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Taco Bell – Hot Flavored Tortilla Chips

Posted in Chips, Fast Food

Ding! Ding! Round Two – Fight!

Good Morning Friends! Anyone else drowning in their own body from allergy season? No? Just me? Great! I am truly miserable right now and feel like my head might just pop off. You know what might clear the sinuses? Some spicy chips!

Yesterday I talked about how I prefer Hot Taco Bell sauce on their culinary masterpieces so I was pretty excited that they decided to make that into a chip flavor.

Upon opening the bag I was immediately greeted with the strong smell of spicy. The chips did not look as covered in spices as the Mild chips did, but the deep red color of the chip said to me “I mean business”. I tried these chips two different times, the first time right after trying the Mild flavor and again the next day to confirm my thoughts about the flavors. I thought that perhaps I might have skewed the flavoring by eating something with a different flavor prior but I think I was able to get a good idea the first go around. Second time around just confirmed it for me.

Much like the Mild flavor – these chips are alright. They are nothing groundbreaking but don’t get me wrong, they are good. I would consider these kind of a slow burn hot. The more you eat, the hotter they get, causing you to eat more. Ever have that happen? Two other chip flavors come to mind when I think of the slow burn, Salsa Verde Doritos, and Spicy Szechuan Chex Mix (which I don’t think is even a thing anymore?). I don’t think I have ever demolished a bag of Chex Mix faster than the Szechuan flavor because of how spicy that stuff was.

The spiciness is a good level, not overpowering to it being the only flavor that you taste and it also has a subtle hint of smokiness. Much like the Mild flavor, I felt like these chips seemed “greasy” to me, even though they aren’t.

Overall, I think if I had to choose between the two flavors, I would choose the Mild chip flavor. While the Hot flavor is good, I felt like the overall flavor combination of the spices used in the Mild flavoring were more appealing. I also felt compelled to eat the whole bag of the Mild flavor because of the flavor, not because my mouth was on fire which I think would have been the case had I chosen to continue to eat the Hot flavor.

I think these would make really good chips in a Crunchwrap or something like that – bringing extra heat and a nice bit of crunch. Get on it Taco Bell! (just please think of me if you decide to roll with this idea – I could use a little kick back *wink* *wink*)

Found at Target

May 12, 2018
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Taco Bell – Mild Flavored Tortilla Chips

Posted in Chips, Fast Food

Good Morning Friends! It’s Friday! FINALLY.

If you don’t know – Taco Bell recently came out with 3 flavors of tortilla chips. I have known about these for a hot minute and the anticipation of getting my hands on them was pretty major. I had heard rumblings that someone found them at 7.11 so I made my way to the one over by my house and was greeted with nothing even remotely close. Have you ever walked every inch of a small convenience store and feel weird getting nothing so you find something to buy that you don’t really need? That is exactly what happened – though what I purchased is somewhat new so that review will be up in the next couple of days.

I would call my enjoyment of Taco Bell a guilty pleasure, but I think its best labeled a regretful pleasure. Have you ever had anything off the Taco Bell menu without cheese? It’s not even worth it – so on the rare occasion I do partake, I go hard and get the cheese. And I ALWAYS regret it later. ALWAYS.

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If I am feeling saucy, I will go with hot. I enjoy spicy and hot foods but I like when the sauce adds to the flavor, not overpowers it for the sake of being hot. Ghost pepper stuff? Nah. Why obliterate my taste buds when I can get some heat and still taste the delicious meal I am eating. I once tried a tiny taste of a ghost pepper hot sauce while driving – the reaction nearly made my car become a compact if you get what I’m saying. I like one packet of sauce per item for maximum sauce coverage but not overload.

I was very surprised when I opened the bag of these chips. I was expecting the flavor coating to look some what like the flavor coating of a ranch Dorito. Why? I havn’t a clue, but that’s what my brain decided. These babies are COATED and I am here for it. Nothing more disappointing than an underflavored chip. I also immediately noticed the smell from the mixture of spices – very potent! Getting pumped! Visually good lookin’? CHECK. Smellin’ delicious? CHECK. Tasting great?! OKAY.

These chips tasted like something I have had before, and I cant’t quite put my finger on it. The chip is a bit dense – but nice and crunchy and would definitely hold up if you were working with a dip situation. I do however really like their tortilla chips that you can get at the restaurant so I kind of wished that they had used those for the chip base. The chip definitely encompasses a nice range of spices with a bit of heat, but nothing over the top hot. I was expecting these to be a little on the tame side but was pleasantly surprised how much I liked them. With the serving size being between those tiny lame bags of chips and a large bag, I could see my self accidentally killing a bag of these. My only real gripe is that the chip seems a little… greasy? You know how when you get tortilla chips that haven’t really got a proper toweling off and they get that darker greasy pseudo transparent look to them? That is definitely the vibe I am getting from these chips. While my fingers aren’t greasy, they just SEEM it.

I also had a small revelation while sitting here thinking about these chips – with Frito Lay and Taco Bell being BFFs, was the flavor that I felt so familiar with something that I have tasted on a Dorito before? How come they didn’t choose to make sauce packet flavored Doritos, then make a Doritos Locos Taco with the chip flavor?! One could argue that they have similar offerings already with their current line up, but I feel like this would be a marketing slam dunk! One thing I can definitely see myself doing is making nachos with these chips. The generous flavor coating would make for a delicious nacho-y experience.

