[Fast Food Review] SunChips Monterey Jack and Sundried Tomato

Purchased at: Subway (Exclusively)
Cost: $0.99
Size: 1.5 oz.
Review by: David Roshinski

It is a chip made from the sun! Ok, no it isn’t, but Sun Chips have been around for a while, and are know as a healthier alternative to the traditional potato chip.

The company, which is under the portfolio of Frito-Lay Inc. in Texas, has teamed up with the sub giant, Subway, to produce an exclusive flavor for all the shops. This is going along side the Subway Fiery Foot Long promotion and all the chip bags contain a game code for it. I recently purchased these to add to the free sub I earned with my Subway points.


The claims on the package are that the chips have a great multigrain taste. I had to agree, the multigrain gives a nutty flavor that is almost as pleasant as the texture it gives. The next claim is each 1 oz. serving has 18g of whole grains which have been known as part of a healthy diet to reduce the risk of heart disease.

How does it smell upon opening?

When I crack open the bag I dive my big nose right on in. What I pick up is some onion, garlic, tomato, salt, and that subtle nutty grain.

How does it actually taste?

At first when chip hit my tongue, I got a rush of salt pour over my taste buds. This settles quickly as I get a lot of the flavors I mentioned from the smell. As chips go, they use a sun dried tomato powder to season them and the powder almost always contains buttermilk which gives the chips a nice tang. Now as far as the cheese flavor goes that’s where I was confused. Upon tasting the chip I got a really salty cheese flavor, no pun intended.

Monterey jack is more of a mild cheese that has a good flavor but is low on the salt scale. Looking at the package however I read there are many cheese used as seasoning: monterey, cheddar, monterey again, mozzarella, and blue cheese. Wu! That is a lot of cheeses. It is that combination that gave my taste buds some confusion. It still had a great flavor overall with the added nutty and grain flavors on the back part of the mouth after the salt and tang.

Does it Hit the Spot?

Yes. Though a tad bit salty at first contact of chip meets tongue, these chips pack a punch of complex flavor. Sun Chips have the best textured chips around. It holds well and has a very satisfying snap to it and the grains add to that overall texture. The only thing holding back from pure perfection, in my book, is that the blend of cheeses, I mentioned earlier, confuse the tongue on taste. Still, I could eat these things all day.

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10 Responses to “[Fast Food Review] SunChips Monterey Jack and Sundried Tomato”

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  2. Clay says:

    I like Sunchips but have had a difficult time summoning the courage to try these, what with the poo brown bag and all.

  3. Julia Tylor says:

    These actually sound really good. I’ve always been a fan of the original Sun Chips, but “Monterey Jack and Sundried Tomato” sounds like Sun Chips collided with pizza, and you can never go wrong with pizza. The choice of Monterey Jack as the cheese flavor has me wondering (wouldn’t mozzarella be better with tomato?), but still, I’m going to have to try these.

  4. Cara says:

    I love these!!! PLease continue to make them!

  5. Lisa says:

    I just tried these last week and I can’t get enough of them! They really are amazing. Best Sun Chips out there!

  6. Lynda says:

    I love these chips also! Please make them in a bigger bag!

  7. Candy says:

    Love these! Please make in bigger bag, and sold in stores, not just at Subway

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