Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Terra Potpourri Potato Chips

Wow, what can I say? If you really don't have anything nice to say....I shouldn't say anything right? Ah well....I'm sure you guys would like the truth! This really is one of the few brands that didn't spark my taste buds too much (got these at Wholefoods but they're available at most grocery stores) . Maybe you'll like it though. Anyway, here's my insight on what I thought about these interesting chips that were devastatingly short on flavor.

Ingredients: Potatoes (Yukon gold, terra blues, huckleberry and/or red thumb), sweet potato, canola oil, sea salt.

Nutrition facts: Calories: 140 per a serving (5 servings total in 1 oz) , total fat 7 g, saturated fat 1g, trans fat 0 g, cholesterol 0g, sodium 110 mg, total carb 17 g, dietary fiber 4g, sugars 2g, protein 2 g.

MJ's review on taste: I really liked how Potpourri incorporated different types of potatoes to make it more of a healthy gourmet snack but the flavor was really lacking. The sweet potato wasn't too bad, but the other flavors, it really needed something extra added to it. By the time I reached the last handful it became a greasy mess. I also had another tester try it out and he wasn't too impressed either.

Yukon gold: It was the thickest of the gang, but tasted flat, and needed some more salt
Terra blues: slightly nutty but also tasted flat
Huckleberry and/or red thumb (red potatoes): a little bit sweeter than the other three but didn't really do much for me
Sweet Potato: probably was the only one that tasted somewhat like how it was described...tasted like a mildly sweet potato!
Pros: it would look nice arranged in a clear glass bowl, pretty colors, natural & 30% less fat than most leading brands
Cons: $3.99 is a little pricey for potato chips (considering the bag was fairly small), plus the taste didn't really impress me as it tasted kind of bland

Packaging: 8
Taste: 3
Texture: 4
Crunchiness: 3
Quality: 3
Price: $3.99 (6.5 oz)

The way I see it, if you are into the healthy gourmet snacks than maybe these are for you but for me I'd rather have both (flavor and healthiness...who wouldn't?!). I would skimp on these and try something else (like the madhouse munchies brand!).

Sweet Potato

For more information on these chips click here.

Off topic: Lets go PSU this weekend against OSU! WE ARE.....PENN STATE!!!!!!! Might be just about the biggest game this season for Penn State...this might clinch our spot for the National Championships!!!!!!! If you're a Penn State fan, the game starts at 8pm Eastern time on Saturday the 25th.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Potato Chips led to an arrest!

How hilarious is this article!!!!!!

Framingham, MASS. An empty bag of Mystic Potato chips led Police to arrest a suspect that broke in AV's Market! click here to read the rest of the article. I wonder what flavor he was eating? I've had the salt n vinegar flavor before but its been so long that I need to do another sampling. =)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Creamy French Onion

An update is finally here! I've been rather busy these last couple of weeks and now I really want to go ahead and start editing this blog to make it even more awesome! ^_^ The pics of the potato chips/bags are all my own and please don't steal the pics without consulting me first. As always thanks for reading.

On with the review....

I was scouring through the chip aisle at Wholefoods when a highlighter green bag caught my eye, Creamy French Onion! Ooh I thought, I should definitely try these, next to salt n vinegar, sour cream & onion is one of my favorites. The brand is Madhouse Munchies, which I had yet to discover. They certainly have been around for a while now and popular with health conscious eaters too! Only bad part is that they're a little hard to find. Wholefoods or Giant are the two big grocery stores that carry them. [logo on the right]

Packaging: 10
Taste: 10
Texture: 10
Crunchiness: 10
Quality: 10
Price: $2.49 (.5 oz)
Ingredients: Select North American potatoes, high monounsaturated canola oil, onion, whey, sea salt, non-fat dry milk, dextrose, corn gluten, wheat flour, sugar, green onion, garlic, maltodextrin, food starch, parsley, natural flavors, citric acid, corn syrup solids, lactic acid, enzyme modified cream, annatto, turmeric
please note that all ratings are based out of 10.

Known as the original micro-chip. Hand cooked gourmet kettle Potato chips. cooked in 100% mono-unsaturated canola oil. No trans fat, no hydrogenated oils, zero cholesterol. 100% all natural micro-recipes, no msg, no preservatives, nothing artificial, no peanut oil, no cottonseed oil.

MJ's review on taste: Healthy and delicious! One of my favorite french onion dip chips. I mean seriously, wow, as soon as I opened the bag, you got a woof of some yummy onion-y flavor. Have you ever gotten a bag of plain chips and then bought some french onion dip to go along with it? Well, yeah, kind of tastes like that but without the need of the dip! As it says on the bag, "The dip is on the chip." Love it!

Light, crisp and crunchy. If you like sour cream & onion, I highly recommend this for you.

Here is a close up....you can really see the awesome onion flavored flecks!

Product Description:

In 1996 I left the financial markets and set out for the clear skies and wide-open spaces of Vermont to pursue my vision of the perfect potato chip. Four years later, I have never looked back and have never eaten better! I first started by hand-slicing small batches of fresh New England potatoes into a small French-fry cooker I borrowed from a friend with a restaurant. I experimented for months testing different oils, potatoes and seasoned toppings. My plan was simple; not to give up until I had discovered the point at which perfect flavor merged with a healthy, simple recipe. Eventually, I found that perfect recipe: Select North American potatoes cooked in pure high-monounsaturated canola oil and topped with only all natural spices, herbs and sea salt. Nothing artificial is used, ever - only simple, premium, healthful and naturally delicious ingredients go into making our chips. Life became a Madhouse from that point on! As word got out about our recipes, our popularity among chip connoisseurs grew at a frantic pace. While we have been copied and shoved-around by the "Big Guys" in the chip world, they just can't seem to get it right, and for now, our unique micro-chips are, alone, at the top. I certainly hope that you enjoy Madhouse Munchies as much as we do. Enjoy!
-Jim Ehlen, Founder

for more info check out their website, click here.

Interesting finds:

  • Rachael Ray (CBS TV) recognizes on national air Madhouse Munchies great taste, naturally as her Snack of the Day see it on our website ; NY Times Newspaper: Top-10 Potato Chips;
  • Featured on: Food Network- Al Roker's: Roker-on-the-Road: Segment on Madhouse Munchies aired nationally- see it on our website ;
  • Chip-In for Hungry Kids TM: We're a small company that thinks BIG. On July 4, 2004 Madhouse Munchies formalized our continuing commitment to feeding our country's hungry kids through our Chip-In for Hungry Kids programs. quoted from amazon.com
Madhouse Chips in the news (an old article by the way)!
click here to read