Review: Bacon! Maple Rippled Potato Chips (Stop & Shop/Giant Food, Limited Time Originals) & Oh FuuuuuuuuSNOW IS COMING
DC IS COVERED IN SNOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW. Well, not yet, JFG Nation. But soon! This weekend, local forecasts call for epic storms in the DC area, dumping anywhere from 2-3 feet of snow on the DC/Maryland/Virginia triad.
While other regions of the country (upstate NY, where I grew up, and anywhere else north of here) is arguably proficient at handling a snowy weather season, DC is not. I have no idea why not, since snow has hit this region before. It could be the combo of drivers who have no idea what they are doing plus the local departments not knowing how much to salt and when? Who knows. All I know is that last night one single inch of snow fell and then this happened:
Jeebus. That is REAL. I saw a picture like this on FB, and thought, “Oh, someone doctored that.” BUT THIS IS A SCREENSHOT FROM MY PHONE. Sooooo many posts in my FB feed read, “took me seven hours to go 23 miles” or “just ditched my car and walked four miles to a subway, finally home at midnight.” Wow.
If this is what happens with one inch, then I’m glad I’m staying inside this entire weekend. I went to the grocery store yesterday when the flakes first started to fall, and the bread, milk, and egg shelves had been cleared. I bought two bottles of wine, two boxes of Cheez-Its and brownie mix. HEY, I’M HUMAN AND I KNOW WHAT IS IMPORTANT.
Were you caught in this “storm”? And what do you do to prep for being snowed in, typically? LEt me know in the comments below.
Today’s junk food: Bacon! Maple Rippled Potato Chips!!
Bacon! Maple Rippled Potato Chips are made by Giant/Stop & Shop, even though those names appear no where on the bag. Love the bag design, though – why NOT just wrap the bag in giant strips of bacon?
It is funny to me that the name of these chips is “Bacon! Maple Rippled Potato Chips” ….. the addition of the random exclamation point just hammers home the point that we have abandoned any attempt at proper grammar or punctuation. Our food names are now written in semi-text-speak.
Oh who am I kidding, I write this blog the same way.
Bacon! Maple Rippled Potato Chips contain anti-caking agents, which I guess is good, and NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS. Big win!
And the UPC code of these Bacon! Maple Rippled Potato Chips emerges from a frying pan! I’ll admit, I did love this.
Opening the bag of chips, I could smell a small hint of maple, but mostly a lot of smoke…slightly meaty smokiness, but definitely smoke. The chips themselves looked good – like Wavy Lays and not a lot of chips were broken. Nice, full circles.
I placed one of these Bacon! Maple Rippled Potato Chips into my mouth, chewed, and BAM! TONS of flavor. The chips, overall, had an almost BBQ flavor – tons of smoky flavor, with definitely bacon-y overtones. After I swallowed and smacked my tongue, I definitely got bacon flavor. And when I burped, I definitely burped up bacon flavor (eww…..sorry). Point is, I tasted the bacon, I really did. These chips weren’t TOO salty, so there was plenty of meat flavor to focus on.
Moreover, the maple flavor of these Bacon! Maple Rippled Potato Chips mixed nicely with the bacon flavor. It wasn’t overtly sweet, but basically combined with the salty bacon flavor to give a perfect sweet/salty mix. Basically these chips had a maple bacon taste – just enough sweetness to really make the bacon flavor sing, and the flavor was distinctly maple. Strangely, the sweetness of the maple sort of cancelled out the bacon flavor at points, so that the smoke really came through.
I was surprised how good these were, and I would definitely buy them again. For a store-brand, these were top notch. Buy these, NOW!
PURCHASED AT: Giant, Germantown, MD
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