With 30+ products sitting on my shelf to do reviews upon, the first thing I pick up is…a bag of Hoppin’ Hot Habanero potato chips by D.W. Mikesell. This wasn’t a review by design but rather by circumstance. I had actually gone to snack upon something else, only to have Linda quickly snatch it from me because the kids wanted to eat it. My consolation prize? This bag of “spicy” potato chips she picked up at one of our local grocery mega-markets.
Ingredients: potatoes, peanut oil, salt, maltodextrin, whey, dextrose, garlic, spices, sugar, habanero peppers, onion, citric acid, silicon dioxide, paprika extract
Now most chips’ ingredients are usually not a cornucopia of quality ingredients. This one’s actually better than many, honestly. Having sugar listed before the habanero peppers was a tipoff to me of looming issues, however.
Taste: I had to remind myself that these chips said that they were in fact hot habanero potato chips. Great kettle chip taste without a whole lot of heat. There are chips on the market that set the bar high for heat, and these fall woefully under that. I’d give these a 2/10 for heat, and want to know how many molecules of habanero they actually used because I couldn’t quite taste it. The aroma from the bag smells like they might be spicy,
but that doesn’t come through with the taste. I liked snacking on these for the sake of doing so, but I kept expecting to find a spicy chip somewhere in this bag.
Overall recommendation: To say that these chips are habanero, or even hoppin-hot, is an embarassment to habanero chips everywhere. Why on earth make a hot habanero chip that is neither all that hot, or very much tinged with the flavor of habanero? There are regular chipotle chips (i.e. Blair’s) that are spicier than this product is. That said, I won’t quibble with the quality of the kettle chips themselves, as they are quite good. However, if you want to light up your palate with some hot & spicy potato chips, you may want to seek your snackin’ jones with a different product.