We tried four-course Thanksgiving Feast-flavored chips
Around Thanksgiving, there’s a lot of things to be thankful for, but the immense amount of time spent cooking isn’t one of them. Enter: Thanksgiving Feast potato chips, from Boulder Canyon Natural. Now your Thanksgiving is as easy as opening a bag*! (*If you are extraordinarily lazy.)
That’s right -- the American pastime of distilling complex dishes down to powdery flavorings has been applied to a four-course Thanksgiving dinner (Turkey & Gravy, Stuffing, Cranberry, and Pumpkin Pie), and the results...? Well, just check out our taste-test below to see whether these are more than just novelty items. And prepare to be surprised.
Turkey & Gravy
First off, the main event, and all without the hassle of Dad struggling with the carving equipment! There’s a definite rich, meaty umami flavor to the chips, and it feels almost like they’re going to send you into a tryptophan coma. The most dominant flavor here is salt, however, and while the chips are supposed to taste like turkey, the gravy sings through the most. Not that that’s a bad thing.
Stuffing is probably the easiest Thanksgiving food to get right. That works in these chips’ favor -- they taste just like those stuffing mixes with the herbs and spices. If it weren’t for the crunchiness of the potato, you might be forgiven for mistaking the flavor for the real thing (MIGHT BE). And they’re slightly less salty than the Turkey & Gravy ones, which leaves more room for subtlety.
The trend of subpar sweet-flavored potato chips is bucked here. Rather than the weird, artificial aftertaste that’s left after, say, Lay’s Cappuccino chips, these are more natural. The tangy cranberry flavor comes from cranberry powder, and makes me think of berry-flavored taffy. It’s balanced out nicely with a light saltiness.
Okay, so while you can definitely taste that sweet canned pumpkin & cinnamon essence on these things, that might not necessarily be for the best. They’re the most undersalted of the bunch, probably owing to the fact that they represent a dessert course, and the combination of flavors confused my taste buds. And nobody confuses my taste buds! NOBODY!!!
All in all, these Thanksgiving chips are a decent approximation of the real thing. You probably shouldn’t bring them to your cousin’s potluck, but if you’re a fan of the flavors of the holiday and just don’t get enough of them on Turkey Day (you’re literally the only one), they’re definitely worth a buy (the price is right, at $4.99 per four-pack at Target).
PRO TIP: Try Turkey & Gravy, Stuffing, and Cranberry all together for a true Thanksgiving forkful experience.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a pre-Thanksgiving nap to attend to.