• Japan
  • Nabisco Pepper Salami – Weird, but Not Too Weird

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    I bought these in Hong Kong, but I’m pretty sure they’re Japanese. Fun fact: from my experience, potato chip flavors like salami can only be found in Asia or… Eastern Europe. These are not fantastic, but I enjoyed the saltiness and the salami-ness. And the pepper. Adventurous potato chip eaters will find them interesting, but not too crazy. Sour Cream & Onion and Original types, you should avoid these like plague.

    Bought and eaten in Hong Kong. Product of Japan.

    My rating: 7/10.

  • 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.

  • Thailand
  • Lay’s Thailand – Which Ones Are The Best?

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    I have reviewed some of the Lay’s Thailand chips in the past – both on the website and my Instagram account. Traveling in Asia helped me get my hands on even more flavors.

    They have some international flavors like English, Mexican and Italian. More surprisingly than not, these are probably the best flavors they currently have to offer.

    The Mexican ones (Mexican BBQ?) have a lot of flavor and are very nicely spiced – not too much, not too little. Rating: 8/10.

    The Salmon & Cream Cheese flavor is OK, but not fishy/salmony enough – I was hoping for something more shocking. These definitely left me a little disappointed. Still pretty tasty though. Rating: 7/10.

    Italian Supreme cheese flavor isn’t so supreme. I had mixed feelings, actually. The cheese flavor is good, but not strong enough. Rating: 7/10.

    Thai Fried Larb flavor not just sounds, but is pretty fascinating. Larb Tod is a ‘traditional Thai meatball made from either chicken or pork with Thai seasonings’. Meaty and very Thai. Rating: 7.5/10.

    Hot Chili Squid flavor tastes better on krinkle cut Lay’s. Sadly, still nothing particularly interesting. Rating: 5/10.

    Scallops with Garlic Butter chips do actually taste that! That’s a simple and awesome combination. Well done. Rating: 8/10.

    Hot Chili Squid tastes like cardboard on a Pringle-like chip. Sorry. Rating: 3/10.

    The last ones have a very familiar, meaty (kebab?) flavor. Salty and very well balanced. Rating: 8/10.

    Purchased in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

  • Lithuania
  • Taffel BBQ Fries & Chicken Leg and Cheese Balls & Pizza Snacks – 2 in 1

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    Two delightful flavors from Taffel snacks! There’s actually four of them. Both bags include two different shapes (and flavors) of chips – BBQ Fries & Chicken Leg and Cheese balls & Pizza Snacks. On average, the purple bag is slightly better, but each of the two contain a tasty and a meh flavor. Chicken legs and balls are the good ones, while other two taste like cardboard and are basically the waste of space. So no, you are not as awesome as you think.

    Bought and eaten in Vilnius, Lithuania.

    Rating: each bag deserves a rating of 7/10. The idea is interesting, but I don’t think I am going to buy the product again.

  • Lithuania
  • Lay’s Wavy Grilled Meat – Is It a Kebab, Is It a Steak?

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    At the moment, I prefer Lay’s Wavy to regular Lay’s because they ‘re thicker and tougher, making them less greasy and suitable for dipping. Obviously, tasty chips can stand on their own, but it’s always nice to have options.

    This flavor should have been called ‘Kebab’ instead of ‘Grilled Meat’. Just look at the photo on the packaging. So odd. THIS is how I imagine grilled meat. Then again, I’m not exactly a meat lover, so I might be wrong.

    The chips are pretty nice though. Not too meaty, not too bland. I’ve purchased these several times now.

    Bought and eaten in Vilnius, Lithuania.

  • Denmark
  • KiMs Sour Cream & Onion – Nobody’s Perfect

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    KiMs is a Danish brand, but their products can also be found in Northern Europe, Baltics, and the US. I remember loving them as a kid. Now they are nowhere to be found in my country. Luckily, I had a connecting flight in Copenhagen last winter, where I taste-tested whatever chips were available at the airport.

    KiMs brought me some nice childhood memories. They’re certainly a kid-friendly chip. It’s all in the shape and the structure. As a grown up, I don’t love them as much. Now, I prefer things that taste a bit more like they’ve been made by someone’s grandma. Something less airy and kettle-cooked perhaps? Still a lovely snack that you can’t confuse with anything else.

    Bought and eaten in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    My rating: 7/10.

