PC Poutine Flavoured Rippled Potato Chips Review
Anyone who knows me very well also knows I love poutine. I spent the better part of my life in the Montreal area, where this dish can be found on pretty much any street corner where there is a mom and pop deli or a pizzeria. A hearty plate of hot, greasy fries topped with authentic curd cheese and gravy, it's one of the must-have foods to try when you visit Quebec.
Now that we've moved to Western Canada it's tough to find even decent French fries, let alone curd cheese or a plate of authentic poutine . They serve something called poutine in certain fast food chains, but the last time I tried one of those I was very disappointed.
When k_mccormick2 offered me a taste of some poutine potato chips she bought at Extra Foods, I had some serious doubts about them. But as a true lover of the dish I figured I had to at least give them a shot.
Of course you can't expect a potato chip to offer the mouth feel of oozing, drippy cheese and gravy married with the starch and hot grease of thick-cut fries. However I wondered if President's Choice could produce a flavouring that at least approximates the taste of poutine.
The simple answer is no.
The gravy flavour came out well in the chip, but it wasn't really the same gravy I'm used to in a poutine. It seemed more heavily caramelized, and it had a tad too much salt for my liking – an observation that was borne out by the 340 mg of salt in a serving of just 20 chips. By comparison, Lay's offers a Fries & Gravy flavour that has only 270 mg of salt .
For the cheese flavour, which should be a little like melted mozzarella in a lasagna or a pizza, President's Choice opted to use a powdered cheddar cheese product. And quite frankly, I didn't even taste it.
I honestly don't know that a potato chip could ever come close to reproducing the complex flavours and textures of a dish like poutine, any more than I'd expect to taste a chip that could approximate souvlaki on a pita. But I would have at least expected to have the gravy taste right, and to recognize something that was like cheese.
Poutine Flavoured Rippled Potato Chips are part of the World of Flavours line offered by President's Choice. They are sold at Loblaws and at your local PC-affiliated grocery store, in 235g bags.
Disclosure: The writer has no relationship with President's Choice and has not in any way been compensated for sampling or reviewing the product. All opinions are based on in-home sampling of a product which was purchased by the writer.
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