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Zapp's Potato Chips at Cost Plus

Quid pro quo. In case you hadn't noticed CPWM is selling 11 oz bags of Louisiana's Zapp's chips for 2.99. They had Spicy Cajun Crawtators, BBQ, Salt & Vinegar, Hotter than Hot Jalapeno. Zapp's and Utz of Pa are often mentioned as the best chips in the US. I bought 7 bags.

After Zapping for a week, I happened to grab some Lay's at my mothers. No comparison. Zapp's are hand kettle cooked and are lighter than other kettle chips I have had. They were ever so slightly mealy (not in a bad way) like Pringles. Zapp's seemed less salty. The Crawtators did in fact taste of crawfish and the bbq were slightly sweet and less harsh than most.

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  1. Saw them, bought the BBQ...I thought hey were good but not an addiction thing. I'm sure people from NOLA think otherwise. I was hoping for plain salted so I could compare them to Maui Kitch'n Kooked.

    1. Which Cost Plus was this? I'm wondering if a trip to my local CPWM (Santa Rosa) would be a good idea. I loves me my Salt&VInegar chips. (-:

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      1. re: chocolateninja

        GO in Petaluma had the Potato Fingers S&V chips on Saturday. Didn't try that flavor, but I've liked the others.

      2. I scooped you by two weeks: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/425772 I bought them in Oakland, BTW.

        Thanks for making the supreme sacrifice of testing all the flavors for us.

        Speaking of Lays, I bought some Dill Pickle flavored Lays at Grocery Outlet tonight. Not as good as Tim's Cascade version, but still pretty good.

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          I didn't think there was much Dill Pickle flavor - mainly just a lot of extra salt.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Have you seen the Tim's Cascade Dill Pickle flavor anywhere recently? They were my absolute fave. Last place I saw them was at Berkeley Bowl (around a year ago) and now I can't find them anywhere.

            1. re: lexdevil

              To bring this thread full circle, you might want to check Cost Plus -- I seem to remember seeing them there. I bet you could email the company and find out who's carrying them locally, too.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Followed your advice. Checked their website and was SHATTERED to discover that the dill pickle chips are no longer made. I love Zapp's (esp. the Cajun Craw Tater), but their Dill doesn't stand up to the Tim's Cascade. The Tim's Cascade chip was a very tart salt and vinegar flavor w/ a blast of dill. The Zapp's chip is very much like the Cajun Craw Tater, with the addition of dill. There's really no vinegar flavor. So sad.

                1. re: lexdevil

                  That's awful! Maybe we should start a campaign to bring them back!

                  Most people, though, seem to think dill pickle-flavored potato chips are weird. I don't know why: it's basically, salt, vinegar, dill and garlic. If you like salt and vinegar chips, and you like sour cream and dill (and everyone likes garlic), why wouldn't you love a dill pickle chip?

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    I've never had Tim's but Zapps dill pickle are wonderfully yummy in their own right. So sad they're discontinued. Ruth, if you start or hear of a campaign to bring them back, I'm in!

                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                      I sent an e-mail to Tim's Cascade, begging for a return of my favorite chip. Heck, even a Ben & Jerry's style flashback would be better than nothing.

                      1. re: lexdevil

                        I received a reply. The Dill Pickle flavor were killed off due to new flavors and lack of shelf space. The writer did indicate that they might be back for a short visit at some point. They do keep track of flavor requests. So...let the campaign begin.


                        1. re: lexdevil

                          Excellent! Why don't you repost this on General Topics and maybe we can get a groundswell of hounds?

                          1. re: lexdevil

                            Thanks lexdevil. I just sent them a note saying that they should bring dill pickle back. And I agree with Ruth. You should totally post something in General Topics to get the word out!

                                1. re: lexdevil

                                  Sorry! I always assumed "lex" was male, but of course it doesn't have to be.

                                  BTW, I'm still waiting for the full report on "Chinese 101"!

                        2. re: Ruth Lafler

                          I might if I were pregnant, which isn't likely.

                2. Got an update, folks...

                  Just heard from Zapp's and apparently Dill Pickle wasn't a big seller, and was therefore pulled. They have no plans on returning it in the near future. However, they did tell me that they will soon have a new flavor called "Creamy Cucumber." No word on when it will hit store shelves, but it sounds very intriguing.

                  If anyone tries it, let me know. I'll try to head to Cost Plus this week and try their new "Tomato & Garden Herb" as well and will report back.

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                  1. re: VirgoBlue

                    That's Tim's Cascade that's doing the Creamy Cucumber.

                    Zapps still makes its pickle chip, called Cajun Dill. http://www.zappsstore.com/cgi-local/S...
                    The problem is that it's not really a vinegar chip, which is what was so attractive about the Tim's Cascade (seriously my favorite EVER).

                  2. Was just at Cost Plus and they only carry four Zapp's flavors: Salt and Vinegar, Crawtators, Jalapeno, and BBQ. I think they've got a special on them this week too!

                    If anyone finds the Cajun Dill somewhere in the Bay Area, let me know. Would love to buy them without having to pay for shipping and handling!

                    1. Does anyone know if any stores in the Bay Area still carry Zapps? Its been a few years since the original post but I'm crossing my fingers that its a recurring product at Cost Plus?

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                      1. re: lamster

                        I believe Queen's Louisiana Po-Boy Cafe has Zapp's small bag.

                        Queen's Louisiana Po-Boy Cafe
                        3030 San Bruno Ave, San Francisco, CA

                          1. re: artemis

                            We run into any Cost Plus we pass to see if they have any Crawtaters. More often than not they don't have them. But occasionally there is a GLORIOUS day when we can get our fix. I have the Cost Plus phone number for Daly City and SF in my phone so I can call ahead.

