REVIEW: Burt’s – Guinness Rich Chili Hand Cooked Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips (lip-smacking)

Burt's - Guinness Rich ChiliWhat better chips to review on St. Patrick’s Day than Burt’s Rich Chili Guinness flavored thick cut hand cooked potato chips, right?!  Wait, hold on, what’s that now?  Oh, it’s not St. Patty’s day?   Huh, well…we already used this same opening in our review for Burt’s Original Guinness flavored chips, so…let’s go with: What better chips to review on the cusp of Summer than Guinness Rich Chili flavored chips!  Yeah, that works!!

Burt’s, from what we have tasted, and what we can tell via the world wide web, is a really great potato chip company out of the southwest corner of the United Kingdom.

We tried Burt’s original Guinness flavored chips a few years back, when our friend Josh over at Crisp Nation was kind enough to send us a bag from across the big blue.  We liked the originals quite a bit, so we were more excited when we spotted this new “chili enhanced” version on our local World Market shelves.

What we weren’t prepared for was just how delicious, and at the same time, weird, these were going to taste.  If there is one thing we want you to take away from this review it is that these chips are savory.  SUPER-DUPER SAVORY.  Say it with us now “SAVORY”.  All at once malty, yeasty, roast-y, a little sour, plenty bitter, certainly rich and yes, of course, savory.

Honestly, before we started crunching into these we were thinking that these rich chili chips were meant to be Guinness blended with everyone’s favorite winter warming bean “stew” sort of chili.  But, as it turns out, according to the description on the back of the bag, Burt’s was actually “continuing our mission to take taste buds to new extremes, we’ve taken fresh jalapeño chilies and infused the world’s most iconic stout to create Guinness Rich Chili Burts Chips.”  Jalapeño and Guinness does have a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?  That being said, we didn’t really taste very much actual jalapeño flavor, it sort of got lost in all of the SAVORINESS!  We did get some real nice heat in the backs of our throats after a few handfuls, and it mingled very well with the rich stout flavors.  

Burt’s potato chips are of great quality.  Medium-thick cut, hand cooked, solidly crispy, with a neutral potato flavor.

All in all, we get the feeling that these chips would not be for everyone.  BUT, if you are looking for something really unique, or if you simply love SAVORY! than these chips are probably right up your alley.

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

Chips discovered at World Market; Oakbrook, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Keogh’s – Sweet Chilli & Irish Red Pepper Potato Crisps

Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips (lip-smacking)

Keogh's - Sweet ChilliJust in time for Saint Patty’s Day, more great potato crisps from Ireland!!

FIELD: Abbeyville

VARIETY: Lady Claire

Come’on, how many other companies can you tell, or at least do tell you, what field the potatoes you are eating came from, and what variety of potato?!  Very cool!

We’ve told you before, but figure that it wouldn’t hurt to tell you again:

Keogh’s Farm is a family owned and run potato growing and crisping business based in North County Dublin, an area famous for producing Ireland’s finest potatoes.  Keogh’s has been farming the rich fertile lands in this area for over 200 years and have recently set up a “crisping house” on the farm…now producing Ireland’s only “hand cooked on the farm” artisan potato crisps.

Launched in 2012 to celebrate St Patricks Day, Keogh’s Shamrock and Sour Cream potato crisps combine the delicious tangy taste of Sour Cream with the freshness of traditional Irish Shamrock. Our Shamrock is grown in Ballinskelligs Co. Kerry by Livingshamrock. This area also produces the fresh Irish Shamrock which is presented to the American president on St Patrick’s Day! www.keoghs.ie

Keogh’s delicious potato crisps are varying sizes of rustic, skin on, bright yellow hued fried potato slices!  Medium thick, loads potato flavor, and a crispy kettle cooked consistency!  Maybe a little greasy, but nothing that hinders the clean and neutral flavor!

Truth be told these crisps remind us a lot of some other crisps from across the big pond – Tyrrell’s Sweet Chili & Red Pepper Hand Cooked Potato Crisps, and even a little bit reminiscent of some of our own country grown potato chips – Kettle Brand Spicy Thai.

The Sweet Chilli & Irish Red Pepper seasoning is fantastic!  Love, love, love the addition of ginger and coriander, and also what appears to be licorice root – all adding flavor notes that are uncommon in most seasoning combos.  Combine these with red bell pepper, spicy chiles, and garlic, and what do we have?  Deliciously sweet, spicy, tangy, and amazingly fragrant potato crisps!

