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Jul 28, 2007 11:45 PM

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.

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  1. Ruth,
    Thanks for the report on Cost Plus. I'll definitely check out the British sweets selection. I've been intrigued about British candy bars recently.

    For my money, I'll hold off on buying potato chips until I see Maui Kitch'n Cook'd brand somewhere.