Kettle Chips certainly keep it simple. And so shall we. Color coded bags. Colors associated with the flavor. Minimalist design. Plain but fairly perfect. This special edition design is not quite as good: It goes to the fuss of adding extra words, colors and boxes!
These seemed to have a firmer bite than many of Kettle's Chips. The seasoning dampened everything down to eradicate a certain amount of crispy snap, but this was a good thing - it created a softer but more balanced crunch.
These Chips had less oil bubbles than a lot of Kettle Cooked Chips. This did not prevent a few curling over and forming interesting shapes, which is always fun to see in a Kettle Chips bag. Impressively, any oil that may have been visible was soaked up by the copious seasoning, which left a nice mixed color finger residue.
Monterey Jack could be described as a relatively mild, inoffensive cheese that needs pairing with something hot and spicy, or certainly with a bit more flavor. This is perhaps why this combo worked pretty well for us. A good pairing will either balance the flavors neatly and nicely, or bounce the flavors from one to the other. These had a creamy mild Cheddar cheese taste then a hit of hot spicy pepper. The heat lingered, which is always rewarding with any spicy Chip. Kettle rarely overdo a flavor, so it shouldn't be too hot for many.