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Clancy's Hot Honey Kettle Chips are an excellent combo of sweet and heat

Clancy's Hot Honey Kettle Chips
A nice bite of sweet heat

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My name is Mike, and I'm a chip-a-holic.

I'm always on the lookout for a fun, new chip snack.   It doesn't really matter what kind of chip, potato, corn, pita, or tortilla.  They could be regular, with ridges, rolled or puffed.  They could be classic, baked, kettle-cooked, or flavored in some fashion.  Chips are no doubt a comfort food, the crunch, the savory flavor, the salt...

Today I'm sampling Clancy's Hot Honey Kettle Chips.

Exclusive to Aldi, Clancy's makes a full line of snack foods, with over 40 varieties to choose from.  The brand is kind of hit-and-miss though.  While their regular classic potato chips are good and in my book a smarter buy than over-priced classic Lay's, I've found their stackable chips, a.k.a., "crisps" to be greasy and not a good alternative to Pringles.  Some of their flavored options are quite good, some need to go back to the drawing board, such as their beer flavored offering.

Hot Honey Kettle Chips
One of the bigger chips in the bag

When it comes to potato chip crunch, Kettle-cooked chips are King of the Hill.  Clancy's Hot Honey Kettle Chips deliver on classic kettle crunch, it's deep, it's robust.  The kicker for these chips is the sweet heat.  A flavor play off of fast food hot honey chicken sandwiches, wings, and other goodies that have trended well in the last couple of years, it's a perfect balance of honey and spice.  Paired with the kettle-cooked preparation, it's an excellent match.

Costing me $1.95 for an 8-ounce bag at Aldi, I'm giving Clancy's Hot Honey Kettle Chips 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  The crunch is satisfying, the flavor profile is spot on, but I will say the chip size is a bit inconsistent and on the smallish side.  There was also a more-than-normal amount of chip breakage in the bag.  With a very reasonable price, the crunch, and the flavor profile make this offering a repeat buy.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

 

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Potato Chip Review: Clancy's Parmesan Pancetta Wavy Potato Chips

Clancy's Parmesan Pancetta Wavy Potato Chips
Clancy's flavored chips can be hit or miss, this one is a hit.

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Out of all the snacks out there available in Food Land, chips are my favorite.  It doesn't really matter what kind of chip, potato, corn, pita, or tortilla.  They could be regular, with ridges, rolled or puffed.  They could be classic, baked, kettle-cooked, or flavored in some fashion.  Chips are no doubt a comfort food, the crunch, the savory flavor, the salt...

I'm always up for trying novelty flavors when it comes to chips and when grocery shopping today, I came across a flavor I've never tried before, Parmesan and Pancetta, made by Clancy's.

Exclusive to Aldi, Clancy's makes a full line of snack foods, with over 40 varieties to choose from.  The brand is kind of hit-and-miss though.  While their regular classic potato chips are good and in my book a smarter buy than over-priced classic Lay's, I've found their stackable chips, a.k.a., "crisps" to be greasy and not a good alternative to Pringles.  Some of their flavored options are quite good, some need to go back to the drawing board, such as their beer flavored offering.

Clancy's Potato Chips
Evenly sized chips, good crunch, robust flavor.

When I opened up the bag, I was immediately hit with the aroma of Parmesan and these chips deliver BIG TIME on crunch with a robust Parmesan bite followed by a subtle smoky note of Pancetta in the finish.  What a great combination of flavors.  I sampled them plain, as well as with a simple dollop of sour cream, fantastic!  A ridged, or 'wavy' chip is my preferred chip for dipping, they hold up better when scooping up dip delights, and with far less breakage.

Costing me $2.19 for a 9.5-ounce bag, I'm giving Clancy's Parmesan Pancetta Wavy Potato Chips 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.   This chip hits all the elements you're looking for in a great chip, crunch, great flavor, and salty.  They're great by themselves, they pair well with dips and I look forward to using some as a crunchy topping for some baked Mac & Cheese, I'm thinking it'll be a great match, creating another layer of flavor and texture to the dish.  These chips are most certainly worthy of a repeat buy!

