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Cheetos Stars – Summertime Ranch

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Good Morning Friends and Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there!

Usually I ramble a bit before getting into the review for the day, but one would say that I am slightly preturbed by these… chips? Crisps? POOFS? Whatever they should be called. So – let’s get down to it, shall we?

I bought these on a late night Walmart run recently and thought about them all day at work on Friday. Eh, let’s reel that in a little, I thought about the name all day on Friday. What exactly is Summertime Ranch? Is there a Wintertime Ranch? Is ranch best enjoyed in the summertime? So many questions. Also, my brain decided to totally botch the words to a Lana Del Rey song by inserting the name of these chips into the chorus, which has since been stuck in my head for two days now. You can preview the song here if you have not heard the song Summertime Sadness.

I’ve got that summertime, summertime ranch chips. I’ve got that summertime, summertime ranch chips.

Stuck in your head now? You’re welcome.

After a brief photo shoot of these stary crunch POOFS (you have to say poofs, POOFS. Don’t believe me? Just ask my friend Clare. I poured myself a small bowl, plopped down on the couch, before ultimately falling asleep there, and took an excited bite.

When I opened the bag, I was pummeled with intense ranch goodness. Now maybe I’m kind of an idiot here, but for some reason I expected these to be cheese flavored as well? I don’t know, cheesy ranch sounds good to me, so I was a bit surprised when I opened the bag and they were naked ranch stars.

Back to the couch goodness. I took one bite and…

THESE ARE RANCH DORITOS

This might be the shortest review in the history of this blog, but holy hell was I BEYOND disappointed. These are 100%, no question about it, Cool Ranch Dorito flavored. Womp Womp.

Overall, if you’re into Cool Ranch Dortios (which I am not because I WAY overdid it as a kid with those chips) and you’re into POOFS that ultimately get mashed into your teeth – these stars are for you. Not only was I disappointed by the lack of cheese, the lack of new ranch flavored goodness, I am now stuck with the most GIANT bag of these things – do birds like ranch? I’m kidding, don’t feed food like this to animals. Maybe I could crush them up and make them into some sort of breading for chicken strips or onion rings. But WOW. So bummed. I truly have the Summertime Sadness now.

Found at Walmart

May 13, 2018
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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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Doritos – Heat Wave – BBQ

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Do you have a snack food that you really connect to your childhood? For me, Doritos are definitely something that when I think about, is a food that I really remember from being a kid. I used to eat the hell out of some Cool Ranch Doritos (which by the way, I can no longer stand the taste of, I guess kid me went too hard). If I had to choose now, it would probably be a really close race between Salsa Verde and Taco Flavor. I remember when they reintroduced Taco Flavor a while back, that I was working in grocery at the time and the guy I was dating REALLY loved them. He was concerned that it would only be a limited time offering, so I ended up buying him 6 bags as one of his gifts for Christmas. Try wrapping chips sometime, you’ll really question what your life has become.

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The Doritos Heat Wave chips are two new (what I am assuming) limited offerings this summer. I always feel like Doritos/Frito-Lay has been mindful of the flavors they release. There are few offerings that I have felt like they were total flops. I was a bit surprised that they went with a BBQ flavor, despite having released one in the late 90’s. Doritos chips are not a chip that I really feel lends itself to a BBQ flavor, and I won’t lie, I don’t really care for BBQ chips personally. I think part of it is that I tend to find BBQ flavoring too sweet, despite having a total sweet tooth, so to me its a bit off putting. I knew with the addition of the heat element that at least if it was sweet, it would be followed with a really nice kick of spicy.

Upon first opening the bag, I was greeted with a very very potent roundhouse kick to the face BBQ flavor. It actually made me take a step back because I think I huffed these things way too hard. I thought the flavor coating looked evenly distributed and plentiful, and I knew I was in for a flavor packed treat.

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I braced myself for BBQ impact but was pleasantly surprised that the BBQ flavor was subtle and an excellent mix with the heat. I was immediately hooked. I personally really like spicy food, and these do not disappoint. If you are a fan of the Doritos Roulette, I would give these a go as the heat is very reminiscent of the spiciest version of chip in that bag. The smokiness of the BBQ flavoring with the slightly sweet tones, mixed with the heat made for a match made in heaven. As someone that does not enjoy BBQ chips, I could definitely see these becoming a staple in my overcrowded junk food pantry.  Plus with as much flavor coating on this chip, you’ll get the Cheeto effect on your fingertips, its the gift that keeps on giving.




Found at Walmart

May 31, 2017
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Lay’s – Limited Time Flavor – BLT

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These Lay’s potato chips are not new by any means – Lay’s has decided to rerelease two limited edition flavors, BLT and Lime and Sea Salt (not to be confused with Limon flavor) and since I was never able to try the BLT version before, I thought I would snag a bag of these before they fade away again. I wasn’t really sure how I would feel about a chip pretending to taste like a sandwich – though this is not the first time that Lay’s has created a sandwich flavored chip (the Ruben – which I thought was really good). I am not a fan of the actual sandwich BLT, except for the B part – because I don’t really care for lettuce, and I think the texture of tomatoes are gross, but what could go wrong with these chips?