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

Crisps discovered at World Market; Oak Brook, IL

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REVIEW: World Market Presents – Truffle Butter (a frighteningly delicious movie theater popcorn)

Rating: ©©© chips  (notable)

World Market - Truffle Butter PopcornWe have to hand it to World Market, they sure know how to market for the holidays, and with some pretty witty packaging!

Upon opening World Market’s clear bag of popcorn (yes clear, we said witty packaging, not quality), the truffle and butter aromas were terrifyingly upfront, and undeniable.  Even scarier (demonstrated by the Bride of Frankenstein’s face expression) was just how frighteningly fake both the butter and truffle flavors were!  Seriously!!  Almost sickeningly so…

And yet, the popcorn is very eatable, sort of addicting, and hard to stop munching on.  Weird, rich and sweet butter cream mingles with an earthy, and pungent aroma.  The popcorn is certainly not lacking in flavor like other truffle flavor snacks we have tried, but then again, it doesn’t taste as authentic as some either.

Also worth noting is the inclusion of MUSHROOM JUICE CONCENTRATE among the ingredients.  What else can we say?!?  We’ll just leave this review with that!

Popcorn discovered at World Market; Oak Brook, Illinois

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REVIEW: Keogh’s – Shamrock and Sour Cream Potato Crisps

Rating: ©©©©-3/4 chips (lip-smacking)

Keogh's - Shamrock and Sour CreamCan we take a moment, and just start off this review by sending World Market stores everywhere a great big thank you, and hug!  Seriously, for us to try and figure out all of the different amazing chips we have discovered at World Market over the years would take forever.  Chips that we would have very likely never ever crossed paths, or lips with if it weren’t for the World Market!  Can you imagine if we never had reviewed the uniquely fruity and seriously spicy Hawaiian’s Mango Habanero Kettle Style Potato Chips?  Or, indulged in the delicious melange of flavors from Burt’s British Potato Chips Bursting With Spicy Chorizo?  How could we call ourselves Chip Review if we hadn’t reviewed Covered Bridge’s Montreal Steak Spice Seasoning Old Fashioned Kettle Cooked Potato Chips?!  And, let’s not forget our most recent delectable discovery Cobs Cheddar Cheese Popcorn!

Well, we think that it is pretty safe to say that we can now add Keogh’s Shamrock and Sour Cream Potato Crisps to this fantastic list!  According to local Irish legend:

Keogh’s Farm is a family owned and run potato growing and crisping business based in North County Dublin, an area famous for producing Ireland’s finest potatoes.  Keogh’s has been farming the rich fertile lands in this area for over 200 years and have recently set up a “crisping house” on the farm…now producing Ireland’s only “hand cooked on the farm” artisan potato crisps.

Launched in 2012 to celebrate St Patricks Day, Keogh’s Shamrock and Sour Cream potato crisps combine the delicious tangy taste of Sour Cream with the freshness of traditional Irish Shamrock. Our Shamrock is grown in Ballinskelligs Co. Kerry by Livingshamrock. This area also produces the fresh Irish Shamrock which is presented to the American president on St Patrick’s Day! www.keoghs.ie

Shamrock?!?  What the heck is shamrock….?  We mean, we know what a shamrock is in the sense of Lucky Charms…it is like a four leaf clover, right? Honestly, when we first dug into these fine potato crisps we figured that they were just going to be some variation of the classic sour cream and onion flavor combination.  But to our delight these crisps encompassed so much more.  A uniquely tangy combination of sour cream, onion, garlic, cheddar cheese and shamrock!?! In other words, tasty and amazing!  The sour cream aspect is up front, powerful and spot on.  A rich, tangy, and creamy flavor, complimented by the fragrant notes of garlic and onion, and rounded out with an underlying sweetness, and a dash of some salty cheese powder.  We’re not exactly sure if we actually could detect the addition of shamrock, but the crisps did finish with a slightly bitter, and savory tone that we really appreciated.

Keogh’s potato crisps are nothing short of great themselves!  Varying sizes of rustic, skin on, bright yellow hued fried potato slices!  Medium thick, with good potato flavor, and a crispy kettle cooked consistency!  Maybe a little greasy, but nothing that hinders their clean and neutral flavor!  We would welcome these fantastic Irish crisps anytime stateside!!

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

Crisps discovered at World Market; Oak Brook, IL

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