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!

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REVIEW: Old Dutch Crunch – Bistro Blend (with a Savory Mix of Garden Grown Spices) Kettle Chips

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Old Dutch Crunch - Bistro BlendYou’ve had’em.  They’ve had’em.  We’ve all had’em…  Those generically seasoned, ubiquitous kettle cooked potato chips that come with so many sandwiches, at so many different restaurants!  The seasoning blend, and chip quality, may vary slightly from time to time, but for the most part they all pretty much taste the same, and they all pretty much do the job they are meant to do.  Which would be to add a salty and crunchy accompaniment to the real star of the meal, not to be a chip that you enjoy on its own.

When we first grabbed the bag of Old Dutch Crunch’s newest flavor – Bistro Blend – we really didn’t know what we were dealing with.  We’re assuming that by the red, white, & blue color theme of the bag, along with the inclusion of stars across the top of the bag that these chips are sporting some sort of 4th of July theme.  Maybe they were some limited edition?  We just don’t know.  Bistro Blend… what the heck is that??  A little front bag investigating (aka reading), we noticed that in the blue box right below the flavor name, was written Savory Mix of Garden Grown Spices.  Again, what the heck is that?!?  It wasn’t until we rotated the bag 180 degrees that we finally found the answer we were looking for: These delicious chips are served across the Upper Midwest in restaurants.  In other words, these are those generically seasoned, sandwich extensions that we mentioned in our opening paragraph.

Before we contemplate, or complain, about why Old Dutch would even package these chips for resale, lets first take care of the crunchy details.  The chips deliver that safe combination of a little sweet (sugar & dehydrated onion/garlic), a little heat (some sort of chili pepper – cayenne?), a little smoke (paprika, gives it color too), and of course a good coating of salt.  The combination melds together fine, but in the end is sort bland, like an unconvincing BBQ chip. The chips themselves encompass a lighter golden orange hue, and as with all of Old Dutch’s – Dutch Crunch line of kettle cooked potato chips, these chips are semi-thick, sturdy and really crunchy!  They are a very fine example of what we feel is the textbook definition of kettle cooked potato chips.  In the end, you know what these chips taste like?  Yep, you’re right, like those “bistro blend…” kettle chips that come with your sandwich at your local grill!!

In the end, we just don’t quite understand why Old Dutch felt the need to offer these chips for retail sale.  Sure, we’ll crunch on them if we find them sitting out in the a bowl, or if they arrived on our plate with our sandwich, but we would not ever crave these chips, or go out and buy another bag.  There are far too many more interesting and delicious chips already out there on the market, including Old Dutch’s other Dutch Crunch flavors, for us to waste any more time with these “Bistro Blends”!!

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

Discovered at Kwik Trip; Plymouth, Minnesota

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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.

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RATING: Roundy’s – All Dressed Up Potato Chips

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Roundys - All Dress Up

We don’t typically review or rate generic grocery store brands but this flavor was so unique and so delicious (apparently, a very popular Canadian flavor), that we just had to rate them.  Plain and simple, we would describe these as ultra-vinegary, sweet and salty, ketchup chips!

Chips discovered at Mariano’s; Westchester, IL

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REVIEW: Lesser Evil Chia Crisps – Super Savoury, Totally Greek Feta and Black Olive Baked Black Bean Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Lesser Evil Chia Crisps - Feta and Black Olive

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Now that’s a mouthful! And we’re not talking about the crisp-chips themselves!!  No, we are referring to the over-the-top, ultra descriptive, adjective laden packaging above!  As fellow abusers of the written word, we of course understand the importance of accurately illustrated communication, but when you start to use SO MANY descriptions to describe your crisps or chips, we begin to think that you are overcompensating for something!  Little flavor syndrome perhaps?!?

Luckily for all of us, Lesser Evil is actually very truthful, and quite accurate, with their verbiage.  Their Feta and Black Olive Chia Chips are definitely super savoury, totally Greek, and taste like black olives and feta cheese!  Although Lesser Evil is a bit deceptive by calling them ‘Chia Crisps’, when in fact the crisps are predominantly black bean based; but obviously ‘chia’ is the more trendy, “super food” ingredient these days, so they just want to showcase the fact that the crisps do indeed have chia in them!

The richly dark brown crisps are very thin and perfectly circular, with slightly rounded over edges, reminiscent of a Frisbee disc.  Their texture is crispy but definitely a touch dry, and dense.  They work perfectly fine as a healthier crunchy snack alternative, but they do not evoke any of the same rich, fatty, and satisfying mouth texture that traditionally fried potato and tortilla chips do.  We appreciate what they are offering, but wouldn’t ever choose these over “normal” chips for any reason.

The seasoning blend invokes many of those classically Greek flavors, and tastes unlike any other combo we have enjoyed before.  In fact, the most impressive aspect would be the simple fact that no other olive flavored chips (crisps) have ever really tasted so much like real olives!  Combined with a heavy white dusting of Feta cheese, and the mini discs are packed to the brim with briny, salty, rich and savoury notes!  If you like olives, and are on the lookout for healthier, flavorful snacks, then look no further than Lesser Evil’s Chia Crisps!

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

Discovered at T.J.Maxx; Lincoln Park – Chicago, Illinois

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