Shearer's have undergone yet another re-packaging process. They have re-positioned a number of flavors under a 'Home Style' banner. This design is just as striking as the broad black sided bags that are now under the Kettle Cooked section. They are basically the same, but in red. Each of these flavors has its own flavor coded color behind an outpouring of Chips. Nothing to fault, everything to praise.
These Chips neither had the crispy, brittle snap of a regular Chip or the hard, rigid chomp of a Kettle Chip. The medium density Ridges cooked in Soybean Oil, allowed for a firm but meaty crunch that was more like eating food than a snack. Especially as they seemed to melt in the mouth quite quickly.
These were mostly medium sized Ridged Chips. There were not many broken Chips, which meant more for dipping - This is what they have been designed for. Oil bubbles are often at a premium on Rippled Chips, and these were no different. There was a greasy sort of sheen, but the most noticeable aspect was the thick dark reddish colored seasoning.
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a slightly salty tomato smell. Nothing major, but a hint. The flavor was all-in typical sweet and slightly smoky Barbecue. The sort of seasoning and levels you would expect to establish as a standard for the flavor. There was even a residual heat to them, which is always a feature of the better Barbecue Chips.