REVIEW: Covered Bridge – Limited Edition Sea Salt Red, White & Blue Old Fashioned Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

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Covered Bridge - Red, White & BlueStatue of Liberty… Fireworks… Classic flag colors of red, white & blue…??  Oh, we get it!!  Very subtle, and just in the nick of time for this year’s 4th of July celebration – everyone’s favorite CANADIAN chip brand?? – releases for you these limited edition RED, WHITE & BLUE potato chips!!

Alright, go ahead and ask your questions below:

1) Are the potato chips really red, white & blue?  A: Yes, but there are many more white ones than either blue or red.  And yes, the potato chips would look very cool in a bowl on your table this 4th of July.

2) Do the blue and red chips taste different than the white chips?  A: Not really.  Maybe a slightly more nutty, burnt sugars quality essence to them, but for the most part it is just for visual purposes.

3) Do you guys feel at all bad for chomping on our country’s Independence Day themed potato chips made by a Canadian chip company?  A: Heck No. And you shouldn’t either.

There really isn’t too much to be said about Covered Bridge’s tasty tri-color potato chips.  The chips are on the thinner side, extra light and pretty crispy, with a prominent potato flavor.  Sort of like a standard container of mixed nuts, the bag consisted of approximately 50% of the boring ingredient – white potato chips (representing peanuts in the mixed nuts), with the other half made up evenly of blue and red potato chips (almonds, pecans and cashews!).  We were more than satisfied with their sea salt coverage, and felt very patriotic while scarfing down the bag, despite the holiday still being a couple of weeks away.

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

Discovered at World Market; Oak Brook, Illinois

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REVIEW: Covered Bridge – Montreal Steak Spice Seasoning Old Fashioned Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©©-3/4 chips  (lip-smacking)

Covered Bridge - Montreal Steak Spice Seasoning Old Fashioned Kettle Style Potato ChipsOh Canada!  Oh Covered Bridge!  We stand and applaud your Montreal Steak Spice Seasoning chips!  Yeah, you’re right, our sweet melody won’t be replacing the Canadian national anthem anytime soon, but we can tell you with utmost certainty that you should be replacing whatever you are eating right now with some of these lip-smacking potato chips!!

Truth be told, these chips, or more accurately, their deliciousness, came as a complete surprise to us.  Straight from left field, or more like, from Canada.  Little did we know that hiding inside this simply designed bag were some of the best tasting chips of 2014!

So, what exactly is Montreal Steak Seasoning Spice?  From the looks of the front of this bag it consists of two spice containers (appropriately labeled “spice”), some onion, garlic and tomato, and some flames and a giant steak.  Some of our tasters were thinking that the flavor may taste like steak itself, but based on the ingredients listed on the back of the bag, Covered Bridge seems to be keeping the recipe close to their chest.  Garlic is listed, and of course there is salt, but beyond that is simply the always illusive “spices”.  In our opinion, Montreal Steak Seasoning Spice is not very far removed from most salt and pepper flavored chips.  In fact, that is exactly what it is.  An amp’d up, or an elevated, salt and pepper variation.

The flavor starts with loads of the classic black and white spices, followed closely by hints of garlic and onion, and it even seemed like there was a little spicy heat hidden in there at the finish.  Yep, no doubt about it, when we were finally able to stop eating these chips for a second, there was definitely a light burn on our tongues and in our mouths (granted, this could possibly be from the loads of pepper being used).

While Covered Bridge’s Montreal Steak Spice Seasoning is certainly a more than acceptable seasoning blend, it is not what set these chips apart from the masses.  What exactly is it that catapults them into the illusive, nearly perfect, chip rating territory?  Plain and simple, the potato chips themselves!!!  These are SUPERB potato chips. On the thinner side, extra light and crispy, with a very substantial and prominent real potato flavor. The russet Burbank potatoes lend a darker color, with a rich, and rustic potato flavor. Some may even consider the chips burnt, but just like with Better Made’s Rainbow Dark Potato Chips, they are simply delicious!  The dark potato provides some uniquely nutty, and smoky “burnt” flavor profiles that we are simply suckers for.  If you’ve never tried dark potato chips, you should really seek them out!

Probably our only gripes with these chips, and we are nitpicking here of course, are that there were quite a few crumbs at the bottom of the bag (possibly due to how thin the chips are, or perhaps the fact that they traveled all of the way from the frozen tundra to the North). We also think that the salt level could be turned down just a touch. Don’t get us wrong, you know we love salt. Probably our most common complaint, other than chips tasting disgusting, would be that they are under seasoned. However, these chips are really, really close to being too salty!

Lastly, in case you were wondering, Covered Bridge Potato Chip’s factory is located in Hartland, New Brunswick, which is the home of the world’s longest covered bridge.  And we were wondering where the name came from – problem solved.

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

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Chip Review of the day…..

Barrel O’ Fun – Old Fashioned Dill Pickle Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

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The second round of Gardy’s Signature Flavors?  Once again, “who is Gardy you ask?”  Well, Ron Gardenhire is the Manager for the greatest team in the history of Major League Baseball – the Minnesota Twins (sorry Sox, sorry Cubs, our roots run deep).  And, what is Ron Gardenhire doing creating ‘Signature Flavors’ for Barrel O’ Fun (B.O.F.) potato chips?  Well, B.O.F. just happens to be the official potato chips of the Minnesota Twin, and what’s more official than letting the F.M. sign-off on some tasty new flavors?  Batter up!

First, and foremost, we should mention the potato chips themselves.  Barrel O’ Fun, makes some fairly tasty potato chips.  They are thinner, medium sized, with lots of potato flavor.  It’s sort of amazing how the potato flavor isn’t completely overshadowed by the dill pickle seasoning, but it simply isn’t.  The bag was filled up full with large, unbroken potato chips; many of which still retained their potato peels on their edges.

Gardy’s Signature Flavors Old Fashioned Dill Pickle Potato Chips are a worthy addition to his line-up.  In our opinion, they won’t be batting clean-up any time soon, that position still belongs to Gardy’s Cheddar & Horseradish potato chips; however, they would still make a great lead-off bag!  Their seasoning blend is reminiscent of Larry The Cable Guy’s Fried Dill PIckle Chips, but they are not quite as dill-y, or vinegar-y.  In the end, their old fashioned dill pickle seasoning blend is flavorful, but mild.

We like them well enough, but they certainly will not be making Chip Review’s Top 5 Dill Pickle chips any time soon.  Make sure to tell us your favorite Dill / Pickle flavored chips.

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

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