BIJOU-REVIEW: Boulder Canyon – Pumpkin Pie Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Boulder Canyon - Pumpkin PieHappy Thanksgiving everyone!

We started this Thanksgiving meal out with some delicious Turkey & Gravy flavored potato chips, and now we’re finishing up with these Pumpkin Pie flavored ones!

Once again we are wishing that we could find the Cranberry, and the Stuffing flavored chips as well, so we could round this Thanksgiving meal out; but alas, as far as we can tell Boulder has opted to stick Turkey and Pumpkin Pie.

Believe it or not, Boulder Canyon’s chips are not the first pumpkin pie flavored potato chips that we have come across.  A few years ago Pringles released their own Pumpkin Pie Spice Potato Crisps.  We didn’t love those, and quite frankly we don’t love these either.  They are better than the Pringles variation, but that is only due to the quality of the kettle cooked potato chips themselves.

Plain and simply, pumpkin pie flavors were not meant to be sprinkled onto fried potato slices!!  Chips are a savory snack, not a crispy dessert!  Sure there can be a mingling of sweet and salty flavors some times, but we do not embrace a chip that is all sweet, with no salt – which is what these are!

That being said, they do evoke an awful lot of pumpkin pie thoughts.  Sugar, and traditional spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, and believe it or not, some sort of real pumpkin are all utilized to flavors these chips.  We can’t argue their accuracy, but we will never embrace their flavor!!

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

Chips discovered at World Market; Oak Brook, Illinois

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REVIEW: Gaslamp Popcorn Co. – Pumpkin Spice Pie Popcorn

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips (tolerable)

Gaslamp - Pumpkin Spice PiePumpkin Spice Pie?  Does that sound oddly worded to anyone else?  Did they actually mean Pumpkin Pie Spice?  And, why not just Pumpkin Pie flavored?  It’s not as if we would actually expect the popcorn to taste like pie right?  So, we would simply be expecting those traditional pumpkin pie spices all the same.  Of course we’re nitpicking here, but either way you slice it (get it?), we just don’t think Pumpkin Spice Pie sounds right!

A couple of months ago we reviewed Gaslamp Popcorn Co.’s other holiday inspired flavor Apple Crumble Pie.  Very similar to that flavor, the Pumpkin Spice Pie flavor releases an oddly familiar scent of those traditional holiday spices combined with a savory, slightly oily, and something like creamy buttermilk essence.

So what does the unmistakeable pumpkin pie spice blend typically consist of?  Correct us if we are wrong, but we are pretty sure that it is ground nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and all spice. In other words, an aromatic wonderful of scents!  And, wouldn’t you know it, Gaslamp’s popcorn did smell and taste of all of these spices.  However, when combined with the sort of rich and tangy and oily notes of the popcorn, the seasoning did not jive very well with us.  We definitely could have used some more salt.  What this flavor really lacked that the Apple Crumble Pie delivered on was some depth of flavor.  With that flavor Gaslamp included a slight acidic touch to represent the apple part of the combo, and while we didn’t love the flavor by any means, we were very impressed.  With this flavor, we get none of that, and are really left with a, four spice, one note flavor!

Once again, in the end, we must give high marks to Gaslamp Popcorn Co. for originality, and some rather crispy and fluffy bright white popcorn kernels.  However, we can’t imagine that anyone would ever grab a bag of this stuff, and simply sit down and enjoy the whole thing!  No, this is the stuff you set out at your holiday party and watch people’s reactions.  More conversation piece than delectable treat.  We’ll stick to Pumpkin Spice Pie in pumpkin pie form please!

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 by Gaslamp Popcorn Co. for review.

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REVIEW: Pringles Limited Time Only! – Pecan Pie

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Pringles - Pecan Pie

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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!!

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