Chip Review’s 25 Chips to Christmas – 2013

Well Chip Review readers, that wraps things up for another great year of chip reviewing!

We would like to say that it has been a true pleasure sharing our thoughts with all of you as we chomped our way through hundreds of bags, and countless calories this past year 🙂  Thanks to all of you who follow us each and every day.  We appreciate it, and we wouldn’t be here without each and everyone of you!!  Also, a very special thanks to those snack companies who graciously provided their products for us to review.  It’s a tough job (especially for our waistlines), but someone has got to do it.

Below is our list of the Top 25 Chips we reviewed this year.  Agree or disagree, we’d love to hear it!!

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#1 Lay’s – Do Us a Flavor Finalist – Chicken & Waffle Potato Chips

#2 Yamayoshi – Spicy Chili Sour Plum Potato Chips

#3 Ziggy’s Kettle Corn – Sweet & Salty and Happenin’ Jalapeno with Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

#4 Paqui Tortilla Chips – Grilled Habanero and Limited Edition Haunted Ghost Pepper

#5 Simply 7 – Jalapeno Lentil Chips

#6 Tyrrell’s – Sweet Chili & Red Pepper Hand Cooked Potato Crisps

#7 Palo Popcorn – White Cheddar Cheese

#8 Gibble’s – Red Hot Home Style Potato Chips

#9 The Original Saratoga Chips – Rosemary Garlic Potato Chips

#10 Angie’s – Sweetly White Cheddar Kettle Corn

#11 Herr’s – Sweet Onion Potato Chips

#12 Lundberg Multigrain Chips – Mojave Jalapeno

#13 Deep River Snacks – Aged Cheddar & Horseradish Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

#14 Mackie’s of Scotland – Scotch Bonnet Chili Pepper Flavor Potato Crisps

#15 Chio Flips – Classic Peanut

#16 Lay’s Wavy – Roasted Garlic & Sea Salt Potato Chips

#17 Monster Munch – Flamin’ Hot

#18 Herr’s Kettle Cooked – Russet Potatoes Dark Potato Chips

#19 Yamayoshi – Wasabeef Potato Chips

#20 De-lish-us – Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips

#21 Simply 7 – Creamy Dill Lentil Chips

#22 Barrel O’ Fun – Gardy’s Signature Flavors – Cheddar & Horseradish Potato Chips

#23 Pepperidge Farm Goldfish – Buffalo Wing Puffs

#24 Maebo’s – One-Ton Chips

#25 Lay’s – Do Us a Flavor Finalist – Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips

2013 Honorable Mentions

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2013 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2013!

Chip Review’s 25 Chips to Christmas…

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Yamayoshi – Spicy Chili Sour Plum Potato Chips

Yamayoshi - Sour Plum Potato Chips

Original Review Here

Really, in the end, it was pretty much a toss up between Yamayoshi’s Spicy Chili Sour Plum Potato Chips and our #1 chips of the year.  We could have gone either way and still have been perfectly satisfied with the end result.  Fact of the matter is, the odds of us ever getting the opportunity to taste these chips again is slim to none.  Sure, Chip Review’s good friends S & A will probably visit Japan again, and they would most certainly be willing to grab us another bag, or two, or fifty if we requested, but by the time that happens, as is the case with so many chips that we fall head over heels for, they will have been discontinued!  In other words, cherish every crumb, you never know when it could be your last!!

REVIEW: Yamayoshi – Spicy Sour Plum? or Sour Plum & Chili? Potato Chips (Japan)

Rating: ©©©©© chips  (“A” list)

Yamayoshi - Sour Plum Potato Chips

Comments:

Holy wow-wow-woozy!?!?!  What on earth have we got here?  We know for sure that they are potato chips, and that they are from a company called Yamayoshi, because both of those items are in English, but beyond that we really did not know very much going into these chips.

After a little bit of research, as well as, asking some friends if they could shed any light on these chips, we are certain now that the wrinkly red balls sitting front and center of this chip bag are none other than sour plums.  What we couldn’t decipher or clarify with any certainty, was the red chili at the top of the bag.  The chips definitely have some heat to them, but what their exact flavor name is, we are not sure?  So, from this point on, we’re going with Spicy Chili Sour Plum – whether or not we are correct!

What we are 100% sure about is that these potato chips from Yamayoshi are bar none the single best chips from the wonderful array of Japanese potato chips that our good friends S&A brought back from their trip abroad!  In fact, they are some of the best chips we have tasted this entire year!  The funny thing is, the best chips from that group, up until this point, were Yamayoshi’s Wasabeef.  So, apparently, we must be fans of Yamayoshi!

Yamayoshi’s Spicy Chili Sour Plum Potato Chips encompass a wholly unique extravaganza, that spans the flavor spectrum, and tests the limits of our taste buds.  Sour meets sweet meets salty meets fruity, and wait, what’s that meets spicy, very spicy!!  The potato chips themselves are light, medium thick, tightly rippled, with a strong potato essence!!  Somehow the potato chips’ natural flavor is powerful enough to juxtapose the commanding seasoning combination, and at the same time provide a perfect backdrop for enjoying those flavors.

The spicy chili sour plum combination ranks these chips squarely among the truly great, uniquely flavored potato chips like Kettle Brand’s Spicy Thai, or Hawaiian’s Mango Habanero.  Like those great chips, these Yamayoshi chips have no equals, and are unlike any chips before them.  We can’t exactly pinpoint what other types other seasonings are included among these chips, maybe cardamon, or star anise?  Either way, we can’t get enough of them.  Again, wow!

These are our thoughts, agree or disagree, make sure to let us know!

Chip Ratings Scale:

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REVIEW: Yamayoshi – Wasabeef Potato Chips

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

Yamayoshi - Wasa Beef Potato Chips

Comments:

Yamayoshi Wasabeef happen to be the very first chips that we have tasted from the wonderful array of Japanese potato chips that our good friends S&A brought back from, yep, you guessed it, Japan!!  Now we’ve tried wasabi flavored chips before, and we’ve had beef flavored chips a handful of times, but these are the first chips we can think of that have combined the two wonderful flavors together to create a fantastically new flavor experience for us!!

Immediately, the chips’ scent conjures thoughts of savory beef, and Worcestershire sauce – can someone say “UMAMI-whammy!!  We can already tell that we like where these are headed.  Just as we thought we probably knew what to expect from these chips, they threw us a curve ball and hit our tongues with a surprisingly welcome sweetness!  Nice touch.  The sweetness was gradually followed by a slow spicy nasal burn from the wasabi root, and then everything was rounded out by a great mélange of savory-umami-meaty flavor!  We don’t think it is too far of a stretch to fitting to describe these chips as an enlightened BBQ flavor hybrid – meatiness with a unique burn. Yum!

The potato chips themselves are medium thick, smooth texture, with a soft crunch.  Most of the chips were larger in size, and surprisingly unbroken, despite traveling from the other side of the world.

These Japanese chips are so great and unique that even CNN approves!, and according to their article these chips have been around for more than 25 years!  And for another raving review, make sure to check out Crisp Nation.

These are our thoughts, agree or disagree, make sure to let us know!

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

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©©© – notable

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