Chip Review’s Honorable Mentions – 2015

25 Chips to Christmas – 11 Honorable Mentions

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These chips nearly made our Top 25 of the Year, and deserve some recognition too!! (in alphabetical order)

Beanfields - Nacho
“These are really good!  Not – really good for a bean and rice chip – sorta good.  NO!  Really good for any type of nacho cheese flavored chip!”

“The onion presence is sweet and pungent, without being too pronounced.  The cool, sour cream is really enhanced with a good touch of tangy cheese.  All of the flavors work harmoniously, and surprisingly enough, do not overwhelm Cobs delicious popcorn one little bit.”

D'vour - Coconut Sea Salt

D’vour Tortilla Chips made with Real Coconut – Sea Salt

“And some of us at Chip Review were even excited to try the chips with nachos; melting a whole bunch of cheese all over them and seeing how the sweet, salty and cheesy combo works out.”

Herr's - Peppered Bacon

Herr’s – Peppered Bacon Potato Chips

“Seems like no matter how many times we try another poorly executed bacon flavored snack, we still get excited for the next one!!”

International Popcorn - Everything BagelInternational Popcorn - Cheddar Ranch

International Popcorn – Everything Bagel Popcorn

“Has popcorn replaced chips as the international favorite salty snack?!?  Well, we’re not sure if popcorn is as popular around the rest of the world but right now, here in the U.S.A. popcorn is booming!!”
Popsalot - Honolulu Aloha

Popsalot – Honolulu Aloha

“The few moments when we actually landed a mix of both the caramel corn and the macadamia nuts were, lights-out fantastic.  Those precious, porcelain, roasted half nuggets of unctuously rich macadamia nuts were amazing! WOW!”

Pringles - Wasabi & Soy SaucePringles - Salted Caramel

Pringles – Exclusive Flavor Wasabi & Soy Sauce

Pringles Limited Time Only! – Salted Caramel

“Turns out that it has been nearly 3 months since we reviewed any new Pringles!  THREE MONTHS!  While three months may not seem like that long of time to many of you, let us just tell you that in Pringles’ months we’re talking about a very long time between new reviews!!”

Snacks 101 - Less Mess White Cheddar Popcorn

Snacks 101 – The First Baked Popcorn – Less Mess White Cheddar

“Apparently, Snacks 101 has created “The First Baked Popcorn”….  Are they messing with us?  Can this be right?  Well, we can’t find any evidence to dispute them so let’s roll with it.”

Trader Joe's - Partially Popped Popcorn ...with Butter & Sea Salt!

Trader Joe’s – Partially Popped Popcorn …with Butter & Sea Salt!

“Trader Joe’s Triple P embodies a real strong corn essence, and flavor.  They do in fact look like those partially popped kernels you find at the bottom of the popcorn bag or bowl, except that they don’t break your teeth when you chomp down on them.”

Ziggys - Kickin Buffalo Wing

Ziggy’s Kettle Corn – Kickin’ Buffalo Wing with Himalayan Pink Salt

“Great combination of tangy, sweet, salty, zippy, spicy, zingy, sour-y, and did we mention spicy-spicy-spicy?!?  Seriously, lots of heat – WHOA!!”

** And here are 5 additional dishonorable mentions that we hope to never mention again… **

(in alphabetical order)

Old Dutch - Cheddar Bacon Popcorn

Old Dutch – Cheddar Bacon Popcorn

“First, the bacon aspect was not reminiscent of bacon but rather of standing in front of a camp fire.  Smoke, and smoke alone, does not make popcorn taste like bacon.”

Old Dutch Ripples Appetizers - Chicken Artichoke Flatbread

Old Dutch Ripples Appetizers On The Go – Chicken Artichoke Flatbread

“But, as for the taste – uhhhh…. we do not taste any chicken, artichoke or flatbread (not that we were expecting to actually taste the flatbread).”

Pop! - White Truffle Bliss

Pop! Gourmet Popcorn – Extravagant White Truffle Bliss Popcorn

“But, maybe it’s difficult to capture and accurately deliver the deliciously aromatic flavors of truffle onto popcorn?  Nope, we’ve tasted and reviewed a handful of truffle flavored snacks (predominantly popcorn), and most of them have actually been lip-smacking!”

