As soon as I saw these in an ad, I knew these were down my alley. Rosemary is an underrated herb that I find myself enjoying the more and more I try it, while feta…well, feta’s a cheese, and you really can’t go wrong with most cheeses. You also can’t go wrong with $1.79 per 8.5 oz. bag, so that really sealed the deal.
Upon first laying eyes on these chips, I have to say, “wow!” One major complaint I have with most of the Aldi chips I’ve bought is that it’s hard to tell if you’re going to get a bag that’s loaded with seasoning, or one that skimps on it—the quality generally seems to be hit-or-miss, especially on the Special Buy’s. Since this is my first bag, I can’t say for sure if this is still the case or not, but this one definitely made a great first impression on me: each chip was absolutely loaded with dehydrated parsley flakes and a ton of cheesy goodness on top. If all the bags come out like this, then you’re also getting a lot of flavor for the price.
The rosemary comes through first, along with a helping of salt, and gets things off to a good start. The feta follows close behind, and although it’s not as strong as rosemary, there’s enough of it to be noticed. As with most chips, it’s hard to differentiate between specific cheeses since they tend to use powders and other variances to achieve the flavors—I would classify it more as a “white cheddar” based on taste (though “natural feta cheese flavor”, made with actual feta cheese, is the last ingredient in the list—but that’s not really a knock because it’s quite delicious.
Now, in terms of accuracy, I’m questioning just how “Greek” these chips are: I’m not a culturally-savvy person in the least, and have only had Greek food once (that I can recall). These do not taste remotely Greek at all; in fact, they taste like they were tailor-made for American tastes. I don’t think a lot of people really purchase chips in the hopes that they are authentic, but I was expecting there to at least be a unique flavor in there that would challenge my palate, but based on flavor, these are American chips, through and through, though at least different enough to be a welcome variance from the typical barbecues and sour cream and onions of the world.
Overall: 7.5/10. This is a pretty tasty chip, and one that’s different from the standard, popular chip flavors that permeate supermarket shelves. However, the “Journey to…Greece” branding is rather curious, because this tastes like a chip that was tailor-made for American tastes (it probably should have been released under the Specially Selected label). The price is pretty spot-on, though ($1.79 per 8.5 oz. bag), and the chips I got were absolutely smothered in dehydrated parsley flakes and cheesy seasoning, so there was plenty of flavor to go around. Definitely worth a try, just don’t expect anything actually, you know, Greek.