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Hungry Celeste May 3, 2007 12:02 PM

I recently discovered Grandma Utz potato chips, which surpass Zaps', only 'cause they are fried in....wait for it....LARD.

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    rg3825 RE: Hungry Celeste May 4, 2007 11:15 AM

    Utz are good, no doubt! They've some fun flavs to try too. If memory serves... "Ketchup" and "New England Crab" and "Hamburger". I remember liking the hamburger one.

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      Bill Hunt RE: rg3825 May 7, 2007 08:39 PM

      Uh-oh. You guys have got me going on Grandma Utz' Potato Chips. Next trip down, I have GOT to try these. If for no other reason, than they sound so "over-the-top."
      Interesting,
      Hunt

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        Hungry Celeste RE: Bill Hunt May 8, 2007 06:45 AM

        Oh, they're not local. Distributed in the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic. Here's the Utz website with distribution locations: http://www.utzsnacks.com/about_distce...

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          Bill Hunt RE: Hungry Celeste May 9, 2007 08:59 PM

          Hungry Celeste,

          I looked at the site, but did not see LA (that's Louisiana for everyone on THIS board) on it. Not local, eh? But, available in NOLA? We have not seen them in AZ, even though we have a lot of "boutique chips." Still, I've gotta' keep an eye out for 'em.

          Thanks for the update and URL,
          Hunt

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            Hungry Celeste RE: Bill Hunt May 10, 2007 07:23 AM

            I never said you could get them in LA! I just said they had surpassed Zapp's as my favorite chip.

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              KOK RE: Bill Hunt May 10, 2007 01:09 PM

              Utz is out of Hanover, Pa, maybe 30 miles northwest of Baltimore. Not sure how far they distribute so mail-order might be the way to go.

              Thanks,

              Kevin

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                Drew E RE: Bill Hunt May 10, 2007 01:28 PM

                Utz are regular, supermarket chips. Definitely not 'botique.' They also have a brand called 'Mystic' which have 'Dark Russet' and 'Salt and Vinegar.' These are the saltiest and 'vinegariest' chips I've eaten. Delicious!

        2. QueenB RE: Hungry Celeste May 10, 2007 01:23 PM

          Oh yes, the Grandma Utz handcooked chips are greatness!

          I also love the Utz Ripples. Didn't much care for the Salt & Vinegar though...too vinegary.

          1. chica RE: Hungry Celeste May 11, 2007 01:04 AM

            I saw these at the local drugstore when I visited DC a couple months ago. I was going to get them, but then I took a double-take when I saw the lard ingredient. The SoCal-health-conscious-paranoia part got the better of me. :P

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              Hungry Celeste RE: chica May 14, 2007 06:50 AM

              My cajun DNA goes "whoo-hoo!" and compels me to buy anything with lard listed as an ingredient!

            2. chowser RE: Hungry Celeste May 11, 2007 05:13 AM

              We used to get their Carolina BBQ one all the time, very vinegary. And, a crab one, too, with Old Bay seasoning. Now I'll have to pick up some. They have a factory tour where you can see it being made, but you're behind glass. Fun but not nearly as fun as Jelly Belly.

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                bethd127 RE: chowser May 14, 2007 08:21 AM

                yes, the crab ones are great! go well with a tuna sandwich

              2. monkeyrotica RE: Hungry Celeste May 14, 2007 08:26 AM

                Grandma Utz is my go-to chip of choice. In fact, they taste more like the original Charles Chips than the stuff the new Charles Chip Co is peddling now. The Old Bay chips are a close second.

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                  lrebetsky0423 RE: monkeyrotica May 14, 2007 10:48 AM

                  I'm from Maryland and I think Utz only ships to the tri-state area to keep the freshness of their product. Utz is the only brand of chips I will eat especially with a good tuna fish sandwich on white bread. If I can't have Utz then I don't get a tuna sandwich.

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                    Bob W RE: lrebetsky0423 May 14, 2007 03:46 PM

                    "If I can't have Utz, I don't want no tuna, baby..." 8<D

                    Utz regular chips in the red and white bag are pretty much the only regular chips we waste precious calories on.

