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nbermas Feb 12, 2008 07:32 AM

Why, what kind and whre can you get them?

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    Pearl820 Feb 12, 2008 03:30 PM

    Oh man thats a big question!!!! Plain, flavored, thin, thick, ruffled, plain???

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      nbermas Feb 12, 2008 03:44 PM

      I love dark and crispy

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        clint1245 Jan 10, 2011 11:22 AM

        Dark and crispy is the way to go they now have kettle cooked dark potato chips by Herrs. They overdo them on purpose I no longer have to scavenge a bag for burned potatoe chips.

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          lynnlato May 3, 2013 05:54 AM

          Does having a whole bag of them deter from their deliciousness? Just curious because often when something is hard to come by it enhances your want and taste for it. Kind of like listening to the radio vs. playing your favorite songs from your ipod. It's still awesome to scan the radio stations and stumble upon an old tune you haven't heard in awhile. :)

    2. Bob Brooks Feb 12, 2008 04:40 PM

      Herewith is the link to our beloved founder's post about the ultimate potato chip tasting and the follow up comments. Enjoy!

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/287171

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        Joe H Feb 16, 2008 01:44 PM

        Over time I've eaten most of the chips on his list along with a number of obscure others while travelling around the U. S. on business. I believe his suggestion of Hawaii's Kitch'n Cook'd are one of the two overall best. I must note that in the area between Reading and Lancaster, PA there are grocery stores that carry as many as eleven different brands of potato chips cooked in lard (i.e. Darrenkamp's, Shady Maple). Several years ago I drove from the D. C. area to Lancaster and bought, I think, bags of eight different kinds for a neighborhood cookout. That night we worked our way through all of them and two ended in a tie for the best: Original Good's (in the blue bag) and Kurly Kettle from Gibble's which edged out Kay and Ray's Dark. If you are interested you can buy Original Good's directly from them. This is their website: http://www.goodschips.com/

      2. HSBSteveM Feb 15, 2008 07:12 AM

        Cape Cod Dark Russets are the best

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          moymoy Feb 18, 2008 07:18 AM

          dark & crispy is the perfect description of Cape Cod's Robust Russet.

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            chowfamily Feb 22, 2008 07:30 AM

            I enjoy them as well.

            There is a rosemary and sea-salt chip that my aunt gets from her local health food market. I don't remember the brand, but they are delicious.

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          rweater Feb 15, 2008 07:41 AM

          Poore Brothers brand is my favorite. Salt and Vinegar is my favorite flavor of theirs. I'm in the Midwest.

          1. Tee Feb 15, 2008 09:04 AM

            I am a Zapp Chip man myself.
            I do miss Lay's dill pickle flavor. I am not a Lay's fan but the dp chips were great. I can only assume that my daughter, wife and I were the only only fans as they have been discontinued in our area. (piedmont NC)

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              HSBSteveM Feb 15, 2008 10:25 AM

              Fear not. Route 11 Dill Pickle chips are awesome and available here:
              http://www.rt11.com/cfmodules/ObjMgr....

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                Nii Feb 15, 2008 11:06 AM

                Kettle Chips
                Tyrrell's
                Burt's

                All great 'crisps' but only available in the U.K.

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                  Sushiqueen36 Feb 16, 2008 12:57 PM

                  Actually you can get Kettle Chips in the US also. They are an Oregon-based company which just recently started operating a plant in the UK. They are excellent!!

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                    steinpilz Apr 27, 2008 07:07 AM

                    I was about to suggest Kettle Chips, yogurt and green onion, NY chedder, spicy thai. Now I have a craving and will have to immediately go get some.

            2. baltoellen Feb 16, 2008 01:22 PM

              Utz....Baltimore and other places in the mid-Atlantic.

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                sharon08742 Feb 22, 2008 07:11 AM

                I second that. It's Utz for me here in NJ.

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                  baltoellen Feb 22, 2008 03:33 PM

                  I wonder, do you get the Utz with the crab seasoning up there? I wonder if a special for the Maryland market?!?

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                    diablo Feb 22, 2008 03:42 PM

                    Nah, I've seen 'em here in Jersey. Good chips. Love that Old Bay!

