Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >
May 3, 2007 12:02 PM

Utz' Chips [Split from New Ortleans board]

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

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. 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.

    6 Replies
    1. re: rg3825

      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."

      1. re: Bill Hunt

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

        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          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,

          1. re: Bill Hunt

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

            1. re: Bill Hunt

              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.



              1. re: Bill Hunt

                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. 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. 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

            1 Reply
            1. re: chica

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

            2. 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.

              1 Reply
              1. re: chowser

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

              2. 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.

                4 Replies
                1. re: monkeyrotica

                  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.

                  1. re: lrebetsky0423

                    "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.

                    1. re: lrebetsky0423

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

                      1. re: lrebetsky0423

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