Despite the odd coloring of the packet, the Smokey Sweet Mesquite bags stand out on the shelves. Ballreich's have aligned the design with their flavored Chips, foregoing their traditional stripes. Overall though, it is not a particularly modern or pleasing design.
The soybean oil that Ballreich's use for cooking their Chips means that after the crunch the Chips sort of melt in your mouth. The crunch is there because the ridges maintain a thickness and firmness, but after the crunch that crunch is quickly forgotten as the chips soften quickly.
Although Marcelled is an old fashioned word for Ridged in Potato Chips language, there is comfort in the barbeque powder and grease that remains on the fingers after they have plunged into the bag. The Ridges are wide and the Chips are thick.
Of all the Ballreich's Chips on test, these were the most popular. The Bar-B-Q flavor probably missed the spot, but the sweet and sticky Mesquite aroma when the bag was opened was matched by the flavor as the Chips were bitten into.