BIJOU-REVIEW: Perri – Thai Rings (Oriental Spice Flavor)

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

perri-thai-ringsYep, that’s right, these unusual Thai Rings are another unusual snack from the box full of different chips, and chip like snacks, that we were sent from our new friends at MunchPak.

And wouldn’t you know it, they of course hail from none other than…..that’s right….

Ireland!?!  Really?

Well, that may just explain why they did not really taste anything reminiscent of actual Thai flavors.

Not that the snack rings were bad necessarily, they just did not taste anything like the best Thai food, or Thai chips, that we have tried over the years.

The rings sort of reminded us of a smaller, and denser, version of Funyuns.  Easy to pop a few in and crunch’em down.

The seasoning though, was just pretty generic.  A lot of sweet, mingling with a bit of indistinguishable chili heat.

Thai Rings provided to Chip Review by MunchPak for review

MunchPak Official Website

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25 Chips to Christmas….

#11

Pop Art – Thai Coconut Curry Gourmet Popcorn


Pop Art - Thai Coconut Curry

Original Review Here

What are the odds of having a second Thai Curry flavored snack on our Top 25 list of the year?   Probably 36.17 to 1, but low and behold, in walks (or pops) Pop Art with their amazingly authentic popcorn.  We were more than blown away by the very first kernel!  So savory, so fragrant, so flavorful, so foreign, and just a touch spicy.  We love this popcorn!

REVIEW: Pop Art – Thai Coconut Curry Gourmet Popcorn

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

Pop Art - Thai Coconut CurryThis popcorn probably, NO, most certainly, deserves a thorough review, but as we tried to formulate the correct descriptive sentences to accurately communicate the amazing deliciousness that is this popcorn, we found ourselves at a loss….plain and simple, this popcorn is delectable and perplexing!

We are not very familiar with Pop Art Gourmet Popcorn other than we have tasted and reviewed their Rosemary Truffle popcorn in the past (which we enjoyed as well).  But, after this Thai Coconut Curry popcorn, we’re thinking that we had better familiarize ourselves with them really quickly!

We checked the database and it looks like we have tried plenty of Thai flavored snacks (which we more often than not – love!), and a few Curry flavored snacks, but never the two together.  Now we know what we have been missing.

This popcorn is so good, and we think that it is also so authentically seasoned.  Truly spot on!  The list of ingredients includes curry powder, lemongrass, coconut milk, curry spices, mustard, lime, turmeric, and more!  And the best part is that we we could actually distinguish a lot of those ingredients, while enjoying tremendously how well they came together!

So savory, so fragrant, so flavorful, so foreign, a little spicy, and so, so, so originally authentic!  It achieves a total food sensation, and somehow makes you feel as if you are really eating curry!

The Thai Curry seasoning blend mingles with the tight, fresh, crispy, toothsome, full bodied popcorn kernels extremely well!  Really good popcorn, combined with great seasoning equals very happy reviewers!

All in all, great lip-smacking popcorn, and we can’t wait to spot some of Pop Art’s other gourmet flavors!

As always, these are our thoughts. Agree or disagree, make sure to let us know.

Popcorn discovered at TJ Maxx; Oakbrook, Illinois

Pop Art Snacks Official Website

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Herr’s – Sweet Thai Chili Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Herr's - Sweet Thai ChiliThese are decent enough chips, but then again Kettle Brand’s Spicy Thai Potato Chips are some of our most favorite chips of all-time so from that perspective these chips probably just have too much to live up to – so we’ll cut them some slack!

Sweet?  Yep. They have a decent amount of sugary seasoning on them.

Chili? Ummmm sure. There is a touch of heat present from some type of indistinguishable chili pepper.

Thai? Not so much. We do not really get any of that sweet, sour, salty, bitter combination that we expect from Thai cuisine. None of those staple Thai flavors like ginger, or green onion, or citrus – in particular lime.  And certainly nothing that triggers thoughts of exotic far away islands!

The potato chips are wide rippled, thinner, crispy, and slightly greasy.  We could eat these all day, but if we had our choice we would go with Herr’s other newer and tastier flavor – Peppered Bacon!!!

Chips discovered at Walmart; Villa Park, Illinois

Herr’s Official Website

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REVIEW: Skinnygirl – Sweet Thai Chili with Flax Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Skinnygirl - Sweet Thai Chili with Flax Blue Corn Tortilla ChipsSkinnygirl snacks.  Really?  What the heck is a Skinnygirl Snack?  Do we have to be skinny girls to enjoy these chips?  Will these chips transform us into skinny girls?  Were these chips made by a group of skinny girls?  All good and viable questions, but not really the ones that we answer here on this site.  What we want to know, and what we think you really want to know, is if these Skinnygirl chips really taste good?

These very well could be the sweetest chips we have ever tasted (definitely in the top 5).  The description of sweet doesn’t even come close to accurately describing these chips.  We would call them Sweet-sweet, sweet, sweet….sweet sugary Thai Chili.  When the first two seasoning ingredients are sugar and fructose what can you expect…?

Luckily for all, there are plenty of other flavors to compliment the sweetness, while also trying their darndest to offset and challenge it as well.  Those classic Thai flavors like garlic, Thai chili, and ginger add some delicious layers to the overall flavor profile, but it just didn’t seem to matter because each time we grabbed a new chip those complex flavor layers disappeared, and the sugar slap overwhelmed our palettes again and again.  Honestly, this cycle just repeated itself over and over and over again throughout the entire course of the bag.  Plain and simple, if you like sweet chips, than you will like these, and the same goes for the opposite.

The blue corn chips are slightly greasy, really crunchy, medium thickness, with a generous scattering of flax seeds.  The tortilla chips are tasty, and the flax seeds deliver a slight nuttiness that we really appreciated.

In the end, we’re not really sure of what we thought about these chips, and we really don’t understand the correlation between the Skinnygirl brand and these chips?  As far as we could tell, there was nothing about these chips that were skinny!  Wait, unless enormous amounts of sugar is some new found recipe for becoming skinny?

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 by Barrel O’ Fun Snacks for review

Barrel O’ Fun Official Website

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