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My Forking Thoughts on Lay’s Garden Tomato and Asiago Potato Chips

 

I saw the new Lay’s Kettle Cooked Garden Tomato and Asiago Flavored Chips and thought the flavor seems appealing so I thought I’d give these a try.

I do note that these new edition potato chips run much more expensive than a regular large bag of Lay’s Potato Chips. This is a smaller bag and it cost $4.29 (8 1/2 oz) and a regular bag of Lay’s cost around $3.50 for 14 3/4  ounces.

I open the bag and it does smell like Italian Cheese possibly of an Asiago Variety.

I notice the chips seem to be on the smaller side and not all but most of them are folded and the chips are flecked with what looks like seasoning.

I taste one chip. It has a very sharp crisp crunch and does have some potato flavor. The dominate flavor I taste is sort of buttery asiago cheese followed by a little Italian Seasoning. It sort of taste like a frozen pizza.

I eat more and I sort of forget about the Italian Seasoning and I get more sort of buttery asiago kind of taste.

I hardly get any fresh tomato taste…it sort of blurs with the Italian seasoning.

My rating due to my taste….

1/2 a Fork….OK at best…and not the worst.

I have to give Lay’s credit for improving the taste of a Kettle Chip. Other Kettle Chips I’ve taste usually lack potato flavor and these Kettle Chips actually contain potato flavor. For me the asiago taste is believable but I’m not sure why they made it buttery.

I would be more excited about the chips if the Garden Tomato taste was more part of the equation to this flavor formula.

You taste and opinion may differ from mine.

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Forking Delicious Potato Chips – Terra Brand Adirondack Reds

 

I never come across the Adirondack Red Potato. The Adirondack Red Potato is Ruby Red inside and out. I read that they are usually only found at Farmer’s Markets or sold by purveyors of specialty produce. These Potato Chips were only sold at Whole Foods Market for around $4.00 a bag……..well…..until I found them at the .99cent store for 99 cents a bag. They don’t even expire for 6 months!

I open the bag and it smells very much just like potatoes.

I do notice that the chips are on the small side. Perhaps Adirondack Red Potatoes are small?

They taste earthier and more potato like than any other potato chip I ever tasted. They also have a nice light texture.

They don’t leave grease on my hand or in my mouth like most chips and the sea salt on them is just right….Not too much and not too little.

They are Forking Delicious Good. One of the best (or best) potato chips I have ever eaten.

Manufactured and Distributed by Hain Celestial Group Inc.

www.TerraChips.com

Worth a Fork!

Of Course your Forking Opinion may differ.

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Ori di Langa Truffle Chips – Worth a Fork – Most Truffle Flavor

 

I’m a sucker for Truffle and when I came across this bag of Italian Made Potato Chips at my local Home Goods Store I picked the bag up and toke a look at the ingredients.

The Ingredients read-

potatoes, sunflower seed oil, olive oil, freeze dried summer truffle (tuber aestivum vitt) ) 0.33%, (like 1.50% fresh truffle) salt and flavor (possibly it might mean that “flavor” might be chemicals…..not sure but that’s what I think) I open the bag and see I have very few chips to try in the 3.53 ounce bag. But hey this bag only coast me $2.99 so I thought it was worth it.

I take a whiff……it’s intoxicating……it smells very much like truffles……and I brace myself because most bags that smell like truffles don’t taste like truffles.

I take some chips out.

Some of the chips are very large and very thick for potato chips and are sort of  plank like. If you look close you can see some black specks on the potato chips that might be truffle. The chips  are sort of tender crisp….like a compressed kind of crisp….. and do have a slight taste like truffle. I don’t get that lovely lasting kind of real truffle taste but I do get a mild truffle taste however the potato chips also have very little potato flavor….I think sunflower oil and salt are the other flavors of the chips.

A few days latter when I finished the chips I noticed that the bag still smells very much like truffle….I can’t help but wonder if the bag was sprayed with something..? Don’t know.

These Ori di Langa Truffle Potato Chips have the most Truffle Flavor I’ve ever tasted in a potato chip. (so far)

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My Forking Thoughts on Vanilla Cupcake M&M’s

 

Vanilla Cupcake M&M’s recently came out and are sold exclusively at Target Stores with the Easter Candy.

