Review: Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips & Gary Player, 77, Posing Nude. WHAT.

Junk Food Nation, big news this morning, right?  Prop 8, DOMA, etc… well, I’m not going to talk about it at all here.  Nope.  Why? Because there are 8000000 other sites talking about it…go there for your latest info. Instead…

If you’re a dude (which my analytics tell me some of you are.  How Google knows this is beyond me, and is somewhat scary), then chances are you’ve been to a public gym before.  And if you’ve been to a public gym, then you’ve been in the situation where you’re changing before a workout or toweling off after a workout, you turn and BOOM! OLD MAN ASS.  AND BALLS.  AND GAAAAAAAAH. Now, I’m not a shy guy in the locker room, but I try to keep to myself and not put on a show.  Not these old guys.  They’ll stand under an air dryer for 20-30 minutes on end, everything just flapping in the semi-warm wind, drying down every single body hair and every crevice.  It’s, frankly, HORRIFYING.

So imagine my surprise when I read that Gary Player, 77-year old golfer, would be posing NUDE in the upcoming ESPN the magazine’s Body Issue.  The ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue, for the uninitiated, is an issue where athletes pose nude (obviously all the NSFW bits are covered up, which is more than I can say for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which through the use of body paint has become the greatest magazine ever).  The Body Issue’s intent is to show how ripped these athletes are…and it has been SUPER impressive in the past, with athletes such as Hope Solo (soccer), Blake Griffin (basketball), Zdeno Chara (hockey), and Daniela Hantuchova (WOW).

But Gary Player, huh?  Loved him as a player, but nude 77 year old man ass?    Apparently, Player has a crazy workout regimen, so I imagine his photos will be quite surprising.  What will I be MORE shocked by – the fact that it’s a nude old man, or the fact that his definition will UNDOUBTEDLY be better than mine? Let me go weep into a bag of Doritos.

Today’s junk food: Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips

Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips

Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips: The Money Shot

Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips were brought to my attention by a commenter, and lo and behold THERE THEY WERE AT MY LOCAL GROCERY!  Instant buy.

I’ve done Ruffles Max before… and generally liked them.  Let’s delve into my second Ruffles Max experience…

Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips

Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips: JUICY

I’m sure the design on this bag of Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips will appeal to most people…BLOODY MEAT!  I approve.

Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips

Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips: MEAT!

I am pretty sure that these Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips, despite making a caveman smile, are NOT Paleo-friendly.

Makes me want to club something?  Er…what?

Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips

Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips: 160 cal per serving

Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips

Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips: MMMMM Flame Grilled Steak Seasoning

Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips have “Natural Grill Flavor.” Er….anyone licked any grills lately?  I have not.

Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips

Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips: BEEFY AROMA!

When I opened this bag of Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips, I must say, there was a definite beef smell.  It smelled charred, smoky, and beefy.  The bag was not hot. There was no grill.  Yet, while not ENTIRELY on point, this bag smelled startlingly like steak on a flame grill.  That accuracy in aroma, I must admit, sort of scared me.  What kind of combo of chemicals have to be in place to make something so spot on??? SOYLENT GREEEEEN.

Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips

Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips: lots of little bits and things on these crevices

I chomped chomped chomped on these Limited Edition Ruffles Max Flame Grilled Steak Potato Chips, and the first thoughts in my head: Smoky. Beefy. Onion-y. End with a spice blend…almost ranch-like.

I reviewed Herr’s Kansas City Prime Steak Chips a while back, and what I’ll say is that these Ruffles Max chips tasted more like steak than those did, by far.  The main problem with the Herr’s chips was they were too salty…it felt like I was eating a mouthful of bouillon.  These chips, however?  These…these were pretty interesting.

The first flavor I tasted was definitely a charred smoky taste.  It sets up the chip flavor nicely since to lead off with beef would be too heavy handed, since when you eat a fresh New York Strip it IS the outer crust that your tongue hits first.   Then the beef flavor kicked in, which was interestingly close to the flavor of beef.  Or rather, as close as I think you could get while still being a potato chip.  The best way I can describe it: after chewing and swallowing, and then breathing air in and out of my mouth, I tasted flame grilled steak.  I did.