In a cost comparison, the Lay's Wavy line-up of chips will cost you $4.39 for a 7.5-ounce bag at the mainstream grocery store.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

Related:  Potato Chip Review: Clancy's Bacon & Cheddar Flavored Potato Chips


Chocolate Review: Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares

Chirardelli Chocolate Squares
There's A LOT of chocolate in this bag!

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An ex-girlfriend of mine always has a stash of chocolate on hand, regular-size Hershey's Milk Chocolate bars to be precise, she calls her stash "Emergency Chocolate," typically reaching for a bar when she's having a stressful day.  Shout out to Cindy C.

I'm not a huge sweet tooth kind of guy, but her habit did rub off on me, and I went smaller scale, keeping a stash of 'snack', or 'fun' size bars on hand.  I also like to change up the variety of chocolate, I might be in a milk chocolate mood one day, dark chocolate on another, and perhaps salted caramel on yet another day.  My stash at first, however, was usually limited to one type of fun-size chocolate bar at a time, which didn't always suit the mood.  I've tried a few different variety packs, but I think I found a go-to.  

Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares
Nice variety, perfect serving size

Enter Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares Premium Chocolate Assortment

This bag of individually wrapped candy squares is perfect for my kind of snacking, featuring Milk Chocolate Caramel, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Milk Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate.  It's also convenient to have on hand for gifting and entertaining, after all, your friends and family like chocolate too, right?

Not only are these chocolate squares a perfect serving size for snacking, but they're super convenient for cooking, baking, and topping desserts as well.   Here are just a few examples of uses for this great chocolate:

  • Chop up a couple of squares of dark chocolate to make a quick Mexican Mole sauce
  • Include 3-4 squares of the milk or dark chocolate variety when making homemade snack bars   
  • Shred or Microplane milk or dark chocolate on top of vanilla ice cream for dessert, or to garnish a cake or other after-dinner treat.
  • Rim a martini glass to kick an adult beverage up another notch
  • Melt any variety to create a decadent ganache
Ghiardelli Chocolate
Milk Chocolate and Caramel, YUM!

Costing me $14.99 for a 1lb, 7.8 oz., bag at Costco, I'm giving Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  That price breaks down to a per-ounce cost of $0.63, a very reasonably priced premium chocolate snack.     All the varieties are quite tasty and conveniently packaged for many nicely portioned uses.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike


Snack Review: Lowrey's Microwave Pork Rinds

Lowrey's Pork RindsBachelorontheCheap.com

My girlfriend Jennifer, she's so good to me.  Knowing I'm always searching for alternate chip snacks and fewer carbs, she bought me some pork rinds to try.

I'm a fan of pork rinds, I love them straight out of the bag, I've tried just about every flavor variety available, and I've even gotten creative with them, using original rinds as a base for nachos instead of tortilla chips.  Putting a spin on the nachos angle I've got a recipe for BBQ nachos, featuring BBQ rinds, pulled pork, and BBQ sauce.  I've also ground pork rinds up to use as a breading for fried chicken and fish.

But my Chicharrones experience has been limited to the off-the-shelf bagged varieties of the snack delight.  In full disclosure, I had no idea there was such a thing as microwaveable pork rinds, and that's what Jennifer recommended and purchased for me to try.

Lowrey's Microwave Pork Rinds
Very similar to microwave popcorn in preparation

Enter, Lowrey's Microwave Pork Rinds (Chicharrones)

Not unlike microwave popcorn in preparation concept, all you have to do is remove the plastic over-wrap, unfold and shake the bag a few times, microwave per the package instructions and in 1-2 minutes you've got a great snack!