Snyder's of Hanover - Raspberry Creme Sweet Pretzel Sandwiches

Snyder’s of Hanover – Raspberry Creme Sweet Pretzel Sandwiches

“Plain and simple these pretzel sandwiches are a sweet dessert treat that should not be included anywhere among salty snack section for any rhyme or reason.  These belong on the shelf next to cookies!”

Trader Joe's - Popcorn in a Pickle

Trader Joe’s – Popcorn in a Pickle

“Popcorn in a Pickle is not only not better than Trader Joe’s Baconesque, but it makes Joe’s cheddar bacon popcorn seem lip-smacking in comparison.”

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2015 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2015!

REVIEW: Pringles Tortillas Limited Time Only! – Cinnamon Sugar

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

Pringles Tortillas - Cinnamon SugarHear-ye! Hear-ye!! Pringles holiday pandemonium has arrived!  That’s right, time to put up those Christmas lights, get those shovels out, start brining those turkeys, and of course trying out the limited edition weird Pringles seasonal flavors!!

Lucky for all of us – these are fantastic!!  Really, really lip-smackingly tasty!  We didn’t expect as much, but these are so good we want to write Pringles a letter and tell them to remove that Limited Time Only! label from the canister and keep these beauties around all years long!!

Initially, these Tortillas evoked thoughts of churros.  You know, those long, tubular shaped, fried “doughnuts” from Spain that are often dusted with cinnamon and sugar, and can be eaten while walking the streets of Madrid?  However, by pairing the cinnamon and sugar with a crunchy corn tortilla base, we would classify these as Mexican churros!  Either which way we call it, we still end up with delicious Pringles!

The classic combination of cinnamon and sugar always evokes our inner most childhood memories.  Seriously, our memories associated with the joy of devouring slice upon slice of buttery, cinnamon and sugar toast is so strong, we wonder if that is all we ate growing up?!  The near perfect harmony of the sweet, salty and earthy aromatic notes come together with an explosion in our mouths!  Luckily for all of us, Pringles has hit that combo right on the crisp!!  What really helps these Tortillas to solidify their near perfect harmony is the right amount of salt to help counter and compliment the cinnamon and sugar.  Throw the three ingredients onto a delicious corn tortilla crisp and you’ve got some lip-smacking seasonal crisps!

If you have not yet introduced yourself to Pringles Tortillas line of crisps, we wonder why you are reading this?!?  You’re reading a review of chips, you must be a fan of salty (sometimes sweet) and crunchy snacks, and we’ve been trying to tell you that Pringles Tortillas are among the really good ones for a while now.  So, what are you waiting for, get out there and give them a crunch!!

Let’s try to understand the intricacies of Pringles corn Tortillas crisps themselves.  The Tortillas are a heartier, denser, crunchier, and can we just call them a more “rustic” corn variation of Pringles traditional potato crisps.  Their mouth-feel is similar to the potato-based Pringles, only less brittle on the bite, with a grainier texture.  The crisps do still inhabit Pringles’ classically curved, oval, uniform design, allowing them to stack perfectly in their canister.  And the corn flavor is definitely front and center within these crisps, and like we’ve already said, it pairs very well with this seasoning.  If we had to pinpoint what we actually don’t love about these crisps, it would most likely be that due to the crisps strong, lingering sweet presence, we cannot crunch as many of them as we would like to.  Downing an entire canister of these would most likely result in some form of diabetic shock to any of us!!

Great job Pringles!  Thanks for continuing to push the flavor combo boundaries, and dabbling in flavors that most other chip companies wouldn’t ever think of trying!  As long as you keep coming up with these unique flavors, we’ll keep trying them out!

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

Discovered at Walmart; Darien, Illinois

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REVIEW: Pringles Limited Time Only! – Milk Chocolate

Rating: ©©© chips  (notable)

Pringles - Milk ChocolateFor the 2014 holiday chip eating season Pringles has released two new “sweet-holiday-ish” inspired flavors, of course piggy backing off of the success of their other unique limited edition seasonal crisps the past couple of years.  In addition to the milk chocolate flavor, they have also added a Cinnamon & Sugar flavor to their Tortillas line of crisps – churros anyone?! (review coming soon).

