Butter roasted potato chips


Before going to Japan I read about Jagabee potato chips. They were supposed to be some of the best chips in the world. Unlike regular potato chips they come in stick form, much like a French fry. I chose a box of butter roasted potato flavored ones, and started munching.

I don’t know about the best in the world, but they came pretty darned close. There’s something about the thickness of it, compared to regular chips, that makes for a great snack. Although it may look like a French fry, it’s definitely a chip, as it is crunchy all the way through. The butter flavor was definitely there as well. Man, I wish these things were sold over here.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 9


Caramel nachos


I love Mexican food and hope to go back to Mexico one day, as I only spent one day there during my trip to America. In the mean time I have to make do with Mexican food that I find along my travels. One such occasion presented itself in the form of a newly opened Taco Bell close to my hotel in Osaka. I went there after I had eaten dinner already, so I decided to order dessert.
The Japanese Taco Bell had a crispy fried nacho on sale dusted with sugar and cinnamon and doused in a caramel sauce. The idea may or may not be Mexican, but it’s not that strange a thought as most staple foods can be either sweet or savory depending on what you season it with. I happened to love these little bites. They were crispy and crunchy and there was no salty note whatsoever. It was purely eating a crispy piece of pastry with caramel. If you like caramel cookies, you’ll surely love these sweet nachos.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test 8

Seaweed chips


I’ve tried dozens of different kinds of potato chips over the past few months, but luckily the guys at Lays keep on pumping out new flavors. This time around it’s that good old Asian staple, seaweed. Now, back in Holland I would only eat seaweed when it involved sushi, but here it’s often eaten on its own as a snack, or even as a chocolate bar and I’ve grown quite accustomed to the taste.

Usually my potato chips review go one of either two ways. Or I can’t taste the advertised flavor at all, or it’s only there in the first bite or so. These ones spun my review writing skills round and round, as the flavor only kicked in right at the end. It was nice to see flecks of seaweed scattered all over the chips, but I couldn’t really taste anything but plain chips until that last bite or so, when that familiar umami flavor popped up. Perhaps I should have shaken the bag before use.

Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 7

Kung pao chicken chips


I haven’t written much about potato chips lately, so I thought it was about time. The flavor of the months is “Kung Pao Chicken”. Kung pao chicken is one of the few Chinese dishes you can find in American Chinese restaurants that you can actually also have right here in the mother land. It is a Sichuan chicken dish made with lots of chilies and peanuts, and should be quite spicy.

The potato chips were, and this should come as no surprise, not spicy at all, nor did they taste like chicken. I found they were once again lacking in flavor, and were pretty much just a regular old potato chip. I have had a few really good potato chips over time though, so I’m quite determined to continue my quest.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test 5

Pesto chips


Travelling is my other big passion besides food. Of course a combination of the two is the ultimate pleasure. I love going to local markets and trying out some street food, or going to a fancy restaurant for a more luxury experience, but sometimes I just can’t be bothered and simply walk into the nearest supermarket for a quick snack.

In Italy I picked up a bag of pesto flavored potato chips, something I never saw anywhere else. I always have a jar of pesto lying about in case I want to make a quick pasta. I guess it would taste nice on some fried potatoes too, but I didn’t get that from these chips. The chips themselves were really nice, made from real sliced potatoes, but there was no taste of pesto. I could see some specks of green scattered on the chips, but that was just a visual impulse as it didn’t translate to an added flavor.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 5

Kimchi chips


Another week, another potato chip review. This time around with a Korean twist, kimchi chips. If the kimchi crackers I tried before were anything to go on, then these chips were going to be next to tasteless. Going in with low expectations, I opened the box and was pleasantly surprised that I could smell kimchi. There is just no denying that sour, slightly off, yet spicy fragrance. My expectation level just rose a few bars.

Low and behold, the taste was there too. Yes, I could detect a hint of spice, and I could definitely distinguish that fermented flavor. Neither of those tastes were very strong, but they were there and that’s what counts. At least this chip lives up to its name. I was going to leave some for tomorrow, but I ended up finishing the whole thing. Take that as a good sign.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 7

Fromage frais chips


I think I’ve eaten my way through all the crazy flavors of potato chips in China, but there will always come a time to travel and therefore new opportunities for the potato chip aficionado. On a recent trip to Poland I bought a bag of fresh cheese flavored ones.

When I think of fromage frais or fresh cheese, I think of a creamy cheese that’s slightly acidic, perhaps with an additional touch of green herbs. Although I did find that these chips were different from their usual salted counterpart, I missed that tang and herbiness.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 5

Wasabi corn chips


I’ve written a lot about different potato chips, but there are some corn chips out there too. At an import store I ran across a bag of wasabi flavored corn chips that immediately caught my eye. Wasabi can be a great addition to a dish when handled correctly. It’s quite similar to horseradish, and also similarly strong.

These chips were incredibly strong. In that respect it hits the brief. It delivers in taste what it says on the packaging. Unfortunately I found it aggressively strong. There’s a difference in adding a punch to your sushi and accidentally overdoing it and setting your head on fire. The chips definitely fall in the latter category. I usually complain about the taste of chips wearing off too quickly, and now I found myself wishing it did just that.

Fear Factor – 4 / Taste Test – 4

Honey chips


You’ve heard me say before that many chips don’t deliver on flavor. This is one of those cases. These potato chips are advertised as honey flavored, but there isn’t the faintest trace of honey in there. Granted, there is a slight level of sweetness that one doesn’t usually associate with potato chips, but that’s as far as it goes. What’s worse is that these chips have a terrible texture. You can definitely tell it’s not made of sliced fresh potatoes, but rather some powdery substance. Another dollar wasted.

Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 5

Lime chips


I’ve tasted a lot of different kinds of potato chips over the past few months, and seldom do I really like one. These lime flavored chips have quickly become one of my favorites though. The saltiness of the chips combine perfectly with the sourness of the lime. It’s like having a shot of tequila, but without the alcohol.

Luckily the flavor doesn’t die instantly, so you can feast on limey goodness for a long while. At least until the bag is empty.

Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 9