They have the usual candy shell and the center is white chocolate. They are in nursery colors of yellow, pink, pale purple and turquoise. Size-wise the candies are on the bigger plump side for M&M’s.

I open the bag and take a whiff. It smells sort of like candy corn and sort of buttery and sort of like stale frosting. I know nobody can relate with old frosting but I once was a professional cake decorator and I still remember what old frosting smells like.

I eat my first Vanilla Cupcake M&M. I think it’s very similar in taste to an actual Vanilla Cupcake. It taste just like vanilla cake mix and frosting. I do like it at first. It’s sweet like frosting and taste like buttery cake. I also like that it isn’t waxy like some of the white M&M’s have been in the past.

I eat a few more and things start to change.

I get some sort of flavor build up or chemical after taste that isn’t right.

It’s not licorice but something like licorice and rum after taste. More faint licorice than rum. It doesn’t taste like Vanilla Cupcake after a several candies.

I don’t like them anymore.

For me………The rating is…….

1/2 a Fork….OK at best…good for up to 3 pieces then pass the bag over to someone else.

The Forking Truth is that your opinion may or may not differ…..

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My review on White Cheesecake M&M’s – Worth a Fork!

 

A new flavor of M&M’s is out there now at your local Walmart Store called White Cheesecake. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like them because when I opened the bag and took a sniff I got an aroma of sweet puppy feet. Yes, just like dog feet in frosting.

I took a look at the candies. I notice that the candies are irregular in shape and size. The colors are a pink similar to bubble gum, white and porcelain flesh like of a fancy doll.

I ate them one at a time normal. then I let one dissolve in my mouth, and then I ate three at a time normal so I got to taste them three different ways.

These White Cheesecake M&M’s are best one at a time dissolving them in your mouth and then you taste the flavors best. First the candy shell melts in your mouth and then you actually do taste cheesecake. For me the cheesecake flavor does fade fast and I am left with a vanilla custard ice cream taste that I do like because it taste like ice-cream…… But we aren’t finished yet……A fun graham cracker crust taste happens at the end.

The White Cheesecake M&M’s faired least well when I ate them three at a time. They seemed less layered in taste but it was the finish of graham cracker that didn’t taste as well with three candies in my mouth leaving a slightly bitter or chemical finish that I didn’t notice with one candy in my mouth.

Well any who…these White Cheesecake M&M’s seem to be Worth a Fork to Me!

Worth a Fork!

Your opinion may or may not differ…..

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New Reese’s Peanut butter Cups Stuffed with Reese’s Pieces are Worth a Fork

 

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I am a big fan of Reese’s Peanut butter filled cups. I’d be an even BIGGER fan if I ate Reese’s every time I wanted one…Haha…..My husband found this new variety and brought home a pack for me figuring I’d want to try this new variety. Each of these New Reese’s packs contains two Peanut butter filled  cups stuffed with Reese’s pieces. Package reads Stuffed Wich Pieces.

Pictured on the package it looks like M&M-like Reese’s Pieces are stuffed into the cup. I busted open the package and broke off a piece for my husband to try even though he is in the 1% of the population that doesn’t go for a Reese’s ever.

The candy smells appetizing just as Reese’s Cups always do.

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I look inside the cup and it appears that I only have a few small Pieces of Reese’s Pieces…? Not full Reese’s Pieces like in the Picture on the Package….Slightly bummed because I was expecting to taste a full size Reese’s Piece candy…. A few pieces of sugar shell are embedded in the peanut butter filling. I think the filling might be very slightly smoother but it’s so minor it’s hard to tell. This cup is still delicious and to anyone who already enjoys Reese’s Cups you will still enjoy these New Cups because they are nearly the same.

Next I take another bite.

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I hit a few more crumbs of Reese’s Pieces embedded in the peanut butter filling.

Later I go for the second cup.

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This one is nearly free of Reese’s Pieces.

