December 31, 2007

Popchips Barbeque Potato Chips

popchips.jpgI have never noticed Popchips in my local supermarket, probably because I generally stick with my favorite brands of potato and tortilla chips and donít deviate very often. Popchips was nice enough to send me three different varieties to try recently (they currently make nine different products, including rice and corn chips). The chips are different than most in that they are not fried or baked, instead heat and pressure are applied to ďpopĒ the chip. Of the three varieties I tried, the Barbeque Potato Chips were my favorite. They have a very pleasant, sweet barbeque flavor and a nice, light crunch. The single serving bag didnít take me long to eat and I wished I would have had another couple bags to snack on. I wasnít sold on the other varieties I tried. The Original Potato Chips reminded me a lot of Munchos in both the texture and flavor. They could have used more salt, in my opinion. The Cheddar Corn Chips were my least favorite. They had a very mild cheese flavor and the texture was similar to a stale rice cake Ė not appealing. The Barbeque chips, however, are definitely worth trying.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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December 27, 2007

Reese's Whipps

reeseswhipps.jpgMaybe the candy manufacturers should just stop inventing new types of candy bars, because based on the ones Iíve tried recently, they just canít improve on the classics like Baby Ruth, Snickers, Payday, 3 Musketeers, Kit Kat, Butterfinger, etc. Take Reeseís Whipps, for example. Itís made with ďlight and fluffyĒ peanut butter flavored nougat surrounded by peanut butter candy, all covered with milk chocolate. As a peanut butter lover, I figured that I would really like it. Unfortunately, it has only a faint peanut butter flavor, and the nougat is overly sweet with an unappealing consistency. Didnít they taste test these before introducing them to the market? I canít imagine anyone eating one and enjoying it. Take my advice and buy a different candy bar.

Phoood rating: Don't Waste Your Money

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December 10, 2007

Sun Chips Cinnamon

sunchips-cinn.jpgNew on my local supermarketís shelves are Sun Chips Cinnamon. I love Sun Chips (especially Original and Harvest Cheddar), and really hate to give a Sun Chip product a poor review, but someone has to tell it like it is: Sun Chips and cinnamon just donít go well together. By the picture on the front of the bag, I thought that they might taste like a churro or Cinnamon Twists from Taco Bell. Instead, they have an uninteresting cinnamon flavor and not enough sweetness (even though sugar comes before cinnamon in the list of ingredients). The flavor of the actual chip itself is difficult to detect under all the cinnamon, so much so that I probably wouldnít have guessed it was a Sun Chip if I didnít already know. On a positive note, those looking for a relatively healthy, slightly sweet snack may appreciate the 18 grams of whole grains per serving.

Phoood rating: So-so

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December 2, 2007

3 Musketeers Mint with Dark Chocolate

3muskmint.jpgItís not often that I eat a candy bar that I donít like at all. It happens very, very rarely Ė about as frequently as I shop at the health food store. The new 3 Musketeers Mint with Dark Chocolate is one candy bar that Iím sure Iíll never buy again. My first complaint is that it tastes nothing like a 3 Musketeers. Why even bother using the same name? Second, the mint flavor is just too strong. Think mint Listerine. Third, the dark chocolate was barely noticeable behind the industrial-strength mint flavor. I could go on, but I wonít bother. If you want mint and chocolate, eat a York Peppermint Patty or some Andes Chocolate Mints. Just stay away from this poor attempt at a candy bar.

Phoood rating: Don't Waste Your Money

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