|You always tell yourself you know|
better than to eat the slices by them
self. Then you do it anyway.
|Cat realizing the horror of its|
inevitable fiery doom. Maybe
he even ate a jalapeno.
So, with that hefty praise offered, I must sadly report that these chips suffered from some of the same limitations that have plagued earlier jalapeño chips. Just like you don’t eat jalapeños alone but mixed in with other food, jalapeño flavoring really works better matched with something else, rather than all by its lonesome. Too many other jalapeño chips leave you with just spicy and salty, which isn’t enough in my opinion- you want duality in flavoring, (sweet and salty for barbecue flavoring, sour cream and onion, creamy and salty for cheese flavors, etc.), but ‘pure’ jalapeño chips lack the mixture. While these chips throw in some nice hints of garlic and onion into the mix, those flavors don’t do enough to counterpoint the dominance of the salty crisps and spicy jalapeno. Cape Cod’s Sweet and Spicy Jalapeño are a good example of a chip that found a better balance of flavor elements (I should have a review for those up eventually)- unfortunately, these chips are not as multi-dimensional.
That shouldn’t take away from the sheer evocativeness of the jalapeño flavoring as it menacingly crawls up your tongue with its message of gastronomic dread, and I should restate for those that favor purity of flavor, of the pureblood Jalapeno chips these are the best I’ve had. However, as Hermoine will attest, sometimes a mixed foundation yields richer rewards.
Spicines Rating: Moderate-Hot
- Highly evocative jalapeño pepper taste that builds up in your mouth like the real thing (but isn’t as painful at its peak!)
- Thick and crunchy kettle style chips, baked to a beautiful russet brown
- Flavoring is well distributed across the crisps
- Jalapeño flavoring is at it’s best when combined with something else
- Crisps are on the small side
- Some people may want a little more burnination in their spicy chips