Camembert & Fig Chips

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I love camembert and I love figs and the two make a great combination, but how will they pair as a potato chip flavor? I found out in Australia where famous chip distributor Kettle released a line of luxury potato chips called “sensations”. It certainly was not sensational. I couldn’t tell what flavor it was if I hadn’t seen the package. There was a certain sweetness, but that’s where it ended. They were good chips though in all honesty, just not what I expected.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 6 

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Salmon and wasabi chips

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Salmon and wasabi is a now classic combination, bur in potato chips it’s a pretty new concoction. The question is: “Does is work?”. The answer, I would say, is no, not really. There was just the feintest trace of fishiness to these chips, hardly enough to label them as salmon flavored. There was some wasabi, however, and not too much to make your head hurt, so at least they got that part right. If they had named these chips wasabi flavored ones, rather than salmon and wasabi, I would probably have given them a higher score, but as it stands I don’t think they quite hit the mark.

Fear Factor – 2 / Taste Test – 5

Caviar Chips

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In my quest for discovering new, exciting and unusual flavors I have opened many a bag of potato chips. This classic every man’s snack seems hard to elevate, but there is one company, Torres, that tries. A year or so ago I tried truffle chips as well as Iberico ham flavored ones. From the same company I now scored a bag of caviar flavored potato chips.

I don’t actually like caviar all that much, which is why I gave these guys a slightly higher Fear Factor than the average chip. It turns out there was nothing to worry about as there was no flavor of caviar whatsoever. I do really mean NO flavor, not even a hint of salty fishiness on the back palate. The chips were fine as they were, but for the price I paid I could have gotten four regular bags of chips. Maybe more.

Fear Factor – 2 / Taste Test – 5

Hainanese chicken rice chips

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At the end of August I went on a short city trip to Singapore. I had been there before, but this time I wanted to try more local food and had a list of smaller hole-in-the-wall restaurants and street food stalls lined up. One of the must eat local dishes is Hainanese chicken rice stemming from Chinese heritage. Of course I tried a lot of local dishes, including the chicken rice, but I also came across some local inspired snacks.

In a 7-eleven I picked up a bag of Hainanese chicken rice flavored potato chips. We all know I have reviewed quite a number of those, and it would make a great addition. Or so I thought. In actuality it was just a plain, boring potato chip with a nice crunch, but no discerning flavors. Certainly not anything resembling chicken rice. Better keep your money and buy the real deal.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 5

Lobster chips

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I always like finding new flavors of potato chips in the supermarket. It’s a little like Russian roulette. Sometimes you get something amazing, but usually it’s just a big disappointment. This time around I found what looks like lobster flavored chips. At least I think it is by the look of the picture.

I was prepared for a fishy seafood taste, something which I don’t enjoy all that much, but I soon found out there wasn’t any. Not a single shred of evidence to convince me that this was lobster flavor. The potato chips themselves were just fine, but still it was a huge disappointment. I can’t wait for the next one to arrive.

Fear Factor – 2 / Taste Test – 5

Reindeer chips

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I fly back to Holland once a year, in summer, to see my friends and family. This time I had a stopover in Helsinki, Finland, just like last year. That brought with it the opportunity to try out some reindeer or elk products I might not yet have tasted. New on the shelves this year was a bag of so-called reindeer chips.

Now I know I have written about chips a lot on this here blog, but those have always been potato chips. In this case the chips were entirely made of reindeer meat. It had been sliced razor thin and left to dry. The consistency really was like a chip, crispy and crunchy at every bite, and not chewy like jerky.

Taste-wise it had that similar sourness that I found in the reindeer meat I tried at the airport last year. At the time I thought that was due to the curing, but now I’m not so sure. Perhaps reindeer just tastes a bit acidic. At any rate, it made for a nice crunch and a quick snack before boarding my flight to Amsterdam.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 7

Cheeseburger chips

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Another tube of Pringles, another disappointment? That was pretty much my state of mind upon buying this tube of cheeseburger flavored chips. I wasn’t disappointed however, as my first bite did indeed send of waves of cheeseburger goodness. To be more precise it reminded me of a McDonald’s cheeseburger with that so-called cheddar cheese. It didn’t taste of beef, but at least they got the rest of it right. Not bad, but not a big hit either.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 7

Moscow mule chips

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Travelling brings me great joy. It also gives me an opportunity to try some new potato chips. In America I bought a bag of Moscow Mule flavored chips by Kettle. A Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail consisting mainly of vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. The actual ingredients list on the bag had much more on it, from cane syrup to parsley and ginger.

Kettle usually has great chips, and this was no exception. You could really pick up on the different flavors. There was some sweetness, some acidity and the ginger came through as well. I wouldn’t say it actually tastes like a Moscow Mule, but it sure made for a tasty treat.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 8

Pizza chips

 

imageIt’s Pringles, it must be good. With that in mind I started munching on a tube of pizza flavored potato chips. Spoke to soon I’m afraid. Besides a visible trace of red dust sprinkled on the chips, nothing screamed pizza. It really tasted just like any ordinary potato chips. Well, actually, they would at least he salty and therefor taste better. If you happen to see these in your supermarket isle, give them a miss.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 5

Dill pickle chips

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I’ve been traveling again lately as you can probably tell from my recent posts about Korea. Today I find myself in New York, the perfect place to try some American snacks. I arrived at my hotel just before midnight. Too late really to go out for dinner, so I just went to he nearest convenience store to pick up a sandwich and a bag of chips.

The chips of choice were dill pickle, and I can tell you they were a-ma-zing. They were briny and acidic and tasted just like actual pickles. The flavor was there with each handful, not only in the beginning. Adding to that were the chips themselves. They were super crunchy and ribbed for extra pleasure. These might just be the best chips I’ve ever had.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 10