Snack Time #44 – Ruffles Jalapeño Ranch Potato Chips

On a recent trip to the United States, I was perusing the potato chip aisle (as I always do), when I spotted this intriguing Ruffles Potato Chips product. I knew instantly there was no turning back and these beauties were coming home with me.

The Jalapeño Ranch Potato Chips are very, very good. They remind me of a Sour Crème and Onion chip, with a nice burn at the end, but nothing too extreme. If you’re looking for a little more bite to your potato chip, Ruffles also has Flamin’ Hot and Classic Hot Wings flavours that might pique your interest.

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The Jalapeño Ranch chips combine two of my favourite food concepts. First, there’s ranch, which I put on practically everything from pizza to chicken strips to cereal… well, maybe not that last one. Next, there’s jalapeño, which is one of my favourite spices in cocktails and with meals.

Of the product, Ruffles writes: “We took that zesty jalapeño kick and cooled it down with some creamy ranch. We might have created a perfect flavor combo. And by might, we mean we did. You’re welcome.” Thank you, indeed!

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Snack Time #43 – Triscuit Nutmeg & Cinnamon Crackers

Mrs. Sip, one of the biggest cheese and crackers fans I’ve ever come across, recently picked up a box of this Triscuit Crackers product. Although initially hesitant, the Sip Alliance all enjoyed the snack after giving it a chance.

The Nutmeg & Cinnamon Crackers are good, with a nice mix of sweet and spice. Given their dessert nature, though, finding toppings for the cracker is a bit of a task. The box shows a cracker topped with sweet potato, apple and walnut, which is intriguing.

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Mrs. Sip and Cousin Sip went with a pomegranate-habanero jelly and aged white cheddar combo, which they devoured in short order. The limited edition release hit store shelves last month and should remain available through the holiday season.

Triscuit has put out a number of flavour variants in recent times, including Dill Sea Salt, Smoked Gouda and Roasted Garlic. I just don’t get as excited for crackers, as I do potato chips, but I do like Triscuits in general.

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Snack Time #42 – Oreo Thins Salted Caramel Cookies

On our recent trip across the border, Mrs. Sip found this Oreo Cookies release. I can confirm, the Oreo Thins Salted Caramel Cookies did not last long in our snack cupboard, as they we very tasty and you didn’t feel so guilty about eating them.

Mrs. Sip and I were discussing Oreo Thins the other day and we thought it was funny that when you’re a kid, Oreos are all about the filling. When you get older, you are looking to snack without doing too much damage to the body, so the Thins are a perfect option.

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We found the Salted Caramel Cookies at Target, but I assume they are available at a number of grocery chains. Other Thins flavours include Chocolate, Mint, Lemon, and the one Mrs. Sip was hoping to get her hands on, but they were sold out, Coconut.

No company comes out with more intriguing flavours than Oreo. Every time Ma Sip is in the U.S., she finds a new variation or holiday limited edition to bring home. Recent discoveries have included Jelly Donut, Apple Pie and even Mystery.

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Snack Time #41 – Lays BLT Potato Chips

The day has finally arrived when a BLT flavoured potato chip has been created, thanks to the fine folks at Lays Potato Chips. Why it took so long to dream up such an internationally recognized and beloved flavour, I don’t know.

These chips are fantastic. The bacon, tomato and light lettuce tastes are there, but I think what I love best about them is they managed to include the mayo finish you typically get when consuming a BLT. This really puts them over the edge in the delicious category.

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The BLT has always been one of my favourite sandwiches and my adoration of potato chips is well documented. Combining the two is like a dream come true. I only hope these aren’t just a limited edition flavour; however, sales may decide that.

To this day, I still weep that my suggested PB&J potato chip flavour was rejected by Lays because of nut allergy concerns. I believe they should make the product and those who have the allergy can choose to stay clear.

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Snack Time #40 – Goldkenn Liquor Collection Chocolate Bars

Recent gifts for myself and Mrs. Sip included some Goldkenn Chocolate products. Of course, given our reputations, the delicacies came from the Swiss Chocolatier’s Liquor Collection and they were a very good introduction to the line.

Among the Chocolate Bars Mrs. Sip and I received, were the Amarula and Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey varieties. Both were very tasty and not too booze heavy. I particularly liked the honeycomb of the JD bar, while the fruit flavour of the Amarula bar was delicious.

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Each bar is comprised of breakable pieces, so the treat can be savoured for some time. The collection also includes Beluga Vodka, Cointreau, Remy Martin Cognac, Grand Marnier, Saint James Rum, Famous Grouse Whiskey, and Morand Williamine Pear Liqueur.

The lineup reminds me of many of the chocolate liqueur bottle collections that are available, especially around Christmas. I’m hoping to try there bars and some of their Goldkenn siblings again very soon.

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Snack Time #39 – Kenny’s Candy Soda Twists

The Sip Advisor loves licorice and was recently given a couple packs from Kenny’s Candy & Confections. There weren’t your ordinary type of licorice, though, they were from the company’s Candy Soda Twists line.

Featuring flavours such as Dr. Pepper, A&W Root Beer, Grape Crush, Orange Crush, and Hawaiian Punch, we received the Dr. Pepper and A&W Root Beer options, with both being flavourful and the right consistency I look for in my licorice.

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The flavour wasn’t a surprise, as each product is made with the real soda it is meant to taste like. Two of my favourite mixers are Dr. Pepper and Root Beer, so the licorice forms we very much welcomed and consumed in short order.

I will say that I’ve never seen the Hawaiian Punch pack, but I’ve crossed paths with each of the other releases. Each flavour also comes in Bites and Gummies varieties, also from Kenny’s Candy & Confections.

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Snack Time #38 – Trophy Foods Olympic Mix

The Sip Advisor is a big fan of trail mix – so long as they contain more than just healthy ingredients – and this version from Trophy Foods may be my absolute favourite. What sets it apart from other products, you ask?

Well, the Olympic Mix is comprised of peanuts, almonds, raisins and Smarties… so far, so good. What puts this collection over the top is the salt that sticks to the raisins and provides a heightened and delicious sweet and salty contrast.

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I will admit that Mrs. Sip and I typically add exactly three extra packs of Smarties to the mix to make sure there’s enough chocolate coverage for the entire bag. The results are glorious and provide a great after work snack for moi.

Available at Safeway grocery stores, the 1kg package can be found for a reasonable price. Sometimes you even get lucky and the mix is on sale and that’s when you know someone, somewhere really likes you.

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