You like chips right? Sure you do. Everyone likes chips. Lay's, Doritos, Herr's, Cape Cod. Maybe you've even gone a little nuts and tried some of the freaky organic stuff or things like Wachusett Ketchup Potato Chips. But it's doubtful you've even scratched the surface of the kind of bizarro fried snacks that Jeremy Selwyn and his confederates have tasted and rated on Taquitos.net.
The site began as a way for Selwyn, who lives in Cambridge, to catalog his love of snacks and has slowly devolved into a shrine to all things fried, processed, extruded, and emulsified. "It was a thing with me and some of my friends to see who could find the oddest flavors," he says.
And what have they found? In addition to slightly odd flavors such as Kettle Chips Orange Ginger Wasabi, Selwyn and his iron-intestined friends have munched on Calbee Seaweed Potato Chips, Humpty Dumpty Sour Cream and something called Cuttlefish Flavored Snack (Taster's comment: "These just don't smell right").
There seems to be some sort of sadistic competition between snackmeisters in the UK and Asia to see who can devise the most horrific flavor imaginable. From the looks of it, it's a dead heat. From England comes Brannigans Roast Beef and Mustard Flavor Thick Cut Potato Crisps and Golden Wonder Sausage and Tomato Flavour Crisps. Not to be outdone, the Far East gives us Dried Black Fungus, Lonely God Potato Twists, and Montreal Supreme Squid Flavored Rings. But our cousins in the UK are getting the better of it in the name department. Consider these unfortunately named "snacks": Eat My Goal! Hot & Spicy Cheesy Balls and Skips Fizzibly Melty Prawn Cocktail Flavour. For real.
Selwyn, who hosts a local cable show called "The Snacking Hour" tonight at 10:30 on the Boston Neighborhood Network, hunts down unusual snacks during his trips abroad and lists Tim's Cascade Style Hot Jalapeno Seasoned Potato Chips as his all-time fave.
"There's some weird stuff out there, but everyone has their thing," he says.