  • USA
  • Ruffles Loaded Chili & Cheese – Thumbs Up (Pretty Much)

    rufflesThe description on the packaging reads: “You know that dream where all your favorite food is piled high and ready to go? It’s not a dream. It’s Ruffles Loaded Chili & Cheese flavor. Chili? Check. Cheese? Heck yeah. Onions and peppers. Bingo. Now put all that on a chip. Pinch yourself, you’re really awake. Okay, now hit yourself. Oh well, it was worth a shot.” That immediately touched my spirit.

    I always liked Ruffles – they’re a classic from my childhood that will never let me down. When I have a choice, Ruffles or Lay’s, I will probably go for Ruffles. Compared to other popular brands, Ruffles give me way more of that mouth-watering pleasure. When it comes to cheese, they’re cheesier; when it comes to smoky BBQ, they’re smokier. I also love the fact that the chips are usually large in size.

    Speaking about Ruffles Loaded Chili & Cheese, everything seems to be in its place. The chili is there and the cheese is simply fucking awesome. People at Ruffles do know what they’re doing when it comes to cheese powder.

    Unfortunately, Ruffles, like other chips made by a giant company, make you feel a little sick when you consume too many. That is the only disadvantage that comes to my mind right now. It’s because of one thing they’re lacking. That thing is called QUALITY. Thankfully for them, most of the mainstream brands (Frito-Lay included) know: using the mentioned SECRET INGREDIENT wouldn’t be very profitable… That’s why they don’t.

    To sum up, chips produced by mega-brands will never be as good as a chips produced locally by hipsters on some English farm. Amen.

    Bought and eaten in Los Angeles, CA.

    My rating: 7/10.

  • The Netherlands
  • Cofresh Hummus Chips Tomato & Basil – Hummus, Really?

    hummusCofresh are based in the UK and they specialize in Indian and ethnic snacks. They also have lentil chips (I haven’t tried those yet). I don’t care about gluten, but it’s probably worth mentioning that Cofresh snacks are gluten-free. Yay.

    Now let’s get to the review… Hummus chips? Wait, what? How? I had no idea anything like that could possibly exist. After reading the packaging, I realized that the chips are made from chickpeas, NOT hummus. Liars! Hummus is a SPREAD that could be used as a dip for your chips, but hardly as a chip. The name should be more specific and simply say ‘chickpea chips’. I liked them, yes, but I would never call them ‘hummus chips’. Even something as dumb as ‘chickpea salad chips’ would be closer to reality.

    On the positive side, they tasted pretty good and were quite satisfying. No complaints towards the seasoning. It’s a strong 7, really. They will never become my favorite, but they’re a good option for those of you who feel like it’s time to make a few changes in your chip eating habits (not likely to happen in my case).

    Bought and eaten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    My rating: 7/10.

  • France
  • Lay’s Saveur Poulet Rôti et Thym – the French do It Better, but Lay’s Don’t

    lays_vistienaWhen it comes to food, the French always seek good quality and are a little picky, which God forbid, shouldn’t be seen as a negative quality. These features, along with their great taste for pretty much everything, makes Frenchmen stand out from the rest of the world and quite frankly, they make the most of us look like hopeless amateurs. In short, the French simply do it better.

    Speaking about Lay’s Saveur Poulet Rôti et Thym (Roasted Chicken and Thyme), the seasoning was really nice and matched the one of a real chicken with thyme (in terms of how close you can get to the taste of a main course of a French dinner on a potato chip). I think the spices would have tasted better on a chip of a higher quality… probably on a kettle cooked variety. For all I know, France has a lot of great food to offer, and I guess, supermarket shelves are not the best place to look for it. Cheap snacking isn’t exactly their scene, so when you’re there, you should probably pay a visit to a local boulangerie and get a buttery croissant instead.

    Bought in Paris, France.

    My rating: 7/10.

  • The Netherlands
  • Doritos Pure Paprika – No Suprises

    doritos_paprikaDoritos NL don’t have any particularly impressive flavors, but at least they don’t disappoint. When there’s absolutely nothing new on the shelves of my local supermarket or I can’t decide what kind of chips I want that evening, I just go for any Doritos. It’s always a satisfactory pigging out experience. Pure Paprika is not my favorite kind, but I still like to have it sometimes (or when others are unavailable). The flavor is rich, salty, and not too spicy. I love licking seasoning off them!

    Bought and eaten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    My rating: 7/10.