Snack Review: Sun Chips Harvest Cheddar

Details: More information can be found at https://www.fritolay.com/products/sunchips-harvest-cheddar-flavored-whole-grain-snacks

Score: 7/10

Harvest Cheddar is the second best flavor of Sun Chips, the first being French Onion. It’s a tasty chip. Sun Chips somehow taste higher quality than normal chips while also being grainier and sort of organic. I guess it’s because Sun Chips are made from whole grains, not potatoes. But it’s really the flavoring that excels. It’s just a really good tasting bag of chips.

Snack Review: Judy’s Bakery Shop Egg Yolk Pastry

Details: Bought it in a supermarket. Incorporated address is 1013 Napfle Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111. Couldn’t find a website.

Score: 7/10

I saw this in an Asian supermarket and felt like giving it a try. It’s basically a coconut mash/crumble wrapped in extremely flaky puff pastry. I hesitate to call it puff pastry because I think puff pastry is 50% butter and 50% flour, but this probably had more butter than flour because it was extremely flaky. The outside layers easily just fall apart.

Inside the coconut mash is a salted egg yolk. That may sound unusual to people not used to eggs in their desserts, but keep in mind eggs are an integral part of baking. They are in almost all baked goods, including cakes and cookies. In this dessert, the saltiness of the egg yolk really helps contrast with the sweetness with the rest of this crumbly dessert. Kind of like how many bakers put salt on their chocolate chip cookies, the contrast helps enhance the flavor.

What was particularly impressive about this is how complex the flavor of the coconut mash was. I looked on the back of the packaging and some of the ingredients were mong bean, red bean, white lotus, rose, jasmine, coconut, osmanthus, taro, and purple sweet potato. There’s a lot going on here and all of it delicious.

The only thing discouraging is the price. It cost about six dollars for six small pieces. For that price, It may be better to go to an actual local bakery and by a freshly baked dessert rather than something that’s been packaged, shipped and sat on a shelf for at least a week or two.

Overall, this was pretty good. Price could be cheaper, but it’s still not terrible. I’d buy this again.

Snack Review: Spudlove Sea Salt & Vinegar Kettle Potato Chips

Details: More information can be found at https://spudlovesnacks.com/products/sea-salt-vinegar

Score: 6.5/10

This is simply a good bag of average salt and vinegar flavored potato chips. Kettle chips are supposedly crunchier than normal chips, but I couldn’t tell the difference between this and a bag of Wise potato chips. In fact, I couldn’t taste any difference between this bag of chips and salt and vinegar chips from any other brand. These chips are satisfactorily average.

Snack Review: Janis & Melanie Original Cheese Straws

Details: More information can be found at https://www.janis-melanie.com/products/original-cheese-straws

Score: 7/10

The most interesting thing about these cheese straws is that they are spicy. This isn’t the spicy flavor either. This company has made a conscious decision that the plain, normal flavor needed to be spicy and I think the snack tastes better because of it. It’s not overwhelmingly spicy, it just has a hint of it. Even still, there are many people in the world who don’t like spicy foods and that should be labeled on the bag, but it is not.

Personally, I actually enjoyed these a lot. The heat was a pleasant surprise. I’d happily buy these again.

Snack Review: Kodiak Cakes Cinnamon Bear Bites

Details: More information can be found here: https://kodiakcakes.com/products/cinnamon-bear-bites

Score: 6.5/10

These are just your run of the mill, average graham crackers, no better or worse tasting than a box of Teddy Grahams. The cinnamon flavor was interesting though, but still just an average snack.

An interesting aside is that the company that makes this product primarily sells pancake batter and other products associated with pancakes. I don’t know why they decided to enter the graham cracker market with a product so similar to the already popular Teddy Grahams from Nabisco. Maybe they’re just trying to steal a little bit of a that brand recognition.