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Well maybe it’s for the better that the Reese’s Cups are nearly what they are suppose to be with only a few crumbs, fragments or a dusting of Reese’s Pieces. They are really delicious…I forgot how delicious they really are since I try to stay away from them. The satisfying Milk Chocolate has the perfect sweet and melting in my mouth texture. The peanut butter is salty and grainy in a good way. The Chocolate and Peanut butter is just delicious together. *****Insert angels singing here******

I note I don’t know how they came up with the idea to stuff the Reese’s Cup with fragments of Reese’s pieces but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Reese’s Pieces are just Crumbs and Fragments from  manufacturing that they can sell to us now hidden on Reese’s Cups.

Well any who The Reese’s Cup Stuffed with Reese’s Pieces are Worth a Fork!

Worth a Fork!

Worth a Fork!

Anyone who is already a fan of Reese’s Cups will enjoy them.

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white BOO-tterscotch M&M’s are Shockingly Good and are Worth a Fork

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A new limited Edition Flavor of M&M’s Candy is available at Target Stores. They call this new flavor BOO-tterscotch. It’s a mix of white chocolate and butterscotch.

If your under a certain age and are not from Philadelphia chances are you don’t really know what butterscotch is suppose to taste like. You just never see anything Butterscotch anywhere.

Butterscotch is very similar to caramel…….

Caramel is made from white sugar milk or cream and sometimes butter and gets cooked till it’s slightly burnt.

Butterscotch is made from brown sugar and butter, sometimes cream and only gets cooked to the soft ball stage and it’s sweeter and doesn’t have that burnt taste.

If you are from Philadelphia you might have grown up with this popular Philadelphia PA Treat called Butterscotch Krimpets made by TastyKake.

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The Butterscotch Krimpet is spongecake topped with a sweet butterscotch frosting. People of all ages liked this in Philadelphia.

The only other thing I can think of that’s Butterscotch are those hard awful cheap candies that nobody likes.  Somehow I remember those candies….I don’t recall where I tasted them………….school?………candy from my mom’s purse?……….My grandma’s candy dish?

Pardon for the flashback……and back to M&M’s.

When you open the bag it actually smells kind of like butterscotch…..the sweet kind like a TastyKake (not an old lady hard candy).

The Candies are coated with hard sugar shells typical of M&M’s but in old fashioned refrigerator colors of Harvest gold, 70s Dark Espresso Brown and Kitchen Ivory White. I think that colors of  Burnt Orange and Avocado Green ……would work well here.

Usually the white chocolate M&M’s should be avoided. They often are very waxy, greasy and lack a smooth texture and a natural flavor.It seems that M&M’s has fixed the problem of the cheap white chocolate taste and feel because these M&M’s seem almost buttery and do melt in your mouth and don’t seem waxy. They actually taste like Butterscotch mixed with Quality full fat buttery White Chocolate with some sort of lacing of a liquor taste….maybe it’s a touch of something like rum or whiskey…?….I think it’s something like rum because that little taste reminds me of eggnog…… Anyway these M&M’s actually taste good! 🙂

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White Boo-terscotch M&M’s are Shockingly Good and Worth a Fork!

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My Forking Thoughts on Lay’s Chinese Szechuan Chicken Potato Chips

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Lay’s Potato Chips came out with four Global Flavors of Potato Chips to snack on while your watching the Olympics. By now the olympics are over and these chips have been hard to find by me but I finally got my hands on a bag of these chips. Here is the Chinese Szechuan Chicken. These Chips are NOT vegetarian. They have chicken broth, chicken powder, and chicken fat in the ingredients.No artificial flavors or preservatives. One of the ingredients is listed as Natural Szechuan Wok TYPE Flavor

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(WTFORK! is Natural Szechuan Wok “TYPE” Flavor?) These chips also actually contain Roasted Szechuan Pepper.

I am very excited to try the Lay’s Chinese Szechuan Chicken Potato Chips because I enjoy ordering it’s namesake dish out at Chinese Restaurants.

When you order Szechuan Chicken you should be prepared to taste lots of garlic and lots of fiery hot.

When you order Szechuan Chicken it usually will look something like this.

From New Asian Kitchen of Phoenix AZ

From New Asian Kitchen of Phoenix AZ

But if you go to a Chinese Restaurant that Specializes in Szechuan Cuisine the dish will look more like this.

