Monday, May 21, 2018

Deep River Snacks - Sweet Maui Onion Chips

I like this brand a lot; I'm surprised that this is my first Deep River Review! They have a nut free logo right on the front of the bag, which is so legit, and their chips are nice and crunchy across the board. This particular flavor was "OK" -- it wasn't as good as BBQ, but it's better than plain. It basically tastes like the ingredients label reads: onion powder, salt, sugar. I don't generally like sweet+savory mixes, but for what it is, this is really good. A nice amount of seasoning and a nice oniony flavor.

Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 7/10

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Goya Maria Cookies

These are perfectly pleasant cookies. They are fairly thin, big and round. At first I thought they tasted just like honey teddy bears (nice) and now I get more of a "vienna finger" vibe. Either way, they are good and a little sweet but not crazy so. They'd probably go nicely with a hot coffee, though they're no stroopwafel. There's a  little vanilla/butter/honey note, but otherwise not much going on flavor-wise. Therefore perfectly pleasant, but I don't think I'll be dreaming about these cookies anytime soon.

Overall
Cost: 8/10
Taste: 6/10

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Wholly Guacamole - Roasted Corn over Guacamole Layered Dip

This is pretty good! Sometimes you just don't want to deal with the stress (and expense) of buying the right avocado for urgent guac needs. And a lot of premade guac (even from this very company) is old looking, mushy, or gross. Luckily, I love corn and this bad boy is at least half corn (the top half), and so you can't even see how dark and watery the underguac is! Mostly. Anyway, it has a nice fresh corn taste, a little spicy but certainly not "medium" (less than this). I only really enjoy this with chips, though - otherwise the flavor is too strong and it's also too watery and maybe a bit sweet. But it's a solid dip, healthy enough, and lasts a few days longer than homemade guac.

Overall
Cost: 5/10 (about 4$)
Taste: 7/10

Mrs. Renfro's Craft Beer Salsa

This salsa is one of those things where I'm not sure if I like or hate it immediately. I need to sit with the flavor for a while and think. It's pretty unique salsa, though I can't pin down why -- it doesn't really taste like beer to me, but it is a little too sweet and/or smoky for my liking. It kind of tastes like spicy tomato soup (which I don't like). The spice amount is good, it's accurately labelled as "medium spicy" (for me, that's just 'spicy'!). Yeah, I'm getting those tomato soup notes and I'm not about it. If you like new things or tomato soup, you'll like this! For me, I just want some regular salsa, please.

I did only try this with chips so far though; next I'm going to try cooking some chicken in it over rice (your poor girl's chipotle) and I wonder if that might be better. We'll see!

Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 4/10

Friday, May 18, 2018

Sour Patch Kids

Can't believe I've never reviewed Sour Patch Kids! These are a classic candy when I'm craving something sweet, plus they're super nut free, plus they come in this nice 1$ movie theatre box. (~360 cals). I'm not sure who makes them, it seems like a mixed-distribution model (like smarties) but they are often paired with Swedish Fish in deals. Anyway, these are soft, like Chuckles, and not chewy or difficult at all. The perfect texture for a chewy style candy. They come in 5 colors/flavors, which are vaguely distinct but not enough for me to have super strong preferences among them. I think the blue flavor is new, and of course I like that (it's the kid in me) as well as cherry, and then lime, orange, and lemon in descending order. The sour bite is just enough to be satisfying, but not painful (although if you get a bigger package than this one, your mouth roof might need a bit of TLC). They do make my teeth hurt a little bit afterwards, but it's worth it for the pleasant and craveable taste and texture! Plus they're shaped like kids, how fun.

Overall
Cost: 9/10
Taste: 7/10

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Grown In Idaho - Hand Cut Fries

Finally, I'm finishing off the trifecta of frozen potato products from this company! In all, these really are convenient and a big calorie bang for your buck. Unfortunately, I don't LOVE potato or fries that much; they're more of a conveyor for cheese/gravy/meat for me, which I never have at home and so I'm inevitably unimpressed. My main issue is that these are too thing and too oily/sweet, with not enough (any?) salt or pre-seasoning. Sure, I can add my own, and sure, I can mix up some mustard and ketchup and mayo and pretend I'm at a West-Coast Burger chain, but in the end we're all just staring into the void.

What?

These are fine. They are soft on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. They are very easy to cook (although it does take like 30min, I could fall asleep by then). They are a little too funnel cakey, but overall decent, and certainly not worse than any other frozen fry I've had.

Overall
Cost: 7/10
Taste: 6/10

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Uncle Dougie's Wicked Good Wing Marinade

I think "wicked good" might be a bit of an exaggeration, but then again, this was my first time making my own chicken wings, so I also learned that I don't love homemade chicken wings (or any chicken wings that aren't slathered in BBQ sauce). I followed the bottle instructions and let these marinate for about 30 minutes (it smelled very vinegary, like Easter!) and then cooked them for 1hr+ in the oven. First of all, that was way too long and they were burnt. Second of all, the marinade didn't leave much flavor behind, just a vague hot sauce/spicyness. I didn't like it one bit. And it didn't seem like it'd be tasty to pour more on top. I need BBQ sauce! This is for people who love basic plain chicken wings I think. :6



Overall
Cost: 4/10 (I used 1/3 of the bottle, which costs about 5-6$)
Taste: 4/10