SPOTTED: Cheez-It Hidden Valley Ranch Crackers

Cheez-It Hidden Valley Ranch Crackers.

There’s a Hidden Valley Ranch Cheez-It Dressing, so it makes complete sense that there are Cheez-It Hidden Valley Ranch Crackers. But how to they taste together? (Spotted by Ann at Jewel Osco.)

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SPOTTED: Uno Pizzeria Deep Dish Pizza in the Freezer Aisle

Uno Pizzeria Classic Sausage Deep Dish Pizza
Uno Pizzeria Cheese Deep Dish Pizza
Uno Pizzeria Ultimate Meat Deep Dish Pizza
Uno Pizzeria Prima Pepperoni Deep Dish Pizza

I thought Uno Pizzeria Deep Dish Pizzas in the freezer aisle was something new, but a quick Google search tells me it’s not, However, I guess it’s new to Walmart and they come in a brighter redesigned box. (Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

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REVIEW: Ruffles Korean-Style Sweet & Spicy Chili Potato Chips

I’m not an envious person by nature. I don’t “yearn” for much. I try my best to be satisfied with what I have… but that all changes whenever I see the chip flavors they get over in Asia.

Before my Impulsive Buy days, I wanted to start a blog called, “Lay’s for Days,” where I’d seek out and try every crazy chip flavor from around the globe. In my delusional brain, I’d start by dropping a small fortune eBaying crazy flavors, and I’d get so popular that people would willingly send me bags to try.

Once I realized I no write no good and couldn’t even figure out Blogspot, the short-lived dream died.

Thankfully, the Frito-Lay corporation has slowly let some interesting flavors trickle out over the years, and it’s not impossible to find international releases if you know where to look.

Enter Korean-Style Sweet & Spicy Chili Ruffles, a chip with all the hallmarks I’ve been looking for. Asian-inspired flavors? Check. A super long, intriguing name? Check. RRRidges? Check! These have to be good, right?

Right. They’re pretty damn good.

Sweet chili is elite. It never fails. It should be a standard flavor across all snacks. If you like sweet chili, these are for you.

These have a heat level I’d put a tick below “Flamin’ Hot.” Props to them for ignoring the siren call and not slapping those two words on this bag like Frito-Lay seemingly does with everything else. Like an annoying guy describing Vegas, it’s a “dry heat” and tolerable, leaving a slight afterburn on the back of the tongue.

As I was eating and enjoying myself, I started to get nervous because I didn’t really know how to articulate the flavor. I don’t think my initial thought of, “This tastes like Asian food,” would’ve been kosher, literally or figuratively. I can’t condense an entire continent into one chip, but I sometimes have difficulty distinguishing international flavor.

These instantly tasted more Chinese-inspired. I’ve had more Chinese food than Korean food in my life, so maybe that played a role, but the spice profile just reminded me of a vague Chow Mein-style sauce you’d get slathered on some protein and vegetables. As I chomped on, I started to convince myself I might be tasting some kimchi and settled on what they ultimately reminded me of – Korean BBQ. Yeah, wow, very descriptive, huh? I actually thought of Korean Chicken Tacos more than anything.

The ingredient list is basically all the usual suspect spices you get in a chip like this with nothing distinct standing out. That, mixed with the pronounced chili flavor and “dryness,” just made me think of Asian-inspired BBQ chicken.

Either way, these are pretty complex and taste really good. The sweetness is there, but it’s not distinguishable from anything beyond, I guess, a pinch of brown sugar?

I won’t say these are as good as purple bag Doritos or the G.O.A.T. Sour Cream and Cheddar Ruffles, but they’re not far behind either. Grab ’em if you see ’em. Hopefully, you find a sale because I might as well have eBay’d these at the price I paid.

Purchased Price: $5.99
Size: 8 oz
Purchased at: Acme
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (About 13 Chips) 150 calories, 9 grams of fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 140 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of total carbohydrates, 2 grams of total sugars, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of protein.

SPOTTED: 7/17/2024

Here are some interesting new products found on store shelves by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of them, share your thoughts in the comments.

Folgers Instant Iced Coffee

(Spotted by John W at Giant Eagle.)

Giant Eagle Choc Caramel With Snickers Decadent Cookies
Giant Eagle Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Decadent Cookies

(Spotted by Hydi M at Giant Eagle.)

Dole Snack Variety Pack

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Goodpop Classic Cherry Very Berry Variety Pack

(Spotted by Robbie at Sam’s Club.)

Siggi’s Blueberry Pomegranate Protein Pack
Siggi’s Strawberry Acai Protein Pack

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

H-E-B Twisters Lots O’ Fillin’

(Spotted by Robbie at H-E-B.)

Higher Harvest By H-E-B Zero Sugar Added Caramel Choco Chip Frozen Dairy Dessert

(Spotted by Robbie at H-E-B.)

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SPOTTED: Dr. Bombay Peanut Butter Jelly Time and Baked Blueberry Muffin Ice Cream

Dr. Bombay Peanut Butter Jelly Time Ice Cream.

Dr. Bombay Baked Blueberry Muffin Ice Cream.

Peanut Butter Jelly Time features grape jelly sherbet and peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter chips and a grape jelly swirls. Baked Blueberry Muffin cinnamon sugar ice cream with crunchy streusel pieces and blueberry jam swirls. (Spotted by Tommy at Walmart.)

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