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  • 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.

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  • Utz Sour Cream and Onion – At Least They’re Cheap

    utzThat was a one-dollar dinner for two in the city of lights, rats and cockroaches – New York City. Certainly not the best dinner I’ve ever had, but probably one of the cheapest ones and, to be honest, I was pretty happy with it.

    I must have been REALLY hungry.

    The texture of the chips was a little weird (or should I say cheap), but that’s typical for Utz, so nothing was really out of place. This also made them a bit greasier compared to most other brands (but they do have a reduced fat version). Maybe it’s a good thing to be different. Sometimes. Not sure if that’s the case for Utz… Anyhow, the texture of Utz chips is what makes them Utz and I’m pretty sure that’s what their fans love about the brand.

    Sour Cream & Onion is one of the most popular varieties of chips out there, and for a good reason! That’s the flavor most of us like. Unfortunately, Utz’s product is not the best in its category. But at least it’s cheap. So just get a bag of Utz when you’re broke and hungry. It’s a decent treat for pigs on a budget.

    Bought and eaten in Brooklyn, NY.

    My rating: 6/10.