Snack Time #30 – Doritos Sweet Chili Heat Tortilla Chips

While I previously only enjoyed Doritos Tortilla Chips on rare occasions (ie. whenever they were served), I have to credit this flavour as being my favourite of the line. I’m even willing to bump Cool Ranch down a peg to make that happen.

The Sweet Chili Heat variety has a wonderful mix of sweet and spicy, with a little burn on the backend that is addictive. For whatever reason, the taste reminds me of soy sauce, but I doubt this experience is shared universally. Maybe my palate is all out of whack.

Doritos Sweet Chili Heat

As Doritos describes: “Savour the sweet bold crunch and wait for the heat to kick in. The sweet and savoury spiciness of these tortilla chips will delight your taste buds, making sharing with friends and family a must at your next party, or get-together.”

I first tried these chips at a gathering for a wrestling pay-per-view and I was instantly hooked. Now I use them for nachos, providing a spicy version of the pub favourite, as well as chowing down on them on their own, with satisfying results.

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Snack Time #29 – Oreo Jelly Donut Cookies

On Ma Sip’s recent shopping excursion to the US, she found these Oreo cookies and just had to pick up a pack for Mrs. Sip and I. Released on National Doughnut Day, the treat can be found exclusively at Walmart locations.

The cookies really do taste like jelly donuts, combining two great desserts into one. They are comprised of Golden Oreo cookies sandwiching custard cream with a raspberry cream center. They do work best with Golden Oreos, although I’d be curious to try a Chocolate Oreo version.

Oreo Jelly Donut Cookies

I really respect Oreo for experimenting with different flavours as much as they do. Other current (I believe) Oreo flavours I’d like to try, include Cookie Dough and Cinnamon Bun. Now, it’s just a matter of tracking down the packages, likely across the border.

Sadly, I missed out on such limited edition releases as Watermelon, Fruit Punch, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, S’mores, Brownie Batter, and Root Beer Float. Now that’s playing around with a tried and true recipe!

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Snack Time #28 – Kettle Brand Korean Barbecue Potato Chips

Any visit to Ma and Pa Sip’s home is sure to provide some great food. That was the case on my most recent stay, as we sat down to an afternoon snack, highlighted by opening a bag of these Kettle Brand Potato Chips.

The Korean Barbecue Potato Chips aren’t brand new, but I had not seen the product before until recently and I kind of track these things. In recent times, I’ve really come to enjoy the Korean Barbecue taste and that continues with this spicy release.

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I really like the Kettle Brand product line. While some experimental products are a bit of a miss (Moscow Mule, Classic Caesar) in my books, I’ve found some real gems, such as their Pepperoncini, Honey Dijon and Maple Bacon.

The Kettle Brand website is also perfect for finding some recipes, as well as potato chip pairing suggestions. I hope they keep up their trial and error ways, for the pleasure and enjoyment of the general potato chip public.

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Snack Time #27 – Leclerc Celebration Caramel Truffle Cookies

I am not ashamed to admit that I love Leclerc’s Celebration Cookie line. Recently, Mrs. Sip and I picked up a box of the delicious Caramel Truffle variety, with the only downside being it’s hard to limit your consumption of them.

Made in Canada, with real milk chocolate and a dollop of creamy caramel, I could eat a whole box of these in one sitting and still be ravenous for more. They are quite decadent and fans of dark chocolate may find them even more exquisite.

Leclerc Celebration Caramel Truffle Cookies

As Leclerc writes of the Celebration brand: ““Whether they’re butter or cream cookies, in wafers or sticks, all the products in the Celebration family have become huge hits. Why? It’s simple: they taste like the real thing!

Aside from the Caramel Truffle cookies, we also routinely pick up the Butter Cookies, as well as their Mini pack, which contains seven snack-sized bags of the biscuits. No wonder Leclerc has been around for over a century!

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Snack Time #26 – Double Dutch Ridgies Sour Cream, Green Onion and Bacon Potato Chips

Over the recent Canada Day long weekend, while Mrs. Sip and I were out shopping for party supplies, I came across a snack-sized bag of these Double Dutch potato chips. While waiting at the cash register, I just had to grab the impulse buy.

The Ridgies Sour Cream, Green Onion and Bacon were pretty good and definitely won over Pa Sip. I’m not sure why these chips – despite the absence of a cheese ingredient – weren’t just called Loaded Baked Potato or something along those lines.

Ridgies Sour Cream, Green Onion and Bacon

Although this snack variation isn’t even listed on the Old Dutch website, it is also available in regular-sized bags. If you want to sample them first, pick up an Appetizer Edition, which the company describes as the “ultimate appie snack”.

I’m a big fan of the Ridgies brand, particularly flavours such as Smoked Meat & Mustard Hoagie (which are sometimes hard to find) and Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders. The line is a little more expensive than other options, but totally worth it.

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Snack Time #25 – McDonald’s Sauces

When news first broke that fan-favourite McDonald’s sauces, such as Big Mac, McChicken and Filet-O-Fish would soon be hitting store shelves, the Sip Advisor was one of the masses who rejoiced. Ma Sip recently grabbed the Big Mac and McChicken variations, making it a McHappy Day!

First, we’ll start with the Big Mac Sauce. I’ve only recently got back into Big Mac’s as my burger-of-choice, following years of siding with other options. How did the sauce fare on my homemade burger? Well, not bad at all. Of course, some of the other ingredients from the famous Big Mac jingle were absent, but the sauce itself was tasty and close to the real thing.

Next up, was the McChicken Sauce, which has a smaller opening at the top, compared to the Big Mac bottle. When I first discovered the McChicken, it was a game changer. Being cheese adverse, I hated ordering burgers without the stuff, yet often receiving a cheese-filled meal. I was thrilled to find an item that already came sans fromage. The sauce held up here.

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Finally, I can’t say I’ve ever had a Filet-O-Fish (I know, total blasphemy), so I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to trying that product. Perhaps I should take a chance and give the sandwich a shot, but it’s so hard to stray from your favourites. I figure the dressing can best be thought of as tartar sauce enhanced.

I’m not sure if these sauces are available outside Canada. They can be found at most grocery stores for about $4 per bottle, although I’ve noticed some locations only carrying the Big Mac and McChicken varieties, for whatever reason. The sauces were created as part of a partnership with Kraft Heinz and we thank them for their efforts.

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Snack Time #24 – Tim Hortons Nanaimo Bar Donut

With Canada’s 150th birthday in the rear-view mirror, I thought we should take a look at one of the treats I was able to have during the festivities last weekend, courtesy of Ma Sip. Tim Hortons has offered this slice of Canadiana for a few months and I was finally able to partake.

The Nanaimo Bar Donut is about as Canadian as it gets, the dessert having been created in the 1950s and named after the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia. While I liked the chocolate and sprinkles of the donut, I was hoping for the crème filling to be more reminiscent of Nanaimo Bars.

Tim-Hortons-Canada 150

Also part of the donut chain’s Canadian lineup is a White & Red Velvet Muffin, Dutchie Donut and Maple Timbits. The collection does a decent job of highlighting some of the flavours and treats that Canada is synonymous with and known for worldwide.

I was slightly perturbed that a Poutine Donut (perhaps even more reflective of Canadian cuisine than a Nanaimo Bar) was only available at some American Tim Hortons locations. I may be in a minority, but I want to try cheese curds, gravy and wedge fries on my pastry, too!

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