By Mike Thayer
This trend into trying to make chips imitate the flavors of iconic foods intrigues me. Chip makers have now gone way beyond flavor combinations like Mesquite BBQ, sour cream & onion, sea salt & vinegar, cheddar or jalapeno offerings... Screw the one or two added flavor concept, chip makers are going for entire sandwich and entree' flavors!
I recently did a review on such an offering, you can read that review here: Chip Review: Private Selection Chicken Tikka Masala Ripple-Cut Kettle Chips
Those chips were quite tasty.
So with bigger flavor profiles in mind, today I'm reviewing Kroger's Kettle Cooked Reuben Sandwich Potato Chips.
A Reuben sandwich isn't for everybody but it is an American deli classic featuring corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, topped with Russian dressing and served on grilled rye bread. It's a tangy sandwich dance in the mouth!
Kroger does a nice job of mimicking Reuben flavors, these are definitely tangy chips! Up front right away in that chip bite you get the twang of sauerkraut notes. That fades into subtle spices that make corn beef, corn beef and it's followed by the tomato and spice presence of Russian dressing. If these chips were served on the side of an actual Reuben sandwich, you would be a very happy camper. And these are kettle chips, so you've got the crunch factor accentuating all those great Reuben flavors.
Costing me just $1.99 for an 8 ounce bag of snack heaven, I'm giving Kroger Kettle Cooked Reuben Sandwich Potato Chips 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. My only knock on these chips is I wish they came in the wavy cut. The regular cut is fine, you get a nice kettle crunch, but the wavy cut is just that much better in the crunch department. Very reasonably priced, they're wallet friendly and an awesome change of pace chip from the ordinary, the sour cream & onion, the sea salt & vinegar, cheddar or jalapeno flavored kettle chips. Kick things up a notch with a Reuben!