literally tearing up right now
Why Ruffles canceled these will forever allude me. Poor Sales? Losing money? PPPBBBTTTTT. I'm going to go with "you never gave them enough of a chance," "you didn't promote them enough," the more resigned "damn... people just don't have good taste when it comes to chips," or the most likely reason, Ruffles hates me and wants me to be unhappy.
Second to only Wild n' Mild Ranch Fritos (my favorite chip ever), I have missed these chips more than any human being should miss something many view as not really all that important. But they were some of my favorite chips ever, and I can't have them. There's nothing I can do about that (other than spam the hell out of Ruffles' facebook page saying BRING BACK THE WORKS. Oh yea, by the way, if you read this blog, you should probably go write that on their wall at least once a day)
Loaded baked potato chips... mmmm. Man I miss them.
So imagine my shock when, while on the phone with my Mother, she randomly said out of nowhere: "oh, I saw new Ruffles at Walmart yesterday... Loaded baked potato or something."
"Mom. Shut up. Right now. Think very carefully about what you saw. If you are right, this means something amazing has happened. If you are wrong, my love for you is in serious jeopardy."
"No, I'm pretty sure that's what it was. I'll look again the next time I go."
No need mom, I'm coming home. NOW.
She was close. They're Ruffles "Loaded Bacon & Cheddar Potato Skins" chips. To me and my excitement-seizure-in-Walmart-brain though, they're close enough to the Works that they may just be their second coming.
trying to osmosis the chips into my brain
Sadly, they aren't. But they're still pretty damn good, and for now, I'm going to have to accept this flavor as being close enough to The Works to tide me over until my facebook annoyance finally makes them bring back the original flavor (positive energy can change the world if you believe strongly enough).
They're good- they definitely taste like loaded baked potato skins, but they taste a little too close to Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream to be that drastic of a unique flavor (I do realize that those are 2 of the main ingredients to a loaded baked potato). I taste a lot of chive flavor, and the chips seem thicker than normal, perhaps trying to really drive home the potato aspect. I also felt like they actually captured the skin part of the potato skins. Pretty impressive. Sadly, the only time I tasted bacon was in my burps afterwards, where I got the joy of the classic fake bacon burp flavor. Yuck. For a chip to call itself bacon and cheddar, it should have a much stronger bacon flavor rather than the chive or skin flavor.
And therein lies the main problem with these- they just don't have enough flavor. What made The Works so awesome was that they were bursting with flavor- so much that they ended up being almost spicy. So much that casual fans of that flavor had trouble eating a lot of them, saying "they're just too much." I love that in my chips, and these need that. These are a very good side to a meal or a "oh neat, loaded baked potato" snack. But they don't have the devour-an-entire-bag-and-buy-more intensity that I want (and that these have).
So, you came close Ruffles. These are good, and I'll buy more. But stop teasing me with a lesser version of the original, and just bring back THE GODDAMN WORKS already.
Also, I have only seen these in 1 store, and for 1 day. I saw a ton of them together, marveled at the beauty of the display, bought them, and upon returning 2 days later, saw nothing. Not a single bag. The display had even changed. The way I see it, they were in 1 Walmart in Windham, Maine, for a few days. I almost feel like someone screwed up and put these out when they weren't supposed to be out, and I got a taste of something nobody else will ever see. I sure hope not. I realize that somehow, Maine has become a testing ground for chips, but I'd really like to get these in New Hampshire. Let us know if you find them anywhere.