The Risi Papas Caseras range features a somewhat out of place tiny logo in the corner. But mostly, in fact it is shouted so loudly on the front that you are left in no doubt: THESE ARE KETTLE CHIPS and if you don't get that first time, we will shout it again in a second language! It is not really necessary. The flavors are color coded and there is an image of whichever scary pepper is included within the flavor. The whole effect is a little mundane, but the bag design is bright, colorful and modern.
While these Chips were supremely crunchy, the thickness of the cut aided by the plentiful seasoning ensured they were less brittle and hard than a lot of Kettle Cooked Chips. If anything, this lessened the noise, but made them melt at just about the correct rate.
The alarm bells always go off when we see an allegedly hot and spicy Chip this light in color. This is going to be hot... Because of the thick cut, these Chips did not have lots of curly and wavy edges. Neither was there much in the way of browning. The oil bubbles were also quite muted. It was almost as if the poor little potato slices knew what was coming, closed their little potato eyes and waited for their spicy doom.
As far as we are aware, certainly from looking around at the various brands wares, this is the only Serrano Pepper Chip on the market. So, without any to compare it to, it leaves us to consider the taste alone. There seemed to be an almost sweet limey addition to what was a peppery spicy kick that was delayed just long enough for you to tell that it was an enjoyable mix of flavors. It did not have Serrano written on the ingredients list, but it did say Jalapeno. This would indicate the work of magic food lab folk. And it worked. A hot and spicy spell was cast that was just tasty and different enough to get us wanting more.