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                      Joe H Feb 22, 2008 06:52 PM

                      There are MANY different Utz chips including GrandMa Utz (cooked in lard), Kettle Classic, Homestyle and Natural. Crab seasoning has an interesting flavor but is on their standard chip which is nowhere near as good as several of their other lines. Comparing Utz with Crab seasoning to Zapps Craw Taters-Zapp's is far superior for flavor. But the overall best potato chip-comparing basic chip to chip-is to Utz Natural.

                      The real question on this thread is: are we talking about the best potato CHIP or are we talking about the best FLAVOR? The best chips I know of (which I mentioned above) are basic chips which are famous for their potato flavor, crunch and texture.

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                        ktmoomau Apr 18, 2008 06:30 AM

                        I love Grandma Utz! They are definitely my favorite, I especially like putting them in my sandwiches.

                        I also like the crab chips, but really I like anything with that seasoning.

                        My Mother's favorite is Mr. Bee I still can't understand that one.

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                          gryphonskeeper Apr 20, 2008 12:40 PM

                          I love the Utz Mystic and the Sea Salt and Malt Vinegar. I used to like Grandma Utz, until I found out they were fried in LARD.. *gag*

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                            comestina Apr 21, 2008 08:53 AM

                            Yep. Lard is the "secret" ingredient that makes Grandma Utz my most favorite potato chip. I recently visited the factory in PA, and brought back a large box that I left on a table in the breakroom at work. They were gone by the end of the day...

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                              Chowrin Jan 5, 2011 02:45 AM

                              either get 'em from the factory, or get 'em from the local costco. fresh as can be!

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                              Joe H Apr 21, 2008 09:56 PM

                              The best potato chips are fried in lard. Please note by post above about Darrenkamp's supermarket in Lancaster, PA which features 11 different kinds of potato chips fried in Lard.

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                                gryphonskeeper Apr 22, 2008 05:39 AM

                                while I know they taste good, I cannot in good conscience eat them knowing how much harm they can cause my arteries. eating chips is bad enough but I don't want to compound the damage.

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                                  Sean Apr 22, 2008 08:26 AM

                                  Pork faat rules!

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                                    ktmoomau Apr 22, 2008 11:05 AM

                                    Agreed, well actually lard in moderation, but I grew up Southern, how I stay skinny is anyone's guess...

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                                  iL Divo Jan 5, 2011 04:54 AM

                                  you're always so much help.
                                  husband and I are going to "Amishville" again in April.
                                  it's close enough to Lancaster so we'll hit Darrenkamps there.
                                  thank Joe

                                  let's see, I seem to remember one of my favorite people on earth loving [or should I say promoting?] a certain chip. don't know if he still does but if it's good enough for KAJ, it's good enough for me, Lays

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                                    morwen Jan 5, 2011 08:34 AM

                                    If you're going to be in Lancaster see if you can find Middlesworth chips and give them a taste. I prefer them way more than Utz and bring tubs of them back with me every time I go home for a visit.

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                              Wangus May 13, 2008 03:41 PM

                              For those of you who love Grandma Utz (and love slowly marching towards our impending heart attack with each bag), make sure you try their Grandma Utz Barbecue flavor. I found these once at Bethany Beach and didn't even know they existed. I'm usually not a big barbecue flavor fan, but one bite and I was hooked for life. Luckily for my health, I haven't been able to find these guys in too many places elsewhere (though you CAN order them online if you want to).

                              Now if Grandma Utz had the Old Bay flavoring as well ... oohhhh... I don't wanna think about it.

                    2. Suzy Q Feb 16, 2008 02:28 PM

                      I'm a good old fashioned Ruffles gal myself. I just can't get into any chips that don't have ruffles - it's like they're more substantial in some way, but not as greasy as sometimes the kettle-type chips can get.

                      All that gets thrown out the window, though, if it's a restaurant that makes their own chips on site. One of our local sandwich joints in Chapel Hill makes their own, and it's like a little bit of heaven on the plate. :-)

                      1. Cheese Boy Feb 16, 2008 06:08 PM

                        I used to love Cape Cod and Zapp's, but I've fallen out of love since discovering Terra's Spiced Sweet Potato chips. Your tongue thanks you every time you put a chip in your mouth - that's how good they are. Crunchy, not greasy, and all with a perfect and *generous* mix of spices. You'll get hooked [even though they're sweet potatoes].

