Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cape Cod's New Chips Triple Post: Buffalo Cheddar, Asiago Cheese & Italian Herbs, and Aged White Cheddar & Sour Cream

I don't know if it's been the same for you, but I feel like pretty much every brand of food decided to stop putting out new stuff after early December. Maybe that's not the case- maybe my lunatic-for-chips brain just blacked everything I saw out becuase everything I saw wasn't chips. But finally, FINALLY, some new chips showed up at the store, and from Cape Cod of all chip companies! Not 1, but FOUR new kinds. Hot damn. Christmas part 2.

Ok, 3 new kinds. The 4th was Back Bay Crab Seasoning, and I'm sorry folks- I don't make nearly enough money to buy something I 100% know I'm going to hate. (maybe you'd like to help with that?)
I've also had seafood chips before, and they were pretty horrific. So Cape Cod, I say no thanks. You have 3 new flavors, not 4.

Let's start with the worst: Waffle Cut Buffalo Cheddar: 

Grunt will help with this post

I was a little worried about these since buffalo is so hit or miss without blue cheese (mostly miss), but I was excited to try them. They are now on the go-nuts shelf in our house, free for anyone to take, and I know that what will probably take them is the trash can. 

They're not TERRIBLE, but they're not good. Simply put- not enough cheese, too much buffalo, too much chip. They're hot and have that very strong buffalo chemical taste with nothing to save it. A not-entirely-covered-in-orange chip gives more cheese flavor and will taste ok, but the next super orange chip is just burning chemicals on the crunchiest chip ever. 

I like my chips to be thin, greasy and covered in flavor. I'm a big fan of Lay's chips for this very reason. I'll eat a crunchier thicker chip if need be, but too crunchy is a big killer for me. These are SO crunchy, they're like 2 already crunchy chips glued together. They look cool and certainly sound like they might be good, but they are just too damn crunchy to really enjoy.

If I only eat a few then give the rest away, they can really only get an F.


Next up- Asiago Cheese and Italian Herbs:

desk piggy all up in dem cheeeiips

These are good, but I don't really know how to describe them other than saying that they taste like Italian herbs. I couldn't tell you for the life of me what asiago cheese tastes like (I still think it's a made up cheese for companies like Subway to make their sandwiches sound more fancy), and I'm not a huge Italian herb expert- I just know I like cheese, and I generally seem to like Italian herbs. You know those Italian herb shakers you can buy in the spice aisle? The flavor is kind of like that. 

I just looked on the bag, and apparently it's a combo of mostly rosemary, basil, and a little bit of garlic. I couldn't pick out any of those, but they have that classic flavor I mostly imagined these would taste like, mixed with a nice creaminess from the cheese. They're not really cheesy- they're just creamy. And herby. They remind me a lot of a Lay's chip I really liked from 2 years ago- Creamy Mediterranean Herb.

I'd recommend these to anyone who likes a fancy Italian chip. But I'd warn you- these have almost too much flavor. In fact, on some chips, they have absolutely too much flavor. Look at this one!

Normally a spice pileup like that would be the best part of the chip, but these herbs are strong, and this chip almost hurt to eat because of all the flavor. I don't know, maybe I'm not supposed to eat them as fast as humanly possible? 

I'll give these a B-. I may buy another bag, I may not. But if I do, I'll eat them more slowly. 


Last but not least: Aged White Cheddar and Sour Cream: 

Dino inspects...

Cape Cod's Aged Cheddar and Sour Cream chips have been in my top 3 and often my top spot for favorite chips, going back to when they were called Cheddar Jack and Sour Cream. They're creamy, super cheesy, crunchy but thin, and incredibly easy to eat. They are my standard bring-to-a-party chip, and nobody is ever disappointed that I show up with them. So these are them, but... white. I guess Cape Cod has something against orange chips?

Dino is in love.

These are awesome, but they taste like those chips mixed with just a hint of white cheddar. White cheddar really isn't that different from regular cheddar- just a little creamier, so the difference is subtle. I definitely tasted it, because my incredibly cultured taste buds often noticed that distinct Smartfood flavor (yes, that's the only food I know that uses white cheddar), but I'm not sure I'd ace a taste test between these and their orange brother. I'd probably get a B.

These chips get an A though, because, yes, while they don't necessarily need to exist, and they really aren't that different from chips Cape Cod already makes, they taste extremely close to one of the best kinds of chips in history, with their own slight little twist. 

I'd suggest of any of these, getting these ones first, since I'd guess they'll disappear first. Although they don't say NEW! or LIMITED BATCH! so they may actually be here for awhile... Let's hope.

The Short Version: 

Waffle Cut Buffalo Cheddar: Too crunchy, too hot, not enough cheese, lots of chemical flavor. F.
Asiago Cheese and Italian Herbs: Almost too much flavor, but creamy Italian deliciousness. B-.
Aged White Cheddar and Sour Cream: Extremely close to its brother, but just different enough that I may choose this one from time to time. A.

-review by Mike


  1. As a third generation Italian (and a big FGFB fan) I can say asiago cheese is a legitimate Italian cheese. But yeah, I don't think the asiago they have at Subway is the real stuff. It's a great cheese though. (thought I might be jut a little bit biased :p)

    1. oh I agree- I just had never heard of asiago cheese, and all of a sudden, when I did hear of it, it was in EVERYTHING. That makes me think it's made up. but yea, delicious.

  2. Asiago is a Mexican cheese, so kinda odd that it is paired with Italian herbs. And Buffalo and Cheddar? What kind of combo is that? Blech!

    1. Well, I'll be damned, I always thought Asiago was Mexican, I stand corrected. And I didn't even have to wait to be public chastised!

    2. it certainly sounds like it could be either, and honestly, I had no idea either, I just assumed it was italian

  3. I actually really like the Back Bay Crab Seasoning flavor. It's Crab Seasoning, not actual crab flavor.

    1. I think as long as the word "crab" is involved, I won't be trying them. But I'm glad someone likes them!