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

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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

Cola chips

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I have eaten some pretty wild flavors of potato chips over the past couple of months, but this one is up there with the stranger ones. I saw this bag of cola flavored potato chips, hailing from Korea, in a convenience store next to my hotel in Xian, and was instantly drawn to it. Not only by the flavor combination, but also by the packaging that had made the bag look like a can of cola.

I opened the bag, and I could indeed smell cola. Low and behold these chips actually tasted like what it said on the bag. That sure doesn’t happen every day. If you ate the whole bag. I rephrase, when you eat the whole bag your fingers will be black from all the cola powder. It brought back childhood memories of being allowed to stay up late on weekends with my favorite TV show, a glass of Coke and a bag of chips.

Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 7

Thai Style Chips

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There’s a range of potaito chips out in China with Angry Birds all over them. One of them was a Thai Style potato chip. I was expecting lots of lemon grass, chili, coriander and lime, but the ingredients list was limited to spices like paprika, cumin, garlic powder and chili. However, I couldn’t taste any of that. Strangely enough I could taste lemon, but that was not even a listed ingredient. In the end it was just another potato chip. Looks cute though.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 6

Apple flavored chips

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On a recent visit to the local import store I spotted a bag of apple chips. At first I thought they were slices of dehydrated apple, but when I look closer I realized they were in fact apple flavored potato chips. That my friends is something I find highly unusual. Of course I had to buy a bag.

The first bite did indeed have a strong apple flavor, albeit a synthetic children’s toothpaste apple flavor. It wasn’t exactly bad, but it was definitely a weird combination. After a few bites the taste of apple went away. Although I didn’t exactly love it, I did manage to finish the entire bag.

Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 5

Bacon and cheese chips

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It has been a while since my last potato chip review. Lays finally came up with a new flavor for its ribbed chips. Bacon and cheese is the latest addition. That sounds like a perfect match to me, and surely Lays did not disappoint. On first bite you could definitely get a strong hit of cheese, presumably cheddar. Later on, the flavor of bacon would pop up every once and a while. The two made for a great combination.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 8

Butter roasted potato chips

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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

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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