                        Look ---> http://www.terrachips.com/products/Sp...

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                          joth68 Feb 22, 2008 12:52 PM

                          Better than cape cod? These I'll have to try.

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                            JenBoes May 20, 2008 02:10 PM

                            I love those chips but haven't had them for a couple of years. Thanks for reminding me of their existence. However, I also think Cape Cod salt and pepper chips are really good too.

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                              steinpilz May 20, 2008 04:12 PM

                              Man, when I see Terra I think "super expensive chips from non-potatoes." I'll have to look for these.

                            2. hautepanda Feb 20, 2008 07:20 PM

                              Tim's Cascade Chips, hands-down. Thick-cut, fried in peanut oil, they taste like no other. You can get them anywhere in the Pacific Northwest or in NYC at 'wichcraft stores.

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                                malibumike Feb 21, 2008 08:36 AM

                                Boulder Canyon Malt Vinegar and Sea Salt chips are the best hands down. Some costco stores carry it, also check Whole foods or www.bouldercanyonnaturalfoods.com

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                                  observor Feb 21, 2008 10:59 AM

                                  Lay's kettle chips are very good.

                                  1. C. Hamster Feb 22, 2008 07:23 AM

                                    The ARCHER FARMS House brand at Target of all places is THE BOMB!

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                                      azhotdish Feb 22, 2008 01:41 PM

                                      They have a wasabi/mustard variety that are quite tasty.

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                                        cackalackie Apr 21, 2008 07:52 AM

                                        I just tried the wasabi/mustard for the first time. They are very tasty indeed.

                                        I like how Archer Farms often has new flavors to try.

                                        For tried and true, however, I have to go with Cape Cod Salt & Vinegar. Tastes just like a bag o' chips.

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                                        jcrisco Feb 25, 2008 01:31 PM

                                        I totally agree with the Archer Farms..especially the kettle cooked archer farms. I'm currently obsessed with their buffalo chicken chips.

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                                          Joe H Feb 25, 2008 06:08 PM

                                          Archer Farms is Target's house brand...

                                      3. jboeke Feb 22, 2008 07:58 AM

                                        Mike Sell's Potato chips. I don't know if you can get them outside of Ohio, where I grew up. I know that you can't get them in Atlanta so every time I head back to OH I come home with a bag. They're like Ruffles only so much better!!

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                                          uptown jimmy Feb 22, 2008 09:07 AM

                                          Wise. They're regional, which is weird, given how perfect they are. One would think they would be ubiquitous.

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                                            foodperv Feb 23, 2008 07:32 PM

                                            say uptown what do you call regional ?
                                            because i know they are made in penn. and are very popular in mass and nh

                                            and yes they are good something about a nice greasy chip

                                          2. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Feb 22, 2008 12:18 PM

                                            My favorite are the Spicy Thai chips from Kettle. The Kettle chips are already good, but the spicy thai flavoring... oh man, if I eat one, I inevitably end up inhaling the entire bag.

                                            Also very good are the potato chips at IKEA. Great thickness, wonderful crunch, and they actually taste like potatoes.

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                                              Bunnyfood Feb 25, 2008 01:28 PM

                                              Yup, Spicy Thai all the way JK! So delicious...my all time fav flavored chip.

                                              However, I will not pass up Ruffles for dipping in hummus...mmm mmm!

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                                              corgette Feb 22, 2008 03:51 PM

                                              Cape Cod Chips:
                                              --Dark Russet
                                              --Sea Salt and Vinegar
                                              --The lower fat ones, actually aren't bad at all

                                              All taste of good, honest potato, and can hold up to dip. Also, strongly associated with holidays of my childhood,hence always the winner.

                                              Second place: Terra Chips
                                              --Sweets and Beets
                                              --Purple Russets (?)

                                              Not too salty or greasy, with a hefty crunch. Points for being very pretty in the bowl.

                                              1. mygirlbakes AL Feb 24, 2008 05:35 AM

                                                I'm hugely obsessed with potato chips. Honestly, they're right up at the top of my favorite foods list.

                                                I imagine it started in Kindergarten when we took a field trip to the Golden Flake factory in Birmingham, AL. Mmmm, dill pickle chips. Golden Flake is definitely a favorite 'round these Southern parts.

