Monterey Jack and Sundried Tomato Sun Chips

This is the newest flavor in the Sun Chips line, available only at Subway in a non-compostible bag that won’t cause early onset deafness. It’s supposed to be in conjunction with their fire-inspired line of rehashed sandwich combinations, but I don’t really see the relation aside from a well-placed promotion. I have to say, though, this is the most exciting chip flavor I’ve seen this side of Pringles Restaurant Cravings. Just kidding. Pringles are Satan’s spawn.This is an interesting flavor and seems to be leaning towards the Italian side of seasonings. Why it’s paired with spicy foods, I do not know. But this bastard hybrid chip is pretty decent, as far as chips go. The tomato and cheese are both present in the composition, but pretty weak. I’d have never assumed the tomato was sun-dried, when I got a rare hint of tomato flavor, and am getting more of a cheese appropriate to Chuck E Cheese than an aged monterey. Eh. I didn’t expect anything surprising.What did blow my mind, as much as Sun Chips can blow anyone’s mind, was how much the flavors clashed not with each other, but with the natural flavor of the Sun Chip. Sun Chips are one of the few chips I eat without any added seasonings, preferring their natural buttery and salty flavor over one laden with powder, and the nuttiness of the chip seemed to make the monterey taste weak and overly processed. It was just an unrequited pairing. If the flavors had been on another chip base, it might have passed as a decent pizza flavoring. If the cheese was different, it might have melded more seamlessly with the chip. I liked these, and they went fabulously with Keepitcoming’s WASP soup, but they’re a little misguided in their direction. They need a makeover or a high school guidance counselor to set them on their way.

6 thoughts on “Monterey Jack and Sundried Tomato Sun Chips”

  1. I agree with the noise of the bag LOUD! I actually just got back from Subway & saw the chips & decided to try them. I’d have to agree with the flavor. It’s a mild mix of flavors that are so mild they are hardly noticible. I like Sunchips, but as far as this one goes, I’d have to give them a big FAIL.

  2. My brother and I, on the other hand, find these to be awesome. We keep looking for them in grocery stores to no avail (nothing on the bags indicates that they’re unique to Subway, but that certainly seems to be the case).

    While I’m not much of a “chip person,” in general, I find these very good. While I agree that it is a mild flavor compared to some other chips out there, I don’t consider it “hardly noticeable.” I liken it to a slightly lighter-intensity Dorito (right down to the powdered coating). After all, it’s called “Monterey Jack and Sundried Tomato,” not “Xtreme Cheddar Blasts You in the Face!!” or whatever.

    I actually will eat the entire small bag with my lunch, which is more than I can say for nearly any other chip out there.

    And my brother steals my Monterey Jack and Sundried Tomato Sun Chips if I don’t bring him his own. >< I agree with the author, though — these smaller bags are *not* the same loud bags as the big ones you get from the grocery store, which the other commenters are referencing. Those bags are crazy.

  3. I agree with Anonymous. This is a delicious flavor chip and I have looked at many supermarket Stores to no avail. I did read on Wikipedia that is is a limited offer through Subway. My Subway didn’t have them yesterday, so I am going to have to comb the city and stock up!

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