Snack Shack: Ritz Munchables & Town House Flipsides

I believe I’ve mentioned my love for Mr. Phipp’s Pretzel Chips, a snack that took the saltiness of a pretzel and put it together with a chip. The disappeared a while ago never to return again. Recently, though, I’ve seen a resurgence of pretzel and cracker combinations that have piqued my interest.

While at the grocery store a few weeks back, I saw this box of Ritz Munchables. I thought they were just the regular pretzel/cracker combo, but instead I got the cheesy sour cream and onion flavor. I didn’t really look at the weird half and half box so I got a surprise when I opened the box and tasted the cracker.

They were pretty good, but I don’t think I would get the flavored versions again. If I want that kind of flavor, I’ll go for chips or something. In my mind, combining the goodness of buttery Ritz crackers and pretzels, is good enough, you don’t need to add extra flavors on top of that. Note, they didn’t taste bad, but I would have been satisfied with the bare bones Munchable instead of this enhanced version.

What I wanted from the Munchables, Town House’s FlipSides totally delivered. The crackers are nice and buttery, but not too much and the pretzel side is good and salty. Really, it’s two great tastes that taste great together. I killed this whole box in just a few days, because I kept them near my work area which was probably a good idea. They’re also good while drinking and playing video games.

So, if you’re not satisfied with just pretzels or crackers, give FlipSides a try and if you think to yourself “I need more flava!” hit up the flavored Munchables. I will say that, while an okay substitute for actual pretzels neither of these are better, in my opinion that some really good pretzels, but they’re an interesting thing to try every now and then and would probably be great for parties.

Snack Shack: Doritos Late Night All Nighter Cheeseburger

Do you guys remember a few years back when Doritos decided to take the gimmick approach with their mystery X-13D chips? They even made a big contest of who could figure out and name the new flavor. One day while driving to work in the morning I stopped off at a bagel place, saw a bag and picked them up. It took me a few chips, but soon enough I realized that I was eating cheeseburger chips with additional ketchup and mustard flavorings in there. It was a fun little mystery especially because most of the people I knew hadn’t tried them or seen the mystery chips around, but soon enough they disappeared from the bagel shop and I forgot about them. Until tonight that is. The missus and I ran out to the grocery store before the Super Bowl to grab a few snacks and some beer and lo and behold, sitting there on the shelves were the (I’m guessing) brand new Late Night All Nighter Cheeseburger chips.

From what I remember, they’re the same chips and I still like them. Unlike the Enchilada and Sour Cream chips, which I kept hoping were a different flavor, I enjoyed how different the Cheeseburger chips are. If I had to make a choice to only eat one kind of Dorito for the rest of my life, I’d still have to go with Cool Ranch, but as I don’t see that snack apocalypse happening anytime soon, there’s plenty of room for different chips in my life, I’ll keep these in semi regular rotation.

Snack Shack: Doritos Collisions Cheesy Enchilada & Sour Cream

Growing up, I was never much one for sweets or candy, my junk food of choice was always chips. Chips, Hot Pockets and soda. Every day after grade school I would come home, heat up a pizza or ham & cheese (my personal favorite) Hot Pocket, grab a can of Dr. Pepper and watch Thundercats or whatever else was on. I’ve since switched to diet soda (those suckers add up) and usually go with pretzels or baked chips, but every now and then I go for something good and bad for me like these (I’m guessing) new Doritos. I’m a fan of Doritos branching out as long as I can always get regular or Cool Ranch whenever I want. So far, I’ve enjoyed these Collisions, which mix two kinds of chips based on two foods that go together, in this case it’s cheesy enchilada and sour cream. The Sour Cream chips (the ones on top in the above picture) tasted mostly like Cool Ranch, but had a sour cream flavor to them. Now, whether I’d be able to figure out the flavor without knowing what it was, I’m not sure. A lot of this flavor chemistry stuff boils down to being primed to figure out what the flavor is. The Enchilada chips actually reminded me of pizza chips with a bit of a spicy kick to them. I think the chips I’m thinking of were called Pizzarias (you can check them out here at the ridiculously detailed snack website Interesting side note, I went to marriage camp with Keith, one of the dudes who runs that site, small world, huh?). Anyway, overall, I liked these chips, but don’t think I’d get them again on my own. I’m not a big fan of spicy chips and even though these weren’t overly spicy, I’d still rather grab a bag of Cool Ranch and just go crazy. You know, Broadway style.