                            1. re: srr

                              Saw Spicy Tomato and Gator Dill today at Cost Plus at the Wharf. $1.99 for a smallish bag.

                              1. re: TenderNob

                                The creole tomato is my favorite flavor of all. It's a tiny bit spicy.

                        1. re: lamster

                          An 8 bag box shipped directly from Zapp's is $24, a good value compared to the Kettle Chips of the world off local shelves, and you can name your flavors. And the box they come in is charming, for a cardboard box.

                          I highly recommend the newish Voodoo Gumbo (not really limited as they claim). The box I ordered back in November had best by dates in mid-February, so don't worry about ordering 8 at once.

                          1. re: Pius Avocado III

                            Uh oh, a bump in our well-calibrated track. I hated the Voodoo Gumbo. Strangely sugary sweet and shriekingly tart at the same time, it is easy to believe the label story that this is an accidental flavor.

                            And my reason for pulling up this thread is that I saw Zapps spicy creole tomato chips at 99 Ranch in Cupertino.

                            99 Ranch Market
                            10983 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA

                        2. I stopped at cost plus in daly city and they had a mardi gras display with various local new orleans items, including four types of Zapps chips. Voodoo, tabasco, spicy Cajun and one more.

                          I also checked out Queens and they also carry Zapps but they are smaller bags.

                          Thanks everyone.

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                          1. re: lamster

                            Got a bag each of the Zapp's Cajun Dill and the Spicy Cajun chips at the Santa Rosa Cost Plus tonight. So very happy to find the Dills since I can't find the Lay's Dill Pickle chips anywhere. The store in Occidental was the only place that had them but not for quite some time.

                          2. Richmond 99 Ranch had some Zapp's and Dirty Potato Chips today for $1.29

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                              1. re: wolfe

                                Not sure about the size and diff varieties, walked by them quickly

                                1. re: kc72

                                  5.5oz, Spicy Tomato Zapp's, Maui Onion and Blaqck Pepper/Sea Salt Dirty. 1/28.

                                2. re: wolfe

                                  Re: Richmond 99 Ranch sighting - they were the 5.5 oz size I believe.

                                  1. re: gordon wing

                                    They were and I ate them. I liked the black pepper better. The spicy tomato was but it didn't taste potatoey to me.

                              2. I was at the Walgreens on New Montgomery and Mission today and happen to notice a few bags of 5.5 ounce Zapps Spicy Creole Tomato (spiked with Tobasco) for $2.99. Not sure if this is a recurring item or not. Bottom shelf, in the chips aisle.

                                1. Cost Plus World Market has them in the weekly flyer, along with a number of other New Orleans/Mardi Gras themed items.

                                  The 5.5 oz bags are $1.99, several different flavors listed.

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                                  1. re: pamf

                                    Thanks- I ran out just the other day, that price is $1/bag cheaper than having them shipped.

                                  2. I just spoke with a distributor for Zapp's and Dirty's. He told me that in the Bay Area they are still in the process of getting both brands into more stores. He said that we can expect to see more Dirty's sooner than Zapp's but they should both be more readily available in the near future.

                                    1. After trying my local Cost Plus with no Zapp's to be found and considering the rising cost of gas, I decided to go for a mail order box. When you take into account not having to drive all over for a limited selection of flavors, choosing which flavors you want and what quantity for each, the price of $3 per 5 oz. bag is worth it. I'm not much of a chips guy but having read this thread and looking over their web site, I was sufficiently intrigued to try these. So far I've had the Spicy Creole Tomato and Voodoo, thumbs up for each. Just in time for the Stanley Cup playoffs!

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                                      1. re: cheesecakeking

                                        i got back from new orleans recently and brought back with me two bags of zapps: the creole tomato and the crawtator. as with you, im not a big chips guy...and i probably wouldnt seek zapps out here in the bay area because of that (im not sure when was the last time i bought a bag of chips). but no regrets in buying these and bringing them back here...tasty stuff.

                                      2. Still available at Oakland Cost Plus, $1.99/5.5oz bag- Crawtator, Dill and Voodoo Gumbo on offer this morning.

                                        No Duke's mayo to be found.

                                        1. Mountain View CPWM has Cajun Dill Gator-Tators, Spicy Cajun Crawtators, and Voodoo Gumbo (Limited Edition) flavors, 5,5 oz (156 grams), at 1.99 a bag.

                                          Sales clerk said that it's only been the second time that they've had them and that he likes the Voodoo Gumbo flavor.

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                                          1. re: CYL

                                            I was in there today and they were on the shelves, although in slightly strange locations. Cost Plus tends to scatter their food items around so it sometimes takes a bit of looking up and down.
                                            Here they are shelved on the top shelf next to some bottled products, not with their other chips. They also have a display of them down in the kitchenware area, which is a bit odd. Two of the employees told me that, although they often sell out, they carry them regularly now.

                                          2. Oakland Cost Plus currently has Cajun Crawtator, Dill and Voodoo, $1.99. The shelf sign says "NEW," so I'm hoping this means they're now carrying them year-round.

                                            1. At the 4th Avenue & Geary Blvd. Produce market in San Francisco: 5.5 oz package of Zapp's Potato Chips: Spicy Creole Tomato Spiked with Tabasco for $2.09

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                                              1. re: Cynsa

                                                50% off Voodoo flavor only in Walnut Creek.

                                              2. Resurrecting this thread to mention that I was surprised to see a couple of flavors of Zapp's chips at the Russell's in the ground floor of my office building (425 Market). They're the 2 oz. size, and they had Cajun Dill and Spicy Cajun Crawtators and maybe another flavor.

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                                                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                  Those small bags appeared several months ago at the small delis in Berkeley: EZ Stop on Shattuck and the sandwich shop in the mall below Telegraph between Durant and Channing. For some reason local distributors seem to have them.