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Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals – Simply Tortilla

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Hello hello! Am I the only one who constantly says Pepperidge Farms? In fact, I find saying Pepperidge Farm rather weird, but it wasn’t until I started reviewing food that I had discovered that I was saying it wrong the last 29 years of my life – yes apparently I was saying Pepperidge Farms when I was an infant. Anyways, they have come out with a couple of new chips that I decided to give a try. Today I will be sampling the Simply Tortilla version, and tomorrow I shall bring you the other.

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Now when I think Pepperidge Farm, I think cookies. Delicious, perfectly baked, I-can-eat-the-whole-bag-in-one-sitting cookies. I know that they also make a small selection of crackers and pretzels, but I don’t really foresee them breaking into the chip game. Fun fact – did you know that Pepperidge Farm is owned by Campbell Soup Company? I decided to start with the Simply Tortilla chips because I figured they would be the safe bet.

The chips are about the size of an US half-dollar, which makes it easy to grab an entire handful and shove them into your mouth at one time. The chip has a very distinct corn flavor with a good amount of salt to satisfy the tortilla chip craving. My only problem? They taste stale. I think it’s because of the baking process, but they honestly taste like you left them next to your bed for a few days and in an act of desperation because you had no more chips left in the house you ate them. Unlike normal stale chips, they are not chewy, which is where my mind kind of gets hung up. Stale taste, crunchy chip, does not compute.

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Texture : 4/5 – The chip is very crunchy, borderline cracker. I can’t really put my finger on it, but it does not have the same texture as a regular tortilla chip. Maybe it’s the baking process, maybe it’s something else, but it is definitely different.

Smell : 4/5 – Upon opening the bag you are greeted with strong corn smell.

Appearance : 5/5 – The size of these chips are perfect for me because they don’t result in the dreaded stingy corners of your mouth when trying to jam an oversized tortilla chip into it. They also look just like any other regular store bought tortilla chip.

Taste : 2.5/5 – These chips were Simply Mediocre. The taste is slightly off making this some what health alternative taste a little weird. I did not try them with salsa, which may be a redeeming quality, if you have, let me know! If I want the chip I’m eating to taste like a bag of stale tortilla chips, I will just leave a bag out for a few days and roll with it, not only will it taste the same, but it will be way cheaper. I would not buy these again.

March 11, 2013
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Popchips – Katy’s Kettle Corn

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Hi food friends. I can’t seem to recall the last time a popstar had their own food product, that is outside of being on the cover of a Wheaties box. When I found out that Katy Perry was getting her own flavor of Popchips, I was curious to see what kind of flavor she would go with. I spotted these at Target and thought I Would give them a go. I enjoy kettle corn, and Popchips are alright, so it couldn’t’t be too bad, right?

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Much like the two previous reviews on this blog, There was really no stretch of the imagination when it came to picking a flavor that could be endorsed by someone like Katy Perry. I guess the kettle corn angle works because she could claim that shes a little bit rock n’ roll and a little bit pop, but eh. The outside of the bag had cute little sparkles all over the chips, so I was hoping that Popchips would bust out the disco dust and add some glitter to my chips. I guess that would drive away some of their audience though, but I guess nothing stops me from doing that myself eh? Too much effort.

The chips deviate from the normal round Popchip and are triangles. They remind me a lot of the rice cakes that Quaker Oates has as far as texture. They are kind of a compressed popcorn, and are slightly sweet and salty. I really enjoyed these as it was a nice balance of both vs too much of one or the other.

The evil thing about Popchips is that they make their bags slightly smaller than a normal chip bag, so the chances of you eating the entire thing, like I did, are good. Overall I thought these were decent, but I fail to see the connection between the chip and Katy.

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Texture : 4/5 – These chips have a nice crunch to them that makes them rather addicting.

Smell : 2/5 – These chips had hardly any smell to them. You could slightly smell buttery popcorn, but it was really faint.

Appearance: 2/5 – I already voiced my sadness about how there was no glitter on these chips. There is nothing special about the way that they look. Just a plain white triangle. BOO.

Taste: 3/5 – I must have hit a run of the mill snack food streak because nothing I have been buying lately as been incredible. These were good, and I ate the whole bag, but they could have been anyones kettle corn and I would have probably done the same thing. I’d buy them again, but they are not something I would go out of my way to find.

