Monday, May 28, 2012

Product Review: Snyder's of Hanover Bacon Cheddar Pretzel Pieces

Is it OK to say "Happy Memorial Day" on Memorial Day?  Because, if you think about it, the point of today is to remember people who have died, so I'm not sure if I should say "happy."  But then, what should be the appropriate greeting for Memorial Day?  "Are you remembering?" or "Be sure to think on today with reverence?"  Kinda catchy.  I have a year to prepare for the next one, so I'll come up with something.

They had a few sample bags of these Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Pieces today for $.99, so we grabbed a couple for research purposes.  The flavor wasn't bad, but... to paraphrase that old Wendy's commercial, "Where's the bacon?"

Neither my wife nor I could taste any bacon flavor.  We taste cheese, a little onion and garlic, and of course the pretzel, but no bacon.  Unfortunately for the folks at S.O.H., the only reason I purchased this product was for the bacon.

Unless we happened to catch a batch that wasn't seasoned correctly, we probably won't buy these again.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 ghosts.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Product Review: Ruffles Ultimate Kickin' Jalapeno Ranch

These chips have deeper ridges than normal Ruffles.  I guess that's what makes them "ultimate?"  It forced me to only eat them only one at a time, which makes the bag last longer.  Which is a good feature in my opinion.

The main flavor that hits my tongue is actually just potato, which is disappointing.  After that, they taste a lot like sour cream and onion chips.  Finally, near the end is a little bit of the jalapeno heat, but very subtle.  Too subtle for me, actually.

Disappointing is the word of the day.  I guess I saw the words "ultimate," "kickin'," and "jalapeno," and expected to be blown away by the awesomeness.  Come on, there's a picture on the bag of the chip breaking through steel plating!  Steel plating people!

I wanted to fall in love with these chips, but... alas!  My wife likes them, though.  She says they have a "grassy" smell she likes.  She doesn't do spicy, and these aren't too hot for her.  I probably won't buy them again, unless she really wants them.

Rating:  2.5 out of 5 ghosts.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Product Review: Lays Classic BLT Potato Chips

I was totally stoked when I learned of the existence of this product.  BLT?  I knew I had to get my hands on these ASAP.  But, going into it, I had 2 concerns: 1) I don't like the taste of raw tomatoes.  If these turned out to be too "tomatoey" I wouldn't like them.  2) It is allergy season here in FL.  I'm beginning to be perpetually stuffed up, which affects my sense of smell and taste.  Thankfully, my oh-so-lovely wife is always willing to lend me her taste buds.  Teamwork, kids.  It's what marriage is all about.

The main flavor I get is sort of a smokey bacon.  Very salty, which I always like.  Julie describes it as more of a ham flavor.  The more she ate, the more she picked up subtle tomato flavors.  They definitely earned her seal of approval.  She was willing to give them at least 4 ghosts.

Even though my taster and sniffer are not 100%, I definitely liked what I was tasting.

Rating: 4 out of 5 ghosts.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Product Review: Krunchers! Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Potato Chips

I feel like I've been in a little bit of a rut lately, with my last few product reviews being cheese based.  So, I'm switching it up a little bit with Krunchers Sea Salt & Black Pepper chips.

If you've never tried kettle-style chips before, they are very crunchy (hence the name.)

From the first bite, I really enjoyed the flavor.  The salt and pepper really go well together, and there is also a hint of sweetness under the dominant pepper flavor.  So good!

I can only seem to find these at the "off-the-beaten-path" stores, which makes me worry that this is a limited time deal.  So I'm going to stock up on these bad boys like a doomsday prepper!

In summary:  I liked them.  I liked them a lot.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 ghosts.