Thursday, March 27, 2008

Pringles Select Bold Crunch Jalapeño Ranch

Company Information: Pringles,
Size: 8 oz (227 g)
Purchased: Target
Cost: $2
Description (from bag):

: Strange rubbery smell upon opening bag.
Appearance: Perfectly oval and pale yellow in color with a lightly bubbled surface. Covered with powdery white coating dotted with flecks of red and green.
Texture: Crisp and light, breaks easily, more like a cracker.
Flavor: Ranch flavor with notes of jalapeño.
HEAT: Subtle heat.

Satisfying crispness but more ranch than jalapeño.

Overall Rating: 2 out of 4 peppers

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

"Dirty" Jalapeño Heat Potato Chips

Company Information: "Dirty" Potato Chips, Grammercy, LA
Size: 2 oz (57 g)
Purchased: Convenience Store
Cost: $1
Description (from bag):"Dirty" Potato Chips are kettle cooked one batch at a time and use premium, all natural ingredients for a crunchier, tastier chip.

Aroma: Greasy initial smell with notes of jalapeño.
Appearance: Dark gold with oily bubbled surface and some dark/burnt spots.
Texture: Very crisp.
Flavor: Strong jalapeno flavor paired with peanut flavors from the cooking oil.
HEAT: Medium initial heat.

Good flavor and heat but too greasy.

Overall Rating: 2 out of 4 peppers

Zapp's Hotter n' Hot Jalapeño

Company Information: Zapp's Potato Chips, Grammercy, LA
Size: 1.5 oz (42.5 g)
Purchased: Pita Pete's Restaurant
Cost: $1
Description (from bag):"The Little Chippery in Gramercy"
Zapp's Potato Chips are kettle cooked, one batch at a ti
me, in our custom designed fryers. This process, combined with premium ingredients, results in a crunchier, tastier potato chip which we hope you will prefer. We thank you for buying our product. Enjoy, and laissez les bon temps rouler!

Aroma: Mild onion smell with a tinge of jalapeño.
Appearance: Golden and somewhat translucent with browned edges.
Texture: Thoroughly cooked and very thick and crisp.
Flavor: Initial salty taste with a hint of onion.
HEAT: Medium lingering heat.

In the world of steaks these chips would be well-done - great crunch. Hotter than most.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 4 peppers

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Cheetos Cheddar Jalapeño Crunchy

Company Information: Frito-Lay, Inc., Plano, TX

Size: 1 oz. (28.3 g)
Purchased: Convenience Store
Cost: $.25
Description (from bag): None

Aroma: Sour, vinegar smell upon open
ing bag.
Appearance: Reddish-orange color, slightly darker than regular Cheetos, with green flecks.
Texture: Crunchy
Flavor: Distinct jalapeño taste with the slight tang of ranch flavoring overlying the classic cheddar cheesiness.

HEAT: Mild lingering warmth.

Surprisingly yummy for a probably short-lived experimental Cheetos product.

Overall Rating: 2 out of 4 peppers

Friday, March 14, 2008

Miss Vickie's Hand-Picked Jalapeño

Company Information: Miss Vickie's (c/o Frito-Lay, Inc.), Dallas, TX
Size: 1.38 oz. (38.9 g)
Purchased: Subway
Cost: $.75
Description (from bag):
To get a great jalapeño flavored potato chip, you have to do things a little differently. Things like picking the jalapeños by hand when they're
perfectly ripe. Then, we kettle cook the chips in small batches using specially selected farm grown potatoes. It isn't the easiest way to do things, but if it were easy, everyone would be doing it.

Aroma: Slight smell of bacon upon opening bag.

Appearance: Irregularly shaped and golden in color with subtle flecks of green and red.
Texture: Crisp and thicker than the average chip.
Flavor: Strong onion taste with a slight hint of
HEAT: Mild heat lingers as an afternote.

There is not much
jalapeño flavor here, but the jalapeño afterburn makes up for it.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 4 peppers