By Mike Thayer
I'm a sucker for kettle chips, any flavor. If I'm grabbing a bag of chips, it's going to be something kettle cooked. You get a superior chip crunch and a deeper flavor with kettle chips and it's good to see more flavor varieties hitting the grocery store shelves.
Today however I reached for a kettle chip go-to, jalapeno flavored! I usually go for a bag of Miss Vickie's when in the mood for a chip with a little kick, but the local grocery store I was shopping at doesn't carry the Miss Vickie's brand so I went with the store brand instead.
Here's the description of the Kroger chip from the bag: Robust flavor is packed in every delicious, crunchy bite of our Jalapeno Kettle Chips. Made with simple ingredients, our fresh cut potatoes are kettle cooked to a crispy perfection and finished with jalapeno flavoring.
Kroger makes a good kettle chip and I've tried a few of their offerings be it the Kroger or 'Private Selection' brand so I was confident I was getting a good snack chip in the jalapeno flavor. These chips do give you a good kettle crunch, but they come up a bit short in the jalapeno department. I was looking forward to a little heat, these chips however are a bit weak compared to Miss Vickie's. Kroger claims the flavor is "Robust," I say it's not. Miss Vickie's packs a better jalapeno punch.
Costing me just $1.69 for an 8 ounce bag, these chips are good but not Miss Vickie's good so I'm giving them 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. Reasonably priced, they are worthy of a repeat buy, but in a plan B kind of way. Eating these, I was wishing I had a bag of Miss Vickie's...
Next up, I'll reach for the Lay's Jalapeno to review.
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