BIJOU-REVIEW: Pelican Bay Trading Company – White Cheddar Cheese Popcorn

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

pelican-white-cheddar-popcornWe crossed paths with this popcorn while visiting St. Louis a couple of weeks back.

That’s right, just some random bag of white cheddar cheese popcorn named after a famous prison…. we kid.  Named after a bay in California (we assume).

Honestly, we can’t find anything about this popcorn on the internet…

The popcorn itself was pretty good.

Full sturdy body to the popcorn.  Not your super light and crispy.  These kernels had some meat and chew to them.

The white cheddar cheese seasoning was both white, and tasted sufficiently like cheddar cheese powder; so, win-win.

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

Popcorn discovered at Quik Trip; Clayton, Missouri

Cannot determine an official website….

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BIJOU-REVIEW: G.H. Cretors – Chile Jalapeño White Cheddar Organic Popped Corn

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

G.H. Cretors - Chile Jalapeno PopcornWe certainly would not consider ourselves pessimists here at Chip Review, but upon opening G.H.’s bag of popcorn to the left, we would also certainly call this bag more than half empty with popcorn, or should we say not nearly half full.

In G.H. Cretors’ defense , we’re sure that there is some sort of logistical transport reasoning behind their bag-to-popcorn-to-air ratio, but quite frankly we found this bag’s fill level pretty disappointing.

Luckily the bag was filled with some pretty tasty popcorn!

Large white fluffy popcorn kernels, coated in a savory, slightly funky, white cheddar cheese powder.

Despite the mention of two types of spicy ingredients – both generic “chile pepper”, in addition to jalapeño – we really didn’t get very much chile flavor, or heat from the popcorn.

The white cheddar cheese seasoning did a fairly good job of making up for the lack of heat.  A rich, and creamy, and tangy white cheese powder that sufficiently coated the popcorn.

Is this the greatest popcorn?  No.  Is it more than adequately eatable?  Yes.

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

Popcorn discovered at Whole Foods; Elmhurst, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Kernel Season’s – White Cheddar Crunchin’ Kernels

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Kernel Season's - White Cheddar Crunchin' KernelsFirst, there was Gladcorn.  The original corn trail blazer!

Next, came Pop’d Kerns with “a corn crunch like no other!”

Heck, even Trader Joe’s tried their hand at a couple of ‘Partially Popped Popcorns’.

And now, Kernel Season’s Crunchin’ Kernels are joining the “half-popped popcorn” club!

Typically white cheddar cheese and popcorn is one of those flavor matches made in heaven.

Unfortunately, Kernel Season’s white cheddar seasoning is not the best cheese powder variation we have tasted.

To further complicate things, the cheddar seasoning does not jive right with the Crunchin’ Kernels.  What exactly doesn’t work, we can’t seem to pinpoint, but we just don’t love it.

These are our least favorite from Kernel Season’s flavor line-up.

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

Crunchin’ Kernels provided to Chip Review by Kernel Season’s for review

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Manomasa – White Cheddar Tortilla Chips

Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips  (lip-smacking)

Manomasa - White CheddarAnd once again, more fantastic chips from Manomasa!!

In case you did not read our 2015 reviews of Manomasa’s Green Lemon & Pink Peppercorn, and Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper Tortilla Chips we suggest you take a look to get a more in depth idea of how deliciously original this chip company is!

RECIPE No. 51 The Super Scoop.  A rich white corn chip liberally scattered with golden linseeds!

Probably easiest to just let Manomasa describe their own “Super Scoop” oval tortilla chip texture:

Finest white corn masa rolled out nice and thick, rested then slow toasted on a low heat, before being paddled through sunflower oil for a rustic, but irresistible crumbly chip. Golden linseeds add a gentile bite.  (We could not have said it better ourselves, and so we didn’t!)

Manomasa’s white cheddar seasoning is really tangy, and impeccably salty, with a deliciously rich and creamy ample coating that perfectly compliments their white corn tortilla chips.

Plain and simple, we could not stop eating these deliciously sophisticated chips!

As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

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25 Chips to Christmas….

#1

Fire Corn – Jalapeño -&- White Cheddar Jalapeño Popcorn – AND – Chef’s Shoppe – Sriracha -&- Beer Popcorn

Fire Corn - Jalapeno PopcornChef's Shoppe - Sriracha PopcornFire Corn - White Cheddar Jalapeno PopcornChef's Shoppe

Original Reviews Here and Here and Here and……Here

OK, hold on, wait a second.  Before you start calling us names like “cheaters” for choosing four different bags of popcorn, from two different companies, as the number 1 “chip” (sorry chips – but popcorn rules this year!!) on our list this year, just hear us out.  This year we reviewed an unprecedented number of different brands, and flavors, and types of popcorn – somewhere in the realm of 40 or so.  That’s about a third of all of our reviews from 2015.  Among those 40, there were four bags that stood so far apart from the rest of the popcorn (and chip) field that we new without any doubt that we were crunching on pure popcorn perfection!  But the thing was, or is, we can’t seem to choose any one of these above the rest.  They are all perfect in their own ways, and to call one better than any of the other four would just be wrong.  In fact, we can’t wait for the day when we take one bag of each of these different flavors of popcorn and mix them all together in a bowl to make the ULTIMATE SUPER POPCORN!!

And that wraps things up for us here at Chip Review.  We hope you have enjoyed counting down through this year’s best with us, as much as we have enjoyed reflecting back upon it.  We hop you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!  We will be back at it with all new deliciously crunchy reviews in 2016 – stay tuned!

REVIEW: Pringles Exclusive Flavor! – White Cheddar & Black Pepper

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Pringles - White Cheddar & Black PepperWe’re sorry Target, but we just have to say it, as far as Pringles Exclusive Flavors are concerned, you got stuck with the worst of the bunch (thus far at least)!  Seriously, it is one thing to have one good flavor, and one bad flavor, but for both of your Exclusive Flavors to ultimately be less than stellar is just, well, disappointing!!

We have to admit we were pretty excited for these as the cheddar & pepper combination is not one we have seen very much of.  In fact the only other example we can find would be Lay’s Kettle Cooked Lattice Cut’s version, which we thought were lip-smacking!

So, what went wrong Pringles?!?

First of all, other than a tiny black dot here, and an even tinier black dot there, the black pepper aspect of these Pringles is practically nonexistent.  Seriously, some of our tasters could not taste any (nor see any) at all, while others said that they did catch little hints of the slightly spicy and fragrant spice.  This black pepper seasoning was not reminiscent of Pringles regular Salt & Pepper Crisps.  Strike 1.

Even worse than the black pepper facet, was the seasoning combination used to represent the white cheddar cheese!  In one word – Eeewww!  Actually, three words – eeewww, yuck, eewww!!  The seasoning just tastes off.  Apparently, the combination of cheddar cheese, buttermilk, nonfat milk, sugar and citric acid does not sit well with our palates!!  First, a shock of sour hits the tongue, then a creamy-milky wave coats the mouth, and then finally at the tail end we actually taste something recognizable as cheddar cheese powder.  It is almost impressive how weird these taste!  Not our favorite Pringles to say the least.

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

Discovered at Target; Hillside, Illinois

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