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Snikiddy Chips – Jalapeño Ranch

Posted in Chips

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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Better Chip – Jalapeño and Sea Salt

Posted in Chips, Uncategorized

Evenin’! I had a really major hankering for some nachos today – but cheese and I aren’t really friends, despite my undying love, and I wanted the gross kind of nachos that you can only get at ball games, gas stations, and movie theaters. I can’t honestly think of the last time I purchased nachos from a gas station, but the more I tossed the idea around of caving in after I got off work – the worse it sounded. Nothing good would come of this!

So I rummaged around in my stash of foods to see what I had that would potentially pacify my craving for cheesy spicy nachos. I picked up these Better Chips at SaveMart a couple of weeks ago and kind of forgot about them because the bag is rather small, and they got smashed behind a bunch of other chips, that I have not had the courage to try yet.

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I was curious what I was getting myself into with these. They claim to be all natural and better, but was I going to be eating a spicy salty cardboard puck? When I opened the bag, which has a tear spot vs just opening them like normal chips. I attempted to tear them across the top because I found it more aesthetically pleasing, but I couldn’t get it to tear all the way so I had to opt for down the side. It really made me feel inept at opening a simple bag of chips. THANKS GUYS.

They had a faint smell of jalapeño, but nothing overbearing. I liked that the flavor was baked into the chip instead of heavily sprinkled on top. These chips were kind of a silent killer. I popped one in my mouth and was pleasantly surprised by how delicious they were. They had an excellent balance of corn, salt and spice from the jalapeño, then the more I chewed, the progressively hotter they got. Have you ever had spicy food where you feel like the only recourse to keep the spice at bay is to continue eating at a continuous pace? Thats what happened with these. The bag was probably gone in 1.5 minutes. I’m not proud, but they were scrumptious.

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Texture: 4/5 – These had a satisfying crunch to them and I really enjoyed the absence of spray on flavor that usually makes things a little gritty and messy.

Smell: 2/5 – There was hardly any smell at all to these chips. This is probably due to the ingredients being baked into the chip.

Appearance: 2/5 – In my line of volunteer work, I have seen a lot… A LOT… of emesis. (if you don’t know what that is, Google it when you’re not eating lunch) The chunks of jalapeño kind of reminded me of this, which did not make for a visually appealing snack.

Taste: 4/5 – These chips were really tasty. I would love to enjoy them with a sandwich, and wish that more sandwich places would carry them as a generic chip alternative. They had a nice crunch, the flavor was tasty, the heat was just enough, not to the point where they were too hot, and you get a decent amount for your buck. The only thing that could have taken these to the next level would be if they had a hint of cheese. Yum!

November 14, 2012
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