BIJOU-REVIEW: Old Dutch – Dill Pickle Popcorn

Rating: ©©-1/2 chips  (tolerable)

Old Dutch - Dill Pickle PopcornIs dill pickle flavored popcorn becoming a thing?  This would mark the 4th pickle popcorn variation that we have tried in approximately the last year!?

This flavor, this popcorn, has to be better than the other new popcorn we tried from Old Dutch right?  That’s right, Old Dutch’s cheddar bacon popcorn was pretty bad!

OK, so this stuff is better than Old Dutch’s Bacon Cheddar Popcorn, so that’s a plus.  In fact, it is also way better than Trader Joe’s new-ish version of dill pickle popcorn – Popcorn in a Pickle.  But, despite that, this is still only so-so popcorn.

Decent sour-vinegar level, and coverage of real dill weed.  The flavor is there, and tastes pretty good, but the popcorn quality is not the best.  The kernels were too meaty, and toothsome.  No light and crispy crunch here.  More like a heavy chew!

You know what?  We’re beginning to think that the two just aren’t meant to be.  Dill pickle and popcorn should call it quits, and go back to their old, time tested, partners. We’re talking about you – dill pickle & potato, and cheddar cheese & popcorn.

Popcorn discovered at Kwik Trip; Plymouth, Minnesota

Old Dutch Official Website

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©©© – notable

©©©© – lip-smacking

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REVIEW: Old Dutch Crunch – Bistro Blend (with a Savory Mix of Garden Grown Spices) Kettle Chips

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Old Dutch Crunch - Bistro BlendYou’ve had’em.  They’ve had’em.  We’ve all had’em…  Those generically seasoned, ubiquitous kettle cooked potato chips that come with so many sandwiches, at so many different restaurants!  The seasoning blend, and chip quality, may vary slightly from time to time, but for the most part they all pretty much taste the same, and they all pretty much do the job they are meant to do.  Which would be to add a salty and crunchy accompaniment to the real star of the meal, not to be a chip that you enjoy on its own.

When we first grabbed the bag of Old Dutch Crunch’s newest flavor – Bistro Blend – we really didn’t know what we were dealing with.  We’re assuming that by the red, white, & blue color theme of the bag, along with the inclusion of stars across the top of the bag that these chips are sporting some sort of 4th of July theme.  Maybe they were some limited edition?  We just don’t know.  Bistro Blend… what the heck is that??  A little front bag investigating (aka reading), we noticed that in the blue box right below the flavor name, was written Savory Mix of Garden Grown Spices.  Again, what the heck is that?!?  It wasn’t until we rotated the bag 180 degrees that we finally found the answer we were looking for: These delicious chips are served across the Upper Midwest in restaurants.  In other words, these are those generically seasoned, sandwich extensions that we mentioned in our opening paragraph.

Before we contemplate, or complain, about why Old Dutch would even package these chips for resale, lets first take care of the crunchy details.  The chips deliver that safe combination of a little sweet (sugar & dehydrated onion/garlic), a little heat (some sort of chili pepper – cayenne?), a little smoke (paprika, gives it color too), and of course a good coating of salt.  The combination melds together fine, but in the end is sort bland, like an unconvincing BBQ chip. The chips themselves encompass a lighter golden orange hue, and as with all of Old Dutch’s – Dutch Crunch line of kettle cooked potato chips, these chips are semi-thick, sturdy and really crunchy!  They are a very fine example of what we feel is the textbook definition of kettle cooked potato chips.  In the end, you know what these chips taste like?  Yep, you’re right, like those “bistro blend…” kettle chips that come with your sandwich at your local grill!!

In the end, we just don’t quite understand why Old Dutch felt the need to offer these chips for retail sale.  Sure, we’ll crunch on them if we find them sitting out in the a bowl, or if they arrived on our plate with our sandwich, but we would not ever crave these chips, or go out and buy another bag.  There are far too many more interesting and delicious chips already out there on the market, including Old Dutch’s other Dutch Crunch flavors, for us to waste any more time with these “Bistro Blends”!!

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

Discovered at Kwik Trip; Plymouth, Minnesota

Old Dutch Official Website

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REVIEW: Old Dutch – Cheddar Bacon Popcorn

Rating: ©-1/2 chips (return to sender)

Old Dutch - Cheddar Bacon PopcornIt seems like every time we travel home to Minnesota we come across at least one or two, maybe three, new chips, popcorn, or salty snack that have snuck onto the scene since our last visit.  Well, this time we can say that the magic snack discovery number is more like TEN than one or two, and well, let’s just hope that this Old Dutch Cheddar Bacon Popcorn is not a reflection, or more so, any indication of the quality of all of the other snacks to come!!  Because if it is, then we’re going to want to rush back to Chicago lickety-chip!!

It wasn’t all that long ago that we reviewed Trader Joe’s Baconesque White Cheddar Popcorn, and while we weren’t necessarily the biggest fans of that popcorn either, it was still leagues ahead of this Old Dutch stuff!  Plain and simple, we did not enjoy any single part of Old Dutch’s Cheddar Bacon Popcorn (other than maybe the coloring and design of the bag – the diamond shaped grating in the background was a nice touch).  But really, none of that matters because snacks have to taste good above all else!

First, the bacon aspect was not reminiscent of bacon but rather of standing in front of a camp fire.  Smoke, and smoke alone, does not make popcorn taste like bacon.  It makes it taste like fake smoke flavored popcorn.  Second, the cheddar cheese tasted nothing of cheese, but rather only salt; and not very much of it for that matter.  Third, the popcorn had no crisp, and no crunch.  It was toothsome, but in a sort of soggy, gotta chew my way through this stale stuff to force it down!  Three strikes and you are out!!

Now, we understand that there is always that chance that we tasted a sample of this particular popcorn that was not an accurate representation of the true quality of the product.  Well, to that we say, TOO BAD!  Sometimes that’s just how the kernel pops!  Often times there just isn’t enough time, or enough room in the stomach to give something a second chance, and first impressions can also be last impressions!  Which is what this will be (unless someone happens to buy us a bag, or sets a bag out at a party we are at).

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

Popcorn discovered at Kwik Trip; Plymouth, Minnesota

Old Dutch Official Website

Chip Ratings Scale:

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©© – tolerable

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©©©© – lip-smacking

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Top 5 – Plain, Salted, Traditional (you know) Regular Potato Chips

Chip Review’s Top 5 Plain/Salted/Traditional/Regular Potato Chips:

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Chip Review’s Top 5 Plain/Salted/Traditional/Regular Potato Chips:

1. Rusty’s Island Chips

2. Old Dutch – Rip-L

tie 3. Better Made – Rainbow Old Fashioned Dark

tie 3. Herr’s Kettle Cooked – Dark Russet Potato Chips

4. The Original Saratoga Chips

5. Kettle Brand – Sea Salt

runner-up: Terra – Yukon Gold Potato Chips

Make sure to tell us your favorite Regular Potato Chips!!