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  1. I'm addicted to kettle chips for some reason I cant explain so.....Cape Cod.

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    1. re: FAB

      Cape Cod's "light" chips are really good and you can almost convince yourself you're being good as you devour a Costco-sized bag.

      1. re: Bob W

        When I was a child (early 70s) my Mother had not just our milk delivered, but our Charlie Chips too.

        Today I like OLIVE OIL BRAND potato chips - particularly along with Ina Garten's pan-fried onion dip (with shallots in place of onions though).

        1. re: Bob W

          wise and bison french onion dip mmmmm the best !

        2. re: FAB

          Those Cape Cod chips must have a secret dose of crack included in every bag, because they're so addictive. I also love Walker's cheddar cheese and Marmite potato crisps (chips) from England, but I haven't been able to get them in the US.

          1. re: katp

            Have you tried the Zapp's Steak flavor or Creole Tomato & Tabasco flavors? Z's produces a variety of seasonal/short run flavors that are pretty damn good. I like the Dill chips with chicken or tuna salad, and the Salsa flavor rocks, too. Can you tell that I have a Zapp's problem? Z's also makes the "Dirty Chips" brand as well.

            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              I live in Lafayette so I've been through pretty much all of them. Isn't there supposed to be a Bloody Mary flavor out now? Or is that the same as the Creole Tomato & Tabasco?

              1. re: katp

                Those Creole Tomato chips are killer good. I get so happy when they come out with a special edition flavor. I think they should make this one permanant though. They are the perfect ratio of vinegar and sugar. Yummy!

            2. re: katp

              I've only had these chips once at one of Emeril's restaurants no less but they are really tasty!

              1. re: katp

                Love Zapp's Cajun Dill or Hotter N' Hot Jalapeno!!


              2. Grandma Shearers kettle-cooked variety.

                Cape Cod salt and vinegar chips are also very good.

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                1. re: Kelli2006

                  YES: Cape Cod Salt & Vinegar - Tastes just like a real bag of chips....

                  1. re: cackalackie

                    Cape Cod Salt & Vinegar. First they got me hooked then they stopped selling them in Vancouver, Canada. I emailed them and they said they just don't distribute them out west anymore! Now I rely on Lay's salt and vinegar but still not the same.

                    1. re: discerning_palate

                      Try UTZ Sea salt and Malt vinegar kettle chips, they are even better than Cape Cod's...

                  1. re: Infomaniac

                    I love to indulge in the humpty dumpty bbque. But they don't sell it in MA(that I've seen). I usually eat them when I'm in Maine.

                    1. re: Infomaniac

                      I 3rd that. YUM.
                      Though I also like Sun Chips..

                    2. Miss Vickie's Lime & Black Pepper

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                      1. re: SnackHappy

                        Second that. The flavor is addicting! Too bad it's another Frito-Lay product.

                        1. re: donnaaries

                          those are very good. Our local "Tropical Smoothie" joint offers Miss Vickie's chips as one of the choices with their wraps.

                          1. re: Bob W

                            i love miss vickie's jalapeno, sweet chili and sour cream, and salt & vinegar...YUM YUM!!! perfect crispyness and thickness.

                            1. re: icey

                              all of those are my all time favorite chips! i love miss vickies!

                        1. re: ghbrooklyn

                          Oh yeah! They are SO good! My newest addiction!

                        2. Wise potato chips; cuz they are darker than most. Since they aren't available on the west coast, my dad once sent me a care package of them; lol the cardboard box was grease-stained.

                          eschew flavored chips

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                          1. re: himbeer

                            We used to like that Wise came in a bag with a window in it, so you could search for the darkest ones. Once we got an entire potato that was sliced but still attached at the bottom, and fanned out. I guess we ate it, if it was nowadays I'd sell it on Ebay!

                          2. Kettle chips salt and vinegar flavor.
                            I am not a huge fan of regular unflavored chips... I'll eat them but in general, I prefer the really crispy, thick chips, but the unflavored ones tend (in my mind...) to have this turkey-ish taste. (Don't ask, they just taste like turkey coldcuts to me...)

                            So yeah, salt and vinegar flavor.

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                            1. re: linlinchan

                              a result of too many school picnics i suspect :)

                            2. Kettle Krunchers

                              Annies Naturals

                              1. For those who like the Cape Cod chips, try cassava/yuca chips.

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                                1. re: Nutritious Jane

                                  mmmmm, yuca chips with garlic salt....I can eat a whole bag "by accident".

                                  I also love the Cape Cod Jalapeno cheddar. And Walkers prawn cocktail or ketchup crisps.

                                2. Zapp's Salt and Vinegar or Cajun Dill

                                  they make some good chips in gramercy

                                  1. Brannigans Roast Beef & Mustard

                                    Walkers "Posh chips" - Lamb & Mint, Roast Chicken & Thyme

                                    Sadly these are from back in the day, when I was living in the UK. Can't seem to find these in the States anywhere.

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                                    1. re: frenetica

                                      Walkers (owned by Pepsi) is starting to be available in the states .. at least I'm pretty sure I saw it and not just a package of the Thai Sweet Chili or the lime pappadum I brought back from the UK!

                                      1. re: SLO

                                        Walker's = Lay's. When the unusual flavors have turned up in the US, I've always seen them under the Lay's name.


                                    2. salt and black pepper Kettle chips! Speaking of chips, does anyone remember Charles Chips? I remeber a van delivering barrels of their chips when I was a kid...they had a ketchup flavored potato chip that was the bees knees.

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                                      1. re: ciaobella

                                        Salt and Black Pepper Kettle Chips for me too. Spicy Thai KC are also good.

                                        1. re: J T

                                          Yup, Salt and Cracked Black Pepper. Makes my mouth water thinking about it.

                                        2. re: ciaobella

                                          I remember Charles Chips very well. They came in one of those big metal cans, like you buy popcorn in at Christmas. Charles Chips were really good. Nowadays, I'm sort of partial to dill flavored chips, or to bbq flavored.

                                          1. re: Scampi

                                            Oh if you like that, do this. Take two nicely sized bbq chips,and place a dill pickle in the middle. I have gotten so many friends hooked on this!

                                            1. re: Scampi

                                              Charles Chips (big tin) are still around along with Grippo's (big boxed), a competitor.

                                              I cannot get a decent homepage link on Charles Chips but http://www.vermontcountrystore.com is a start.

                                              Grippo's are still vendor delivered so online isn't all that pressing as far as a link being needed.


                                              Best chips I ever had was fresh made from a local diner topped with some fine grade of salt. (Probably just plain popcorn salt) Now these were not potato peeler thin, but sliced from her well maintained food slicer in a dash or two above a shaved meat setting. I kind of suspect her secret was frying them in lard.

