Review: Dutch Gourmet Premium Thick Cut Potato Chips

One of the things we take pride in here at GrubGrade is our dedication to challenging those who choose to use terms like “Artisan”, “Fresh” or “Homestyle, so when someone doubles down and asserts that their product is “Gourmet Premium”; well, they’re just asking for it.  Such is the case with the latest offering from Old Dutch featured in one of those cardboard all-in-one shipping box/display cases taking up valuable real estate at my local convenience store.  Of course, I can hear the maniacal laugh of the marketing executive now who scoffs at my flippant discussion of both their overzealous product description and invasive product placement, because, ugh… I bought their product.  And, of course, I didn’t just buy their product, I bought two bags of their product, because they were on sale at 2 for $6.  Well, I guess we’ll see if I was a sucker or if those wooden shoe-wearing, windmill inventing, speed skate dominating, VanDerWhozens can fry a decent potato.

One of the other things about this product that caused me to stop and ponder were the flavor offerings.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera along, nor did I write down all of the choices, but suffice to say there were several, including plain.  The two flavors that caught my eye and found their way to the checkout counter with me were Szechwan and Slow Cooked Ribs.  Now maybe it’s just because I like to hear my buddy Larry say “Szechwan” in his distinctive, yet untraceable accent that got me to pick this flavor, but I’d like to think it’s because I actually like what I’ll generically call Chinese food, especially with a Szechwan style spice.  The Slow Cooked Ribs label just seemed like a fancy name for BBQ flavored chips (which I usually enjoy), but I thought maybe this flavor would add a certain refinement to the typical; maybe like a Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce or something of that ilk.

I find the need to split this review into two sections.  Well, actually 3, but I think you’ll be able to keep up.  First, I’ll put the “Gourmet Premium” test to the potato chip itself; setting aside the flavor dust component for the time being.  The ripple cut chips were substantial in both size and thickness.  I would say it was fair to call them “Thick Cut” on the package.

I’d also say, that there were very few small chips and far fewer broken chips than in your typical bag.  Maybe the thickness of these things helps hold them together or maybe it’s that the factory is only a few miles away from my gas station, but if you were to say that having more large, unbroken chips in your bag than small broken ones helps these chips earn the “Premium” label, I’d listen to that argument.  To earn the “Gourmet” label, in my book, your product better taste good.  So, are these chips “Gourmet”?  I’d say yes.  You can tell that the potatoes used are the pick of the litter and they have a pure potato flavor with a nice salt and oil balance.

Now, as I mentioned, I’m breaking this review into two parts (actually 3).  The second part of this review is in regards to the flavoring.  This is where the hype of the “Premium Gourmet” label let me down.  We’ll start with the Szechwan.  I guess, I was expecting two things out of this flavor.  One would be that there would be a little kick and secondly, that it would bring me back to the days of Larry and me scrounging up a few bucks to hit the Szechuan Express for a college dorm room feast with some of those magical taste/smell memory triggers.  Unfortunately, there was only a distant, vague picture in my head of my college pal ordering the 4 star heat level while I chickened out with the level 2; these chips came in somewhere below a 1.

Secondly, for the third part of my review, I’ll offer my opinion on the Slow Cooked Rib flavor.  On second thought, it’s very difficult to offer an opinion on a flavor that’s just not there.  I’ve stated before, that I’m a fan of subtle flavor on chips.  I really would love it if Doritos made a Cool Ranch flavor with like half the coating, but these chips just fall so far short of the flavor recognition threshold that I really can’t say I liked or disliked their flavors.  I actually mixed these chips up in a bowl and tried to pick out which one was which by eating them one at a time, but honestly could not.

So, Premium Gourmet?  Yes and no.

Pros: Good quality, integrity of chip and pure potato flavor.

Cons: Fancy flavors fall flat.

Taste: 4.00/10
Value: 5.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 9.00/10
Price: 2 for $6 on sale

Overall GrubGrade: 5.00 (Maybe I'd rate the plain chips higher, if that's all I was looking for was a plain chip)

12 comments on “Review: Dutch Gourmet Premium Thick Cut Potato Chips

  1. Chefprotoss says:

    Root beer crushes all.

  2. Zachary Jacob Zblewski says:

    The other flavors are Sea Salt and Honey Dijon Vinaigrette. http://www.olddutchfoods.com/products#/dutch-gourmet-thick-cut-potato-chips

    • Zachary Jacob Zblewski says:

      Well apparently that link doesn’t load the actual varieties. You have to click “Products” and then the photo of the bag.

  3. Raiders757 says:

    I’m sort of a boring plain ol’ non-flavored chip kind of guy, so ignore me if I’m out of line, or just being biased. (When I’m in the mood for added flavor, I prefer to dip my chips.)

    It would have been nice if you were able to review the normal plain ol’ sea salt version as some sort of “control”. From your description, these sound like a tasty product. It would have been nice to know how they stood alone, without the interference of fake flavoring.

    What appeals to me about these chips, is that it seems they can hold up rather well to the dipping process. I’m sure you all can agree that a dip into quality BBQ sauce, or Szechwan stir fry sauce, would be far superior to powdered flavoring. It’s not easy to find a chip that can hold up to such a process though.

    Either way, great review.

    • Murray says:

      Thanks R757. I wish, too, that I would have bought the plain style and a container of sour cream and onion dip or something. These would work great with dip because you could put a lot on each chip without feeling like your eating dip with a side of potato chips. There’s enough potato in each one to keep that the main ingredient.

      I think, I’ll probably end up trying the plain at some point.

  4. chakrateeze says:

    Have you tried Herr’s Baby Back Rib chips? They might not be “gourmet” but it tastes just like a half-rack out of the smoker. And I’m from Memphis.

    Tracie

  5. TorontoFastFoodie says:

    A local grocery chains house brand had some chips in both these exact flavours recently. I tried the Szechjuan and was pleasantly surprised! Really tasty flavouring on a chip.

  6. Pish says:

    I searched for reviews on these chips as I am eating them right now. I have tried the BBQ, szech, and plain. The reason I decided to try them was for the low sodium. I am impressed that the chips actually taste like chips at the sodium levels.

    And my favorite are the plain, followed by the bbq. If you are watching your salt these chips are hands down the best on the market.

  7. I too bought the szechuan chips at my local SA (for the full bag price) and was sorely let down as you were with the flavor. To echo the pros though yes everything but the dust was fine. I imagine the sea salt variety would make fantastic dipping chips.