Lowrey's touts how hot and crispy their pork rinds are on the packaging, and they are indeed hot and crispy!  These are SO much better than any off-the-shelf bagged pork rind product, and I sampled the original variety!  The Lowry product beats the pants off of even the flavored varieties of standard, off-the-shelf chicharrones.  Hot right out of the bag, I feared they wouldn't be as crispy as the regular bagged stuff due to steam, but these things ROCK!  They have a superior crunch and they're hot like they had just come out of the fryer.

Microwave pork rinds
Hot pork rinds! These things kick the regular off-the-shelf bagged varieties' proverbial butt!

At 80 calories per serving (3.5 servings per bag), 6 grams of protein, less than 1 gram of carbohydrate, and ZERO grams of sugar, the nutritional stats indicate why these are a great alternative to a traditional chip snack.  They are a bit high in sodium count at 480mg per serving, so if you're watching your sodium intake, you probably don't want to eat a whole bag in one sitting.

The 1.75-ounce bag microwaves to a HUGE amount of pork rinds!  That's a recommended 3.5 servings, but damn they're good!  I ate the whole bag when sampling, a 240-ish calorie snack, TASTY!

Pork Rinds just out of the microwave
That's a boatload of pork rinds coming out of a 1.75-ounce bag!

Available on Amazon for $8.99 for a box of 6, 1.75-ounce bags, I'm giving Lowrey's Microwave Pork Rinds 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  Reasonably priced, the per bag cost breaks down to $1.49 each, cheaper than you'll find off-the-shelf stuff at a convenience store, you get more rinds, and they're hot chicharrones, not room temp!  These are definitely repeat-buy worthy and I look forward to trying Lowrey's spicy variety, which Jennifer surprised me with in an additional Amazon delivery.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

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Chip Review: WonderSlim KETO Tortilla Style Chips

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In my ever-persistent pursuit of eating smarter without a sacrifice to flavor, my sweetheart Jennifer (she's capital 'W' Wonderful), bought me some more KETO tortilla-style chips to sample.

When it comes to snacks, I have a weakness for chips, but my favorite, Nacho Cheese Doritos is now a no-no.  Not only is the carb count too high, but some of the ingredients in those chips are literally not good for the body.

Enter WonderSlim KETO Tortilla Style Chips, Spicy Nacho Flavor

Made with MCT oil which reportedly has fat-burning, appetite suppressing, and energy-boosting benefits, the chips pack 9 grams of protein  per serving (traditional chips typically have around 2 grams), only 3 grams of net carbs, ZERO grams of sugar, and are gluten-free.

WonderSlim Chips
Truthful marketing pic, actual size and color.

These chips are tasty.  They have a nice crunch in a hybrid Cheetos Cheese Puff combined with tortilla-style chip kind of bite.  The spicy nacho flavor is nice, with notes of onion, tomato, jalapeno peppers, and garlic.  There was minimal chip breakage in the bag and they hold up well to dipping.

Of the KETO-friendly chips I've sampled so far (review links below), these stand above the others in all facets, flavor, texture, crunch factor.

Costing $12.99 for a box of 7, 1.13-ounce bags on Amazon, these chips are more reasonably priced than the competition I've sampled so far and taste better.  That breaks down to about $1.85 per bag, which when it comes to KETO-friendly products, isn't bad.  As stated in previous reviews, I'll post the repeat buy worthy chips once this KETO-Friendly Chip Review is complete.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

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Chip Review: Proti Fit Spicy Nacho Cheese Chips

Proti Fit Spicy Nacho Cheese Chips
Nice crunch, nice spicy nacho cheese flavor

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My girlfriend Jennifer, who is capital 'W' Wonderful, recently did some KETO-friendly grocery shopping, and one of the goodies she picked up was some Whisps Cheese Crisps, there's a link to that review below.

Another fun new product she picked up to try were Proti Fit Spicy Nacho Cheese Chips.

Here's the description from the Proti Fit website: 

The Proti Fit spicy nacho cheese chips are the perfect snack for you!!  These great tasting chips are just what you have been looking for.  Dieting can be tough when you can't enjoy all the things you love, however with this great tasting spicy chip you can enjoy dieting!!  One bag of these chips is packed with 15 grams of great tasting protein, only 4 net carbs and 130 calories.

