Taste test: For a company that has cranked out over 100 varieties each of Doritos and Lay's, Frito-Lay has been much more reserved in making different kinds of Fritos (just 17 as of this writing), so we were really thrilled when one of our teams of chip hunters returned from Canada with this bag in hand.
This was the second kind of Fritos with a ring shape, following up a honey BBQ version that came in a can from more than a decade ago.
We opened the bag to find that the rings varied in shape and size a bit, but on average they were about half an inch in diameter and half an inch wide, with the same thickness as typical Fritos. The shapes were far less perfect tubes than Hula Hoops, and the surfaces were rougher. They had a light orange color, with some of the same dark spots that you would expect from Fritos.
We crunched in to find a crisper and more brittle feel than is typical of Fritos, but still it was a lot like Fritos, very nice. The barbecue taste was mild, but it was good and mixed well with the Fritos flavor for a much different taste than just the plain corn and salt. The ring shapes made them fun to eat and to play with — you could do all kinds of things with the little tubes, like stick then on your fingertips, build a mini-fort or use them as projectiles.
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Smell test: Very mild barbecue smell mixed into the usual Fritos, but pretty good.
From the package: “When hunger strikes, a lightweight snack just isn't going to cut it. At times like these, the big crunch & delicious corn taste of Fritos corn chips are everything you crave. With zesty barbecue flavour, Fritos Hoops Bar-B-Q corn chips are an unmistakable Canadian favourite.”
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This snack was discovered by Amy and Mary Anna in Montreal. Review published .