I saw these chips in several different stores, in equally battered bags, before finally finding a not destroyed bag in Brooklyn. Am I excited to try these? Not... particularly. The cheese appears to be Swiss, which I'm not a huge fan of, and the chipotle part of it seems to just be a wrinkly pepper. Awesome. BUT! I am trying these chips for SCIENCE! Not to enjoy them! Okay... sometimes to enjoy them.
These are corn chips, which I only realized when I dumped them onto the plate. It says on the bag, but I apparently chose to ignore it. I'm unsure why they're corn chips, or if it will make for a better experience. I suppose we shall see. Some of the chips are covered in the seasoning, while others seem to be a bit skimpy. As far as the smell... have you had Japanese seaweed salad? They smell kinda like that. Promising!
But what do they taste like?
Very corn chip-y. Then there's the painful spice, but it's more of a spicy salsa burn, rather than just pain (which I've found in other chips). On the first bite I actually taste a slight hint of the cheese and it actually tastes a little like Swiss. Well done, bag designer. You know... weirdly, and despite making my eyes water a little, I kinda like these. Yeah, they're painful, but the flavor is kinda working for me. There's sort of a... smoothness, that I expect is the 'cheese' part and then a pretty strong spice kick that's the chipotle. But it's more than just spice - it's spice with flavor. Weirdly, the first flavor I taste each bite is a bit like what it smells like which is still that strange seaweed salad flavor. Not super appealing, but it gets better from there.
Also, they're kinda shaped like apostrophes, so that's fun! I do, in fact, think the corn chip helps these out. There's something nice about the solid chip with all this spiciness, instead of something flimsy. I wasn't kidding about my eyes watering, by the way. They totally are. And yet... I keep eating these because, pain aside, they actually taste pretty good. I don't think I'd get them often, as they are kinda really hurting my mouth, but I'd eat them again, assuming I had some tissues handy.