                                              She went out of buisness 10 years ago and that flavor hasn't been matched anywhere else.

                                            2. re: ciaobella

                                              I Love Charles Chips! We used to have a Charles Chips rep come to the office with a big cart of bad/good-for-you-goodies to buy from once a month. I miss that.

                                              And ditto on the black pepper Kettle Chips, those are mighty fine. They're also a nice addition inside a tuna salad sandwich - get it right in between the lettuce and the tuna salad.

                                              1. re: ciaobella

                                                Yes, I remember the metal barrels of Charles Chips? They used to deliver to our house (just like the milkman of years gone by!)


                                                1. re: ctflowers

                                                  Oh, my gosh. I haven't thought about Charles Chips in so long. We used to live with an aunt back when I was 3 or 4 years old. And I remember those cans being delivered! They were so good.

                                              2. Chiploving hounds, please block out a few hours and proceed to http://www.taquitos.net/

                                                1. Cape Cod are okay, but Trader Joe's are terrific

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                                                  1. re: chilehound

                                                    IMO TJ's are overcooked and too greasy.

                                                  2. Grandma Utz Handcooked
                                                    Jays Kettle Cooked
                                                    Tim's Wasabi

                                                    1. I love an unsalted thick potato chip. They are perfect for dipping! Can't find them for the life of me. Bordens at one time had cottage fries. I could find them in New Hampshire but no place else. Then Wise took them over and started marketing them as cottage cuts. Loved them, and found them exactly once at a Shaws Market in Quincy, Mass. With all the varieties of salted chips I can't understand why we don't have more unsalted versions. Unfortunately, I just don't like the Cape Cod Chips!

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                                                      1. re: Pegmeister

                                                        Pegmeister, Utz makes unsalted potato chips. I've never seen the thick kind (unfortunately) though. I live in the northeast (CT), and you can find them at Price Chopper, Big Y, or usually Stop&Shop.


                                                      2. The entire Blair's Death Rain line:
                                                        Cracked Crab
                                                        Buffalo Wing

                                                        The crunchiest kettle cooked chips out there.

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                                                        1. re: CDouglas

                                                          A couple years ago I was a summer intern at a telecom company. The whole summer a single bag of Death Rain Habanero chips sat in the top rack of the vending machine, taunting me with it's annoying XXXTREME packaging every time I went for lesser snacks like combos and cheez-its. Finally near the end of my term I accepted the challenge and downed the bag on an empty stomach. It went straight through me like an unstoppable lava flow and left me praying for a bathroom break through a 2-hour afternoon meeting. It was good though. I would eat it again, in the comfort of my home.

                                                          1. re: RealMenJulienne

                                                            Funny. The Habanero flavor is definitely one that will burn you twice. I ate my first bag driving home from work and let's just say I got home in record time.

                                                        2. Downey's - only available in Michigan

                                                          1. there used to be a potato chip maker in hawaii by the name of Maui Potato Chips - we used to FedEx them into New York. They were the absolute best, very greasy but FABULOUS! other than that, i like plain old wise.

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                                                            1. re: meb903

                                                              Used to get Maui Wowie potato chips in San Francisco. Expensive there, but worth every penny!

                                                              1. re: meb903

                                                                Have to agree. Maui potato chips are the best chips my mouth has ever had the pleasure of meeting.

                                                                Other than those, I only pretty much eat kettle chips. No point in regular chips, IMO.

                                                                1. re: vorpal

                                                                  agreed, most regular just turn into unsatisfying mush.

                                                              2. "Dirty" makes a pretty good kettle chip too.MMmmmmmm.

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                                                                1. re: FAB

                                                                  Dirty is another brand cooked and packaged by the same people who produce Zapp's Chips: The Little Chippery in Gramercy, LA.

                                                                2. I'm no chip expert, but I'll chip in here ...

                                                                  I prefer plain dry chips. I do not like oily greasy chips that leave a film on my skin or an aftertaste of oil in my mouth.
                                                                  Therefore, I declare my love for plain reduced fat Pringles.
                                                                  I like the dryness, plain potato taste with full presence of saltyness and some satisfying sweetness. Eaten in excess the saltiness becomes overbearing and turns good tasting chips into overly salty distasteful food. (If left uneaten for more than a few days, the crisp chips turn soft and soggy and lose their bite! I have only run into this problem only once or twice in my life, since most 5oz cans of Pringles are a one serving portion for my taste.)

                                                                  Regular Pringles are too heavy and salty to my liking. Fat-free Pringles are a disgrace to the product name, inedible, tasteless, with bizarre texture. I once tried some flavored Pringles chip and was reminded of my preference for just a plain potato taste. If I want some added flavoring, I'll dip the chip into salsa or something else.

                                                                  I like the clean taste of baked Lay's potato chips, also. (I especially like to eat baked Lay's or reduced fat Pringles with a Subway tuna hoagie!! Something about that combination that compliments each other.)

                                                                  And for what it's worth... I haven't had corn chips in years and was given a bag of Frito Lays' Tostitos. I'm sure there are better chips than these, but for someone who hasn't had such a chip like this in years, it was like finding a lost love. I was hoping the 9oz bag packaging said "one serving", but I didn't dare to look after I devoured the bag in one sitting.

                                                                  Whole Foods sells some sort of vegetable chips by some company whose name escapes me. The chips are all sorts of colors and are made from exotic vegetables. Sorry to say, but they really didn't do anything for me. Didn't even want seconds. Think they are called Terra Chips or something like that.

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                                                                  1. re: FelafelBoy

                                                                    Do they still give Terra Chips on Jet Blue?

                                                                    1. re: TampaAurora

                                                                      Terra Chips are good if you dip them in Hummus or Tabouleh!

                                                                    2. re: FelafelBoy

                                                                      Do Pringles low fat still have the scary ingredient olestra?

                                                                    3. Grandma Utz's: sliced thick and handcooked in LARD, as any potato chip worthy of the name should be!

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                                                                      1. re: mclaugh

                                                                        Those chips are great. Too bad there's no normal-sized mail-order option, only two-ounce packets and three- and six-pound "refills" (for what, I'm not sure).

                                                                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                                          I use the refill bags to refill my Charles Chips tin. Grandma Utz taste more like the real Charles Chips than the weak stuff they're peddling online nowdays.

                                                                          And they're great with clam dip.

                                                                        2. re: mclaugh

                                                                          Holy moly! Are they really cooked in Lard? I'll have to track down these chips and give them a serious taste-test.

