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This week’s Chub Chub Chowdown segment on the Taylor Strecker Show was equal parts predictable and surprising. All the chips were delicious (duh), but unusual snacks like pigless pork rinds and peanut butter-covered vine-dried grapes have now secured permanent spots in our snacking rotation. And those Coca-Cola Tic Tacs you see pictured above? Well, you’ll just have to check out our thoughts below. I’ll just say this: mint, who?


Life’s Grape Vine-Dried Grapes (Peanut Butter)

We’re less than two months into the new year and we already have a snack that’s in serious contention for Top 10 Friday Food Finds of 2020. Meet your newest obsession: peanut butter-covered vine-dried grapes. Holy addictive, Batman. We could not put these down. In fact, we ate embarrassingly large amounts in an extremely short period of time. They’re essentially peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but in bite-sized pieces. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up.

PigOut Pigless Pork Rinds (Nacho Cheese)

PigOut’s pigless bacon chips (made from mushrooms!) landed a highly coveted spot on our Top 10 Friday Food Finds of 2019, so it’s no surprise that their new pea protein-based pigless pork rinds were also a huge hit. They’ve got the perfect crunch and an ample amount of nacho cheese dusting that is finger-licking delicious. Good on you, PigOut, for living up to your name.

Coca-Cola Tic Tacs

You don’t expect a Tic Tac to be one of the most memorable parts of a taste test, but these Coca-Cola flavored delights really wowed the team. They legit tasted exactly like Coke…and, oddly, carbonated. Don’t expect them to freshen your breath, though. That is unless you have some sort of soda-breath fetish, in which case you do you and we won’t ask questions.

Cape Cod Sour Cream & Onion Chips

When Cape Cod creates, Cape Cod delivers. We were shocked to not see a sour cream and onion flavor as part of their permanent lineup and these absolutely need to stay. They pack a punch, though, which is exactly how we like our chip. Just don’t kiss your new crush after eating a few handfuls. He/she will thank you in advance.

SkinnyDipped Almonds (Super Dark + Sea Salt)

They’re chocolate-covered almonds with a hint of salt. Nothing more, nothing less. Are they delicious? Absolutely. Are we excited about them? Not really. And that’s entirely okay! SkinnyDipped has a bunch of mouthwatering flavors to appease every palate and personality. When dark chocolate is your craving for the day, these will be there when you need them. #Reliable…much like your BFF and favorite pair of sweatpants.

Lay’s Cheddar Jalapeño Chips

These reminded us of queso dip, but with a much spicier bite at the end. They’re no sour cream and cheddar, though, despite tasting somewhat similar to our favorite Ruffles variety. Keep the new flavors coming, Lay’s, but let’s go back to thinking outside of the box. We loved some of your crazier flavors like chicken and waffles.

Frosted Mini Wheats Filled (Mixed Berry)

Kids will absolutely appreciate these. Adults? Not so much. There’s nothing special about the mixed berry filling, which almost seems like an afterthought. Perhaps Kellogg’s should experiment with different flavored frostings. That would certainly pique our interest a bit more. I will say, however, that Frosted Mini Wheats are AMAZING when soggy. Don’t come for me, crunchy cereal purists.

4th and Heart Woke Bars (Chocolate Coated Cookie Dough)

Yikes—these really missed the mark. The texture was dry and mealy with a not-so-redeeming taste. We appreciate the fact that they’ve created a product that’s lactose, dairy, and gluten-free, but we just can’t justify eating a lackluster bar with eight grams of added sugar. That being said, their ghee line is one of the best on the market. I am a huge fan of the California Garlic flavor and cook with it regularly.

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