Sunday, November 20, 2016

Boulder Canyon Turkey & Gravy and Pumpkin Pie potato chips.

Holy Mother of Turkey! Thanksgiving is almost here. I refuse to believe that it's been nearly three weeks since Halloween, the calendar be damned. I'm not that upset though, because I'll be celebrating one of my favorite holidays in just 4 short days. A day full of brie, and dips, and turkey and stuffing, and oh my god I'm getting hungry right now. I still have just under 96 hours before I can dive into T-day dinner, so I picked up some Boulder Canyon chips to try and take the edge off.

Many of the seasonal foods add some fanfare and decorations to their limited time offerings. Not Boulder Canyon. There's not a single leaf or pumpkin to be seen on either package. No, you bought turkey and gravy flavored chips, and that's exactly what you're going to get on the bag. The same goes for the pumpkin pie. The only oddity is the scattered handful of potato chips in the foreground of the packages, as if to say, "We took a turkey and some gravy, and infused all these chips with it. Oh yeah, and we did it with the pie, too. Eat up fools, it's gonna be delicious".

I know I'm an adult and all, but I still think you should eat your dinner before you have dessert. So, I gave the Turkey and Gravy chips a shot first. When I first opened the bag, I was a little concerned, since they really didn't smell like anything other than potato chips. I tried a couple of chips, and immediately I picked up the gravy flavor. As I chewed, I noticed that the turkey started to come out as well. If I'm completely honest, I'm not even particularly fond of turkey. Even when it's cooked to perfection, it just isn't that flavorful to me. That all changes once you cover it with gravy though. As crazy as it sounds, these chips have captured the whole experience rather accurately. You get that initial burst of salty goodness that is the gravy, that sort of fades away leaving you with the turkey. I definitely recommend sticking with the serving size though. Eating any more than that, and I found my tongue sorta going taste blind, which led to the chips just tasting like fried potatoes.

Well, I finished the main course, it was time to move on to dessert. I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but I like pie, and pumpkin is easily up there in my top 10 flavors. It might even be in the top 5. I don't share the same sentiment for Boulder Canyon's Pumpkin Pie potato chips. It's hard to pull off a sweet potato chip. I'm sure some will disagree, but I think Pringles did a rather decent job with their Pecan Pie variety. These guys though, they just don't work for me. Initially, I got a burst of sweetness and cinnamon and nutmeg. As I continued to chew though, that taste started to disappear, replaced with the flavor of plain old potato chips. They got unappetizing rather quickly. If I'm going to be completely honest, they actually started making me gag a few chips in. That's never happened before.

So, there you have it. One win and one loss for Boulder Canyon. I can't help but wonder if the Pumpkin Pie would work better on a baked chip, as opposed to kettle cooked. Or maybe it could have been Sweet Potato Pie instead. If they had used sweet potatoes instead of the normal variety,  I think this would have turned out differently.

I'm not sure if Boulder Canyon plans to continue to produce these "seasonal" flavors each year, but if they do, I'm putting in an early vote for Stuffing flavored chips. Oh, and Cranberry sauce, because a bunch of you weridos like that stuff too.


  1. Are the turkey chips considered vegetarian? Good substitute for those who eat don't eat meat. I wanna feed some poor bozo chips instead of a real meal.

    1. You know, beyond the front of the package, I don't remember seeing turkey in the ingredients. It might work those of us that partake of the fauna.


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