Good Morning Friends! Here we are again, Monday!
I hope everyone had a stellar weekend. One really fun thing as a food blogger to do is walk up and down the aisles of stores looking for things you haven’t tried yet. Ultimately you find something here and there but sometimes you end up looking like a total weirdo. I was wandering Walmart recently looking for new things to nosh and stumbled across these hidden in the chip aisle of my local store. Despite their NEW across the top, I feel like these aren’t that new? I don’t know – a brief search of the internet only really told me that these might have come out around March? So newer – but not totally new.
I must admit – peanuts are not my favorite nuts. I enjoy them, but if I am feeling like snacking on nuts or seeds, I usually opt for almonds or cashews (cashews being my favorite). Plain peanuts are not my cup of tea at all, and if I do choose to have them I prefer them to be honey roasted.
So what exactly is the crunchy part on the outside? It doesn’t really crunch like a chip, more like maybe a bread coating? But when examining the ingredients looks like its a mixture of potato and rice with a bit of tapioca powder. When I opened the bag I was immediately greeted with spiciness. Wowee. I was also half expecting them to be more of a red color since that’s what I normally associate with something that is hot and spicy? But they are pretty light in color.
I popped a couple in my mouth, not really sure what to expect and was kind of surprised. The texture is a little strange as the crunchy coating breaks off the peanut before you actually make a full bite. I wish that the coating would have adheared to the peanut better because they become two separate entities very quickly. The one flavor that really stuck out to me of the flavoring was the vinegar. I personally shy away from hot sauces that taste really vinegar-y because I honestly just don’t enjoy the taste (Tabasco being a prime example of this), but despite being the star of the show for me, worked well with the other flavoring and spices.
Overall I thought these were pretty good. The spiciness was a good level, not burn your mouth off hot, and I could easily see them becoming addicting. I also really see these being a great staple to some sort of snack mix as the crunchy outside would lend itself to other crunchy counterparts as well as the more palate cleansing flavor of a peanut. The flavoring exists on the crunchy outer part but not on the peanut itself. I would probably buy these again, but in a smaller bag.
Upon doing a little looking there appears to be more flavors that I am aware of. Tomorrow I will have a review of the Mesquite BBQ flavor, but there are also salt and vinegar and cinnamon brown sugar versions floating around out there. If anyone happens to stumble across the cinnamon brown sugar, let a sister know where you spotted them as I would love to give them a try!
Found at Walmart
Round Two, ding! I picked these Better Chips at SaveMart a while back and they have been hanging out in my stash for a while.
One major thing that I really enjoy about this brand of chips are their use of real ingredients. If you flip over a bag and check out the listing for the ingredients, you will notice that everything on there is readable and pronounceable. I feel like this is the main reason why their chips taste so good. I previously tried their jalapeño chips and just as those were a home run, these follow right in their footsteps. There is an abundance of flavor in these chips (not just sprinkled on the outside) most notably the red pepper. These also have a smoky chili flavor to them as well that makes them absolutely tasty.
Texture: 5/5 – Despite the baked in chunks of red peppers, these tortilla chips are exceptionally crunchy.
Smell: 4/5 – The spiciness of these chips are very apparent in the smell.
Appearance: 3/5 – The red peppers and salsa ingredients make this chip completely red. They are not coated with flavoring which is nice.
Taste: 4.5/5 – These tortilla chips are really good. They meld the flavors of a hearty spicy salsa and tortilla chip into one. The smoky flavor from the chili adds a nice aftertaste. Honestly I would opt for these over chips and salsa any day. Mmm mmmm….
Good evening folks! I hope those of you that had the day off enjoyed yourselves! I am writing you from outside of a frigid GameStop waiting for the midnight release of Call of Duty : Black Ops II. Last night I picked up some Garden of Eatin’ for my all night Netflix binge that ended up turning into about 20 minutes before I was out cold. I didn’t even get to break into these!
I enjoy chips and salsa quite a bit. I often use the cup holder in my car as a salsa holder more than an actual cup holder. For some reason when it comes to tortilla chips, there is no limit to the amount I can consume. These chips are not new to the market, but I hadn’t been introduced to them until last week, and even then I only sampled a single chip, not nearly enough to form an opinion.
This afternoon I decided to start over watching the seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, and broke open this bag as an afternoon snack. I was greeted with the strong aroma of spices. Upon tasting them for the first time (I’m not counting the single chip last week) I was quite impressed. I thought that because the flavoring was sprinkled on the outside of the chip that the flavor would be inconsistent, but there was more than enough to go around. I would however not recommend eating these with chapped lips or anywhere where there is a light source because they don’t look all that appetizing in the light.
Had to use the flash in the batcave, making these look extra gross.
Texture: 4/5 – These have a very nice crunch. Despite the extreme amount of spices, they are not overly gritty.
Smell: 4/5 – after opening the bag you can immediately smell the heat coming off these chips.
Appearance: 2/5 – Eat these chips in the dark, they are way more appealing that way.
Taste: 4/5 – These tortilla chips are delicious on their own, no need to invite salsa to the party. They are not immediately hot right out of the bag but the flavor builds the more you eat, until you turn into a fire breathing dragon.