Saturday, December 26, 2009
I spied these meat flavored potato chips at the local Hess station (the one across from the Slingerlands-Chops), two bags for 5 bucks. I am not a big potato chip guy, but I was going to a little suaree the following day so I picked them up as a conversation piece. We have Herr's brand "Kansas City Steak" and "Baby Back Rib" flavored chips. Good marketing ploy on Herr's part, you start thinking about whether it is possible to make potato chips taste like meat. Your curiosity eventually wins and you buy them.
No hints of meaty goodness based on appearance alone, fairly standard ripply chip look to both the flavors.
As for the aroma, the rib flavored ones smelled like sweat BBQ sauce and the "Steak" ones kind of smelled like armpits. They both had that fake, super-savory, salty smell of cheap cup noodles.
I tasted them and, not too surprisingly, was pretty disappointed by the both of them. The "baby back ribs" tasted like your run of the mill, BBQ type chip. The "steak" guys tasted like someone poured condensed beef soup all over them. Both were super salty, not to mention full of MSG. There was also that whole armpit/butt hole smell thing. I am going to call bullshit on Herr's, these should be named "Sickly Sweet BBQ Sauce" and "Beef Soup Fart Smell." I trust you all had a pleasant holiday.