Review: Flamin’ Hot Ruffles & First Bite: Entree or Sides?
JFG Nation, over on Deadspin someone posed an interesting question: when you get a meal at a restaurant, what is your first bite? Is it the entree or the sides?
It got me thinking: I think I ALWAYS go for a side bite first. When I get a burger and fries, a fry goes into my mouth before I touch the burger. Steak and mashed potatoes? I always scoop a bit of mashed potato before I cut into that steak.
Why? Because I am usually so hungry when the food arrives that I need to feed the beast a little bit to take the edge off before I jump into the title card event. I think that’s it – I don’t want to blindly hunger-crush my main and not enjoy it, so that bite of lobster mac and cheese needs to put out the fire.
Of course, it really depends on how you identify “sides” right? I don’t count celery on the side of wings or ginger on the side of sushi. Asian food doesn’t really have “sides” and I don’t count the dozen dumplings you ordered on the side of your vat of lo mein. I’m talking an actual traditional side item of food which is intended as a small flavor bomb in and of itself.
What say you, JFG Nation? Comment below.
Today’s junk food: Flamin’ Hot Ruffles!!
Let me just say this: Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are the JFGal’s favorite snack. Ever. EVER. So these Ruffles have high standards to live up to. Of course, Cheddar Sour Cream Ruffles are one of MY favorite snacks, so I have high hopes.
DO THESE TASTE GOOD? Yes, great googly moogly YES.
WHY OR WHY NOT? These are delicious. Potential new addition to favorite snack pantheon. Dangerous.
The flavor profile is simple – amazing crispy Ruffles. Flamin’ Hot seasoning – that Latin combo of spicy chile flavor and burn coupled with tang that makes your mouth water. Probably because of the chip format, but I didn’t feel these were as spicy as Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Still, decent burn.
On top of that, these chips had a bit of cheese flavor to add to the Flamin’ Hot taste, giving just a tad bit more flavor and savoriness to the entire chip. Really really good. I wouldn’t go so far as saying this was like a spicy Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffle, but there were enough of those notes to keep the chip balanced.
Just a good crisp spicy savory chip. Ruffles, you’ve done it again. Should’ve released these sooner!
ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW? These aren’t new but I avoided them because I didn’t eat them because I figured nothing could top Hot Cheetos. MISTAKE!
Also, the JFGal gave these a thumbs up. JFGAL ENDORSED, PEOPLE!
PURCHASED AT: Walmart, Frederick, MD.
WHERE FOUND IN STORE? Chip aisle.
COST? $2.88 on sale.