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Any good potato chips that are baked rather than fried?

Chimayo Joe Sep 10, 2006 06:35 AM

What little experience I've had with baked potato chips has not been pleasant.

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    ognir Sep 10, 2006 08:12 AM

    That's funny. Just tonight I tried Kettle Brand's new baked chips.


    My girlfriend and I are nuts for their fried chips. These were also very good. Certainly worth a try and they have 65% less fat.

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    1. re: ognir
      biscuit Oct 12, 2006 03:51 AM

      I love them. Great flavor. Almost as good as fried. About as close as you can get.

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      jjbelsky Sep 10, 2006 08:29 AM

      Most baked potato chips are made of chopped and formed potatoes rather than slices. That's why they're so awful. I don't know about the Kettle ones, though.

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        LisaAZ Sep 10, 2006 09:17 AM

        The Kettle baked chips are made from regular potato slices. Not the Pringle-ish type like Baked Lays. (which I do also enjoy)

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        1. re: LisaAZ
          Divamac Sep 10, 2006 10:24 PM

          Kettle has been making baked chips for years - at least six. They used to be called "Kettle Krisps". They are baked sliced of potato that taste like, well, real potato. They are very crispy, with a good "snap", unlike the Lay's-type baked chips.

          The new "Bakes" is a new recipe with a little more fat (and flavor?) than the old recipe. I swear the old BBQ flavor was a Mesquite BBQ, not honey-BBQ, but I may be wrong. They had a nice balance of sweet, tangy and salty. I could easily polish off a whole bag for lunch. The salted ones are also nice. Simple, full potato flavor without the greasiness of a standard chip or the slightly-styrofoam-like texture of an "engineered" baked chip.

          I haven't tried the new ones, yet, but expect they are as good or better than the old version.

          1. re: Divamac
            Chimayo Joe Sep 13, 2006 09:57 PM

            I tried the Hickory Honey Barbecue and the Lightly Salted varieties of Kettle Bakes. Great texture with both. Didn't care for the taste of the Lightly Salted. The Hickory Honey Barbecue is pretty decent though--not too sweet(that from someone who thinks the plain baked Lays are too sweet along with their other failings.)

          2. re: LisaAZ
            TexasToast Sep 10, 2006 11:59 PM

            I liked the Baked Lays, but then I also used to eat Subway Subs and the chips came with the meal.


          3. Emme Sep 10, 2006 11:16 AM

            The Guiltless Gourmet are pretty good.

            1. byrd Sep 10, 2006 01:38 PM

              thats like asking for good french fries that are baked instead of fried (preferably in beef fat)

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                piccola Sep 10, 2006 04:44 PM

                Make your own - slice potatoes paper thin, brush with oil, and nuke for 8-12 minutes (keep a close eye so they don't burn - but they will turn golden). Salt to taste.

                I was a doubter, but this changed my life.

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                1. re: piccola
                  ognir Sep 10, 2006 06:19 PM

                  You mean in the microwave???

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                    piccola Sep 10, 2006 11:56 PM

                    Oh yes, the microwave. On high.
                    I know, hard to believe. But test it out with one potato and you'll see.

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                      ognir Sep 13, 2006 04:00 AM

                      I will. That's wild.

                2. Robert Lauriston Sep 10, 2006 07:12 PM


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                  1. re: Robert Lauriston
                    ognir Sep 10, 2006 07:33 PM

                    Are you answering for piccola, Robert? (I'm confused.)

                    1. re: ognir
                      mimolette Sep 10, 2006 08:00 PM

                      I think he is saying there are not any good baked chips.
                      Only the microwave can "nuke" something, or am I wrong?

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                        Robert Lauriston Sep 10, 2006 08:35 PM

                        I don't believe there are any good baked potato chips.

                        I had some that were done fresh in a high-intensity light oven. They weren't awful, but I'd rather eat slices of boiled potato.

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston
                          ognir Sep 11, 2006 02:55 AM

                          I see.

                          Have you tried the Kettle baked, Robert?

                          1. re: Robert Lauriston
                            Robert Lauriston Sep 13, 2006 03:58 PM

                            I think so, but I'll give them another shot to make sure.

                            I find the concept ill-conceived--the healthiest part of a potato chip is the oil.

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                      Chimayo Joe Sep 10, 2006 11:38 PM

                      Thanks for the suggestions. I'm trying some dietary changes to relieve a minor digestive problem, and baked potato chips were one of the approved snack foods.

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                        Susan627 Sep 11, 2006 12:36 AM

                        Not to be redundant but, the microwave method is very good, and the baked Kettle chips are great - good potato flavor.

                        1. Will Owen Sep 13, 2006 05:37 AM

                          At the risk of being a tiresome old stick-in-the-mud, I'll assert that a potato chip is by definition a fried thin slice of potato, preferably with little grease bubbles dotting its surface...or is that giving too much away?

                          And its purpose is to stand in for French fries when you can't have those.

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                          1. re: Will Owen
                            twentyoystahs Sep 13, 2006 02:52 PM

                            I am not much of a baked potato chip fan, but I've found a great chip out there that really tastes like it was traditionally fried. It's Ruffles Baked Cheddar chips. Really really good. Be careful as there is a regular Ruffles Cheddar Chips, and these are traditional chips loaded with fat, something like 14g per serving. The baked ones, however, have around 5g fat for the whole bag (i'm talking about one small bag, enough for 1 person), and really are delicious.

                            I'd like to try the Kettle Baked chips, though I haven't seen them anywhere around here (I'm in Boston.)

                            As for Lays baked chips, sure, they are fine for what they are, but I'll never be fooled into thinking I was eating a real potato chip. The Ruffles Baked Cheddar really could pass for the real thing. I wish they'd make 'em in some other flavors, like salt and vinegar, mmm....

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                            Raci570 Oct 10, 2006 10:03 PM

                            What's with this new sunflower oil style Lay's potato chips? They've spoiled the taste. I can really tell the difference. How can we get them to change back? This is like the Classic Coke fiasco some years ago.

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                              taylor_blair Oct 11, 2006 03:23 PM

                              Soy chips! They're not potato chips, I realize, but the flavoring is great and you still that crunch that you probably like from potato chips. Plus they're so low-calorie.

                              I like Glenny's soy chips (ranch, nacho, sea salt) and most of the other brands are equally as good (Glenny's is usually on sale at the grocery store).

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                              1. re: taylor_blair
                                lvecch Oct 12, 2006 02:36 AM

                                Glenny's Cheddar and Lightly Salted flavors are great.

                              2. hhc Oct 11, 2006 03:33 PM

                                baked cheetos are awesome. In a pinch Baked Doritos Nachos and Cool Ranch, but baked cheetos are almost as good as the original.

                                I didn't care for the Kettle Brand baked chips. It was like eating cardboard.

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                                  drobbia Oct 12, 2006 03:44 AM

                                  Tried all that stuff on a stupid diet recently - am so happy to have WIZE potato chips available to help break a diet--just cannot beat them !

                                  1. chowser Oct 12, 2006 08:13 PM

                                    I haven't found any. Lay's are edible but I don't think they compare to real chips. Kettles baked are really hard and crunchy--they cut up the inside of my mouth. I'm really picky. I'd rather eat less of the real thing than more of the baked. I might give the home made microwave ones a try, though!

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