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I guess the real question is how do your really bring out the flavor of lettuce – Upon first taste of these chips, all I could really taste was the overpowering flavor of bacon. The chips flavor are not strong, but bacon is really the only flavor that I could pick up. I turned to the internet to see what they say and it looks like most people only really find the bacon flavor, though some people swear that it tastes just like the sandwich. I picked these up while visiting my Mom and asked her for her opinion, and she really liked them. She agreed that they didn’t taste too much like an actual BLT, but she liked the flavor. I also really think that if they had originally chosen to make these on their ridged chip, that it would have held the flavoring a little better. I am not a fan of the classic Lay’s potato chip, because to me they are just way too greasy.

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Over all I think these chips are middle of the road. I did not dislike them, or like them very much. I think the bacon flavor was way more prevalent than the tomato or lettuce. I could see myself possibly eating a small bag of these with a sandwich, but only if they were the last ones left in one of those 20 packs.




Found at Safeway

May 22, 2017
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News Scoop

Posted in News

Here are a few news tidbits for this week in junk food :

Lays “Do Us A Flavor” voting is still open for the 3 finalists for the Lays contest – Which is your favorite?

– Want to feel old? McDonalds Chicken Nuggets turn 30 this year. How did we live before 1983?

– Can’t get enough of the Doritos Locos Tacos? Did you know that this has been the biggest food release in the history of Taco Bell? Doritos Locos Tacos have been so popular that they have created 15,000 jobs since their release. Loco.

Annie’s plans on adding Cheddar Squares and Graham Crackers to its organic line this year. Sounds delicious!

Green Giant is leaving the freezer aisle and heading to your local chip section with their new offerings of tortilla chips and sweet potato chips.

Hostess lovers rejoice – their new owners plan to have Twinkies back on store shelves by summer of this year.

April 3, 2013
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Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals – Nacho Cheese

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The other day I brought you the au-natural version of these chips, but today I will be trying out the Nacho Cheese version. Now I don’t know about you, but when I think of a nacho cheese chip, I instantly think of a Doritos. There is just something so addicting about the super cheesy, slightly spicy chip that always tempts me to eat the whole bag.

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Pepperidge Farm’s version looks a little less cheese coated and more spice. Most of their snacks have the flavor baked in with the exception of the Goldfish cracker, and even then, if you are looking for a cheese powder coated snack, you’ll have to opt for the flavor blasted. One advantage of this is that you don’t have Cheeto fingers when you’re done. Personally I think eating the cheese powder off your fingertips is akin to eating the crunchy part off the end of a corn dog (the best part) but to each their own.

When I popped open the bag I was slightly surprised to see how empty it was. Now I know chip companies pack their bags full of air so that you don’t end up with a bag of chip shards, but there is nothing more disappointing than opening a bag of chips and realizing you purchased more air, than chip. Pepperidge Farm air in a bag! Now with chips! Being lactose intolerant, I can appreciate a snack that goes a little easy on the cheese – not to say that I don’t torture myself with other cheesy foods.

The term nacho cheese usually conjures up thoughts of a mild cheddar cheese with a slight jalapeno flavoring to it – although I am not sure where all the spices come in on these chips, but I’ll go with it. Upon first bite… well… to me, tasted like the smell of BO. After I got past that, I could taste the slight spicy cheese flavoring to it, but the stank was pretty overpowering in my mouth. I am sure that some of you are wondering how something tastes like the smell of, but I assure you, it is possible. It is like when something is too flowery tasting, it tastes like the smell of perfume. Just go with it. Much like the original tortilla flavor that I tried the other day, these chips taste stale to me. They have a good crunch, but my brain just flashes STALE! STALE! STALE! ABORT! while I eat them. If I had to choose between these or the Simply Tortilla, the Simply Tortilla would win hands down, mostly because I can slather them with something like gross gas station nacho cheese or salsa.

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Texture : 3/5 – These chips are GRAINY. I don’t know if it is from the way they are processed, or if it is because they are baked, or because of the cheese baked in, but these are really grainy. They do have a nice crunch to them though.

Smell : 3/5 – The smell does not match the flavor, there is a nice spice and cheese scent when you open the bag.

Appearance : 3/5 – To me these look more like a multigrain chip, than a nacho cheese tortilla chip. I do however like their size because it means that you won’t spear the top of your mouth while trying to stuff the entire chip into your mouth.

Taste : 2/5 – I really tried to like these but I could not get past the BO undertone. I found that if I ate a few at a time the flavor was more apparent, but I feel like the nacho cheese flavoring really missed the mark. I also thought the flavor was odd in that the fresh bag of chips tasted stale. I think that this is partially due to the chip being baked. All in all, I would most likely never buy these again unless there was a flavor tweak to them.

March 13, 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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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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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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