Taste test: These tortilla chips became a must-buy the moment that I spotted Red Sox slugger David Ortiz's smiling face on the bag, and a closer look made things even more interesting, as it promised tortilla chips shaped like home plate.
I opened the bag to find that some of the chips were broken, but the ones that weren't were indeed that shape, a bit larger than your typical triangular or wedge-shaped tortilla chips, but considerably smaller than an actual home plate. The surfaces were somewhat irregular and wiggly and had some small bubbles embedded inside, but that didn't really detract from their home plate look.
I crunched in to find a good crispness and typical tortilla chips crunch, with a good salty corn flavor. Nothing fancy or special here, as they were just plain salted tortilla chips, but they were perfectly fine as tortilla chips go. They were big enough to pick up quite a bit of salsa.
One odd thing was that the address for Big Papi's Kitchen on the bag said "New York, NY" (with no street address, PO box or even zip code), a bit of an odd choice for a player who has been loyal to the Red Sox for so long. Their website lists a contact email address on radegen.com, which is Ortiz's management company, also based in NYC.
Still, New York connection or not, they were good chips.
Smell test: Strong salty corn tortilla smell.
From the package: “Big Taste • Big Smiles” ... “Home plate shaped” ... “growing up in the Dominican Republic, David Ortiz was raised on the fresh, flavorful tastes of Latin cuisine. In his home of Boston, David is still remains loyal to these Latin roots and the memories of his native Dominican Republic. With Big Papi's kitchen, David can share those great tasting memories while also supporting the David Ortiz Children's Fund, raising funds that provide access to children in the Dominican Republic and the Northeastern United States to the critical pediatric care they need to live full, productive lives.” ... “Ingredients: Stoneground Corn Flour, Sunflower Oil and/or Safflower Oil, Sea Salt.”
Online store: Buy tortilla chips on Amazon
Company: Big Papi's Kitchen LLC
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This snack was discovered by Jeremy at Shaw's at Boston University. Review published .