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 typical 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 and after enjoying that chip tasting experience, I tried another: Chip Review: Kroger Kettle Cooked Reuben Sandwich Potato Chips - Bachelor on the Cheap.
Those chips were also quite enjoyable. This bigger, bolder, outside-the-box flavor profile thing is working for me!
So with those positive chip adventures on a nice trend, I'm trying another variety today: Kroger Cuban Style Sandwich Flavored Potato Chips.
Of the 'sandwich and entree' flavors I've sampled so far, this one is my clear favorite. A good Cuban sandwich is freshly baked bread piled high with sweet ham, slow roasted pork, Swiss cheese, topped with tart pickles and yellow mustard, then grilled on a sandwich press with plenty of butter.
You get those notes in these chips! The crunch of the kettle prepared chips is like the crispy sandwich pressed bread and that's followed immediately by the tartness of pickle and the twang of yellow mustard. Those flavors then fade into sweet and savory notes along with a hint of Swiss cheese goodness and yes, there's a buttery finish. The range of flavor in these chips really does mimic those you get in a good Cuban sandwich!
Costing me just $1.69 for an 8 ounce bag, I'm giving Kroger Cuban Style Sandwich Flavored Potato Chips 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. Very reasonably priced these chips do indeed mimic the flavors of a classic Cuban sandwich and will most definitely be a repeat buy! Put a Cuban Sandwich chip dance in your mouth!
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