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A Sad Day for Potato Chips....

For the last several weeks I haven’t been able to find Archer Farms Thick Cut Sea Salt and Olive Oil Potato Chips anywhere in town here (MSP). When I’ve asked at the store I just get shrugs. I finally e-mailed Archer Farms and heard back from them today.....

They’ve discontinued them. The idiots. Here’s what they wrote...

“The Archer Farms Thick Cut Sea Salt and Olive Oil Potato Chips you're looking for are no longer available at any of our stores. They have been discontinued. I'm sorry for any disappointment.

Week to week, month to month, you'll find our selection is always changing. As the seasons pass and new models, styles and fashions become available, we'll discontinue some older merchandise. That's how we keep our shelves stocked with the unique, up-to-date merchandise you've come to expect from Target.”

Gee... I really can’t wait to try some “unique, up-to-date” potato chips. Silly me, there I was perfectly happy eating what I thought were the best potato chips in the world.

I’m really going to miss those chips. I know I’ll never love this way again....

Uncle Ira

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  1. Noooooo!

    I loved them too, and they always seemed to sell well at my local Target.

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      1. It seems as though too many producers are looking for the next best thing when they've already got it.

        1. Your experience echoes my regret that Lay's only sold their Rosemary and Herb chips for about a month this summer. Then just stopped, with no plans of producing more. They could have had a steady customer.

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          1. re: MsDiPesto

            The last few times in the market I've noticed a rosemary and meyer lemon flavor of the Lay's Kettle Cooked brand. I'm in Utah, not sure if this flavor is everywhere though.

          2. I don't know if this will console you, but the AF vinegar & sea salt ones are tasty.

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            1. re: stellamystar

              I have tried some of the other Archer Farms chips and they’re fine, but it’s the Thick Cut that I miss.... They just had so much potato flavor, and a perfect balance between being crispy and having a little bit of chew.

              What kills me is that they’re saying they got rid of them to make room for “unique” products. These chips WERE unique...... There’s not another chip I’ve found then even comes close. None of the other brands I’ve tried are as thickly cut, or have that same pure flavor.

              Sorry I’m venting like this. I feel like I just got dumped. Breaking up is hard to do...

              sigh ....

              Uncle Ira

              1. re: Uncle Ira

                Some of the Terra chips are pretty thick cut. I don't care much for their more exotic chips, but their red bliss chips (which all have olive oil) and yukon gold chips are great. I bought some ShopRite organic chips with rosemary and thyme the other day that were thick and delicious.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  I just tried the Terra Yukon Gold chips this week at your suggestion and do like them. Not as much as the one’s that I’m missing, but they’re the best substitute I’ve tried so far. I’d really like to try the Red Bliss ones, but haven’t seen them in the store. I’ll keep my eyes open though.

                  Rosemary and thyme sounds tasty, but I don’t think we have ShopRite in my part of the country....

                  Thanks for the ideas

                  Uncle Ira

                  1. re: Uncle Ira

                    Glad you liked the Yukon golds. Maybe you could email Terra chips and ask who carries the Red Bliss in your area.

                2. re: Uncle Ira

                  I also like thick-cut chips, and I've been happy with Solea brand. I get them at several stores in the DC area, including Whole Foods.

                  1. re: Uncle Ira

                    Uncle, I shopped at Target today, and based on your post, I looked for your chips. (Los Angeles area). Didn't find the Sea Salt, but did get a bag of Rosemary and Olive Oil Thick Cut russet potato Chips, which I assume are very close to the ones you miss. Enjoyed them immensly with a bowl of my clam-onion dip. I really think these would relieve your jones for your lost chips. Tried them?

                    1. re: Andrew Gore

                      If I were you, I’d head back to that Target and buy all of them you can find. My impression has been that they stopped making them the same time as the other thick-cut chips. They’ve been gone from the shelves here since the sea-salt ones disappeared. I guess they just thought it would be cheaper to have all their chips cut the same way, and then just season them differently.

                      Those rosemary chips were a great alternative when I didn’t want something salty....

                      Uncle Ira