Overall I thought these chips were good but did not knock my socks off. The flavor was evenly distributed on every chip and brought a good amount of flavor and heat to each bite. I would really love to see Taco Bell incorporate these into their every day menu items even if for a limited time offering. Check back tomorrow for the review of the Hot flavor!

Found at Target

May 11, 2018
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Jack In The Box – Mini Brownies

Posted in Bakery, Fast Food

Good evening food lovers! I hope you had a stellar weekend. We had so much rain today that areas around me actually flooded. Not a normal occurrence here in Northern California. Once the rain finally let up, we ventured out to look for NES games and a second controller since my original one finally ran out of extra lives. Sadly the Dimple Records closest to me was wiped clean of all things original NES so I settled for the new Raveonettes album and was on my way.

I normally don’t eat a lot of fast food, so I’m not well versed in the new menu offerings that fast food joints have lately other than what various food bloggers are chatting about. I saw the post by The Impulsive Buy that Jack In The Box added brownies to their dessert menu so I figured, why not.

Then I was greeted with this…

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Uh. Yeah. So I wasn’t expecting and sort of culinary masterpiece, because Jack In The Box is not a bakery by any stretch, but I was hoping for something that looked slightly more appealing. I was also surprised by how small they were. I would say that they are approximately 1.5 inches square, max, but for a dollar, what do you expect, right?

I think that where fast food places fail when it comes to things like desserts is that they attempt to make things that don’t fall in line with their menu. Mini churros work for Jack In The Box because they already deep fry things, but nothing at Jack In The Box is baked, so these don’t really work.

These would best be described as the slightly burnt corners/edges of a sheet of brownies. When you bite into these you are met with a sort of dry, sort of chewy, sort of normal brownie texture. I never had an Easy Bake Oven as a kid, but I imagine these are what brownies made in that would taste like. The chocolate flavoring is decent, but you can only really taste it when the brownie is in your mouth and not chewing. Once you start chewing, the flavor magically disappears.

Texture: 2/5 – The mixture of dry spots, chewy spots, and spongy spots make for a less than great taste.

Smell: 4/5 – Despite the taste and texture, these smell rather good.

Appearance: 1/5 – In person, these look like a small bag of turds.

Taste 2/5 – The semi burnt chocolate taste mixed with the uneven texture makes these almost inedible. Jack In The Box? I hope these are a really limited time engagement as it is time to go back to the drawing board.

December 2, 2012
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McDonalds Holiday Pie

Well, it is officially the holiday season folks. I can hardly believe it. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were counting down the new year, and now its time for the presidential election, time change, and holiday flavors! I have not been indulged in the McDonald’s pie world because A) I don’t really eat that much fast food, despite my junk food addiction. Something about consuming your weight in deep fried greasy food that sits in your stomach like a brick and makes you contemplate life choices that just steers me away from it. (Not to say I don’t enjoy the occasional Doritos Locos Taco or a large fry from McDonald’s) B) There is just something about those pies that I visually do not find appealing.

For some reason the way they look is so off-putting to me. But I can say, this year I have eaten more pies from McDonald’s than I have in my entire life. Last night while making a run for the Gingerbread Oreos at Walmart, the mood struck me and I decided to grab one of these at the in-store McDonald’s. The lady at the counter informed me that it was going to be 12 minutes for them to be ready, and because I had nothing else going on last night, I decided to wait it out. If I was going to sample this pie, at least let it be “fresh”.

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I anxiously awaited the arrival of the pie, passing the time doing one of my favorite sports, people watching. There are some weirdos in this world. Finally my pie was delivered to me. I had a preconceived idea of what this thing was supposed to look like, but then I was greeted with this. What in the world. Remember the part where I said that the appearance of McDonald’s pies are a bit of a turn off? THIS RIGHT HERE. What is going on with those sprinkles? The pie looked like it was covered in some sort of disco mold. Now being “fresh” I knew this thing was going to be hot, so I let it cool down for a bit while I just sat there, in somewhat shock of how not like the picture this thing looked. Finally I got the courage and broke it open to help the cooling down process. That custard-y filling? Yeah… not so appealing looking. I finally figured it would be safe enough to take a bite. BIG MISTAKE.

Biting into this thing was like taking a bite of a lava filled pie of doom cooked in the seventh circle of hell. This thing was molten. I’m pretty sure I seared off 35% of my taste buds. Protip: Let the pie cool down very thoroughly before taking a large bite. I am not sure if it was the lack of taste buds, or if this pie actually had a decent flavor, but I must admit, it wasn’t half bad. Of the three that I have tried semi-recently, I would say that it gives the pumpkin pie a run for its money. Definitely a large footstep in front of the smores pie. All in all I would eat it again. The exterior was nice and flaky and the interior (once finally cooled a bit) was nice a creamy and had a smooth custard flavor.

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Texture: 4/5 – The mixture of the flaky crust and the creamy filling make for a nice balance and convincing pie eating experience. Though I imagine not getting one of these fresh, would not be nearly as good.

Smell: 5/5 – The pie smelled really good. It smelled like a sugar cookie fresh out of the oven.

Appearance: 1/5 – They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I’ll let those pictures do the talking.

Taste: 3.5/5 – All in all this pie was pretty decent, borderline pretty good. The flavor doesn’t scream holiday to me (HELLO! GINGERBREAD PIE!) but I would buy another one. For best flavor, I suggest getting a fresh one.

November 2, 2012
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