March 1, 2013
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Orville Reddenbacher’s Pop Crunch – White & Sharp Cheddar Mix

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Hello world. Orville Reddenbacher has brought you another flavor from the grave, this time with a more savoury punch. This combines two foods I can’t eat but I decided to do so anyways for the sake of journalism or something (maybe just stupidity)

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Now when I think of cheese popcorn, the first thing that comes to mind is Smart Food popcorn. That stuff is total crack in a bag. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to exhibit any sort of self control when it comes to that stuff. I also am a fan of the popcorn tins that you can get at drug stores during the holidays – yum yum! I was expecting the same when I broke open the bag of this popcorn. The flavor is good, but not strangely addicting as the previously mentioned popcorn treats. I feel like the sharp cheddar really overshadows the white cheddar, which is slightly disappointing.

As with any sort of cheese dusted snack, prepare to have orange fingertips, but in my eyes, that’s my favorite part. I guess I’m a bit of a weirdo.

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Texture: 3/5 – The popcorn has a nice crunch to it, but also has that slightly chewy texture that bagged popcorn seems to get. You would think science would be able to do something about that – maybe a non-nutritive varnish? I hope I’m not the only one that gets that joke, though it is slightly out of season.

Smell: 4/5 – This popcorn definitely smells very cheesy!

Appearance: 4/5 – The difference in cheese flavoring is visible, so if you enjoy one cheese more that the other, or are OCD, you can easily pick out the flavor you want.

Taste: 3/5 – I thought this popcorn was pretty run of the mill. The cheese flavoring is good and its coupled with a slight saltiness that brings in the classic buttered popcorn taste, but I really don’t think there was anything all that spectacular about this flavor. Better luck next time ‘ole Orville.

January 28, 2013
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Orville Redenbacher’s Pop Crunch – Brown Sugar Cinnamon

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How’s it hanging internet? Tonight I bring you a new offering from Orville Redenbacher. How this man keeps conducting new flavors from the grave is beyond me. Another thing I didn’t know? That there was a Brazil, Indiana. If you are wondering how the two are related, Orville was from Brazil, Indiana. So if you’re ever looking to take a vacation to an exotic destination, but don’t have a lot of money, why not stop on by Indiana? You could tell people that you went to Brazil over a long weekend and they wouldn’t know the difference!

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Brown sugar cinnamon sounds like a match made in heaven. I like cinnamon/sugar things, like making my own mixture and pouring it on hot buttered toast, so I’m sure bringing brown sugar into the mix will only turn this popcorn up to 11. Target/Archer Farms makes an insanely good cinnamon and white chocolate drizzled popcorn that comes out during the holiday season that I had hoped this would taste similar to. Sadly popcorn and I have a love/hate relationship. I love it, but it hates me so I had high hopes because anytime I subject myself to foods that I ultimately end up regret eating, it better dang well be worth it.

I was expecting a light dusting on the popcorn, but when I opened the bag I was surprised to find a bag full of heavily coated popcorn. I grabbed a handful and was pleasantly surprised at the nice buttery taste melded together with the sugary sweeteners from the brown sugar. The cinnamon added a nice spice to the mix to round out the whole flavor. Overall I really enjoyed this popcorn and it measured up with the Archer Farms brand that I love so much.

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Texture: 4/5 – The popcorn retains its crunchiness despite the heavy sugar coating. The coating does make it slightly chewy at the end.

Smell: 5/5 – When you open the bag you can really smell the sugar and cinnamon. Delicious!

Appearance: 3/5 – Visually the exterior coating is quite visible and you can see how much sugar and cinnamon is actually used on this.

Taste: 4/5 – I really enjoyed this popcorn and would buy it again. This would be a nice afternoon snack or a delicious movie theater treat, not that I advocate bringing in your own food 😉

January 26, 2013
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Late July Organic – Mild Green Mojo

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Good evening folks! So you may have been wondering where I have been. I briefly touched on it on the previous post, but I figured I would elaborate a little. First off, I hope everyone had an incredible Christmas. Mine was rather short but it was nice to spend time with my mom and dad. About two weeks ago, I started a new job. This is very exciting considering last time I was without a job I was going nuts because I couldn’t find a job to save my life. The stars were aligned when I sent off my one and only resume and they hired me. So far, I’m really enjoying it. As far as the pet emergency, sadly Richard’s cat developed a tumor in his throat and after an emergency vet visit, pills and a regular vet visit, it was time to let him go. It’s been rather quiet and lonely here without him slinking around.