                                                                            1. re: Hungry Celeste

                                                                              Be careful. Once you've tried them, you probably won't go back to chips cooked in peanut oil.


                                                                            2. re: mclaugh

                                                                              The sour cream and onion ones are DELICIOUS!

                                                                                  1. re: Withnail42

                                                                                    Gibble's BBQ chips, cheese puffs and Grandma Gibble's Old Fashioned Home Style Popcorn are hard to beat.

                                                                              1. My favorite is Terra Chips Yukon Gold. They're a little bit thicker than most and have lots of flavor. Just plain with salt.

                                                                                1. Grandma Shearers, plain or salt and vinegar !

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                                                                                    1. re: Kelli2006

                                                                                      Kelli - not a huge fan of Utz (flavor too dusted and not cooked in for me), but Pennsylvania's not that far from Ohio - but really no sources? we get it all up and down the Mid-Atl.

                                                                                  1. 1. Made Rite Potato Chips(Bay City, MI);
                                                                                    2. Better Made Potato Chips;
                                                                                    3. Better Made Kettle Chips.

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                                                                                    1. re: Griller

                                                                                      Please, Please, Please tell me where I can get my hands on Made Rite Potato Chips! I grew up in Michigan and they are by far my favorite chips ever! I have been under the impression that they went out of business. Do you know if this is true?

                                                                                      Better Made are good but nothing compares to Made Rite!

                                                                                      1. re: dungadog

                                                                                        Better Made has been making the Made Rite chips for >10 years. They bought Made Rite for the distributor network and have been, until just this last year, selling the same chips under both labels. Now Made Rite has disappeared except on the side of the old trucks.

                                                                                        1. re: dungadog

                                                                                          I don't know when the last time you had Made Rite Potato Chips. But, the last time they were sold here in Rhode Island. Was, in the late 50's early 60's. From what I remember, LAYS Potato Chips, bought them out. And, then merged with the FRITO, company. Forming FRITO-LAY. It's to bad. Cause, I loved Made Rite too. Just before they went out of business. They came out with a Pizza Chip, that was Great. I never tasted anything that good in my life.

                                                                                          1. re: pounce2

                                                                                            Made-rite was bought out by Better Made in the 90's. Production was moved to Detroit but they have continued the brand name until recently. The big potato chip trauma that occured in Michigan at the time you are talking about was Lay buying out New Era, which was Detroit's biggest potato chip company. I still miss the New Era lady on the can.

                                                                                            1. re: pounce2

                                                                                              That wasn't a lady on the can (or the logo) of new era products. that was a man.

                                                                                          2. re: Griller

                                                                                            sorry to say Made Rite is no more...Bettermade bought them out and they just aren't quite the same...I used to have them shipped to me overseas in the 70's since no one in Europe has a clue how to make good chips!

                                                                                            1. re: Griller

                                                                                              YES! I agree. As a native Michigander, I was going to say Better Made. I haven't tried their Kettle Chips. Also, the Lay's Thick Cut and sea salted chips are great, but hate the regular Lay's - too thin and greasy

                                                                                            2. Am I the only one who finds Tim's Original potato chips addictive - almost a mystical experience?

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                                                                                              1. re: Marsha

                                                                                                i also love tim's original...thick, super crispy, yum yum yummy...i also really like tim's jalepeno chips as well as the salt and vinegar flavor...

                                                                                              2. Cape Cod dark russets-
                                                                                                Great base for canapes

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                                                                                                1. re: Stew

                                                                                                  Seconded! I love the too-done/almost bitter/oversweet flavor of dark potato chips and french fries. mmmmmmmm

                                                                                                  1. re: Stew

                                                                                                    My favorite as well.

                                                                                                    If I'm shooting for regular (non-dark) chips, I love Utz Rippled.

                                                                                                    1. re: Stew

                                                                                                      The dark russets are my favorite for dipping. They can stand the weight of a good heavy dip!

                                                                                                    2. "Kitch'n Cook'd" Maui Potato Chips.

                                                                                                      There's a few of knock-off including from the big manuf. but not the same.

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                                                                                                      1. re: ML8000

                                                                                                        those are the ones i wrote about fedexing in from hawaii - Kitch'n Cook'd. Are they still around? how do you get them?

                                                                                                        1. re: meb903

                                                                                                          They're still around, although I heard wide rumors otherwise. They don't however have a website and I think the order process is really old school.

                                                                                                          295 Lalo St, Kahului, HI 96732
                                                                                                          Ph: (808) 877-3652

                                                                                                          1. re: ML8000

                                                                                                            thanks, i'm going to order some for the holidays!

                                                                                                      2. Limon Lays. They're soaked in lime juice and absolutely delicious!

                                                                                                        1. I hearby declare PA Dutch Country the tater chip capital of the world. Home to Utz, Herr's, Groffs, Goods (blue), Goods (red), Zerbe's, Kings, Gibbles, Martin's, Bickels, Snyder's of Hanover, and many more. Some of these brands don't make their way out of PA to often, so most of you are probably most familiar with Utz, which are very good.

                                                                                                          The winner, however is Dieffenbach's. Nice thick and crispy, potato-y, with a smidge of lard flavor.

                                                                                                          I'd love to try some of the brands mentioned here and will seek them out any time I travel. Have not had a chance to try Zapps yet.

                                                                                                          Don't mean to sound like a tater chip snob, but I feel kinda awkward reading about Lays and Pringles in this thread.

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                                                                                                          1. re: Ace_Mclean

                                                                                                            At the York Central Market in York, you can get Martin's Chips in brown paper bags packed to order by little old ladies in hair nets.

                                                                                                            Zapps are excellent chips with many good flavor options. Cajun Crawtators is one popular variety.

                                                                                                          2. Grandma Utz are great as mentioned many times here. There is also a PA Dutch brand called Gibbles that I grew up on (also cooked in lard). The Plain is good but the Red Hot are the best, your fingers stay red for a week!

                                                                                                            I have had Zapps on my visit to Nawlins last year... the do rate highly also. Especially accompanied by a muffaletta!

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                                                                                                            1. re: tapas gal

                                                                                                              Hey! I grew up practically in Gibble's back yard! In fact, I was practically cut my teeth on Gibbles!

                                                                                                              Gibble's Red Hot are indeed quite a tasty tater, but these days, I much prefer Grandma Utz's for plain. I don't know if it was just my memory playing tricks, but it seemed to me that Gibble's started slicing their potatoes thinner sometime around the mid-'80s and their chips started leaving a greasy aftertaste in your mouth instead of that clean, rich, "I can feel my arteries hardening" feeling, and just kind of crumbled when your teeth barely touched them instead of delivering crunch after satisfying crunch as you chomped away on them.

