Top 5 – Popcorn

Chip Review’s (sort of….) Top 5 Popcorn:

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Chip Review’s Top 5 Popcorn:

tie 1. Chef’s Shoppe – Hot Cheese Line (Sriracha / Beer Popcorn)

tie 1. Greg “B.A.” Anders – Fire Corn (Real Jalapeño / Real White Cheddar Jalapeño Popcorn)

3. Ziggy’s – Kettle Corn (Sweet & Salty / Happenin’ Jalapeño)

4. Palo Popcorn – White Cheddar Cheese

5. Jenny’s Old Fashioned – Hot Cheese Popcorn

runner-up: Cobs – Cheddar Cheese Popcorn

Make sure to tell us your favorite Popcorn!!

Popcorn – Tell us what you think

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Chip Review’s Top 5 Popcorns:

tie 1. Ziggy’s – Kettle Corn (Sweet & Salty / Happenin’ Jalapeño)

tie 1. Greg “B.A.” Anders Fire Corn – Real Jalapeño / Real White Cheddar Jalapeño Popcorn

3. Palo Popcorn – White Cheddar Cheese

4. Jenny’s Old Fashioned – Hot Cheese Popcorn

5. Cobs – Cheddar Cheese Popcorn

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!

REVIEW: Palo Popcorn – Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese

Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips  (lip-smacking)

Palo Popcorn - Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese

Comments:

A few days ago we made the declaration here at Chip Review that 2013 is the Year of Great Popcorn.  We may only be a third of a way through the 2013 calendar year, but we have already tasted, and reviewed, so many amazingly delicious popcorns and kettle corns!!  We’ve enjoyed everything from terrific versions of classic flavors like white cheddar , kettle corn with Himalayan sea salt, and caramel & cheese Chicago Mix, to creative new takes like sweet & salty cheddar, and kettle corn with black licorice flavored hints of Anise.

Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin?  Yep, She-boy-gan.  Located near Lake Michigan, halfway between Milwaukee and Green Bay.  Home to Bemis Manufacturing Company (world’s largest toilet seat producer, http://www.wikipedia.com), the Ducktona 500 (the more earth-friendly great race), and premium popcorn maker extraordinaire Palo Popcorn – along with a county chock full of lucky popcorn lovers, if they know what’s good for them!!

Palo Popcorn’s jalapeno cheddar popcorn – similar to their white cheddar popcorn – is much different than most popcorn.  We are pretty sure that we’ve cracked their tasty secret code (which we did by simply reading the back of the bag): Palo Popcorn is popped in coconut oil, dusted with their own special salt (delicious), and then drenched (no exaggeration) in real Wisconsin Cheddar (there is no better), making sure to coat each and every last kernel thoroughly.  The flavorful pungent cheddar cheese seasoning interplays very well with the spicy jalapeno pepper.  The popcorn exudes  a very creamy, nearly moist quality, and yet still retains its soft crispness somehow.  The kernels are of the smaller variety, and have a crunchy and fresh texture despite the heavy coating of cheese.

We don’t know what else we can tell you.  This is great tasting popcorn.  We love when the small company can show the big dogs how it should be done.  If you ever happen to be passing through Wisconsin and spot this popcorn on the store shelves, do yourself a huge favor and grab as many bags as you can!!  Just be careful not to eat it all at once!

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

Popcorn provided to Chip Review from Palo Popcorn for review

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REVIEW: Palo Popcorn – White Cheddar Cheese

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

Palo Popcorn - White Cheddar Cheese

Comments:

Who would have ever thought that in the same month (let alone same week), we would taste two of the very best white cheddar cheese popcorns to ever grace our Chip Review pallets?

Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin?  Yep, that’s a real town.  Located near Lake Michigan, halfway between Milwaukee and Green Bay.  Home to Bemis Manufacturing Company (world’s largest toilet seat producer, http://www.wikipedia.com), the Ducktona 500, and premium popcorn maker extraordinaire Palo Popcorn – along with a county chock full of lucky popcorn lovers, if they know what’s good for them!!

This white cheddar popcorn is different than any other we have ever tasted; and we think we’ve cracked the secret code (by simply reading the back of the bag): Palo Popcorn is popped in coconut oil, and dusted with their own special salt (delicious), and then drenched (no exaggeration) in real Wisconsin Cheddar (there is no better), making sure to coat each and every last kernel thoroughly.  The popcorn exudes such a creamy, nearly moist quality, that going back to eating those other cheese dusted popcorns will simply never do again!  The kernels are of the smaller variety, and have a crunchy and fresh texture despite the heavy coating of cheese.

We don’t know what else we can tell you.  This is absolutely great tasting popcorn.  We love when the small company can show the big dogs how it should be done.  If you ever happen to be passing through Wisconsin and spot this popcorn on the store shelves, do yourself a huge favor and grab as many bags as you can!!  Just be careful not to eat it all at once!

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

Popcorn provided to Chip Review from Palo Popcorn for review

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