Review: House Made Chips from Arby’s
Usually, when you’re given house chips, it’s a good thing. It means you’re ahead of the game; you can’t lose. In my book, I usually see Arby’s as ahead of the game before I walk in the door based on my past experiences, mostly related to their roast beef. Another of my favorite Arby’s assets is their namesake sauce. So, when I heard they were going to make Arby’s Sauce flavored House Made Chips, I was eager to give them a try. After all, Arby’s does well with other fried potatoes which I often dip in Arby’s Sauce, so why not?As a day-job scientist-type, I thought it important to test the new chips against a control. Therefore, I decided to pair the chips with the most time-tested of Arby’s offerings; that being their regular roast beef sandwich, sans the lauded new bun and pickles. As per my normal routine, I picked up some Arby’s sauce to adorn my roast beef, but had to wonder whether I would need it given the promise of the Arby’s Sauce flavoring on the chips. I also wondered if I needed to order anything else to satisfy my American sized appetite. Would a simple sack of chips be enough to fill me up along with my regular sized roast beef? I decided against ordering anything more and to my delight, I was given a healthy helping of the new offering. Of course, by healthy, I mean there were a good number of chips. After looking up the nutrition info, I was surprised to see that the bag of chips, which only comes in one size, is essentially the equivalent of a medium curly fries in terms of calories and fat. OK, on to the taste test. First bite, crunchy, slightly salty with a hearty, thick-cut feel to them. Not bad. Second bite, let’s find the flavor. Where’s that Arby’s Sauce kick? Hmm, how ’bout on the third bite? Nope. That’s weird, I thought. There seems to be a lot of the typical “flavor dust” common among similar style chips. In fact, at first glance, I thought I was going to be hit in the face with a Doritos-like flavor punch, but alas, there was nothing. The chips were a quality made, thick cut kettle style chip as advertised, but for whatever reason, the flavoring just wasn’t up to par with what we’re used to from Arby’s products like the curly fries or any of their sauces. About half-way through the bag, I actually resorted to putting Arby’s sauce on a few chips to give them some zing. By the end of the bag, I was just thirsty, and nothing else. I know chips aren’t supposed to be moist, but these things really had me thankful that in America, when you order a small pop, you get a 16 ouncer. In the words of Cosmo K.: These chips are making me thirsty. I seem to be on a run of reviewing products that aren’t bad, but just aren’t good either. Sounds like I should have taken the Kings Hawaiian Roast Beef assignment instead.
Pros: Quality thick-cut kettle style chip. Not bad if you add your own Arby's Sauce.
Cons: Lack flavor. Very dry. For 27g of fat, I'd go with the Curly Fries.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.00/10
More Info: http://www.Arbys.com
Calories 450 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Calories from Fat 250 Sodium (mg) 530 Fat - Total (g) 27 Total Carbohydrates (g) 47