                                                                                                              1. re: mclaugh

                                                                                                                Nope! I totally agree on the Gibble's getting thinner awhile back. I thought it was my memory! I left the area in the mid 80's and would only get them at holidays and thought they were "off" but couldn't place it.... I must of grew up in the same back yard as you! Marion Pa?

                                                                                                                1. re: tapas gal

                                                                                                                  Well, it's good to know I haven't completely lost my mind! :-)

                                                                                                                  Close enough: Waynesboro.

                                                                                                              2. re: tapas gal

                                                                                                                Yes on the Grandma Utz and Gibble's chips (prefer the plain to red hot, but both are good). I also liked Bickel's and Martin's. I'm no longer living in PA Dutch country, but I sure do miss the lard-cooked chips (oil isn't the same). Agree with the posters who noticed the "skinny-ization" of Gibble's chips.

                                                                                                                I have family who bring Utz or Gibbles when they visit me here in the Midwest. And one of my colleagues brings them back too, when he goes back east. We both agree it's the lard.

                                                                                                                I think the old joke is that you know you're in PA Dutch country when everyone lives within 3 miles of a plant that produces potato chips, pretzels or bologna!

                                                                                                              3. Lays baked cheddar and sour cream. Can't get enough...3 years later!

                                                                                                                1. My favorite chip on the planet is Tim's cascade potato chips: Jalepeno flavor. I however, cannot find it on the east coast. Anyone knows of a source, I'd appreciate. I used to get it through mail order but buying a whole box, even for me is too much and my wife has put a stop to buying that much chips.

                                                                                                                  Zapp's and charles chips are great. But here in the DC area, I have to settle for Utz (which is good but can't hol a candle to the other 3).

                                                                                                                  1. Second the Charles Chips. I remember the Charles Chip man used to come refill the can. Mom still has that can somewhere... Kettle are great too, and Dirty Chips.

                                                                                                                    1. Tim's Cascade. Thick, crunchy, good classic and good flavored, like those wasabi chips....

                                                                                                                      1. Madhouse Munchies, Blair's Death Rain, Cape Cod, and Poore Brothers are all great

                                                                                                                        1. Around here many of us are addicted to Boulder Canyon Salt and Pepper or Salt and Vinegar chips.

                                                                                                                          1. Plain chips, I like Lays (classic Lays). I also can really do damage to Terra Salt and Pepper chips.

                                                                                                                            1. Honestly: Lay's Curry. Run don't walk.

                                                                                                                              In Canada you can buy them at Shopper's Drug Mart, Price Choppers and Dominion. There is also a new Wasabi flavour but it's not nearly as good.

                                                                                                                              Eat 'em with Trader Joe's chocolate-covered caramels :-)

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                                                                                                                              1. re: spigot

                                                                                                                                Try the Pringle's Curry if you can find them. They're the platonic ideal of a potato chip.

                                                                                                                              2. I totally LOVE LOVE LOVE Wise potato chips. Every time I go back east I try to get bags. I even called Bordon's main office in Columbus Ohio to see if I could talk them into distributing them father west. My input was dismissed. Best chips ever, bar none. Salty, greasy, natural looking with flaws, but not thick like kettle chips. Oooooooo I want some Wise potato chips soooo much.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: Fuser

                                                                                                                                  Contact them. I did last year and they said you could order them.


                                                                                                                                  1. re: LisaN

                                                                                                                                    Thanks. I found them at the Malibu Country Mart in the deli there the other day. I got two big bags. My husband said, "I don't want any chips." I said, "They're not for you." Apparently Bordon no longer makes them. But they taste the same. Yeeeee Ha! I'm a happy chipster, gleefully licking my oily, salted fingers.

                                                                                                                                2. I had these UK chips once, could never find them again called Jack and Ollie's--they were great with a serious variety of flavors. Check them out if you can...

                                                                                                                                  1. Bob's Texas Style Jalapeno Potato Chips for those who like a little spice.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: ncs821

                                                                                                                                      Yes! Bob's! There is a new flavor that rocks - Bob's Texas Style Three Cheese Jalapeno Kettle Chips. They are a little greasy, not too much, a bit thicker and very crunchy with a definite spicy tang to them. And they look hand cut, no uniform shapes or sizes.

                                                                                                                                      I also like Pringles, but that doesn't count as a "potato chip" since they even say on the can that they are "potato crisps."

                                                                                                                                      1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                        Pringles! Yes please! Paprika flavor or salt and vinegar.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: ncs821

                                                                                                                                        It wasn't until I read this thread that I realized the Bob's brand had been reactivated.

                                                                                                                                        Bob's chips were available in Texas for several years in the mid-'80s, and I was addicted to their cheddar and jalapeno flavor, but the company went under and the owners moved from Houston to Arizona and founded Poore Brothers. Still a good chip, but just not the same. However, I just looked at the company's website and apparently they brought back the Bob's brand in 1998. Go figure.

                                                                                                                                        Although currently, my passion is Herr's ketchup chips. Happily, Shaw's only carries them sporadically, because I truly have been known to eat entire large bags in the course of an evening.

                                                                                                                                      3. I just tried the Kettle Spicy Thai.

                                                                                                                                        Oh. My. God.

                                                                                                                                        I've had some good potato chips before, but these are just horrifically addictive. I couldn't stop munching on them, they're so wildly flavorful and delicious and oh I'm gonna have to buy them four bags at a time like I do with the Barbara's Bakery baked cheesy poofs.

                                                                                                                                        I'm a huge fan of the LantChips available at IKEA. They're some of the potato-iest potato chips I've had, and ultra crunchy.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                                                                                                                                          Welcome to the dark side JK. For me there is no such thing as eating only a portion of the bag of the Thai Spicy chips....it's all or nothing.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                                                                                            Try those Barbara's Cheese Puff Bakes, they're in the same category of "You mean this isn't a single serving bag?" Those Spicy Thai chips are the first time I've been tempted to rip the bag open and lick it clean, though. And to think, they might be releasing Jamaican Jerk chips on the world in the near future. But if they get rid of the Spicy Thai I'm writing to the company.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                                                                                                                                              I had a bag (not a type-o, I ATE THE WHOLE friggin bag) of the Jamaican Jerk Kettle Chips last week. Boy they have a strong flavor. They were great on a Sunday afternoon with my sandwich while I was cleaning the house, but probably not the best idea for a pre-date snack :)

                                                                                                                                        2. Kettle's Salt and Vinegar Chips.... Lip-smackingly tangy!

                                                                                                                                          1. PC kettle chips- sea salt and balsamic vinigar...

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: RiJaAr

                                                                                                                                              I'm having trouble coming up with a solid favorite, but lately I've been hooked on Utz Carolina BBQ chips. The flavors of vinegar, paprika and smoke without being too salty or greasy. They have been increasingly hard to find lately in New England, though.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: pork_chop

                                                                                                                                                I've not heard of the Carolina BBq Utz chips... whoa. I'm certainly going to search for these. I noticed that my Harris Teeter just put up about 15 different flavors of Utz chips... they never carried them previously. I was thrilled as I am originally from PA.

