’s Honorable Mentions

25 Chips to Christmas Honorable Mentions

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(honorable mentions, in no particular order)

Brown Bag Crisps - Oak Smoked Chili

Brown Bag Crisps – Oak Smoked Chilli Potato Crisps

“We can get behind a crisp that exudes a bit of class….Or as our friend at Crisp Nation would refer to them, “…crisps for the crisp connoisseur.”

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Whale Tails – “Alaea” Hawaiian Sea Salt Tortilla Chips

“It is not very often that we are really wowed by some “plain” salted tortilla chips.  Usually we are reviewing, and raving about, the latest extra spicy this, or cheesy-bbq-ranch that, but we can’t be happier than when we discover some amazingly simple, and perfectly executed tortilla chips.”

Crave Canyon Popcorn - Cane Juice & Sea Salt Kettle Corn kissed with Anise

Crave Canyon – Cane Juice & Sea Salt Kettle Corn Kissed With Anise

“It is not very often that we stumble upon something completely new in the industry that we love; but when we do cross paths with a wonderful discovery, we welcome it with open minds, and open mouths!”

Larry The Cable Guy - Tater Salad Tater Chips

Larry The Cable Guy – Tater Salad Potato Chips

“With the release of these brand new Tater Salad chips, along with his Pass The Darn Ketchup flavored potato chips, we think he may be going for a bit of a Summer, outdoors, picnic-barbeque theme?!  We wouldn’t be at all surprised, or opposed, if he also releases some hot dog, or bratwurst, or sweet corn flavored chips next!”

Cheetos - Tapatio

Cheetos – Tapatio

“So far, we’re are absolutely confident in calling these Cheetos our favorites amongst the Tapatio and Frito Lay collaboration.”

Pan de Oro - Blue Sesame Tortilla Chips

Pan De Oro – Blue Sesame Tortilla Chips

“Pan de Oro means “bread of gold” in Spanish.  However, in this case, the “bread” appears to be made of precious sapphire colored blue corn, rather than precious metals.”

Simply Sprouted Way Better Snacks - Simply So Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips

Simply Sprouted Way Better Snacks – Simply So Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips

“We just love it when we stumble upon one of those rare surprises that make us smile with enjoyment after just one chip!!”

Trader Joe's - Cheddar & Horseradish Potato Chips

Trader Joe’s – Cheddar & Horseradish Potato Chips

“We can’t argue one bit with Trader Joe’s description that these chips are “delightfully flavored, cheesy spicy and wavy kettle.”

Mackie's of Scotland - Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper

Mackie’s of Scotland – Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper Potato Crisps

“Surprisingly enough, the vast majority of the reviews that we had read for these crisps were relatively, actually predominantly, positive.  We say surprisingly, because the majority of information we have gathered in regards to the actual Scottish dish, is that it can be a bit challenging to consume.”

Brother Kane - Hot Sauce

Brother Kane – Hot Sauce Home Style Potato Chips

“The chips immediately deliver a sharp and pungent nasal zip from the ample inclusion of vinegar.  Then a spicy kick from  cayenne appears, and continues to build and build…”

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2013 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2013!