I consider myself to be somewhat knowledgeable about snacks. I know it’s not healthy, but sometimes a girl just gets a craving to eat something crunchy, or even better, something crunchy and salty. I was really surprised to learn about a type of snack that I’d never heard of or tried – the pork rind. So, being the ever curious, naturally inquisitive gal that I am, I looked it up on Wikipedia. Pork rinds are the “fried or roasted skins (rind) of a pig. Frying melts (renders) most of the fat from the pork rind.” This leaves curly, light, chip-shaped chunks of cured pork skin that people world-wide eat as snacks.
I received Rudolph’s Original and Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds (Chicharrones) as my introduction to pork rinds. Rudolph Foods, founded in 1955 by John Rudolph, uses a “revolutionary process” created by John’s wife, Mary, to cook their pork rinds. Since then, they’ve expanded their product offering to include Churros, OnYums, and different varieties of pork rinds. With all of their experience, I definitely felt like my first pork rind tasting was in good hands.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first opened the bag. First, it has a very potent aroma, so I was really surprised to find that the flavors are much more subtle. It was also interesting to learn that the Rudolph’s Pork Rinds have “Zero Carbohydrates per serving, and Zero Trans Fat per serving”, which makes it an Atkins-diet friendly fried snack.
If you’re looking for a simple, salty snack, then Original Pork Rinds are the way to go. The rinds feel light when you eat them, so you could easily find yourself eating the whole bag without realizing it. Biting into one of them is like eating a well-air puffed chip, but it’s not air puffed and it’s not a chip. It has a satisfying crunch with every bite but doesn’t overwhelm you with pork-y flavor.
Rudolph’s Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds have the same crispness as the Original flavor and are coated with chili pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and various other spices to help give these rinds kick. It’s definitely a lingering hotness but isn’t over-powering, and continues it’s flavor as you keep eating the rinds. One of our testers described the flavor as “Pork Rinds mixed with BBQ chips, but without the greasiness.”
Both flavors seemed to melt in your mouth after your initial bite, making it a smooth eating experience.
After tasting both, I think I like the Rudolph’s Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds the best. I liked that the spices gave it a little bit of extra flavor in addition to the hint of pork.
If you would like to try Rudolph’s Pork Rinds, they are available for purchase on the Rudolph Foods online store.
Disclaimer: No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive four free bags of Rudolph’s Pork Rinds from the company or their PR company to eat for the purpose of writing this review. This did not influence my opinions.