Aldi is getting so fancy! Just look at all the new chip flavors they've been coming out with: sriracha, beer, margarita, dill pickle, and now a Thai chili version? I love it!
When I saw these in the weekly circular I thought they were going to be really popular and I was worried they might sell out before I got my hands on them. It turns out that I misjudged the typical Aldi consumer, because these don't seem to be selling at all! The display still full during my last visit, and it seems like the rest of these bags are doomed to the clearance rack. Even though I misjudged their popularity, I still had high hopes that these chips were going to taste awesome.
I've discussed this exact packaging in my other Aldi kettle chip reviews, and other than the colors being switched to match the new flavor theme, nothing has changed. It functions well, and it has a matte finish (which I like) but the overall design is really weak. That's really all I have to say about it, so I'm going to rip this bag open and check out what's inside!
I opened the bag and took a whiff, expecting some kind of spicy vinegar-ed aroma, but it was oddly sweet, like mesquite BBQ style chips. This is nothing like what I was expecting at all! The aroma is definitely appealing, but where is the spiciness? Hopefully these taste spicier than they smell.
The kettle chips are a yellow-y orange color and they're heavily seasoned with little flecks of red, brown, and green. I popped a chip into my mouth, and it tasted nearly identical to the Korean BBQ style kettle chips from Archer Farms! What a disappointment! I was really hoping for something vinegary and spicy, but these taste like Americanized-Asian-BBQ sauce with the teeny tiniest hint chili pepper heat. They taste great if you're looking for a sweet but spicy BBQ-style chip (similar the Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos) but that's not what I was hoping for.
I'll easily eat this entire bag, because I do like the taste, but this is NOT Thai chili flavored at all! I was really hoping for something more intense. If you're looking for a really spicy and tangy snack, this isn't it. On the flip-side, if you've been too afraid to buy these because you thought they were going to be too intense, think again! Any BBQ potato chip lover out there would love these. So if they do end up on the clearance racks, you can stock up and make out like snack-food-hoarding-bandits!