Zapp's potato chips and Hobnobs
I wandered into Cost Plus World Market in Oakland today, and practically the first thing I saw was a big display of Zapp's potato chips from Louisiana. Over the years I've seen them mentioned many times on Chowhound in discussions of people's favorite chips, and I know people mail order them, so I was pleased to see them here. I bought their signature Spicy Cajun Crawtators, and they are indeed pretty darn good: crisp and crunchy, just oily enough, and with a well-balanced spiciness. Reasonably priced, too, at $2.99 for an 11-ounce bag. They had some other flavors as well: BBQ, Salt and Vinegar and Jalapeno, I believe.
Also, I was really impressed by their expanded selection of British biscuits and sweets. Beyond the usual suspects, they had HobNobs, Penguins, Jaffa Cakes, and Cadbury Curly-wurly. People have asked over the years where some of those can be found, so I thought I'd pass that along.
Finally, they've really jumped on the premium chocolate bandwagon, with single origin bars from half a dozen producers and bars with fancy additions like Vosges and Veritas. Among other things, I bought a 55% cocoa solids milk chocolate: Hachez Cocoa de Maracaibo (Venezuela) that's smooth and creamy, but has long chocolatey finish. Recommended for people who are a little burned out on high cocoa solids dark chocolate.