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

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Wasabi Oreos

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Here’s something I never thought I’d see in my lifetime. Wasabi Oreos. Yet there it was, on the shelves of the supermarket. It was a limited edition, the same time as those chicken wing flavored ones, so I was lucky to buy a pack when I could. The actual cookies were just regular Oreo cookies, but the stuffing was extremely green almost as if it was pure wasabi paste. I’m thinking now that perhaps it actually was just plain wasabi, because as soon as I had a bite I got this massive whack in the face that only wasabi or horseradish can give you. I tell you, it was not pleasant.

Fear Factor – 6 / Taste Test – 1

Beanboozled: Minions Edition

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I have written before about the special Jellybeans called “Beanboozled”. Each package will have some good flavors and some bad ones that are indistinguishable from each other. It’s a little like Russian roulette in that you never know what you’re going to get. Ok, maybe it’s more like a box of chocolates. When I played this before with my friends I found that the so-called bad flavors can actually be really enjoyable such as soap, grass and even dirt, but there are some bad eggs as well such as, well, bad eggs.

The reason I’m posting about Beanboozled for a third time now is that I found a new special edition featuring everyone’s favorite yellow cartoon characters the Minions – no offense Simpsons fans. These boxes had two extra unusual jellybeans namely pencil shavings and minion farts. The names alone made me laugh. They were in fact not all that bad. The pencil shavings one tasted slightly woody – no offense Toy Story fans, and the Minion fart ones didn’t really disgust all that much. A fun edition to an already fun collection of candy.

Fear Factor – 3 / Taste Test – 8

Hot pot pretzel sticks

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Every once and a while I try out a new flavor of pretzel sticks. They are usually sweet with flavors such as chocolate, green tea and strawberry, but are often also savory. In the past I’ve tried shark fin soup flavored ones for instance. The flavor of the month this time was hot pot. Hot pot is China’s favorite dish consisting of a large bowl of spice soup that you then cook your raw ingredients in. The pretzel sticks were not nearly as spicy as I had imagined with only a trace of spice to tingle your taste buds. It could have been a great flavor, but unfortunately this one was just too mild in taste.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 5

Raspberry maltesers

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Just a couple of posts ago I mentioned how Maltesers are my favourite candy, but they never really have any unusual varieties. So I thought anyway. I just arrived in Australia for a trip and one of the first things that caught my eye at the 7-eleven was a bright pink bag of Maltesers.

As it turned out this was indeed a new kind of chocolate malt balls. This was a raspberry coated Malteser. I expected a bag full of little pink balls, but they looked the same as usual with a regular coating of chocolate. It did taste of raspberry, though it was a subtle flavour with the actual chocolate being dominant. After a handful or so they started to taste like regular Maltesers though perhaps with a hint of raspberry every once and a while.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 7

Lamington M&M’s

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Growing up as a kid in the 80’s, and even as a teenager in the 90’s there were only two kinds of M&M’s. The regular brown ones and the peanut centered yellow ones. As I hate peanuts that left me with no choice but to eat the plain ones. Not that I minded, of course, they are pretty great. Then they came out with M&M crunchy which were great, but that was about it in Holland. In America I recently discovered a few new ones such as caramel centered ones, but in China it’s still just plain, peanuts and crunch.

In one of the import supermarkets I visited I discovered a bag of lamington flavored  M&M’s which were obviously imported from Australia. A lamington is Australia’s national cake, usually with a raspberry jam filling and covered in chocolate and coconut shavings. It makes sense then that these M&M’s were a mixed bag of three different flavors. You guessed it, raspberry, chocolate and coconut. I could definitely taste the berry, albeit quite an artificial flavoring, but the coconut went straight by. Take a handful and you get the flavor of plain M&M’s really. An interesting idea, but a lack of flavor.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 7

Honeycomb Maltesers

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I have written a lot about KitKats, but that’s not actually my favorite chocolate candy. That honor goes to Maltesers. I just love the malty crunch with the chocolate coating. Though Maltesers nowadays has many other products such as chocolate spread, ice-cream and Easter bunnies they don’t generally change their flavors except for maybe using dark or white chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Maltesers are just that amazing that they can’t be improved on.

That’s why I was quite surprised to find a honeycomb Malteser on a recent trip to Hong Kong. Instead of the malt filling, these ones had a crunchy honeycomb filling. I’m talking about the sugar mixed with baking soda kind, not the honeycomb that’s made by bees. I tried a handful and thought they were really quite nice. It still has that crunch of regular Maltesers, but these ones have more of a caramel flavor. Yes, they were really good, but I still don’t think anything can beat the originals.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 8

Chunky choc fudge KitKat

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I keep saying I’ll only post one more KitKat, and then I keep finding new and unusual flavors. This time around it was a so-called choc fudge sundae flavored KitKat chunky. With that name you expect to taste chocolate, of course, as well as gooey fudge and maybe some vanilla or ice-cream. What I got was a KitKat chunky with some kind of indistinguishable sweet mush inside. It could have been labeled dulce de leche or vanilla milkshake for all I know. Not one for the books. These KitKats chunkies are starting to disappoint. The Japanese ones are so much better and interesting.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 5

Yam yogurt

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I often have a bit of fruit with some yogurt and muesli for lunch, though I’ve never had it mixed with vegetables before. Which is why I was a bit surprised to see a blueberry and yam yogurt in the shops. When I say yam, I am referring to Chinese yams, which are root vegetables that are similar in taste and texture to a potato. I couldn’t see how that would work in yogurt, but I was willing to give it a try.

I think the yam might have been grated in raw, or finely diced, as I would pick up a texture of raw apple every once and a while. There was no discerning flavor to it though, which made the whole experience rather normal. If it hadn’t been for the odd crunchy bit I would never have known there was any yam in it at all.

Fear Factor – 2 / Taste Test – 7

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