• Mexico
  • Sabritas Crema y Especias – Completely Unexpected Turn of Flavors

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    Sour Cream & Spices flavor from Sabritas (also known as Lay’s, Walkers or Smith’s in other countries) turned out to be a surprisingly unique, interesting and delicious combination of flavors. This is not the Sour Cream & Onion flavor we are all so used to. By ‘spices’ they mean a mixture of unidentified seasoning with a decent hint of lime. Remember, we’re in Mexico! Mexicanos put it on everything. There was also a very slight trace of sweetness there that reminded me about the grossest potato chip flavor in the world, but in this case it’s so light that it’s hardly even there.

    Bought in San José del Pacífico, Mexico.

    My rating: 8/10.

  • 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.

  • Lithuania
  • Estrella Butter Fried Chanterelles – A Buttery, Mushroomy Treat

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    Summer is over, but at least it’s time for the seasonal autumn treat by Estrella. I’ve been waiting for these since July!

    Made from freshly dug Lithuanian potatoes, the chips are a match made in potato chip heaven paired with a pleasantly salty chanterelle flavor. Somehow they mastered making them light and savory at the same time.

    Chanterelles are among my favorite mushrooms, and while I really enjoyed Estrella’s product, I am now craving the real thing.

    Bought in Vilnius, Lithuania.

    Rating: 9/10.

  • Lithuania
  • Estrella Hard Cheese / Salami – What a Pleasant Surprise

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    Are you a vegetarian who’s been dreaming about chewing on a tasty, juicy piece of salami? Do you like cheesy chips but all the cheddar or whatever flavored chip options out there make you sick to your stomach? Then these two flavors from Estrella are exactly what you need! The Spanish option really does smell and taste like salami from a deli counter. And that flavor is very, VERY strong. Might be too strong for some (not me). Perfect for sharing as even a handful of these is going to satisfy you! The cheese ones are full of flavor too, but slightly milder. I loved both of the options.

    Bought and eaten in Vilnius, Lithuania.

    My rating: 8/10.

  • 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.

  • UK
  • Mackie’s of Scotland Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper – No Need to Be Scottish to Like This

    haggisHaggis is a traditional Scottish dish – it’s kind of a sausage made from the liver, heart, and lungs of a sheep. Yikes! The ingredients are chopped and mixed with beef or mutton suet and oatmeal and seasoned with different spices. I know it all sounds really gross, but it’s pretty amazing when done properly (I already tried the real thing!).

    Haggis flavored chips by Mackie’s are the only kind I’ve tried by the brand so far and all I can say is WOW. Mackie’s of Scotland managed to create an extraordinary, original chip. I received them as a gift from friends living in Edinburgh (along with a bottle of Scotch, of course). I couldn’t stop eating them and didn’t want to share them with anyone.

    The texture of the potato chip is superb – crunchy and quite thick, but not too hard. In short, they’re just perfect. I’m not a big fan of extremely thin and greasy chips, nor am I a fan of chips that make me worry about my teeth. The generous amount of seasoning is as amazing. Like it usually happens, the chips taste more like Haggis seasoning rather than the dish itself. But this time, I don’t even care, they’re perfect anyway.

    Bought in Edinburgh, UK.

    My rating: 9.5/10.

  • Italy
  • Autentica Trattoria di Oliva – Why Everything Tastes Better in Italy?

    tratorriaUse of olive oil in the preparation of potato chips is indeed a great step taken by the potato chips industry. Olive oil brings a new layer to the flavor of the original ready salted chips. My suggestion: do not eat these when drunk. It’s pointless. You won’t taste the gentle and fresh goodness of olive oil.

    Tasteful packaging, subtle aroma and flavor make any chips by the brand suitable both for serving at the table for guests and your own closet eating enjoyment. I wouldn’t lie if I called them “Italy’s best”. Since there’s nothing like Italian food… there’s probably nothing like authentic Italian potato chips as well.

    Bought in Rome, Italy.

    My rating: 8.5/10.