REVIEW: Funyuns – Steakhouse Onion

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Funyuns - Steakhouse OnionRip open this bag and let the crunchy goodness of Funyuns Steakhouse Onion Flavored Rings make all your onion blossom dreams come true. Your taste buds will have no choice but to say, “THANK YOU!” Crunchy Rings of AWESOMENESS (these words are from the back of the Steakhouse Onion Funyuns bag)

Do we share this in this enthusiasm?

Maybe a little bit…

We’ll just get it out of the way and say that these are pretty good, and certainly not lacking in the flavor department.  The corn meal puffed onion rings are as crunchy as they ever are, BUT to be completely honest our “onion blossom dreams” have not come true (especially since our onion blossom dreams always include rainbows, pots of gold, and the occasional unicorn!!).

We just don’t really see the purpose of this flavor?!?  They taste very similar to original Funyuns with a sprinkling of muddled, generic seasoning on them.  Again, they are not bad, but they are unnecessary.  We simply feel like the only real reason for making a new version of a classic should be if you could enhance it in some way, or at the very least make such a difference that you can barely recognize the original  – neither of those two are apparent here!  The Steakhouse Onion seasoning basically just adds further onion flavor, a dash of garlic, traces of tomato, and a tiny smooch of heat on the finish.

If we had a choice, we would pick the Original Funyuns over these every time.  And, if we had another choice, we would pick both the Flamin’ Hot and Chile Limon versions over the Originals, probably because we really like both of them, but also because they provide an enhanced version of the Original!!  With the Funyuns Flamin’ version they were bright red, tangy & spicy, and with the Chile Limon, Funyuns took our taste buds on an exciting roller coaster of flavor that we had never ridden (eaten) before!

FUNYUNS – we are all for you giving us new flavors to try, but we want them to be just that – NEW!!  Not onion flavored onion rings!

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

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25 Chips to Christmas….

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Funyuns – Chile Limón

Funyuns - Chile Limon

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You know what sounds really good?  Piping hot, thick cut, beer battered onion rings, dusted with lots of salt and chili, and splashed with a squeeze of lime!  Wait, do you know anywhere that actually serves that?  No?!  We neither.  In which case, until that day comes, we will continue to enjoy Funyuns deliciousness!!

REVIEW: Funyuns – Chile Limón

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

Funyuns - Chile LimonAnd what do we have here?!?  Yep, that’s right, it appears as though everyone’s favorite crunchy, onion ring snack has decided to try their own variation on the, all-too-often over done, and overused, chile & limón combination!

What is limon you ask?  Actually, we know that you probably don’t need to ask that, as the picture on the front of the bag clearly shows a cross section of a lime, and we’re pretty sure most people in the U.S. now know what a limón is.  However, in case you did ask that, a limón is in fact not the combination of a lime + a lemon, but actually the Spanish word for both lime and lemon.  In this case, and most cases when discussing chile & limón together, limón is referring to the limón verde – aka lime.

The initial smell released from the Funyuns’ bag as we ripped it open was of a deeply delicious, chile and onion combination. That rich and savory scent alone had us very excited for where these Funyuns were headed!  Luckily for you, and us, that excitement was completely justified!

In our opinion, not only are these Chile & Limón Funyuns as good as either the Original, or Flamin’ Hot versions, but actually even better, and certainly more complex.  The seasoning level varied from ring to ring, while some were heavily blanketed with a deep red dusting of powder, others were only lightly coated with a reddish sprinkling of seasoning.  The onion rings themselves were the same old crunchy, corn based, circular extruded snack, that was easy to crunch through, and sort of fun to play with!

Initially, the Funyuns flavor exhibited a surprisingly restrained subtlety, with just a light touch of some smokey chile notes, that mingled flawlessly with the salty onion flavor.  We found that the limón flavor was actually rather sporadic, but when we did find it, the tangy citrus surprise added a delicious zap of freshness.  Although the Funyuns do not initially exude very much chile heat, the spicy intensity definitely grew and grew with the more rings we crunched!

Plain and simple, Funyuns Chile & Limón are that rare snack sequel that was actually able to elevate above and beyond their tasty original snack.  They are some of the best “chips” that we have tried so far in 2014!

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

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REVIEW: Gourmet Basics – Hatch Chile Pop Rings

Rating: ©©-1/4 chips  (tolerable)

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Apparently, you can pretty much pop anything these days.  Soon the money we spend, the homes we live in, and the cars we drive, will somehow magically be popped.  In fact we’ve decided that the saying is no longer “drop it like it’s hot“, instead it has morphed into “POP it like it’s hot!

Maybe we need to start paying a bit more attention to chips, and other snacks, prior to just popping them into our mouths.  We thought we were trying a new variation of some hatch chile flavored onion ring snacks, but evidently we were tasting a hatch and cheddar flavored, new created addition, to the popped snack family!  And, just like the vast majority of those other popped snacks, Gourmet Basics Pop Rings are really just a healthier, less desirable, imitation of the their originals!

The popped rings were dusted with a nice blend of seasonings, that encompassed both a salty, cheddar cheese flavor, and a quick, bite of spicy hatch chile!  Somehow there were no green chile specs visual anywhere on the rings, but the heat certainly grew with the more rings we popped through.  As we looked closer at the packaging we noticed that no where on the front of the bag did Gourmet Basics refer to their Pop Rings as onion flavored, and we’re not sure if it was due to this, or the simple fact that the rings simply did not encompass very much onion flavor, but we just couldn’t find much onion anywhere in the bag.

Where these rings really rub us wrong is with their popped texture.  The rings are devoid of any crunchy mouth character.  They are too light, too crispy, no depth, no richness, no textural essence.  They do not melt on your tongue, in fact, they do not react to the moisture on your tongue at all.  Your mouth, and teeth, must do all of the crunchy hard work to pop through this bag!

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