For the 2013 holiday season Pringles released a limited edition White Chocolate flavor of crisps, and for one reason or another we never got around to reviewing them until this past JULY!!  So, in other words we were very late to the party on those ones, but this also means that we can still taste those lip-smacking, sweet cream and salty combined Pringles on the backs of our tongues.  Which, in turn, gives us an advantage when reviewing the milk chocolate flavor.  Henceforth, giving Chip Review the upper edge, and surely securing our victory….

We’ve asked before, but we’ll ask again, how much further can Pringles possibly push their flavor boundaries?!?  They have already brought us the likes of Pumpkin Pie, Cinnamon & Sugar, White Chocolate Peppermint, Pecan Pie, and even Mint Chocolate Chip, which we didn’t even get to try out here in the states!  We were sort of hoping that they would try their hand at some of the more savory holiday flavors this season.  Something like cranberry, mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing, but alas it seems as though Pringles likes to stick with what has been working up to this point.

Overall, Chip Review enjoyed last year’s white chocolate flavored Pringles quite a bit.  They weren’t revolutionary, or spot on accurate, or anything, they were just a decently, subtly sweet and salty potato crisp.  So, based on the success of those crisps, maybe we came in with too high of hopes for the milk chocolate flavor?  But, similar to the way that Junk Food Guy felt about last year’s white chocolate flavor, we pretty much feel about this year’s milk chocolate.  They just fall flat, and sort of tasted eerily similar to the white chocolate flavor.

Initially, we did smell some strong notes of cocoa as we opened the canister, and the potato crisps were sparsely coated with a light brown dusting of seasoning.  Truth be told, we had envisioned that the crisps themselves would actually be brown, but it looks like Pringles has stuck with their traditional potato crisps, simply dusted with the milk chocolate seasoning.  As for their flavor, we do not taste chocolate of any sort.  We had two reviewers taste them without knowing what they were trying, and neither one of them made any mention of chocolate.  Both nailed the fact that they were eating Pringles, but one referred to them as sweet cream, and the other called them simply sweet and salty.  These Pringles aren’t bad in any way, in fact they taste pretty great, but we just cannot find any real signs of chocolate flavor hidden anywhere among them!  We wanted chocolate!!  We feel cheated!!  This is a missed opportunity by Pringles’, and we still expect a delicious holiday crisp this year!!  That’s right, Cinnamon & Sugar Tortillas Pringles we’re looking and relying on you!!

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: Pringles Limited Time Only! – White Chocolate

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

Pringles - White ChocolateAll New!  Limited Time Only! Pringles White Chocolate Potato Crisps!  Available to us just in the nick of time for our 4th of July festivities…. Wait! What’s that you say?!?  Oh, sorry about that, it appears as though we are a little behind on the reviewing times here.  Pringles White Chocolate were originally released just in time for a limited engagement during the 2013 holiday season (that makes more sense).  Truth be told we aren’t sure of the specifics but somehow we lost this can, and only recently discovered it at the bottom of the chip pile.  Luckily for all, the expiration date is far from being reached and better late than never!  Although, we’re sure that many of you out there are probably thinking “NEVER! Would be better than late” in the case of these Pringles!

How much further can Pringles possibly push their flavor boundaries?!? They have already brought us the likes of Pumpkin Pie, Cinnamon & Sugar, White Chocolate Peppermint, Pecan Pie, and even Mint Chocolate Chip, which we didn’t even get to try out here in the states!  So, in comparison, this white chocolate flavor isn’t really that far out there.

Similar to the other holiday flavors, the white chocolate flavored crisps, sort of split Chip Review(ers) right down the proverbial flavor middle.  However, this time around, there were no real major detractors, only those who just weren’t fans of the crisps.  But, then there were those who really enjoyed the sweet white chocolate and salty combo!  In fact, dare we say it, but these are probably our most favorite among the weird holiday flavors released the over past two years.  Any guesses as to what Pringles may have up their sleeves for the 2014 holiday season?  Our money is on fruitcake or roast turkey & cranberry!

