BIJOU-REVIEW: Poppin Popcorn – Texas Cheddar Habanero Popcorn

Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips (lip-smacking)

poppin-popcorn-texas-habaneroWe are all familiar with the occasional school fundraiser. Either the local kid stops by the Chip Review headquarters and asks us to buy a wreath, or a candle, to help pay for his trip to Mount Rushmore, or a coworker brings their kid’s fundraiser pamphlet into the office and simply plunks it on your desk to avoid the awkwardness of them asking you to buy some of their kid’s crappy treats to help their school afford the new football field.

Well, as you have probably guessed it, we scored this popcorn through a local fundraiser, and believe it or not, it was almost worth its over-inflated fundraiser price!

Now, we are fairly certain that this is no Non-GMO popcorn (NNGMO).  As the popcorn itself is HUGE!

As for the Texas Cheddar Habanero seasoning, well that is definitely the star of the show.

Ultra cheesy!  A tangy and salty cheddar cheese powder liberally coated every single kernel.

Poppin Popcorn was not joking about the habanero aspect, as this stuff did in fact bring the heat on the tail end.  We couldn’t actually taste any habanero, but we could feel it.

Most tasters agreed that this stuff was lip-smacking, and overall it tasted like an extra spicy cheddar buffalo seasoning – which paired very well with popcorn.

So, the next time your co-worker approaches you with their kid’s fundraiser packet let this be known that inside those pages there may in fact be a hidden gem that is practically worth the price!

Popcorn purchased from a school fundraiser

Poppin Popcorn Official Website

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REVIEW: Ocean’s Halo The Seaweed Chip – Texas BBQ

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Ocean's Halo - Texas BBQYep, that’s right, we’ve decided to jump in and ‘swim against the tide’ again.  We are all about second chances, and figured what do we have to lose by giving Ocean’s Halo newer Texas BBQ flavor a try!  A while back we tasted and reviewed their Korean BBQ flavored chips and well, to put it lightly, we did not love them.

Once again the “fishy” flavor, or more accurately speaking, flavor of the ocean is prominent and unmistakable.  These are seaweed chips, and they taste like seaweed.  So, ask yourself: do you crave or enjoy those flavors of the ocean floor?  If your answer is ‘no’ then these chips may not be for you; but, that being said, even we, who don’t necessarily love those ocean flavors, liked these chips much more than the Korean BBQ ones.

Who would have known that Texas BBQ would mingle more naturally with seaweed than Korean BBQ?!  But, for one reason or another, the potently smoky, smooth tomato, and dash of heat flavor notes compliment the dark-blue-black, hard crisped seaweed chips.  The Ocean’s Halo Texas BBQ seasoning is very savory, and balanced with garlic, smoke, tomato and chile.  We quite enjoyed the seasoning.  Once again, it is a bit difficult to try and taste past the natural seaweed flavor of these chips, but overall everything just worked better this time!

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we appreciate brands that try to push the limits.  Brands that give us a healthier snacking alternative, and try very hard to deliver great taste.  As far as we know, these are one of a kind!  And delivering a completely unique chip on the market these days is an impressive feat.  They obviously do use seaweed in their chips, and it is quite amazing just how much sea flavor the chips retain even after the cooking process.  And lastly, seaweed is a plentiful, healthy and underutilized, and we value Ocean’s Halo’s attempt to deliver it to us in a new medium.  Are the chips for everyone, certainly not.  But, we’re guessing that there are plenty of people out there who love them for different reasons, and we’d be willing to say that we love them for their ingenuity and uniqueness!

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

Chips provided to Chip Review from Ocean’s Halo for review.

Ocean’s Halo Official Website

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REVIEW: Chio Tacos – Texas Barbecue Flavour

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Chio - Texas BBQ TacosWe have to hand it to this German snack company, they keep us guessing and we just don’t know what to expect.  We have not been able to distinguish any type of style consistency for Chio’s versatile snack spectrum.  Nor do they shy away from creating unique flavor choices, such as Wasabi, or Thai chili, with caffeine, or even Extreme chili & scary tigers…?!?

We have not been able to figure out for the life of us why Chio is referring to this snack as Tacos??  And, we’re guessing that some other people in this country have been confused by this snack as well.  Are tacos in Germany some type of snack or item that is circular shaped?  Speaking of the shape of these Tacos, they are sort of like shrunken Funyuns.  Actually, more accurately, they remind us of a corn puff snack shaped like a calamari ring (that’s squid, in case you didn’t know).  The rings are light, crunchy, and easy to pop directly into your mouth cavity.  They melt rather quickly once they have touched the moisture on your tongue.

Texas Barbecue?  Really??  First off, look at the image of the “BBQ” on the front of the bag.  Can someone tell us if skewers of grilled vegetables (with maybe some protein consisting of chicken or scallops, we can’t quite tell?) are representative of Texas Barbecue?  Actually, scratch that, we already know that it is not.  Texas Barbecue is smoke and beef, otherwise known as BRISKET!  We often find it very interesting when one part of the world (ours included) creates a snack that they think is representative of another part of the world, without every really doing their investigative due diligence.  Are you really sure that those fries, or toast, are really French?

The Texas Barbecue seasoning coating the rings basically tasted of garlic and onion powders, with the slightest hint of slightly smoky paprika.  Low and behold, the ingredients list pretty much confirmed those exact thoughts.  The flavoring combo was simple, it sufficed, but definitely did not do much for us, and certainly did not remind us of any barbecue seasoning that we are familiar with.  What we are looking forward to is the day that Chio creates some bratwurst flavored chips, or maybe beer, yeah!!

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

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Chip Review of the day…..

Pringles – Limited Time Only Smoky Texas BBQ

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

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We at Chip Review have never been the biggest fans of Pringles.  We just don’t like how indecisive their flavors are.  It seems like all their flavors taste pretty much the same…..some standard mix of seasoning, along with some seasoning representing the flavor indicated.  That being said, we do appreciate how often Pringles pumps out new flavors (even if those flavors all taste the same…).

With their latest release, Pringles brings us a duo of limited time only bbq flavors – Memphis and Smoky Texas.  Both flavors are on the relatively sweet end of the spectrum.  These Smoky Texas BBQ ones were somehow able to evoke a more meaty flavor sensation in our mouths than the Memphis ones, and they seemed to have a much stronger salty flavoring as well.  The seasoning mixture included (sugar, spice, onion, tomato, smoke, etc.), along with other generic standard unpronounceable seasonings.  And to top it off, despite calling itself “Smoky”, we found the smoke flavor to be fairly non-existent on these chips.

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