|There seems to be a remarkable|
number of haters out there.
People be like 'I hate pickles
and these chips taste like goddamn
pickles!" and I be pitying the fools...
I’ve always been a fan of vinegar impregnated pygmy cucumbers, aka pickles. However, in my youth I principally ate French cornichons- gherkins averaging only 3 inches in length and soaked in tarragon to produce an extra-crunchy hyper-vinegary experience. The larger American standard, the dill pickle, uses medium sized cucumbers rather than gherkins, resulting in a ‘creamier’ inner texture. Initially, I felt the American pickles were a little weaksauce in comparison to their miniaturized French cousins, but over time I’ve grown quite fond of them as a traditional accompaniment to deli sandwichs, and I’ve discovered not a few varieties that pack their own uniquely garlicky punch.
|The French cornichon: about the size|
of your pinky, but with twice the amount
My first encounter with some of Lay’s pickle-chips a few years earlier left me distinctly underwhelmed, so my expectations were guarded but hopeful when my partner returned from Christmas vacation in the United States with a tube of Pringle’s Xtreme ‘Screamin’ Dill Pickle’ chips. In general, I think the Pringles Xtreme line has succeeded in creating the sort of strong flavorings I appreciate, though some of their products have proven more inspired than others.
|The American Dill pickle, rather girthy|
in the good sort of way. Many of them
are even longer than this too...
Screamin’ Dill Pickle chips, however, proved to be a vinegary torpedo blast completely deserving their hyperventilating title, and I immediately and irrevocably swooned to their considerable charms. The super-sour vinegar flavor pervading each chip never failed to impress with its briny power, and it’s all tied together with an unmistakable aroma of dill seed that powerfully evokes the classic American sandwich spear. I deliver this praise despite having never been a fan of dill seasoning, (spare me the dill havarti!), but here it so perfectly nails the flavor that it leaves me trembling with a thrill of homesick nostalgia.
|Koolickles: pickles mixed with Cool-Aid,|
apparently all the rage in the American
South, along with pork braised in Coca
Cola and the like. I've never liked sweet
pickles, but I'd be lying if I didn't say
I was curious...
In short, these chips are a delight to eat and an inspired homage to the dill pickle, and I have little trouble recommending them to anybody who appreciates exotic chip flavors, vinegar, or phallic vegetables in a jar. For now, I shall have to content myself with the slightly more piquant charms of French cornichons, (traditionally eaten with paté), but I have these to remind me of the larger (as usual) American variety.
Stars: 3½/4Spiciness Rating: None
|This French recipe involving cornichons|
looks completely awesome!
- Flavor emulation at its best! Remarkably evocative of actual dill pickles.
- Excellent and powerful sour vinegar flavor
- Exquisitely subtle dill seasoning
- As for any Pringle, the quality of the crisps reaches a fairly well established ceiling…