Pepe’s Salami Chips debuted salami chips in 2015 and have since been awarded the Premier Award For Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. These salami chips are said to use only the highest premium quality cuts of meat with no fillers, no MSG, and allergen-free. The word chips in the jerky world infer being crispy, but in fairness, the word jerky does appear on the bag. Their bag even states ‘tender’. These salami chips are advertised to be slow oven-baked. This Pepe’s Salami Chips brand name is distributed by Sanda Foods, and it is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The next review for Pepe’s Salami Chips will focus on a 1.41 ounce/40 gram bag of their hot salami chips. This flavour is described as being from Pepe’s Salami Chips’ beautiful homeland, Ontario, using only the finest local premium meat, herbs and spices. The President of Sanda Foods, Sandro Micieli, graciously submitted these salami chips for review.
The beef and pork sourced from Ontario-based farms are ethically raised, meaning it is guaranteed to be free of growth hormones and additional antibiotics. The cattle have at least partial free range access to roam about and graze on grass the way nature intended. As a result, the highest ingredient rating awarded is a Very Good (9/10) rating.
The sugar level is great at 0 grams of sugar per 20 grams of salami chips. The salt level is high at 580mg of salt per 20 grams of jerky to lose a rating. Our preference is 350mg of salt per 28 grams, but that is for jerky.
This jerky does not qualify to have no sodium nitrite as sodium nitrite is used outright, including sodium erythorbate as preservatives to lose a rating. Admirably, these salami chips do qualify to have no MSG added.
PEPE’S SALAMI CHIPS – HOT SALAMI CHIPS
Written by guest jerky reviewer Paul Rekker
When I rip open the bag I immediately smell the salami. It is coming through quite pungently.
The salami chips look identical to the sausage pieces put on pizzas, except these ‘chips’ are dried and a wee bit crispy, unlike the fresh ones put on pizza. I taste salami, vinegar, salt, next to no sweet, pepper, garlic, and not much else. I am on my fifth salami ‘chip’, and I have yet to detect much, if any, of a kick. Outside of that, it is coming across as advertised. Not a bad-tasting meat snack, but I would deduct one point for the lack of a kick. A 9/10 in my opinion. Gentlemen?
Written by guest jerky reviewer Stéphane Leclerc
I enjoyed Pepe’s Salami Chips. They are tender and flavorful without being overly oily. This treat has a good meaty taste; it is well seasoned without going overboard with salt or seasoning. I find the Cayenne and spiciness to be barely noticeable. The aroma is both beautiful and inviting.
Although I love the taste, it could be more kicked up as I was expecting spicy or spicier. I rate Pepe’s Salami Chips 9\10 Taste Rating.
Here is what Mark had to say about this hot flavour from Pepe’s Salami Chips: “Thanks Paul and Stéphane for the great taste reviews. We are all on the same page here. These salami chips have a great taste, but the heat is almost nowhere to be found. At most, there is a slight tingle in your mouth from the cayenne pepper. Certainly not hot enough to earn the flavour name of Hot. Even labeling these salami chips as Spicy would be pushing it. In essence, we have a carbon copy of their original flavour. Other than that point, these salami chips are addictive, authentic tasting, and taste great.”
This resealable professional-looking plastic bag has everything imprinted on the bag itself, both on the front and back. On the front and back, there are high-resolution pictures of salami chips. There is also a picture of fresh red pepper.
Some slogans printed may be “Learn! Want? Order!” and “Makes For An Amazing Snack!” Some facts printed on this bag are “Tender”, “Oven-Baked”, “Real Salami 100%”, “High In Protein”, “Gluten Free”, “High In Energy”, “New”, “Nothing Added!”, and “Dried & Cured!”.
Some missing bag categories are a transparent window to view the salami chips, best before date, and a blurb about Pepe’s Salami Chips or these salami chips. As per Canadian law, French translations are provided.