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                      mclaugh RE: lrebetsky0423 May 14, 2007 05:33 PM

                      Utz will *SHIP* anywhere in the US, including AK and HI.

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                        LindaWhit RE: lrebetsky0423 Jun 30, 2007 05:25 AM

                        Utz chips are delivered to many stores in New England as well - not just the tri-state area.

                    2. Quine RE: Hungry Celeste May 14, 2007 05:38 PM

                      Utz's is the "local" great chip here in NJ. Glad to see they made it to NOLA.

                      When I was in Seattle, I had some Tim's chips, locals I think, Boy they were good! Anyone know more about them?

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                        dagrassroots RE: Quine May 15, 2007 10:30 AM

                        Tim's are distributed along the west coast. Originated in seattle area. Kettle style chips that are the crunchiest I have tried. On another note I was not that impressed with utz's when i tried them. Nothing stood out as extraordinary to me.

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                        laylag RE: Hungry Celeste May 14, 2007 06:03 PM

                        Utz are cooked/fried in cottonseed oil. Who told you they're fried in lard?

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                          KOK RE: laylag May 15, 2007 05:14 AM

                          Different oils for different chips.

                          The Grandma Utz chips are cooked in lard. The Homestyle (I think) are cooked in peanut oil. There are several varieties that are cooked in cottonseed oil.

                          The Grandma Utz chips really stand out when you eat some alonng with a non-lard variety.

                          Thanks,

                          Kevin

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                            laylag RE: KOK May 15, 2007 10:18 AM

                            Ah yes than you, I revisited the website and see that now. I've never had those. Will have to try.

                        2. Pool Boy RE: Hungry Celeste Jun 28, 2007 12:19 PM

                          Utz makes some great chips. I like their 'dark' chips quite a bit. And the Grandma version, in lard, are great too. There's quite a few PA-Dutch producers that use lard (Gibbles is one).

                          mmmm

                          www.roguefood.com

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                            HLing RE: Pool Boy Jun 30, 2007 10:37 PM

                            I'll get Grandma Utz when I can get them, but the Gibbles lard chips are more than a few notches above Utz's. The Gibbles I had from PA were lighter, thinner in cut, but very velvety at the same time, in a very nice way. Fresh lard chips - good stuff.

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                            addiegirl RE: Hungry Celeste Jun 28, 2007 12:39 PM

                            The Carolina BBQ are heavenly... like a cross between salt and vinegar and BBQ chips.

                            Utz is a pretty low-key brand, they don't make any claims of being "gourmet" but they're fantastic. And if you're ever in Lancaster, PA, you can buy fresh bags of Utz's at the Central Market, along with every variety they make... The PA Dutch are serious about their salty snacks.

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                              monkeyrotica RE: addiegirl Jun 28, 2007 12:49 PM

                              Utz does have a couple of "gourmet" brands (Mystic and Natural), but their main line is just right. Love the Crab Chip with Old Bay seasoning. And salt and vinegar pork rinds.....

                              http://www.utzsnacks.com/products.html

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                                Pool Boy RE: monkeyrotica Jun 28, 2007 02:14 PM

                                They also make a 'Salt & Pepper' version that I enjoy.

                                www.roguefood.com

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                                  ktmoomau RE: monkeyrotica Jun 29, 2007 12:36 PM

                                  Love the Crab Chips as Mder anything with Old Bay on it is a sure bet I put it on my popcorn, all sorts of stuff and Grandma Utz so crunchy and good it is my favorite for on sandwiches (yes on not with, although I would eat it with too)... not so keen on the Salt and Pepper.

                                  Route 66 has crab chips too, but I don't like them as much as Utz too much seasoning and salt it is overwelming.

                              2. katkoupai RE: Hungry Celeste Jun 29, 2007 03:27 PM

                                I love Utz. I used to eat them in NYC. Here in LA, I go for Lay's brand. Yum.

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                                  billfish RE: katkoupai Jun 30, 2007 10:51 PM

                                  I can,and do,occasionally get Utz chips at the local store.But i usually opt for Lay's.

                                2. Divamac RE: Hungry Celeste Jun 30, 2007 10:53 PM

                                  Utz chips are my favorite - my first stop when I go back home is for a Wawa sandwich and a bag of Utz Carolina BBQ!

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