So, the long and the short of it is that basically they got it right where Leader Price held too much back; the flavor is more strongly stated, though by no means overpowering, with nice notes of mustard grain, a more substantial though still restrained use of vinegar, and salt and onion aromas for a good measure. (Are there onions in actual mustard? I don’t think so, but it works here.)
So all’s well that ends well, right? Well, as any auteur will assure you that the ending can’t to be too happy or it will lose credibility. Sorry Frodo, you may have destroyed the ring and survived, but you will have be so depressed for the rest of your life that you’ll wish you hadn’t. For starters, while the texture of the chips is still a little above average, it doesn’t rise quite to the level of thick crunchiness of the Leader Price Mustard chips, which is really too bad. So score one for regrets and sorrowful second thoughts. Second, while I acknowledge that the mustard they are emulating isn’t remarkably spicy, I still have to whine: the chips aren’t spicy!
To be honest, a big part of the issue is that French cuisine in general is not in favor of spiciness. Sure, maybe a little poivre on the rumsteak here and there, but the sort of nose-running sweat-on-your-brow ultra-picante seasonings typical of Mexican, Indian, or Thai cuisine are deemed barbarically unsubtle. Real-life French mustard is genuinely spicy of course, but it doesn’t seem to be an element they really want on their domestically produced chips, and so nearly all the spicy flavored items are foreign in origin (most notably in regards to chips: Pringles.)
How important are these shortcomings? Not very, the mustard flavor on these is improved and unambiguous, (mustard should never be ambiguous), and though the texture is ‘adequate’ rather than ‘great’, I can whole heartedly recommend these for regular munching if grainy mustard is your cup of tea.
Stars: 2 ½
Spiciness Rating: Very Mild
- Effectively evokes the flavor of old-fashioned mustard
- Flavoring is well distributed
- Texture is adequate, but not at same level of quality as the LeaderPrice chips
- Not going to satisfy anybody craving the spice.