Richard bought these chips, not I as I would not normally go for something like these. But in true fashion, I had to steal some when be opened the bag.

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The first thing I noticed about these chips were the fancy typography on the front of the bag, what can I say, I’m a sucker for sexy fonts and visually appealing design. Next I notice were how exceptionally green these chips were. They also had a large amount of visible flavor dusting on the outside. These chips area combination of cheese and lime, which are not two things that I would normally put together. Neither of these flavors are strong, and I can’t really figure out what cheese they used but these chips are okay. With the vibrant color and visible flavoring on the outside I was expecting an explosion of flavor, but sadly was met with more of a sparkler if we are rating things on a scale of fireworks, I guess that’s what this blog has become – hah 🙂

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Texture: 3/5 – These have the texture of a normal tortilla chip.

Smell: 3/5 – The chips smell like a mixture of corn, faint cheese and a little lime. Ugh that typed out sounds really gross, but it’s not.

Appearance: 4/5 – I really like the color of the chips, but they only serve as an appearance enhancer.

Taste: 3/5 – Overall I think these chips are okay. I really wish that they were jalapeño, cheese, and lime or some sort of other spice to them. I find them sort of bland but would be good with salsa.

December 27, 2012
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479 Popcorn – Ginger Sesame Caramel

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G’day food lovers! As I’m sure some of you have noticed things aren’t being updated as timely as they used to be – things have been just a bit hectic around here and there are a lot of reviews that have been sadly sitting in draft status waiting to be edited and post to the site. For this, I apologize. I do a lot of blogging on my phone, but due to my perfectionist self, it feels weird not to give it a once over on my computer before sending it off into the intertubes.

Anyways, without further delay, I bring you 479 Popcorn! Ginger Sesame Carmel to be exact. I passed by this at the store about a week ago and couldn’t decide if it was something I wanted to try. Something about ginger popcorn did not seem very appealing, but the other night while at Bel Air, I decided to pick up a bag and give it a shot.
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Now call me ignorant, but I don’t think I have honestly never seen a black sesame seed in my life. According to the almighty Google, they are not that unheard of, so I guess I am just uncultured 🙂 479 Popcorn is located not to far from me in the neighboring city of San Francisco, so it does not surprise me that this popcorn is a slice of fancy.

The bag itself is rather small, and for an almost 4 dollar price tag, I will admit that this was one of the main reasons why I passed it up at the store the first time. I popped a few pieces into my mouth and was surprised to find that it was rather good. The main flavor is the caramel, but you get a slight spiciness from the ginger that is infused into it. I did not notice any sort of extra flavoring from the sesame seeds. The more I ate the more the ginger flavor became apparent. This popcorn is exceptionally good. The kind of good where you need to call a family member or friend to take the bag away from you because you might the eat whole thing in one sitting, despite just eating dinner.

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Texture: 4/5 – Sometimes caramel popcorn gets a little gummy and chewy, but that is not the case with this popcorn. The generous helping of ginger caramel has done an excellent job of sealing in the classic crunch of popcorn. Now if only popcorn manufacturers could figure out how to remove those pesky husks that like to get trapped between your teeth.

Smell: 5/5 – The buttery caramel mixed with the ginger and the normal smell of popcorn, is rather divine.

Appearance: 3/5 – While I like to think I understand 479’s intentions with the black sesame seeds (to bring more crunch and that ginger and sesame often go together), they honestly look like teeny rat poops in your popcorn. Zoinks.

Taste: 4.5/5 – This popcorn is very very good. The only thing I would change about it would be to add the teeniest tiniest bit of salt (which I guess I could do myself, hellooooo lazy). This makes for a delicious snack, even if you are not craving a sweet treat. The ginger helps balance out the sweetness to the caramel and does an extremely good job of doing so. I would definitely buy this again, but only if it was on sale.

December 11, 2012
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Tostitos – Cantina Thin & Crispy

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Hey all! A few food blogs have talked about these “New” Tostitos chips that have been popping up on shelves lately. (Junk Food Guy comes to mind off the top of my head) I have passed them up a few times on the store shelves because I honestly I have no idea how these would be any different than what Tostitos already does. Aren’t most tortilla chips thin and crispy? What does the cantina have to do with anything? When I think cantina, I think Mos Eisley Cantina – if you don’t know what I am talking about right now, I am shedding a single tear alone in the dark in my room for you – and I’m pretty sure they didn’t have tortilla chips on Tatooine. ANYWAYS – I digress.