                                                                                                                                            2. Honestly. I am not a chip person.

                                                                                                                                              However, my MOTHER is a life long addict. So, while I choose to not indulge, I do value her opinion on the subject, quite deeply. And for the last year or so, she has been totally devoted to the Archer Farms brand at Target. I think it is their house brand. Everytime I go to my parents' there are at least three bags in the cabinet (I go looking in the cabinet for the cheet-ohs my Dad might have snuck in!). I think she might actually go to Target JUST for the chips. I wouldn't put it past her. ;)

                                                                                                                                              1. Your mother is a smart lady... The Thick Cut Rosemary and Olive Oil and the Sea Salt chips are fantastic. Actually the entire Archer Farms brand is quite good. The Black Pepper Flatbread Crackers are AMAZING! Also they have these Scallion and Cheddar cheese twist crackers that are great. I have no problem admitting that I do go to Target JUST to buy Archer Farms products...!!

                                                                                                                                                1. Mike-sells from Dayton, Ohio. Grew up with them. BTW for anyone in the DC region, you can get small bags of Zapps at wegman's these days...sold in the food court.

                                                                                                                                                  1. I'm a thick lard "homestyle" or "kettlecooked" kind of guys, so as I mention above there are a lot of choices in my home state of PA. One of the bigger local brands that distribute regionally is Herrs. But for years there were really not a whole lot better than lays.

                                                                                                                                                    Recently, they started with a thicker kettle cooked like that is actually quite good and will make it into my pantry rotation. This past weekend, however, I tried their kettle salt and vinager and they are easily the best s&v chips I've ever had.

                                                                                                                                                    Where can I get Thai Spicy chips?

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ace_Mclean

                                                                                                                                                      Here in Virginia I can get them at most grocery stores and all of the natural/organic stores. They are often with the blue chips and the organics rather than with the Frito Lay products on the big chip aisle.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ace_Mclean

                                                                                                                                                        I live in N-E Ohio and I haven't seen Herrs chips for ages. They used to be quite popular, but they seem to have fallen out of favor locally. Shearers and Snyders seem to be the current favorites.

                                                                                                                                                        I own stock in Pepsico, but I have never thought Lays products were all that good. I'm glad that other people don't feel the same way, and the dividend have been quite healthy lately.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Ace_Mclean

                                                                                                                                                          Oh the Herrs Kettle cooked Salt & Vinegar!...I have an additiction that is only barely under control. I buy one bag every other month and then have to restrain myself from ripping into it in the car. I barely make it home and then somehow the entire bag magically disapears and I'm left with a VERY full belly and painfully tingly lips and tongue. I can't be around them any other time, my mouth is actually watering right now just thinking of them. I might drool on my keyboard.

                                                                                                                                                          That being said, I never realized that I was growing up in Chip and Pretzel Heaven until I left eastern PA (Right on the Berks/Lancaster county line) and suddenly found out that most people just eat Ruffles and Lays and Pringles and that's all they have ever seen. My friends at college thought I was crazy complaining about the lack of choices...and that was only out in Pittsburgh.

                                                                                                                                                        2. Wise potato chips --I'm sorry to say that I have never eaten most of the other original flavored ones-never have come across them-

                                                                                                                                                          1. I can't believe no one has mentioned Ballreich's in mid-ohio.
                                                                                                                                                            The tenderest, tastiest chip I ever had and I compare all new chips to them. All are marcelled and as the saying goes ' betcha can't eat just one"

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: dpvettech

                                                                                                                                                              I grew up around Toledo, and Ballreichs were the chip to beat, in the day. Had some recently, and they weren't quite the same - used to have a certain aroma out of the bag, but that was gone. Have they changed the type of cooking oil, do you think?

                                                                                                                                                            2. YES to Lay's curry flavour. Seriously, fly to Canada for a bag.

                                                                                                                                                              1. I adored Terra Olive Oil and Rosemary Chips. These were so much more than potato chips but alas, I don't think they make them anymore. I've tried other brands but they just don't cut it.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Humpty Dumpty Dill Pickle - the best chips hands down!!! Also work as a sandwich stacker. A distant second would be the Miss Vickie's sea salt and malt vinegar.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Sure, I love all of those flavored chips. But I think I'm just a really boring purist. If I have my choice, I always go for plain Lays or Ruffles. Though I much rather prefer Granny Goose. Do they still make Granny Goose??? Those are my ALL TIME FAVORITES. To me, they are the best, plain potato chip that actually tastes like a real potato.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Tim's Cascade is my favorite brand. jalapeno, sea salt and vinegar are my fav flavors. haven't tried wasabi yet but they look good.

                                                                                                                                                                      I also like Kettle Chips roasted red pepper with goat cheese :)

                                                                                                                                                                      1. I used to love Groffs(sp) in high school. But I've moved and haven't had any in years.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Withnail42

                                                                                                                                                                          I must correct myself I belive they may in fact have been Gibbles.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. I keep going back to Wise, mostly for the burnt chips. Here in Western PA, the chip scene is bleak. Shearers, Sniders of Hanover and Lays seem to be the big brands. All pale in taste to Wise. In the case of Shearers/Sniders, the taste of the oil overwhelmed the potato taste.

                                                                                                                                                                          However, I recently bought some Troyers Farm chips that were every bit as good as Wise. Just that I can't remember where the heck I bought them.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. When I want a chip fix- i go for Route 11 sweet potato chips. I am lucky enough to live in an area that has Utz, Herrs, Martins, Gibbles, Snyders of Hanover and other tasty chip options!

                                                                                                                                                                            1. I'm from NYC so every mention of WISE brought a smile to my face - but I have also spent time in the Berkshires - didn't see State Line chips mentioned Good Stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                              Does anyone remember O'GRADY's Au Gratin chips?? Just a bit of chip heaven!!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Lay's regular (not those baked things) with all the salt and oil. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. The Archer Farms Thick Cut Sea Salt with Olive Oil Chips are, hands down, the greatest chip I’ve ever tasted in my life. I never would have believed how much I could love a potato chip. I went crazy after having them the first time. I bought bags for everyone I know and brought them to their homes, left them on their doorstep, their mailbox, with their newspaper.... And everyone loved them as much as I did.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Of course, they all may have thought that I’d lost my mind and were just humoring me. But I choose to think not.