As for an accurate description of the flavor, all we really have to tell you is that these do not really taste like white chocolate.  And just so we are clear here, we are among the group that do not even recognize white chocolate as real chocolate.  White chocolate is simply a sweet, white, meltable by-product of real chocolate.  It should never be eaten on its own, and is only slightly tolerable when melted down and drizzled over salty pretzels.  Which may be why it works in this case.  The sweet creamy seasoning contrasts the salty potato crisps rather well.  Granted, they don’t have much complexity, they are plain and simple a sweet and salty potato crisp, that we would be more than happy to enjoy at our holiday parties!

For another, less enthusiastic review, check out Junk Food Guy.

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: 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!!

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: Pringles – Limited Time Only! White Chocolate Peppermint

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Pringles - White Chocolate Peppermint

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For this “special” review, our last of the 2012 season, we have decided that since everyone, and their mothers, have already reviewed Pringles flavor-genre breaking holiday potato crisps, we are going to craft our thoughts, and our review, utilizing the words of a handful of our fellow snack evaluators.  Due to our decision to plagiarize our friends you may notice that our review has been fashioned in the first person perspective, because, well, that is how they write….we hope you enjoy!

This was my White Whale…I went to two different Walmarts and two different Targets just to find these…things. Like I didn’t hate the idea of eating them already, they made me go to two Walmarts (Junk Food Betty).  Ok….ok.   So….hmmm.  Wow.  Wait, what?  …let me gather myself, and try to describe these Limited Edition White Chocolate Peppermint Pringles (Junk Food Guy).

When I first bit into a chip, the peppermint was cool on my tongue, which I thought was interesting (Grub Grade).  As I…closed my chompers, the air around the chip began to taste of chocolate mint (Junk Food Guy). The addition of a little peppermint oil, which is what I have to assume is one of the natural flavors listed in the ingredients, and you’ve got a noticeably oily snack (Kotaku).  Then, as I chewed, the decently strong flavor of a rich cocoa and icy feel of mint emerged…only then to be blended with the predictable taste of a salty Pringles potato crisp.  It was the most peculiar thing I’d eaten of late.  So bizarre (Junk Food Guy).

The taste is akin to having an out of body experience. If you lick the chip – excuse me, crisp – you definitely pick up flavors of peppermint and white chocolate. It’s short lived though, like a stick of gum… (The Impulsive Buy).  These Pringles tasted exactly like how they’re supposed to, and my taste buds wanted to go to their special place and pretend this wasn’t happening (Junk Food Betty).  The flavor is actually…good, but it’s completely disjointed from the characteristic Pringles’ finish, which for lack of a better word is best described as slightly, possibly, sorta potato-ey (The Impulsive Buy).

These are great to experience, but not for extended snacking (Fat Guy Food Blog).  Would I eat these again? I really don’t think so. But these are bizarre enough that if you bring these to your holiday party, it WILL BE what EVERYONE is talking about by party’s end, WITHOUT A DOUBT (Junk Food Guy)!!!

As always, these are our thoughts (told through the words of others), we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

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REVIEW: Pringles – Cinnamon & Sugar

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

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Pringles pandemonium seems to have hit its Holiday Season peak!!!  We already reviewed Pumpkin Pie Spice here.  Overall opinions at Chip Review were mixed.  We have not yet obtained a can of the White Chocolate Peppermint ones.  We sure hope we do before they disappear into the lost chip abyss forever.

It seems like just about everyone has chimed in with their opinions on Pringles unique sweet trifecta!  As far as the Cinnamon & Sugar ones, we’ve spotted reviews from Junk Food Guy, Fat Guy Food Blog, and countless numbers of youtube reviews – here and here and here.

Overall opinions seemed to be met with mixed reactions, and once again it is no different here at Chip Review.  Some of us loved the sweet and salty combo, mixed with just the right amount of cinnamon to puzzle our taste buds, but yet still let us know we’re eating potato crisps.  While others of us were disappointed with the lack of cinnamon and sugar presence, longing for more, and found the holiday flavors clashing with the potato crisp’s “natural” flavor.

What we all could agree on at Chip Review was that we were thankful to Pringles for making the decision to push the boundaries and dabble in flavors that most other chip companies wouldn’t ever think of trying!

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