I Paid: $2.79 per 3.5-ounce bag (prices may vary by region)
The bags promise “a burst of flavor,” but what the small, colorful shards of fried produce actually deliver is more of a burst of texture—the Crispy Red Peppers are pleasant but muted (although there’s a little kick of flavor at the end), and the mild jalapeños are not going to take the place of your favorite hot sauce. Sampled on burgers, both varieties did provide a robust little bit of somethin’ on the texture front, but in order to fight against a strong main flavor—let alone other elbow-throwing condiments—Crispy Red Peppers and Crispy Jalapeños would need to pack a little more oomph. In their defense, they didn’t take the easy way out: Neither variety is spiked with artificial flavors or excessive salt.
In short, if you’re playing around with your salads or burgers and love texture contrasts, there’s no reason not to give these things a shot. But don’t be startled if you wish you could crank up the flavor volume a bit.