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  • Doritos Sweet Chilli Pepper – Gimme More!

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    Good old Sweet Chilli Pepper flavored Doritos (top pic – older version of the packaging design). Perfect when you can’t decide which ones to get for the lazy evening. While the chips are mouthwatering and flavor-packed enough to eat them on their own, they’re a match made in Mexican junk food heaven with a spicy salsa dip. It’s not my favorite flavor from Doritos, but it sure is one of the best. Not too spicy and perfectly balanced.

    Bought and eaten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Kigali, Rwanda.

    My rating: 8/10.

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  • Lay’s Whiskey Cocktail – Kinda Meh, Kinda OK

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    This flavor didn’t win the Maak de Smaak contest, but it was probably a tiny bit better than the winner. I kind of like the Whiskey Cocktail sauce, but I woudn’t say it tastes amazing on chips. The best part about the product was the smell. Lovely. Unfortunately, you can’t do much with that (unless you’re using your potato chip bag as an oxygen mask).

    The taste was… ummm… tomato-ish. That wasn’t the best tomato though. A Dutch one, I guess (they taste like cardboard). There was a hint of an onion too.

    Bought and eaten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    My rating: 6/10.

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  • Lay’s Papatje Joppie – Dutch Cuisine in a Bag

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    I had no idea what Joppiesaus was when I grabbed my first bag of Joppie flavored Lay’s. “Joppiesaus is a Dutch snack sauce. It is a cold, yellow sauce available in fast food restaurants throughout the Netherlands and Belgium. The sauce is usually consumed with fries, or other fast food snacks such as kroket or hamburger. Joppiesaus is based on vegetable oil, water and an emulsifier. It also contains onion and curry powder. The original recipe is kept a secret, but on the web one can find recipes that approach the original taste very well.” That should give you an idea.

    It was love at first bite! Unfortunately, like with many things, my enthusiasm didn’t last very long. I still think they’re yum, but I’m just not that big of a fan anymore. I’m glad they added the crinkle cut version. Btw, Belgian Pickle flavored Lay’s taste almost exactly the same. Strange.

    Bought and eaten on numerous occasions in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    My rating: 7.5/10.

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  • Lay’s Spicy Reggae Chicken – Thank You, But No, Thank You

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    I expected so much more after seeing the commercial. It’s hard to believe that this unimpressive flavor won the Maak de Smaak competition (Dutch equivalent of the American Do Us a Flavor). But to be honest, other flavors – Aioli e Aglio and Whiskey Cocktail – didn’t seem particularly impressive either. Whiskey Cocktail was slightly better and, unfortunately, I haven’t tried the Aioli e Aglio flavor – such a pity!

    I even bought the Lay’s Spicy Reggae Chicken TWICE to make 100% sure there’s nothing special about them. These are the kind of chips I’d buy for my party when I don’t want to be tempted to eat all the snacks. They’re not THAT bad, so nobody’s going to complain. They’re simply boring. And my husband agrees with me.

    Bought and eaten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    My rating: 5.5/10.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Lay’s Harvest Garlic & Sea Salt – Thank You

    harvest_laysI was so excited after finally spotting something new at my local supermarket. It’s been literally AGES. Garlic & Sea Salt is one of the two Lay’s Harvest flavors available (of course they might be selling some other flavors somewhere else, who knows) and the one I liked better (the other one will be reviewed in the near future).

    Well, I can tell you, from the bottom of my potato-chip-crumb-covered heart, it was my discovery of the week that week. The saltiness was just right, the aroma was garlicky and fresh, the texture of the chip was somewhat gourmet. All that combined tasted just incredible. My favorite part about them is they don’t taste like cheap junk food. The typical Lay’s greasiness is all gone. Good job, Lay’s! Recommended to anyone.

    Bought and eaten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    My rating: 9/10.

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  • 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.

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  • Albert Heijn Aardappel Crisps – Potatoes Potahtoes

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    Much better than expected – remember, this is a supermarket brand. There was only one problem with Albert Heijn’s creation (of course Albert Heijn didn’t actually create the chips himself, he’s dead now). All of the chips, no matter what potato they were made of, tasted very very alike. Well, I guess a potato is a potato after all, since Lady Rosetta tasted just as good as the sweet potato did. But this doesn’t change the fact that their flavor was very close to that of the expensive gourmet chips. Recommended for those who prefer healthier options, but don’t want to compromise flavor (everyone?).

    Bought in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    My rating: 7.5/10.