[Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of the Blister Random Review series. Our first review was going to be a taste test of five bottles of Sake that we purchased at two convenience stores in Japan, but sadly, we realized that (1) none of us really knew anything about Sake, and (2) it turns out that if you purchase your Sake at a convenience store, odds are good that…the Sake won’t be.
But that night goes down as the funniest of the season. So maybe if enough readers express interest, we’ll put together some of the highlights (lowlights?) of our Sake test and post them up as our next Random Review. And it actually would be sort of a shame to consign some of the comments that night to the dustbin of history, but whatever. Let’s move on.]
Flavor: Spicy Salsa
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (Straight Tape Pull): 5.5 centimeters
Weight Per Chip: 2 grams
Test Location: the drive from Alta, Utah to Santa Fe, New Mexico; all around my house
Bags Consumed: 3 (net weight per bag: 340 grams)
Servings Per Bag: 12
Total Chips Consumed: ~ 510
Total Days Tested: 7
As I was driving back to New Mexico following the final closing day at Alta (Highboy III), I made a fateful stop at the Shell gas station in Wellington, Utah.
This is the same Shell station in Wellington that taught me on one of my road trips last year that nothing is more patriotic than Wireless Accessories:
You’ll be happy to know that the sign is still there, in all of its glory.
I was already tired, and I still had another 500 miles in front of me. So I poured myself an enormous coffee, then searched for something I could eat later. Somehow, my decision came down to either some Lays Kettle-cooked BBQ chips, or this red bag I’d never seen before that said, El Sabroso Salsitas Spicy Salsa Chips.
(Someone really needs to do a study on the psychology and buying habits of sleep deprived travelers in gas stations. This review would clearly be relevant.)
By the way, when I was at the checkout counter, the woman at the register told me that in order to complete my debit card transaction, I had to sing, “I’m a little teapot.” So I did. Wellington is kind of an odd place.
According to my receipt, I walked out of the store at 5:47pm with a large coffee and a bag of El Sabrosa Spicy Salsa Chips.
A couple of hundred miles later, I opened the bag.
These might be the greatest chips ever.
The gist: These are tortilla chips that already have the guacamole and spicy salsa ‘built-in’ (you know, in the form of seasoning, or “chip dust,” as I prefer to call it). Or, as El Sabroso puts it, “The dip’s in the chip.”
El Sabroso actually copyrighted that phrase (though it’s unclear whether they were able to patent the exact special-blend-chip-dust technology), so good luck finding any other chip with the dip already in it!
Before we go any further, let’s make sure we’re clear on a few facts:
1) Guacamole is the best thing in the world.
2) Spicy guacamole is even better.
3) Guacamole requires a chip delivery-system
And if the good people at El Sabrosa somehow managed to get all three of these things dialed, they would have achieved culinary perfection and expanded the limits of what’s possible.
In short, they have.
As I continued to drive late into the night, I was completely impressed with El Sabroso’s execution. You can even taste the lime in the chip dust.
And more importantly, there actually is a little bit of kick to these “Spicy Salsa” chips—not so much that East Coasters will completely freak out (unfortunately), but there is a mild pop.