                                                                                                                                                                                  They’re just soooooo good.


                                                                                                                                                                                  Uncle Ira

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Uncle Ira

                                                                                                                                                                                    Next time... venture out and sample the Rosemary and Olive Oil ones also... also extremely addicitve... I buy several bags of both when I am at a Target... also, mosey over to the cracker aisle and get the Cracked Black Pepper crackers... yum

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: tapas gal

                                                                                                                                                                                      I have tried the rosemary chips and liked them very much, though not quite as much as the sea salt. But I’ll make a point of picking up some of cracked pepper crackers next time I’m there...


                                                                                                                                                                                      Uncle Ira

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tapas gal

                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the tip. Terra used to sell these but they discontinued them and replaced them with an herb chip. Not good. Everyone loved those R & OO chips. I'll look for Archer farms Rosemary & Olive Oil chips next time I'm at Target.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Uncle Ira

                                                                                                                                                                                        Archer Farms Wasabi Mustard are very good!!! so are Pringles Paprika from back home... very nice....oh and Bolognese Chips from back home..... oh, got me going now, hahaha!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                        and always plain Lays... or Ruffles, depends on my mood!

                                                                                                                                                                                      3. I'm not a real big potato chip fan; I prefer Nacho Cheese Doritos to just about everything else. But when I'm in the mood for potato chips I like Old Dutch Dill Pickle chips. (NOT Lay's--they're just not the same.)

                                                                                                                                                                                        The big brand where I grew up was Guy's, but I think Wise bought them out somewhere along the line.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: revsharkie

                                                                                                                                                                                          These aren't "chips" but I love Pirate's Booty white cheddar booty. SO good. Used to get Veggie Booty but i dont see it anymore... wasn't it recalled for some reason?

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Chocolate Toe

                                                                                                                                                                                            No, Toe. I saw veggie booty at the Shoprite near me. I live in Ocean County NJ.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: diablo

                                                                                                                                                                                              They were recalled, because of salmonella, a few months ago, but they are back. Look at the packaging and if you do NOT see the bones at the top left and right corners, they are safe. If you do see the bones tell the store manager.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Marks & Spencer's Shrimp Cocktail Chips (aka Prawn Cocktail Tapioca Snacks)
                                                                                                                                                                                          - always excited when someone is heading out to HK or Europe, since M&S closed shop here in Canada =(

                                                                                                                                                                                          Lay's and Ruffles All Dressed
                                                                                                                                                                                          Kettle Chips Sea Salt & Vinegar

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I have to go with Kettle Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips. Although Zapps makes some interesting chips these days. Has anyone had their hint of tabasco chips? They are awesome. And not very spicy.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Terra's Yukon Gold potato chips! So great...dip them in ketchup and you'll be hooked.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Cape Cod and Kettle 'naturals'... I like my chips to be thick, crunchy, and naturally-flavoured, and not over-salted. (if they're too salty I can't eat enough to be satisfied!) We just tried the Cape Cod BBQ and Salt-and-vinegar on Monday while we were out on a car-trip. Mmmmm, they were good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Is it true that Chicago-based Jay's potato chips is going out of business??? Say it isn't so!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Trader Joe's Salt & Vinegar. My lips burn just thinking about them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    And I'll always be a sucker for plain lay's with lipton onion soup dip... with extra Knudsen sour cream. Yeah baby!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Oh Robin

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Potato chips, what a wonderful topic. I don't know how I missed this thread! MY husband and I were in Vancouver a few years ago and found a shop that made fresh potato chips around the clock. The next time we went to Vancouver it was gone and now it seems like I only made it up in my fervent wishful thinking.Since there is no place like that here in Westchester, I will be happy munching on Trader Joe kettle chips and Terra sweet potato chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Oh Robin

                                                                                                                                                                                                        "And I'll always be a sucker for plain lay's with lipton onion soup dip... with extra Knudsen sour cream. Yeah baby!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree except I like the dip with Ruffles, and I make my own onion soup dip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Poore Brothers kettle chips. Salt n' Vinegar and Jalapeno flavored. MMMmmmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I came across this thread accidentally! I had no idea what I would be in for! However, here's my two cents... I was born & raised on Cain's potato chips, but more recently have been a kettle chip fanatic. (I'm the one picking out all of the folded-over chips in the bag and eating those before any of the others,) However... I purchased a bag of Archer Farms Garlic Rosemary Potato Crisps last week at Target. They are soooo addictive, even though I'm such a kettle chip fan, with the grease and all. The flavor is just to die for!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. jay's potato chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                            have to get them in chicago, although i ran across the barbecue chips out in phoenix once.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. 1) Old Dutch Smokey BBQ
                                                                                                                                                                                                              2) Kettle Salt and Pepper

                                                                                                                                                                                                              All the rest I've had are all right to good. But these two are my top favourites for crunch and taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Best potatoe chip "Diffenbach's" cooked in all natural lard. Manufactuced in Womelsdorf, PA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Any Midwesterners(or Wisconsinites, in particular) out there for De-lish-us chips?!? These are the business! Mmmm...cheddar cheese, sour cream and chive...who am I kidding, I could wolf down bags of any flavor. These are so perfectly thin, airy, crisp and not at all greasy and I love the fact that all of the flavored chips are really subtle. So great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MissMethuselah

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Miss M--You are in Milwaukee, right? Where around here do you get them?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Zapp's Creole Tomato too bad they are seasonal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Weighing in way late on this discussion, but without a doubt Kettle Brand Potato Chips. And of their eight varieties Spicy Thai is tops on my list!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Walkers crisps from the UK, all the flavours, esp. cheese and onion. ( I must specify the regular range not the posh crisps. In the US Kettle chips, salt and vinegar or salt and back pepper.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love a crisp/chip sandwich - sliced white bread, butter, lots of chips squished down!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Grown up with, and really like Wise, but my favorite for a few years now, is Grandma Utz Handcooked...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Unequivocally, without-a-doubt, Middleswarth BBQ chips from Middleburg PA. I'm originally from central PA and every family consumed these things in mass quantities. So much so that they came out w/ a big barrel package. The top popped open and inside was a wax paper bag w/ a twist tie. No vacuum packaging! I believe that's testimony as to how quickly these things sell... cuz they were always fresh!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Throw in some Hellava Good french onion dip and it's a par-tay!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Honorable mention goes to Kettle Cooked Thai Spice chips... good in small quantities)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Are you sure the outer packaging wasn't vacuum packed? Because no matter how fresh the chips are they will go stale immediately. Just as a bag would after you open it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: chipman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am absolutely certain... nothing is sealed/vacuum packed. a barrel made of cardboard w/ an unsealed lid holds a twist tied bag. That's it. Now, they do sell regular vacuum-packed bags also. But the barrel is just as I described. I know, it's crazy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: chipman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i also lived in central Pa, and grew up on middleswarth chips. lynnlato is correct- the chips that are sold in the cardboard barrels are not vacuum sealed. The weekenders (the second largest size that i know of) and the other size bagged chips are vacuumed sealed just like any other chips, but people go through them so quickly anyways. Where they sell middleswarth chips, they greatly outsell Lays, and you can tell that by how much space the grocery stores alot for their displays. Often i've seen the middleswarth chips having a 20-30 foot section, with lays on an end-cap. LOL. and YES! the bbq's are without a doubt the best tasting chip i have ever eaten