Proti Nacho Cheese Chips
These chips hold up to dip well and there was minimal breakage in the bottom of the bag.

These things are tasty!  They've got a great crunch, kind of a hybrid of a tortilla chip and a cheese puff bite.  The nacho cheese flavor is good, but what puts these chips over the top is the added spice, it's a nice little kick.  Of the KETO-friendly chips I've tried so far, these have the best overall flavor.  The chips are also packed with protein with 15 grams per serving, there's only 1 gram of sugar and just 10 carb grams - a net of 4 carb grams per the product description.  Technically, these are what some might call "Dirty KETO", because they have a non-KETO approved ingredient, potato starch.

Costing about $20 on Amazon for a box of seven 1.27-ounce bags, I'm giving the Proti Fit Spicy Nacho Cheese Chips 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  They've got a good crunch, good nacho cheese flavor, and a nice little extra spice kick.  As far as a chip snack goes, with the high protein count, these hold off hunger longer than a regular chip and don't have near the carbs.  The only thing holding these chips back from being rated 5 stars is the price, which breaks down to about $2.85 per bag.  That's on the high end of KETO-friendly chip snacks even if "Dirty KETO."  Jennifer and I will be sampling more KETO-friendly chips before deeming this one worthy of being a repeat buy.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

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Chip Review: Whisps Cheese Crisps

Whisps Cheese Crisps
Robust with cheese flavor

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Going KETO with the daily diet is fun!

"What?" you say, "dieting is fun?"

When going KETO it is!  I get to check out all kinds of fun new products and eat great-tasting food that's better for the body, and I'm learning more about food nutrition in the process.  Just as being passionate about your job isn't really work, going KETO isn't really dieting, it's food fun that's good for you.

My girlfriend Jennifer, who is capital 'W' Wonderful, recently did some KETO-friendly grocery shopping, and one of the goodies she picked up were some Whisps Cheese Crisps, Asiago & Pepper Jack flavored.  

These things are tasty!

Whisps Cheese Crisps, Asiago & Pepper Jack flavor
These crisps have a great crunch factor!

I sampled them straight out of the bag, they're super crunchy and pack some great cheesy flavor, you get the buttery note of the Asiago, and the bite of the Pepper Jack.  The crisps are on the small side, a perfect size for adding to soups and salads in place of traditional croutons.  They'd also be great on an appetizer plate or charcuterie board.

At just 150 calories per serving, these crisps pack 12 grams of protein and just 1 carb gram!  Bonus:  ZERO grams of sugar and they're gluten-free.

Costing around $3.50 for a 2.12-ounce bag and available at many popular retailers, I'm giving the Asiago & Pepper Jack flavored Whisps Cheese Crisps 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's a reasonable price for something that's KETO-friendly and gluten-free.  They're good straight out of the bag, but best suited used as a crouton.  I look forward to trying the other flavor varieties, including Parmesan, Cheddar, Garlic Parmesan, and Hot & Spicy.  Yes, they're repeat-buy worthy.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike


Chip Review: Hilo Nacho Cheese Tortilla Style Chips

Hilo Nacho Cheese Tortilla Style Chips
Good nacho cheese flavor

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My favorite chips of all time without question, are Nacho Cheese Doritos.  For me, the crunch and the flavor are unparalleled, the ultimate chip snack.

But in going KETO with my daily diet, I need an alternative for those occasional guilty pleasure cheat times.  Nacho Cheese Doritos blow up a diet regimen and the more I read labels the wiser I've become as to how unhealthy Nacho Cheese Doritos really are.

Enter Hilo Nacho Cheese Tortilla Style Chips 

My girlfriend Jennifer hooked me up with a variety of chip snacks from Hilo, including a nacho cheese-flavored tortilla-style chip.   She's so thoughtful, capital 'W' Wonderful!

