• USA
  • Kettle Maple Bacon – That’s so Sweet of You

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    I waited so long and was sooooooooooooo excited to finally get to try these! Once I got to North America a while ago, I was finally able to fulfill my dream. To be completely honest, I expected a bit more from the product. I had the chips twice, but haven’t changed my mind.

    The company’s take on the popular sweet & salty concept is a little bit meh. I loved the smokiness, but the sweetness was too strong for my potato chip tastes. They reminded me of Honey BBQ flavor. I prefer the latter, to be honest. I don’t really have that sweet tooth, you know? More bacon and less maple, please! I wonder how other brands succeeded in imitating the flavor of this classic, yet very risky combination…

    Overall, it’s still a snack worth both trying and writing about. The famous crunch and thick cut of the Kettle brand never disappoints and is still one the best ones throughout the entire potato chip scene.

    Bought and eaten in Honolulu & New York City, USA.

    My rating: 7/10.

  • Germany
  • Route 11 Chesapeake Crab – Salty Tears of Joy

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    The packaging doesn’t lie – they sure are salty and spicy. Very fucking salty, actually. They’re insane!

    Are these the saltiest potato chips in the world? They possibly are! I’m really into salt and I liked the seasoning a lot, but even a salt lover like myself had to take a break after every 5 chips. My husband could only handle two at a time. On the good side, the mild crabby flavor was yum and not too fishy (my partner in crime couldn’t taste it though because of all the salt). The kettle cooked potato chip was perfectly crunchy.

    All in all, if you’re into salty foods, just be brave and give them a try. Only consume with beer.
    Bought in Seattle, USA.

    My rating: 8/10.

  • USA
  • Lay’s Kettle Cooked Lattice Cut Aged Cheddar & Black Pepper – I’m Excited

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    I’m becoming a bit obsessed with Lattice Cut chips by Lay’s. I love the fact that they have enough flavor to eat them on their own, but at the same time, thanks to this clever cut, they’re also perfect for dipping. Some are slightly better than others though. So far, my favorite flavor from the line is Roasted Garlic & Sea Salt. The ones I’m about to review are not as exciting as their garlicky relatives, but are still on the pretty impressive side.

    The cheesy part of Aged Cheddar & Black Pepper seasoning is addictive and it’s pretty interesting to have it with all the black pepper. The black pepper flavor is very strong. I’m not sure if the chips need so much of it. Anyhow, that’s the part that only makes them even more fascinating. I think I would prefer a different type of pepper in this combo though. Possibly jalapeño, whereas black pepper would probably work better with some sort of white cheese.

    I still really enjoyed eating them and my partner in crime loved them too.

    Bought in Honolulu, HI.

    My rating: 8/10.

  • USA
  • Kettle Buffalo Bleu – Well Done As Always

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    Kettle chips have already been featured on my site and Instagram account on many occasions, and for a good reason: they’re usually mouthwatering…

    At first, you’re hit with a mild kick of spiciness… But then, out of the blue, comes the Bleu! To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. In a blind test I would fail. My guess would probably be ‘Smoky BBQ’ or an interesting (weird) version of ‘Sweet Chili’. The chips still taste great though and that’s all that matters. They’re also super thick and crunchy which makes them perfect for dipping. Well done as always, Kettle.

    Bought in Los Angeles, California.

    My rating: 8.5/10.

  • USA
  • McClure’s Bloody Mary – All You Need Is a Bloody Mary?

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    I was so happy and surprised to stumble upon McClure’s potato chips again! I tried (and reviewed) their Dill Pickle flavored chips in New York a couple of years ago. Later, I saw they had a new addition to their chips: Bloody Mary flavor. I knew I won’t be able to try it until I’m back in the States again. A few weeks later, I randomly found them in a health food store in Sydney. Call it luck, call it fate, call it karma? LOL.

    I’m the biggest fan of both Marys and pickles, BTW.

    These are not the first Bloody Mary-flavored chips in my chip eating career. But I think it’s the first time they do taste like an actual Bloody Mary. And that’s the kind of Mary I like – with some pickle brine in it. The flavor works really well on a kettle-cooked chip. Attempts by other brands tasted more like tomato flavor, which obviously is not a tragedy either, but a ballsy Bloody Mary is not just tomatoes and salt.