Last night while waiting for my delicious gyoza at a nearby Chinese food place, we wandered into Bel Air and checked out their latest offerings. I decided to make the plunge and check these out.

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This may be the shortest review in the history of Spoil Your Dinner. As predicted these are nothing but regular tortilla chips. There is no difference in the flavor. The only thing that is slightly different is that they are thinner than normal Tostito chips, similar to the chips that you would find at a Chili’s or Chevy’s. They offer up the idea on the back to bake them in the oven or nuke them in the microwave to ‘turn up the heat’ but honestly, who has the time or energy to fire up the oven to throw some already cooked chips in there? Not me.

Tostitos, what the heck are you trying to do here? Rebranding maybe? If that is the case, then don’t try and fool me with a ‘New!’ label.

Texture: 4/5 – I prefer thinner tortilla chips to the thicker ones, which is one reason why I will choose Tostitos usually over Mission chips. These are indeed crispy and will send chip shards all over your bed if you decide that is the place you would like to enjoy these – which I did. If you like hearty salsa, these chips may not withstand the scoop.

Smell: 3/5 – These smell like regular ole’ tortilla chips.

Appearance: 3/5 – Nothing different about the shape or appearance of these. You will still manage to jab the back of your throat with an exceptionally sharp chip corner.

Taste: 3/5 – These taste good – but they are nothing new. I do appreciate that they have a REALLY short ingredients list (consisting of corn, oil, and salt) but again, we aren’t reinventing the wheel here. Next.

December 9, 2012
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Quaker Oats Popped Chips – Salsa Fresca

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Hello! How is everyone doing? Hopefully well 🙂 I spotted these Quaker Oats Popped Chips at Walmart the other night while looking for interview clothes. (if you’re curious what this all about, you can check it out here) I know most people probably loathe those popped rice patty things that Quaker has out, but honestly? I can’t get enough of the buttered popcorn flavor. Given the chance, I would eat an entire stack. If I had to choose a type of food that I enjoy the most, it would be a definite toss up between Italian and Mexican food. So salsa fresca popped chips? Sounds pretty good.

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I poured myself a small bowl and was immediately hit with the spicy salsa smell. They were also extremely coated in a seasoning powder that was very visible. I popped a few in my mouth and was pleasantly surprised. The flavor is very potent, as in let’s have some chip with that salsa potent. There was something a little off about the flavor though, and I couldn’t immediately put my finger on it. As I snacked on the rest of my chips I examined the box to find that they were hummus chips! I don’t think I have ever had a hummus chip. I actually never knew that such a thing existed. And one would think with a name like Quaker OATS that hummus would not be on the menu. Don’t get me wrong, the chips are good, and I am glad that I poured myself a bowl instead of allowing myself to eat them directly out of the box – which is always a disaster.

These chips have the similar shape and appearance as their other popped chips. The first flavor you will taste is tomato, followed quickly by onion, garlic, and other spices. These stand really well on their own and don’t need any complication by adding a dip or more salsa (unless you’re into that kind of thing). On first bite, they were almost a little too spicy, but as I kept eating, the flavor evened out and I really enjoyed them.

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Texture: 4/5 – These chips have a delicious crisp to them. They are nice and crunchy and the outside seasoning does not interfere with the texture.

Smell: 5/5 – These smell spicy straight from the get go.

Appearance: 3/5 – The bite sized chips are perfect for snacking, but the flavor powdering is a little overwhelming.

Taste: 4/5 – These are really good. They have a nice heat to them, without being too spicy (though if you don’t care for spicy foods, you may want to avoid these). The crunch that you would expect from a chip mixed with the fresh tasting salsa makes for a nice evening snack. Heck I would even consider plunking a few of these into my tortilla soup or crushed up ontop of tacos.

December 8, 2012
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Stacy’s Pita Chips – Garden Vegetable Medley

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It’s no secret that I have a love affair with Stacy’s pita chips. So far every flavor that I have tried, I have throughly enjoyed. Honestly I’m convinced that they could make cat food flavored pita chips and I would like them. Just kidding, that’s really sick. Today I spent the majority of the day curled up with my snack food parter in crimes cat and watching Netflix. Rough way to spend a rainy day, I know.

One advantage of being a junk food blogger is that there is never a shortage of delicious snacks to partake in when the mood strikes you. I had a hankering for something crunchy and remembered that I had these tucked away on a bottom shelf.

