Ben: Aroma 7, Taste 6, Finish 8, Intangibles 7 Average: 7
Dan: Aroma 8, Taste 7, Finish 8, Intangibles 7 Average: 7.5
Super Average: 7.25
With the combined flavor of mango and salsa, you would expect a particularly boisterous aroma. However, when we took our first whiff upon opening the bag, the aroma was barely noticeable. There was a faint tropical smell, as mango was the most prevalent smell coming from the bag.
When you take your first bite of the mango salsa chip, the mango flavor rushes to your senses and hits you immediately. It's a strong first bite, but a pleasant one. However, once you dive into the bag and eat a few more chips, the mango taste weakens and is barely noticeable about five chips in.
The after taste is very pleasant, as you notice the change from mango to salsa. The after taste isn't very strong or pungent and won't remind you of what you just ate three hours later. I gave it an 8, as it left you longing for more of the mango salsa taste.
The mango salsa chips we had came in a wavy style, which I appreciate more than the regular chip structure. The mango salsa chip isn't a very strong chip in terms of lingering flavor, but you can easily get lost in an entire bag while watching TV if you're not careful.
Ben: Aroma 9, Taste 6, Finish 6, Intangibles 7.5 Average: 7.125
Dan: Aroma 7, Taste 6, Finish 7, Intangibles 8 Average: 7
Super Average: 7.0625
The cappuccino chips possess a fierce aroma. We ate these second after the mango salsa chips and as soon as we opened the bag the cappuccino chip scent overpowered the mango scent. Some might have an issue with the scent being that strong, but I appreciated the chip for doing its thing. It demands your attention.
Cappuccino doesn't belong on a potato. It's that simple. The taste wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't anything I could imagine eating on a consistent basis. It tasted like it belonged on a cookie instead of a chip.
The taste didn't leave as fast as the mango chips. And since the finish was identical to the taste it also earned a 6.
I initially gave the chip a 7 for intangibles. I liked it a bit more than the mango since it was regular and not wavy. I had to bump it up to a 7.5 though when I realized that it tasted like that cinnamon butter they give you at Texas Roadhouse. Love that stuff. The other glass-half-full quality the chips had is that there is no real caffeine in them, so you can crush a bag at night and still turn in.
Wasabi Ginger and Bacon Mac & Cheese next week.