    Bought in Sydney, Australia (product of the US).

    My rating: 9/10.

  • USA
  • The New Yorker by Herr’s – Every Other Original Chip

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    I bought The New Yorker chips because of the packaging – yes, I love New York in a stupid, touristy way. I guess I kinda liked the price too… Oh, by the way, the chips weren’t even made in New York. No, not in China either. In fact, they were made in Pennsylvania – the home of Herr’s (I think). Thin, a bit greasy, with an OK amount of salt. In short, it’s just another bag of potato chips. No surprises, no disappointments. Nothing good or bad can be said. Probably most of you wouldn’t spot a difference between them and regular Herr’s with salt. Many wouldn’t tell the difference between them and Classic Lay’s or ______ (fill in the blank).

    Bought and eaten in New York City, New York.

    My rating: 6/10.

    *I’m not so bad, actually.

  • USA
  • Cape Cod Sour Cream & Green Onion – No Fireworks, but Nice

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    I had these in a shitty hotel in Miami Beach for my lunch along with my favorite all-time drink – Budweiser & Clamato Chelada.

    Cape Cod is one of those brands that I’m sure will never disappoint me. These are thick, hard, and crunchy. I would describe the flavor as the classic sour cream and onion flavor. Using “green onion” instead of just “onion” doesn’t mean the flavor is going to be any different. Oh you marketing guys are too much.

    Overall, nice chips.

    Bought and eaten in Miami Beach, Florida.

    My rating: 7.5/10.

  • USA
  • Ruffles Ultimate Sweet & Smokin’ BBQ – Yum!

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    Let’s start from the beginning: I love Ruffles. What I love even more is their Ultimate line. What makes them better than regular Ruffles? They are thicker, have deeper ridges, and are seasoned more heavily, which obviously seems like a good thing to me. The thickness makes them perfect for dipping (Ruffles Ultimate dips are just fucking awesome), but the amazing seasoning doesn’t even let you think about dipping them in anything. My advice: if you’re really hungry and badly feel like pigging out, feel free to have your chips with Ruffles Ultimate dip (try Ruffles Ultimate Smokehouse Bacon Dip); and if you feel a little bit like dieting that day, just skip the dip and eat away!

    How are they different from other BBQ chips? They’re sweeter and smokier. Just like the title suggests. The spiciness is also present, but it’s not overpowering. Here’s a list of the ingredients: sugar, brown sugar, chipotle chili pepper, molasses, onion powder, tomato powder, paprika extracts, garlic powder, and honey. Yum, yum, yum!

    Bought and eaten in Los Angeles, CA.

    My rating: 9/10.

  • USA
  • Hawaiian Sweet Maui Onion – When Simple is Better

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    I like Hawaiian chips as much as I like Hawaii. They’re not my favorite in the world, but they’re simple and still really delicious. For the last couple of years I’ve been trying kettle style potato chips by different brands and, to be honest, in the beginning I wasn’t particularly impressed by any of them. But this is something you can get used to. And when you do, you can never go back.

    I’m kinda hooked now. That subtle onion aroma might have you checking travel deals to Hawaii.

    Bought and eaten in Gardena, CA.

    My rating: 8/10.

  • USA
  • Zapp’s Voodoo – Who Do, What You Don’t Dare Do People

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    Voodoo flavor? Hmmmm…. Questions, questions, questions. Do they taste like a voodoo doll? “In order to make a voodoo doll, you’ll need a few basic materials: two sticks, some sort of “stuffing” (such as Spanish moss, pine needles, or grass), string or cord, fabric strips and glue. If you want to dress the doll up a bit, you can also use buttons, feathers, scraps of clothing and other embellishments that belong to the person in mind.” Yummy!

    Okay, let’s get serious. According to the bag, Voodoo flavor is a result of an accident: “An employee was moving a pallet of spices off the top shelf, and dropped it. While cleaning it up, someone stuck their finger into the mixture of about 5 flavors and pronounced it great.” The actual result isn’t that outstanding, but still pretty nice. The chips are thick, crunchy and have a salty, sweet and sour flavor. Kind of like vinegar mixed with barbecue sauce. Worth a try, but not for everyone. Some might find them too sweet or vinegary.

    Bought and eaten in Los Angeles, CA.

    My rating: 7.5/10.