• USA
  • McClure’s Garlic Dill Pickle – When Two Become One

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    Everything about this brand is just simple, elegant and so NYC. I learned about McClure’s Pickles at some flea market in Brooklyn. I literally want to buy EVERYTHING from their online store, but unfortunately they ship within the U.S. only (and I live in the forgotten place called Europe). There are three things in the world that I love the most: chips, pickles, and Bloody Marys. McClure’s Pickles brand happens to have all three of them. And I can’t even buy a bloody Bloody Mary Mix without having to jump on a flight, for god’s sake.

    Since I’m a fan of pickles and chips, imagine what is going on in my mouth when I eat the combination of the two. Pickle-flavored chips are indeed one of my favorite treats. And McClure’s Garlic Dill Pickle chips are one the best in their category: crunchy, briny, garlicky and salty (but not too salty). Certainly better than Lay’s Dill Pickle and also, when I think about it, I think I prefer a crinkle cut. I can picture them as the perfect side for just about anything. I also love the simplicity in McClure’s packaging design.

    Read their story HERE and the crazy story about how they expanded their business into potato chip market can be found HERE. I honestly think they should open a restaurant.

    Bought and eaten in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

    My rating: 8.5/10.

  • The Netherlands
  • Mrs. Kerr Best Bite Chips Jalapeño Peppers – Salty, Smoky, and Seductive

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    This purchase turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. Mrs. Kerr’s chips were well worth the ridiculous price I paid in an overpriced international grocery store, located in a touristy part of Amsterdam. Not sure, but I think these are Danish. My significant other wasn’t that enthusiastic, but still seemed to be enjoying his meal (sandwich + chips): ‘WTF is that? It tastes like pig’s fat. Are these even made of potatoes? These are pork skins!’ What a confused little boy. The smoky, barbecue aroma doesn’t necessarily have to come from a piece of meat, duh.

    BTW, because of the confusing ‘fatty’ aroma, my friends, who I happened to share the chips with (not my favorite thing to do) decided that the chips are most probably a little higher in calories than most of the other chips out there. I had to prove them wrong.

    Bought and eaten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    My rating: 9/10.

  • USA
  • Kettle Krinkle Cut Zesty Ranch – Ranch Done Right

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    Kettle is one of my favorite potato chip brands, so when buying these, I was pretty sure I’m not going to be disappointed. And I wasn’t! What I like about the brand is that, while it’s still junk food, it’s not as junky as per say Lay’s. This means the chance to suffer from junk food hangover the next day is somewhat low.

    As they write on their website, you don’t even need a dip to accompany these, it’s kind of there already. “Not your typical ranch experience, Zesty Ranch is savory with a peppery kick, followed by lightly tangy sour cream layered on the ultimate crunchy chip,” says Carolyn Richards, Kettle Brand chief flavor architect. “This is ranch done right.” I couldn’t agree more.

    Bought and eaten in Gardena, CA.

    My rating: 8/10.

  • Lithuania
  • Estrella Countryside Sourcream & Onion – My First Love

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    How clever! It became very common to add ‘countryside’ or other appealing word to well-known flavors of chips. Like ‘Backyard BBQ’ instead of simple ‘BBQ’. Estrella’s Countryside Sourcream & Onion chips have been known forever as Sour Cream & Onion chips. Everyone is trying to trick us these days…

    The good thing about them is that they’re not your regular sour cream and onion chips. There are millions of kinds out there, but none of them taste like these (or maybe I should just dig deeper… somewhere in Scandinavia). They’re a bit more sour and have greater acidity. They are also slightly saltier. All these factors make me want them more. Blindfolded, you can tell you’re eating Estrella. Sadly, I’m not sure if I even want look at them. But that’s only because I used to have them way too often.

    Bought and eaten in Vilnius, Lithuania.

    My rating: 7.5/10.

  • The Netherlands
  • Lay’s Barbecue Ham – Won’t Be Pigging Out On These Again

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    It wasn’t the best pigging out experience of my life, but it wasn’t the worst either. I think I only ate them because I had them in front of me. I’m not saying they’re disgusting, not at all. I’m just saying they didn’t satisfy my savory snacking needs. Chip after chip, I expected some fireworks to finally happen, but nothing ever happened and I just ended up being fat for the rest of the day.

    Maybe they’re missing salt and chemicals that make junk food taste better? Yes, I need more salt in my food than an average person and I don’t care about blood pressure or heart diseases… as long as the food I consume tastes good. Culinary pleasure is more important than healthy diet. Sometimes.

    Bought and eaten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    My rating: 6/10.

  • USA
  • Deep River Snacks – Horseradish and Cheese? Fuck Yeah!

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    Apparently, horseradish on chips is just pure love. Adding cheddar cheese to already amazing chips makes them even creamier and more flavorful. It’s really hard to understand why so many people don’t like horseradish, especially Americans (at least it seems so from the shitty reviews). To me, it’s very heartbreaking. It reminds me of my father who has never tried eating a tomato in his entire life and it makes him sick to even look at one. Or a friend who hates pickles from McDonald’s cheeseburgers. Or another friend who can’t eat anything that was touched by an onion. They have no idea what they’re missing. Whatever, more for me.

    Bought and eaten in Miami Beach, FL.

    My rating: 7.5/10