Moments of too much salt, but not much.  These were able to taste like beef steak without tasting much bouillon; there were times it was actually kind of weird how close it came at times.  In summary – closer in flavor profile than Herr’s, and probably the best “beef-flavored” chips out there right now.  Whether it’s for you – that’s subjective.  But as far as flavor goals, these were the most successful I’ve had to date.

PURCHASED AT: Giant Food

COST: $3.50 on sale

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Sincerely,

Junk Food Guy

Discuss - 23 Comments

  1. Lindemann says:

    Yeah, I think this is a case of a thing done well that would better not be done at all. My preferred way to consume steak flavor is through steak. I like BBQ chips, and mustard chips, and jalapeno chips, because you can get all those things plausibly onto a chip. This is weird and unnecessary.

    The Body Issue is hotly anticipated in our household by one member of said household. I read it for the articles NOT.

  2. “natural beef type flavor”? Wha-? And butter?

    But, really, what we all want to know is if it tastes like the beef type flavor is grass-fed beef type flavor.

  3. Elisa says:

    Wow! Hope CVS carries them. Remember the BBQ Smokehouse one from last summer?

  4. Chip Review says:

    Great review! Andy thank you for the heads up on these ones!! We weren’t aware of them before now.

    In our opinion, bar none our favorite beef/steak flavored chips of all-time are:
    Old Dutch Crunch – Grilled Steak Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

  5. Chip Review says:

    …AND thank you for…..

  6. Nick Rovo says:

    Really, you had to have an intro about a naked old man and then review a product based off steak? Now I can only think of how well done steak reminds me of old people’s skin.

  7. Josh says:

    Hey, great review, but if anyone was wondering if there’s a different perspective to these chips, I honestly believe they’re the worst chips I’ve ever eaten. I got them hoping they’d suffice for my beloved Smokehouse BBQ ruffles that I haven’t found at local stores in months, and what I got was nastiness. Made my car smell horrid for hours and left an awful taste in my mouth. Tastes more like charred meat than actual steak. Would not recommend buying.

    • junkfoodguy says:

      @Josh: Thanks for the second opinion! I always appreciate people letting me know if they didn’t like what I reviewed, honestly. Junk food is always personal taste anyways, so more viewpoints = better, IMO. I do agree – the char was the biggest flavor point.

  8. juvi says:

    Mackie’s of Scotland makes a really good Angus beef flavored potato chip and the potatoes that they use are top notch. Problem is, they are hard to get in the US.

  9. Jack says:

    These are terrible. Steak flavor??? Yeah, Salisbury steak…
    And I was burping up that terrible flavor for the rest of the day. Thumbs down….

  10. bappi says:

    I really l like these chips. I didn’t think I would: the cheeseburger lays or ruffles or some shit were nasty as hell, so I thought these would be bad but they aren’t. Somehow they captured the flavor of steak though. Ketchup lays from Canada are the best though. Wish they’d sell them everywhere.

  11. Deeds says:

    I found your site googling these chips because I too was taken aback by how spot on the steak flavor is! I love them myself!

  12. Ericky says:

    hey, these are very good. I normally do not spend 4.$ on a simple bag of chips – I usually buy “Clancy” chips at a store like “Aldi” for 1.45, but these chips have a flavour I have been wanting in (on) potato chips for a very long time. My favorite chips were from around 1985 called, “O’Grady’s”. They were thick cut ruffle chips with a ton of flavour (not a ton of salt and then other seasonings to mask it). The one that came up with this ‘steak’ flavour did a very good job. Not “AMAZING”, but very good. Out of the huge line of p-chips at the store I have a very difficult time finding something I like – I finally found something – ……………… and as usual, anything I like gets cancelled. Anyone know where I can NOW buy these in the Northern NJ area?

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