Well, a wannabe genius perhaps because these were nowhere near as bad as I was fearing. Maybe it’s the French blood in me (from some ancestry down the line somewhere I’m sure) but I really like garlic. And these crisps, a product of (and found in) the Phillippines (though the packet is mostly in English) are very garlicky indeed. Ridged so they hold in the flavour particularly well, the garlic hit to these is akin to a post-snail soup dining Thierry Henry trying to snog your face off after France win the European Championships. But as disgusting as that may be (or appealing to some I suppose), eating these isn’t wholly unenjoyable. Not from a flavour point of view. Your mouth does get to differentiate between onion and garlic in fleeting moments whilst chomping away and I rather liked the combo.
But the texture is a let-down. The blurb on the back indicated we’d be dealing with large cuts of crisp but they’re actually rather small. And that’s not helpful when they’re also so light and alas slightly powdery. There’s no clean hard crunch at all and as a consequence the crisps were also broken up a bit in the packet. I’m just glad they’re made from 100% real potatoes. There’s just so many fake potatoes flooding the market these days (sic).
Scoring is difficult given the uniqueness of the flavour which I’d like to see replicated elsewhere, but all in a crisp that flatters to deceive when it comes to the bite. 5/10.