Taste test: These kettle-cooked chips had a lot of color to them, a deep and dark orange, with additional darker flecks of flavoring.
There was enough powder on the chips to leave residue on my fingers. The chips were very crunchy, and a lot of that crunch took away from tasting the barbecue flavor, which wasn't very bold or over-the-top (despite all of the powder). There was definitely a hint of sweetness on the barbecue, but less mesquite or smokiness than I expected. Overall this was a pretty safe barbecue taste, especially if you prefer sweet barbecue flavor rather than smokey or spicy.
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Smell test: There was a barbecue smell, but it was a deeper aroma rather than a barbecue sauce-like smell. But it didn't seem to smell like wood smoke or mesquite either.
From the package: “Thank you for buying our very special Sweet Mesquite Barbecue Potato Chips. To create our newest recipe, we blended unique all natural ingredients into a full-bodied barbeque flavor that complements our crunchy chips. Tomatoes, onions and a blend of natural spices are combined with mesquite wood smoke creating the perfect robust barbeque recipe. With each crunchy bite, you'll experience savory sweetness with just a hint of mesquite smoke.”
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This snack was discovered by Keith at Old Colony Market, Southborough, Massachusetts. Review published .