Miu's Cuisine of Masa AZ (Now Closed for Business)

Miu’s Cuisine of Masa AZ (Now Closed for Business)

You can tell by looking at the second photo that Szechuan Cuisine can be very fiery. This authentic style Szechuan doesn’t have a thick or sweet sauce and is fiery hot. The authentic style dish is made with mouth numbing Szechuan Peppercorns. The Szechuan Peppercorn isn’t actually hot and is actually citrus like in flavor but it numbs your mouth so you can enjoy the spicy hot peppers more.

Back to the chips…..

When I opened the bag and took a whiff….I thought it kind of smelled a little odd and sort of like a frozen Asian inspired TV dinner. Compared to other Lay’s flavored Chips I tried these are larger, very thin and most are folded. The chips are light in color but darker than plain chips. They don’t have as many green specs as in the illustration on the bag. Some chips are without specs and look plain.

I thought they’d be greasy because of the chicken fat in them but they are not. My first taste of them I get sweet, salt and spicy tingly heat and a peppery kind of taste…but not too much heat. My second chip, I didn’t just eat and sort of let it stay in my mouth and sort of sucked the flavor out……I can taste it better that way. I get Chicken flavor followed by garlic- onion – a sweetened soy sauce taste with lingering tingly heat.

As I eat a few chips I notice that some chips have stronger flavor than others. Most of the chips are mildly seasoned and the potato chip is thin and light but still taste of potato and breaks nice in the mouth.

Some of the chips do taste different… some hit me more with sweetness than others….

I conclude that they are interesting because I want to taste what the next one will taste like and I like the tingly heat.

No …these chips are not a substitute for Szechuan Chicken but the chips are interesting and sort of tasty.

These chips aren’t bad….. I’m pleased that they are not bad.

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Forking Thoughts about Lay’s Kettle Cooked Indian Tikka Masala Potato Chips

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Lay’s has four Global Flavors of Potato Chips out. the one flavor I tried so far is the Kettle Cooked Indian Tikka Masala.

Well lets see how it goes………

On the bag it reads that this bag is packed with flavors including Turmeric, Cumin and Tomato. It also reads on the bag that there are no artificial flavors or preservatives and this flavor is vegetarian unlike some of the other flavors.

When I open the bag I take a whiff and it smells a little bit like food.

The chips are small, very hard and folded up a bit with spices that you can see. The surface is slightly powdery.

I start tasting chips……..

It has some zip to it meaning I get heat. The chips aren’t too spicy but they have a nice heat level.

As for flavor the chips don’t remind me of Tikka Masala.

The flavors are out of balance and some flavors of Tikka Masala aren’t there.

The chips have a lot of tang and salt to them.

ODDLY I don’t get any potato taste. The chips are thin, hard and very crisp and are just hard without potato taste. Tasteless potatoes.

For me the chips lack the fragrant flavors in Indian Food. I don’t get any ginger, nutmeg, turmeric or cardamon or the creamy tomato taste. All those flavors are missing.

I’m left with tang, a sour cream kind of taste, too much something that is very similar to sticking your tongue into straight chile powder-mixed with onions and burnt toast, salt, tasteless potatoes, and cumin, coriander and heat.

Your opinion may differ.

Sadly this one is not a keeper for me.

That was my Forking Thoughts on Lay’s Indian Tikka Masala Potato Chips.

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Forking Easy Microwave Potato Chips Recipe

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I read on FoodBeast.com that you could microwave potato chips in 3-5 minutes. You simply slice them thin.

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Then blot all the water you can out of them

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and microwave them 3-5 minutes depending on your microwave. I decided to give this a try and here’s how I forking did. I put them in a microwave safe dish and let them go 3 minutes to start.

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For me after three minutes mine were starting to shrivel up but were still raw and I noticed liquid leaking out of the potatoes.

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I took the potatoes out of the bowl and wiped the liquid out and placed the chips back turned over and let the microwave go two more minutes.

I added fresh crushed sea salt and they were pretty good.

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Some chips were more perfect then others with a better crisp but overall pretty forking good.

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