Made with almond flour, these chips pack 9 grams of protein per 1-ounce serving, which is unheard of in a traditional chip snack (typically 2 or fewer grams).  They have just 5 grams in carbs, only 3 net carbs if you factor in the fiber content, compare that to the typical 16-22 grams in carbs per serving in a traditional chip.  Hilo has indeed made a KETO friendly chip, but how does it taste?

Hilo chips
KETO Friendly Chips

They have a good initial crunch that satisfies a crunchy snack craving and the nacho cheese flavoring is on point, but the finish in the chew brings out the mealiness that is almond flour.  Don't get me wrong, this is a solid, good-tasting chip snack and a healthier alternative to Nacho Cheese Doritos, but, they're not as tasty as Doritos.  Jennifer and I agree, they deliver a satisfying taste with the nacho cheese flavor but they lack the crunchy depth of a regular tortilla chip.

Jennifer bought a box of Hilo chips, containing 12, 1-ounce bags and four flavors - Nacho Cheese; Spicy Salsa; Ranch; Ultimate Taco, for about $23 on Amazon.  That's a reasonable price for a healthier, alternative chip, yet high enough, to encourage less chip snacking.  Compare that price to Quest brand Nacho Cheese flavored tortilla style chips, also a KETO friendly chip and a 12-count package costing about $25, review pending.  Jennifer and I will be sampling more alternative chips before assigning a rating and deeming Hilo repeat buy-worthy.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike


Trader Joe's Chile Spiced Mango is a great sweet heat snack!

Trader Joe's Chile Spiced MangoBachelorontheCheap.com

I'm into mixed nuts, dried fruits, and trail mixes for convenient and on-the-go snacking, so when my girlfriend Jennifer learned I had never tried Trader Joe's Chile Spiced Mango, she picked me up a bag to sample.  She's sweet like that.

The snack is sweetened dried mango coated with chile seasoning, a flavor dance for your taste buds.  These aren't little chunks of mango either, they're healthy-sized slices.  The dried fruit texture is firm but soft, a pleasurable, almost succulent bite, not overly hard and chewy as some dried fruit snacks can be.

Priced at $2.49 for an 8-ounce bag at Trader Joe's, the Chile Spiced Mango is a great sweet heat snack.  It's a perfect balance of lightly candied dried fruit with a nicely spicy chile kick.  Kudos to my girlfriend and the pleasant surprise delivery!  This is now a regular buy for my pantry.

Chile Spiced Mango
Nice big slices robust with flavor!

Trader Joe's in Wichita is located at 1800 N Rock Rd Ste 120, Wichita, KS 67206, in the Bradley Fair Shopping Center.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike


Chip Review: SokUSA Happy Shrimp Chips

SokUSA Happy Shrimp Chips
Product of S. Korea

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Popular in Asian Pacific Rim Countries, shrimp chips are loved by many for their crispy texture and natural seafood sweetness.

When I saw a display of SokUSA Happy Shrimp Chips (enter the "How can the shrimps be happy?  They're dead!" joke here) at Costco the other day, I told myself I just HAD to try these and quickly snatched a bag.  Shrimp, butter, and garlic flavors in a chip?  How can one pass that up?

These things are quite tasty.  The puffy chips have a great crunch factor and the savory notes of the classic flavor combinations in a garlic butter shrimp dish are in-your-face good.

Shrimp Chips
Puffy-style chips with an excellent crunch factor

What a great change-of-pace chip snack!

A product of South Korea and costing me $8.99 at Costco for a HUGE 1-pound bag, I'm giving SokUSA Happy Shrimp Chips 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap.  They're great right out of the bag, and they hold up well to dipping.  I enjoyed some with a lovely onion dip.  With 15 servings in that huge bag, the price breaks down to just 60 cents per snack!  A reasonably priced novelty eat, super crunchy and robust with garlic butter shrimp flavor, they are most definitely worthy of a repeat buy.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike