25 Chips to Christmas….

#17

It’s Freakin’ Awesome Nosh Bag – & – Wicked Mix – Chocolate-Laced

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Original Reviews Here and Here

Okay, maybe we are cheating just a little bit by including two different mixes with our choice for #17 on this year’s 25 Chips to Christmas; but in our defense there are only so many spots on the list, plus they are both delicious mixes unlike any others we had tried before them.  Seriously, if you are a fan of sweet, salty and spicy snacks, then either one of these unique mixes should be on your ‘must find list’!!  You can thanks us later!

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RATING: Wicked Mix – Spicy Hot Chipotle

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Wicked Mix - Chipotle

Yeah, we’re as surprised as you are that we liked this flavor less than Wicked Mix’s Chocolate-Laced version.  Just goes to show that you just never know!

Mix provided to Chip Review by Wicked Mix for review

Wicked Mix Official Website

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REVIEW: Wicked Mix – Chocolate-Laced

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

Wicked Mix - Chocolate LacedOne of these things is not like the others!  One of these things just doesn’t belong!!

One of these things are so lip-smackingly different and delicious, that they even made us sing this song!!

Every once in a while we cross paths with a new snack that just does not fit nicely into any one category.  Something new and unique!  Sure, we’ve tasted and reviewed plenty of snack mixes, and even some of those have been of the sweet chocolate varietal, but never before have we tasted such a deliciously odd combination of chocolate and savory flavors!!

Just a short while ago we reviewed another unique sweet and salty snack mix by the name of It’s Freakin’ Awesome Nosh Bag!  And just like we fell head over heals with that unique mix, we have found another tasty surprise in Wicked Mix’s Chocolate-Laced!

Wicked Mix has three flavors or varieties of their Wicked Mixes.  There’s Spicy Original, Spicy Hot Chipotle, and then of course these Chocolate-Laced.  Wicked Mix was kind enough to send us some of each to taste and review!  Yeah, we know-we know, it is a tough job but someone has got to do it!!  If we are being completely honest with you, we started our tasting process with the Chocolate-Laced flavor first because we were the least excited for it.  Sure, we appreciate sweet and salty combinations, kettle corn popcorn is one of our all-time favorite snacks, but more often than not snacks that are covered in chocolate, completely lose sight of the sweet and salty (or savory) juxtaposition!  Luckily for you, and us, and them, Wicked Mix has found that happy medium spot where every ingredient jives and comes together to form a unique flavor experience!

First, what exactly does Wicked Mix consist of?  Well, a delightfully nutty combination of Pecan halves, Cashews, Almonds, plus 4 other tasty morsels…?  Tasty morsels?  Huh?!  Don’t look at us, that is Wicked Mix’s own description.  We think that those other morsels would be the pretzels, Chex like criss-cross wheat crisps, and some unusual honey roasted sesame crisps.   Those morsels are then spiced with a wicked liquid brew containing 8 spices, some secret, some not, resulting in a tasty snack mix that cannot be adequately described, only experienced.  But, since we are in the business of describing snacks to you, so you can in turn decide if you want to experience them, let us try and give this a shot.  The Wicked Mix combo is impressively heavy on the nuts (which is always a good thing in our books) coated with a tangy, spicy, salty, savory, chocolatey-sweet flavor layer.  At first the seasoning confuses the palette, but if you stick in there long enough to let the flavors develop, and give it a real open minded shot, we think that your taste buds will end eventually thank you!!  To get a good idea of the depth of flavor going on with this mix, just take a look at some of ingredients (and mind you, in the end this is all finished with a drizzle of white and dark chocolates): distilled white vinegar, onions, ANCHOVIES, garlic, cloves, tamarind extract, fully aged peppers, salt, LARD, garlic, salt, Cayenne pepper & CELERY salt!!  Whoa!  That is one delicious mouthful!

Not to plagiarize a line from some of our own work, but this little snippet from a recent review just fits too perfectly not to use it – The myriad of contrasting ingredients are amazingly cohesive, and despite the unique combination they tasted oddly familiar?  And that’s just it, this Wicked Mix hits all of those familiar flavor notes our childhood Chex Mix, while at the same time, taking it somewhere new and delicious!

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

Mix provided to Chip Review by Wicked Mix for review

Wicked Mix Official Website

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REVIEW: Pringles Limited Time Only! – Pecan Pie

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Pringles - Pecan Pie

Comments:

What do we have here?!?  A new, unique addition to Pringles seasonal line-up of holiday sweets inspired potato crisps!!  Pringles Pecan Pie potato crisps join the likes of last year’s boundary pushing Pumpkin Pie, Cinnamon & Sugar, & White Chocolate Peppermint flavors.

And, just like with those other flavors, these pecan pie crisps, have split Chip Review(ers) right down the proverbial flavor middle, and opinions are all across the board!  However, this time around, the tables have turned, and those reviewers who were fans of last year’s sweet flavors cannot stand these crisps, and of course vice versa for those reviewers who were not…

First of all, the major difference between these pecan pie crisps, and the three flavors from last year is that those flavors were sweet crisps, with a certain level of saltiness added to them – they were “challenging, and original” because they were sweet and salty potato crisps.  What we have this time around, are some very unexpected, sweet and SAVORY crisps.  Truth be told, for the initial few fleeting seconds, the pecan pie crisps triggered memories of Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Chicken & Waffle potato chips – which is of course in no way a bad thing!!

So, some of us here loved the sweet and salty and savory combination, mixed with just the right amount of pecan pie seasonings to puzzle our taste buds, but yet still let us know we’re supposed to be eating, and hopefully enjoying, Pringles potato crisps.  While others of us were absolutely turned off by what our taste buds were experiencing.

Right off the bat – BUTTER!!  A wave of delicious, and savory butter flavor that evoked thoughts of pecan pie’s rich, shiny, butter glazed pecan topping.  Truthfully, the butter flavor was on the verge of tasting fake, but one quick glance to the ingredients list on the back confirmed it, these crisps do indeed have butter on them.  However, beyond the butter, most of the other particular flavors were very difficult to pinpoint.  The sweetness aspect in this case appeared to have been delivered using molasses, which must be what actually triggered our initial thoughts of Lay’s C&W chips, but do not very well provide that rich and creamy pecan pie filling flavor.

In the end, do the crisps taste like pecan pie?  Not really.  Pecan pie should evoke thoughts of a comforting juxtaposition of smooth and crunchy textures, with some nutty, sweet, salty and savory flavors.  Pringles Pecan Pie Potato Crisps do evoke thoughts of sweet and salty butter, combined with crunchy potato crisps!

As with most things these days, the new savory sweet combo was loved by some, and revolted by others!  However, one thing we all could agree on at Chip Review was that we were definitely thankful to Pringles for continuing to push the flavor boundaries, and challenge the conventional thoughts of what flavors should, and can, go onto salty, crunchy snacks!!

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

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