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Terra's Red Bliss Potato Chips with garlic, parmesan & olive oil...absolutely delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I just tried Utz's "The Crab Chip". They are seasoned with Old Bay seasoning and they are yummy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Snyder's of Berlin (I think it's a midwest product) Salt and Vinegar...the very best I've tasted.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Gingerleen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Terra: Yukon Gold Yogurt and Green Onion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Snyders of Berlin: Hawaiian Sweet Onion Kettle-Style Chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bachman or Utz: Red Hot Potato Chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. ok new favorite! since i've been trying to watch calories, I have been trying baked chips. The new Archer farms baked potato crisps at target are mindblowing! The Jamaican Jerk flavor is so authentic and so addicting! just enough spice to keep me from eating the whole bag - my tongue started to burn! The curry flavor is amazing as well!! yummm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      but - I'm a CT implant in TX and I can't forget my heritage. Cape Cod dark russet, nicely burnt, Herr's Ketchup flavor - so addictive, better than french fries with ketchup! Utz crab chips, the old bay seasoning is so good with a lobster roll and a homebrewed rootbeer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I like the red bliss olive oil chips too. spicy thai kettle chips, red pepper and goat cheese kettles too.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      but these target ones are pretty amazing for $2.29

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ginger7949

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When we were in Alaska over the summer we had chips from the alaska potato chip company, cooked in 100% peanut oil. Now the fact that we were eating them while hiking in Denali national park may of had something to do with it, however they were some of the best chips I have every had. If they were not so expensive, I would ship them all the way back to Miami

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. wow, just when you think there are few options outside of the trans-national corporations...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        or maybe these are all subsidiaries with regional twists, but I don't think so (some are yes).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I remember the stories of the potato chip guy coming by once or twice a week and even better, my grandmother and her friends making batches at home to take to high-school parties. (you just know they must have used suet, schmaltz or lard...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Mama Zuma's Rt 11 Potato Chips. Really spicy, between the spice, the crisp, and the grease, you can't stop eating them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: michele cindy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just to help people find these great chips, the brand is Route 11 (they are made in Mount Jackson VA, just down the road from Middletown VA, where they started, both towns are on Route 11, the old Shenandoah Valley highway that parallels I-81) and the chip name is Mama Zuma's Revenge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Mama Zuma's chips come in two varieties, one mild and one really really freaking hot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Route 11 is a great chip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. This is a local brand (store) but Stew Leonards (CT & NY) makes some awesome sweet potato chips. I don't know why I love them so (probably just because they're sweet & salty at the same time). They make them right there in the store so they're pretty fresh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Just realized this htread started 2 years ago, but anyway. I'm a strage bird when it comes to chips. They are my weakness. I am about 292 lbs, and if potato chips were never invted I'd be about 210. I love chips. I can't open a bag withou eating the whole thing. it's a sickness. I like Salt & Vinegar, Onion & Garlic, Sour Cream & Onion, Doritos, Cool Ranch Doritos, Habanero Doritos, you name it. I like Wise, Ruffles, Tostitoes, Utz, Cape Cod, Kettle, whatever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But honestly, my favorite chips of all time I can't find. They were Ruffles Unsalted. Despite my chip fetish, I actually don't love salt. These unsalted chips with a nice salsa, onion or horseradish dip, or just some malt vinegar. Delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: thew

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Amen! First let me say that I never met a salty snack that I didn't like, except for maybe some of the cheap off brands. But IMHO there is NOTHING better than good old Lays Potato Chips. Lays Wavy are a close second followed by Ruffles. Don't get me wrong - I like all the flavors too and all the other types of chips/snacks, but I guess this is one area where I am a purist. I don't keep them in the house, and I recently had to break my habit of buying a 99 cent bag for the drive home, as the calories were starting to catch up with me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Calbee Pizza with the globs of fake cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: tjr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JAY's (NOT "LAYS"). I think they're local, We had Beer Potato Chips a few days ago, they were awesome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Whosyerkitty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oooh yeah....I like the salt and crunch of the Beer Chips....doesn't taste really beery, but has a really nice feel to it....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also like the Kettle Spicy Thai as well as the Kettle Chipotle....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Alas, I've never seen the Terra General Tso's.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Have just had the Food Should Taste Good jalapeno chips, too, altho these are tortilla, not tater chips.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. resurrecting this old thread to add terra yukon onion and garlic chips as well as the terra general tso's chips. i've eaten WAY too many.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: arifa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I grew up in Xenia , Ohio. It was always Mike-Sells Potato Chips. There was also a local chip company called Kuntz Potato Chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I grew up in western PA ~~ Wise (original) Potato Chips. Blue bag with an owl on it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      After being away from PA for many (over 20) years, DSister and I had checked into a motel just outside Erie PA. We were just settling in after a long flight, and then a drive from Cleveland when I remembered WISE. Went to the vending machine and there they were. DSister thought I was crazy as she is not a CH in any way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Does anyone know if Walker's Salt & Vinegar chips are available in the US. They are English (and called Crisps, not chips actually).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: twodales

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've seen them at small shops specializing in British goods in California