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One of my absolute favorite thing about Stacy’s Pita Chips are that they bake the flavoring into the chip itself. I feel like a lot of other chip makers could take note of this as it tends to make the chip taste better, in my experience. The garden vegetable medley is a mixture of herb, tomato, and onion. Not exactly an entire garden in there and with a non-descript term like herb, I was curious if these would taste like a salad or some sort of Italian dish. Curious as to what herb was, I did a little investigating in the ingredients and found that it is thyme and rosemary (shouldn’t it be herbs?) Anywho, I really like rosemary and thyme so I let it slide. Sadly I’m pretty sure that someone drop kicked my bag of pita chips because upon opening it was nothing but chip shards, damn you SaveMart! The most apparent flavor in these chips are the herbs, followed closely by the tomato. These definitely have an Italian flavor to them, and they are really good (as expected). I did not pick up the onion until the very end and even then I thought it was rather faint. I think the only thing that I would change about these would be to add just a hint of garlic.

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Texture: 4/5 – Stacy’s Pita Chips are twice baked, so they are always exceptionally crunchy (sometimes too crunchy)

Smell: 2/5 – Despite the normally pungent herbs used and the onion, the only smell I could pick up was of the pita bread itself. Weird.

Appearance : 3/5 – Most of the ingredients are visible when inspecting the chips, especially the herbs.

Taste: 4/5 – These pita chips are really good. The flavor does not linger on your mouth, which makes it easy to eat lots of these without realizing that you have consumed 2/3 of the bag. I also imagine that these would taste good slightly heated up with a small side of marinara. Note to self: buy marinara. I would definitely buy these again and would love for Stacy’s to sell actual pitas for sandwiches. Yum!

December 1, 2012
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Snikiddy Chips – Jalapeño Ranch

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Good evening folks! Two orders of business before we get to today’s review. First, it is JunkFoodGuy‘s birthday today! So if you haven’t already, leave him some birthday love on his blog! Second, because a) The Impulsive Buy is amazing and b) all of the people who read my blog daily are amazing, yesterday was my highest traffic day since I started this site – you guys seriously kick ass.

Tonight while waiting for my gyoza to be ready, I wandered over to BelAir to pick up a Vitamin Water and check out the snack food aisles to see if there were any new eats to try. I honestly feel like because so many stores started stocking their shelves with Christmas product so early, that for the month of December we will be hard pressed to find anything new in seasonal treats. I hope this does not prove to be true and that we get a small wave of new snacks before the end of the year. My partner in crime was debating on whether to pick up the Smikiddy chips or a bag of Late July organic chips. He decided to go with the latter so I opted for the Snikiddy chips.

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Let’s just set the record straight right now. I’m no health nut. I buy healthier snacks solely based on taste vs. potential health bonuses. (Ugh health bonus? I play too much Dungeons & Dragons – sorry my inner nerd is showing) I enjoy the Eat Smart Veggie Crisps and Straws. One reason I enjoy them is because they do a nice job of presenting a snack food that is healthy, but has a delicious flavor to boot.

When I picked up the Snikiddy chips, I noticed that they were made from sweet potatoes, carrots and navy beans. Interesting combination for a chip base. The only flavor of the trio that I could pin pinpoint was the carrot. These had a nice crunch to them. I was disappointed to find that instead of baking the flavor into the chip, that they chose to sprinkle flavoring on the outside. Sadly the powder distribution is very uneven, which made for a mediocre snacking experience. I wasn’t particularly impressed with these chips. The powderless ones had virtually no flavor at all, and the ones that did have flavor powder on them tasted like a hint of jalapeño and no signs of ranch to be found.

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Texture: 3/5 – These were quite crunchy, but unfortunately had kind of a mealy texture to them.

Smell: 2/5 – Because jalapeño is such a distinct smell as is ranch, I was expecting to smell at least one if not both when I opened the bag – but there was hardly an smell to these chips at all.

Appearance: 3/5 – The chips have a weird shape to them and I don’t know if it’s from the ingredients used or what but they look like a really greasy flour tortilla chip. (They are not greasy) Also you can pick out which chips have flavoring because of the powder on the outside.

Taste: 1.5/5 – The only redeeming quality that I found in these chips is that they would be good with salsa, hummus, or any sort of other dip. Unless you manage to find one with flavor dust the chips are rather bland. If you do manage to encounter the elusive flavor filled chip, it dissipates faster than the flavor in Double Bubble chewing gum. I would not buy these again.

November 29, 2012
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