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Aug 13, 2007 04:18 PM

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: 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.
                    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!