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Monkey Gland Sauce Flavoured Potato Chips

Simba

Taste: 3.5

Texture: 4

Novelty: 4

All scores out of 5

I think it's pretty obvious why I decided to review these chips, the name of the flavour on the package. I have to admit that I was pretty nervous about tasting these chips but I felt a certain responsibility as the Candy Critic. That and several friends (including Allison) had told me that if I didn’t, I was a chicken. I'm not really sure if monkey glands are something I've ever wanted to try in my life, and the thought brings me back to the dinner scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The thing that gave me the confidence I needed was a friend in the know that assures me that there are no monkey glands in these chips. Apparently monkey gland sauce is a form of chutney. Although that still could mean that this sauce was used for dipping monkey glands into it at one point, at least I wasn’t eating some kind of primate organ.

As for the flavour of the chips themselves, they're fairly uninteresting. The closest comparison I could give these chips is that of a standard barbecue flavoured potato chip, only without any of the spicy zing. In fact I would go so far as to call this a sweet barbecue sauce flavoured chip, if the name Monkey Gland Sauce offended you. Texture wise it's pretty average, nice and crunchy. I generally prefer larger ruffles, but I can’t really complain to much.

I’ve since had a few friends tell me that they really enjoy the real monkey gland sauce, and I’m thinking that I should have tried to track some down and dip a few plain chips into it. Although eating a bag of these is an easy way to impress your friends with your food eating bravery, you won’t be blown away by the flavour.