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: twodales

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I often see them in the import goods aisle at my local supermarkets here in Boston, which has an enormous UK/Irish immigrant population.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frito-Lay now owns Walkers -- Walkers crisps now have exactly the same logo on their bags as Lay's chips -- so I've been seeing Walkers products more and more in the states.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. When I lived up in North Dakota I greatly enjoyed Dakota Style chips, especially the bbq and sour cream & cheddar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On a side note, they also used to make these cheese poofs that were more cheese than poof. Sooooooo good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. This post is rather old, but I had to add my two cents and nominate UTZ crab chips as the greatest chip ever made. You can't go wrong with a potato chip covered in Old Bay.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ReggieL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and if you ever find yourself in Baltimore you can buy Utz made fresh at the Cross Street Market.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                really makes a difference (hope I didn't post that before on this thread - I know I did somewhere)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I lived there for about 15 years and fresh UTZ are fantastic! I have some friends coming to visit from Baltimore and this post inspired me to beg them to bring UTZ crab chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Anyone tried Wingers? They're not bad. I found them at 7/11.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Don't go much for the flavored chips these days, although some of Zapp's flavored chips aren't bad. But in general so much of the chip flavoring tastes more like science than food, if you know what I mean.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love the caramelized taste of the Cape Cod dark russet and the peanut oil cooking you taste in Zapp's and Krunchers. But in general I like simple chips with a lot of flavor. Paramounts are good if you can find them. And I guess I'm partial to the Lay's "Wavy" chips as well. Better Made and Jays are pretty tasty too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kitchenprof

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not a big chip person unless there's dip! There are exceptions however. Lately been buying Terra Arrabiata chips. At a recent cocktail party, my guests devoured them. I was constantly filling the bowl. They ARE addictive, that's for sure. I kept showing the bag to people so they would know what to buy when they go to the store.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: twodales

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Picked up a bag of Bellreich's "Marcelled" potato chips in Toledo, Ohio the other day. AWESOME. Not unlike the "wavy" lays or the Paramount chips (that I miss....) but a richer working class potato chip that makes sense to me. And it was a 2.75oz bag for 99 cents. I really don't like to buy a big (fat) bag of chips, so this was perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      An Ohio family product since 1920, I hear. It's my new favorite chip. And a darn good reason to hop off the Ohio turnpike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I love the sea salt and cracked pepper kettle cooked chips. I forget the brand but they are awesome

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Another vote for Cape Cod russets. Such a complex, earthy flavor. Almost bitter - which would be gross - but not quite. I like them heated up for about 20 seconds in the microwave and sprinkled with a little extra coarse salt. Actually pretty much any chip benefits from this treatment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On street corners in China you can find old ladies stoking black cauldrons of fry oil which have been boiling since the Ming dynasty. They have a tray of raw items on skewers and they will fry you up a skewer of sliced potato for like 30 cents. In addition to the hot pepper seasoning they carry the ghostly flavors of all their honorable ancestors; a million other fried Chinese foods from dynasties past. I can't exactly say they are my favorite but I feel like a badass when I eat them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: RealMenJulienne

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          oooh. another for the bucket list. the Chinese street fry-up that is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Oh, this thread just took me back. Ballreich's. It was like a cult uniting Michigan and Ohio. They were really good chips, very much like a fried potato, instead of a starch vehicle for MSG, onion powder, and 'cheese'. Salty, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My step-father used to empty the bag into a large Tupperware container, once the bag was opened, in order to preserve them all the better. We kids had to ask *permission* when we wanted chips. Of course, there were five of us kids; five teens can make short work of a bag of chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I've recently changed my mind. No longer is my favorite Middleswarth BBQ out of Pennsylvania. Nope, my new favorite is Zapp's Voodoo flavor. Damn, those are some tasty, tangy chips!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I picked up a bag of these on a roadtrip from Tennessee. I wish I'd bought more. It's kind of a sensory overload, since the spice mix is a blend of bbq and cheese and spice and godknowswhat, but somehow it works.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They are very vinegary/tangy... I don't think there is any cheese though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Just tried Kettle Chips Krinkle Cut. UH-MAY-ZING! Ridiculously crunchy, deliciously greasy, insanely addictive.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. When I was a kid we lived in Abilene Tx We would go to the Humpty Dumpty potatoe chip factory and get chips in a refillable tin 5 gal bucket.Still there?That was in the 60'sNow I like Lays low salt.Man I'm old as hell!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. My favorite chips are those we slice on our mandoline, extra thin, and fry ourselves. Oh the sodium, oh the fat. But if I have chips out, I'm always glad if the deli has plain old Lay's potato chips. With a half-sour pickle and a corned beef sandwich with brown mustard, I'm happy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: RosePearl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you look at two potatoes you'd probably think to yourself, "I can't eat both of those."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But make same potatoes into chips, they're gone in 5 minutes. And you're not even full.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    At least that's been my experience. And I just did it. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As good as homemade chips are, I'm surprised you'd like Lays in any setting. To me Lays just seems to be the blandest chip out there. Night and day diff from homemade. Just one chip-lovers' take.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Charles Chips were the best but sadly they seem to be history. Someone turned me on to Grandma Utz's kettle-cooked chips though. They're fried in lard. They are awesome. For guilty pleasure, though, Kroger (supermarket) makes really good plain potato chips. A decent size bag will run you a dollar and they are supremely tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Herr's catsup chips! Positively addictive. Betcha can't eat just one (bag.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MandalayVA: given your post name, get yourself up to Balto and at the Cross Street market you can get fresh (as in a few minutes old fresh) Utz, maybe at the Lex market too, but I don't recall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I absolutely love Gibble's redhot chips,First handful no heat almost a sweet component then as you devour handful after handful the heat builds to a medium to medium hot slow burn just really quite Glorious Or I also like Wise Onion Garlic But nibble with gibble's is number one in my book

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gibble's chips are great and the Red Hot is one of their best. Gibble's chips are cooked in lard and if you can get hold of their Krinkle Cut you are in business.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I'm a +1 on ANY kettle chip. Irresistible. And lately, I can't get enough of those little bags of chips that Panera offers with their sandwiches. They are like a cross between a kettle chip and a lighter, crisper chip (like Lay's or other national brands). Just the right amount of salt, not too greasy. I can turn down Cheetos and Doritos or sweets all day, but I could never say no to a bag of Panera chips. Bonus: compared to many other chips, they're not as unhealthy, and thankfully, they come in a little bag so it's "safer" for portion control.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I've been getting into the Kettle Brand line of chips. Quite tasty. Old Dutch is my favourite of that style of chip, but the Kettle Brand chips are my favourite kettle type. Really getting a New York Cheddar addiction going.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. My husband loves Wise, I'm a kettle chip fan myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Terra Arrabiata. They vanish at my parties.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Kettle Chips - Salt & Vinegar... Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I have recently found Herr's 1853 Brand Kettle Chips and they are really good. I like the buttermilk and her the best. I've only seen them at K-Mart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Rave Buffalo Wing chips are yummy. The best thing about Rave brand chips is that they have tons of seasoning and flavour, they don't skimp like most brands. I also love the Doritos Bold BBQ flavour. Also, I once had these olive oil and basil chips, so yummy and greasy :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. i really LOVE sour cream and onion chips the flavor just birsts in my mouth
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