Review (x4): Boulder Canyon’s Thanksgiving Feast Kettle Cooked Potato Chips (Turkey & Gravy, Stuffing, Cranberry, Pumpkin Pie), The Nosh Show Ep. 43, & HEARTBORN!
Junk Food Nation, it’s THANKSGIVING WEEK, and there’s LOTS to get to. This week is all about GLUTTONY, FAMILY, and FOOTBALL. Thank you, Seattle Seahawks, for helping me beatdown the BQB this week. And thank you, Odell Beckham Jr., for helping my fantasy football team not suck like they ALWAYS DO.
1) HEARTBORN PLUG! HEARTBORN PLUG! SHAMELESS PLUG!
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2) SHAMELESS PLUG #2! EPISODE 43 OF THE NOSH SHOW IS HERE!
For the uninitiated, The Nosh Show is a podcast started by Marvo from The Impulsive Buy, featuring Ryan from GrubGrade, Dubba from On Second Scoop, and, of course, me, your friendly neighborhood Junk Food Guy. And today marks the release of The Nosh Show, Episode 43: Doritos Locos Mountain Dew …WITH A BRAND NEW HOST (sort of):
This week, “in this episode, find out who would drink Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew. We also talk about Oreo Churros, Milk Chocolate Pringles, turkey and stuffing-flavored donuts, Coca-Cola Orange, something called a ramnut, and much more.” Listen embedded here:
3) Today’s junk food: Boulder Canyon’s Thanksgiving Feast Kettle Cooked Potato Chips!
It was only a matter of time, wasn’t it? After the Lay’s Do Us A Flavor contest, and Pringles making flavors like Milk Chocolate, someone was BOUND to come up with a whole slate of Thanksgiving flavors. And here it is: Boulder Canyon’s Thanksgiving Feast Kettle Cooked Potato Chips!
Boulder Canyon’s Thanksgiving Feast Kettle Cooked Potato Chips contain four small bags of chips – 2.5 oz a piece. Four flavors: Turkey & Gravy, Cranberry, Stuffing and Pumpkin Pie!! Holy hell, what have you done, Boulder Canyon??
From their website: Inspired by the irresistible flavors enjoyed on Thanksgiving Day, we bring you a unique spin on the classic meal with our Thanksgiving Feast in a bag! Our seasoned flavors include savory turkey & gravy, delicious stuffing, delectable cranberry and, of course, we couldn’t leave out pumpkin pie! So grab a bag and dig in, you’ll be thankful for this one. Available exclusively at Target.
FIRST UP: Boulder Canyon’s Turkey & Gravy Kettle Cooked Potato Chips!
These Boulder Canyon’s Turkey & Gravy Kettle Cooked Potato Chips didn’t smell like much. When I popped them into my mouth, the flavors I got were onion powder and sage. There was a meaty quality to the flavor, especially in the aftertaste. I’m not sure if I’d pinpoint these as EXACTLY turkey and gravy…I could see these just being “gravy” flavored. Meaty, onion-y, sage-y. Tasted good, for sure, and the kettle chip was nice, light and crispy. Was it spot-on? No. But I’d definitely eat these again. I’d give these a 7/10.
SECOND UP: Boulder Canyon’s Stuffing Kettle Cooked Potato Chips!
These Boulder Canyon’s Stuffing Kettle Cooked Potato Chips definitely smelled sort of like stuffing – I got that distinct Stove Top herb blend. When I popped these chips into my mouth, I DEFINITELY got stuffing flavor. These were really good – that perfect stuffing herb blend came through nicely, and the flavor even had that hint of celery that I love from stuffing/dressing. SUPER tasty. Rosemary. Onion. Celery. YUMMERS. Definitely eat these again; they should sell these as a stand alone flavor. 8.75/10.
THIRD UP: Boulder Canyon’s Cranberry Kettle Cooked Potato Chips!
Again, these Boulder Canyon’s Cranberry Kettle Cooked Potato Chips didn’t smell like much, but when I put some in my mouth, I was definitely confused. I’ll start with this: they were NOT horrible. Like the other chips, the texture was nice and light and crispy. The flavor was different – it was a sweet flavor, but not super fake fruity like I was worried about. Instead, it tasted to me almost like one of those Asian sweet and sour duck sauces that is neon red-orange. I.e., it was sweet in that sort of hint-o-BBQ sort of way. Like I was dipping a chip in sweet and sour sauce. The result? A chip I didn’t hate, but it didn’t REALLY remind me of cranberry sauce. I’d say…5/10.
FINALLY UP: Boulder Canyon’s Pumpkin Pie Kettle Cooked Potato Chips!
Finally, I ate these Boulder Canyon’s Pumpkin Pie Kettle Cooked Potato Chips. When I opened the bag, I could SMELL the pumpkin pie – it was distinct and clear. Pumpkin aroma with a bit of cinnamon.
Placing some of these chips in my mouth, the flavor was unmistakable – pumpkin pie. It was sort of uncanny how much these tasted like the flavor profile of pumpkin pie. LOTS of pumpkin flavor, and a good amount of the cinnamon spice profile my brain expected.
But did they actually TASTE – good or bad? Again, like the cranberry, NOT HORRIBLE. Let me explain – the pumpkin pie flavor was there, but dissipated quickly into the potato chip flavor. There was NO overwhelming saltiness to these chips – they were clearly PUSHING the pumpkin flavor – so the resultant flavor ended up sort of like a sweet potato! Honestly. After a while, it tasted like I was eating sweet potato chips, with a hint of cinnamon – which…wasn’t a bad thing! I’d also give these a 5/10. Not bad, honestly.
So my final rating:
Pumpkin Pie: 5/10
These are firmly entrenched in the “would eat again” category for me. Your gamble paid off, Boulder Canyon. Good work!
PURCHASED AT: Target, Germantown, MD
COST: $4.99 for the four pack
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