As I have previously stated, I am a big fan of barbecue potato chips. I recently came across this brand of potoato chips at a local barbecue restaurant. I had never heard of Grippo’s brand of chips before, but my friends had heard of it and explained it to me. Apparently, they are a ‘cheap’ brand of potato chips. Now, I don’t have anything against the cheaper snack manufacturers. They fill a niche, and there are times when their snacks are just as good as the ‘big boys’.
I also liked the way that the bag looks. Check out the little Grippo’s boy chef. He’s carrying a bag of Grippo’s Bar-B-Q chips, with a little Grippo’s boy chef, and so on ad inifinitum.
I was a sucker for the ‘infinity’ comic book covers when I was a kid. Thus, I was quite excited and looking forward to trying these chips. Having never heard of this brand, I did a little research. Apparently, these snacks are quite popular! There is a Facebook group “Grippos BBQ Chips are Incredible!” that, as of this writing, has 25,268 likes. This guy on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDNi7BbUxzg) absolutely loves them, and appears to even get a little emotional when eating them. My excitement grew! “A new BBQ chip!” I thought to myself. “How have I never heard of these?” I asked myself. Myself had no response.
Well, after trying them, I can agree with the Facebook group. Grippo’s Bar-B-Q chips are incredible. Incredibly BAD.
The first issue I ran into was when comparing the bag of chips I got from the restaurant with the bag my brother got. My bag was considerably lighter. I actually weighed them on a kitchen scale, and my bag was 20 grams less. That’s approximately .7 ounces for us Americans. This doesn’t seem like much, but these were 1 oz bag of chips. Where’s the quality control, Grippo’s?
Back to the review. I opened the bag, and poured the chips into a container. The chips looked…different.
See all them spices? My first thought was that “these will have a strong BBQ flavor…can’t wait to try them”. So I tried one. Man, was it SWEET. Too sweet. I know that some BBQ sauces are sweet. That’s fine. But this was McDonald’s sweet tea sweet. Hummingbird feeder sweet. Cinnamon Toast Crunch sweet.
Their sweetness was bad enough. They were also greasy. The chips actually had a softer consistency than other potato chips you might be familiar with because the grease softened the chip. Add that consistency to the super-sweet flavoring, and you have a bad combination and a bad chip.
I was incredibly disappointed in these chips. Maybe I built them up too much in my head. Maybe I expected too much. Maybe these chips are just “not for me”, since so many other people like them. If you like sugary chips, so sugary you can see the sugar crystals on the chips, then try these. Otherwise, AVOID THESE CHIPS.