Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Snack #204- Jack ‘n Jill Vcut Potato Chips Spicy Barbecue Flavor

Jack ‘n Jill Vcut Potato Chips Spicy Barbecue Flavor

These are the final spicy snack I found on my trip to Mongolia.  The flavor is called ‘spicy barbecue’ but they don’t really taste like any BBQ sauce I’ve ever had.  The flavor is pretty mild and the flavor of the oil that the chips were fried in comes through pretty strong.  They are slightly sweet and have a little bit of heat but the light flavoring actually works pretty well for them.  They also have the benefit of being well cut and fried chips that are nicely crunchy.  So although they don’t really have much barbecue or spicy flavor going on they are pretty tasty and make a good snack.

Rating on the Spice-O-Meter: 2/10
Bottom Line: Lightly sweet and spicy ‘BBQ’-style chips.

Snack #203- Ass Kickin’ Chipotle Premium Microwave Popcorn

Ass Kickin’ Chipotle Premium Microwave Popcorn

I found this spicy microwave popcorn in the Canyon Village Marketplace at the Grand Canyon South Rim and brought it back to the East Coast to pop in my microwave.  It popped thoroughly and evenly but it smelled like burning chemicals while it was cooking.  The first flavor that hits your mouth with this popcorn is a weird sweetness that tasted somewhat like kettle corn but more artificial.  The ingredients include sucralose which is Splenda and Splenda is gross so that is probably where the weird sweet taste came from.  Behind the sweet flavors there is a pretty big kick of heat but it doesn’t taste as much like chipotle as it should- mostly it just tastes like generic ‘spice’ flavor.  The bag smelled a lot like chipotle before we popped it but that flavor got lost somewhere in the artificial flavors.  The heat builds quickly in the mouth and after eating a handful of the popcorn my mouth was feeling the burn.  The heat also subsides quickly though so you would be able to eat the whole bag while watching a movie or something.

Rating on the Spice-O-Meter: 5/10
Bottom Line: Fake sweet kettle corn with a fairly spicy kick.