                                                I remember when I was in about 4th grade that Ruffles came out with their "The Works" flavored chips that tasted like a loaded baked potato. It was remarkable, really.

                                                I definitely adore Zapp's. Nothing like some Gator Taters.

                                                I like Cape Cod, but didn't start eating them until relatively recently.

                                                Made-from-scratch chips always interest me. There's a chain in the North Carolina area called Ham's that makes a great chip.

                                                Yep, never met a chip I didn't like...well, love actually.

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                                                  smartie Feb 24, 2008 10:18 AM

                                                  Kettle chips are great but so are -

                                                  Walkers Crisps! I like plain best though Cheese and Onion is ok. Thumbs down to Salt and Vinegar flavour though

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                                                    MacTAC Feb 24, 2008 10:25 AM

                                                    Grandma Utz -- Northeast?

                                                    Wise -- Northeast?

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                                                      Suzy Q Feb 24, 2008 02:02 PM

                                                      I think Wise = East Coast. We had them in the Carolinas when I was a kid.

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                                                        meltegosnacks Jan 4, 2011 10:25 AM

                                                        Both are available in the northeast... I am a snack vendor in upstate NY near Albany. Wise is in all supermarkets and most smaller stores... UTZ is newer to this area, but being promoted now, and hopefully will be into the larger stores soon! UTZ are sold in many smaller, privately owned, delis, and corner stores in this area... We do have them in our nearest Target stores as well...

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                                                        bythenumbers Feb 24, 2008 11:03 AM

                                                        These days, I'm really liking Potato Finger Chips. They're a fairly new company out of Georgia. Has anyone else tried them?

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                                                          miss_bennet Feb 24, 2008 11:19 AM

                                                          I love Miss Vickie's. They're available across Canada (I think). My favourites are:
                                                          Sweet Chili and Sour Cream
                                                          Roasted Red Pepper
                                                          Original (salted)
                                                          Sea salt and Malt Vinegar (the best)

                                                          I also love that they actually use an apostrophe in their name.

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                                                            kiwiFRUIT Apr 20, 2008 01:58 PM

                                                            I love Miss Vickie's too. Honey and Roasted garlic. Also Honey dijon Kettle Chips. My all time favourite would have to be Murphy's thick cut sour cream and chives, made by Bluebird, but I can't gt them here. :(

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                                                              miss_bennet Apr 27, 2008 06:32 PM

                                                              I love MIss Vickie's (well, kettle chips) because they are crispier. One of my favourtie usages is toput them in sandwiches or burgers to add crunch. I find the types you mentioned to be excellent sandwich and burger fillings, but I do not like to eat them alone. I prefer them to compliment other flavours.

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                                                              lagatta Apr 21, 2008 12:55 PM

                                                              miss bennet, I agree wholeheartedly with your pro-apostrophe sentiment. So many brand names now either omit it or misuse it (though Lands' End, originally a typo, was kept on purpose).

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                                                                miss_bennet Apr 27, 2008 06:36 PM

                                                                Yay! Another person like me! PSPD Unite! (Punctuation and Spelling Police Department) Ok, maybe you're not as fanatical as I clearly am...

                                                                I know that Harrods in London never used to have the 's.' It used to have have "Department Store" after its name, but patrons kept shortening it until it became "Harrods."

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                                                                killedwithkarate May 19, 2008 03:32 PM

                                                                I love Miss Vickie's, too. My favourite is definitely the Sweet Chili and Sour Cream. There's something amazingly complex about the way those flavours are paired. A nice couple of handfuls of those chips next to a sharp cheddar sandwich with some salted heirloom tomatoes and a little bit of mayo is a thing of beauty.

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                                                                  iL Divo Jan 5, 2011 05:01 AM

                                                                  thanks for the recommendation.
                                                                  I've heard of them before actually and was told to get the "everything" chip.
                                                                  I couldn't find it the few times I went looking and not in the airport locations of eating either while there are other flavors there. but you saying the sea salt and malt vinegar as being the best, I love ruining my tongue and having it hurt all day due to several good moments of dining on yummy chips, thanks again............. :)

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                                                                    beachmouse Jan 5, 2011 06:24 AM

                                                                    Miss Vickie's is the non-Lay's option in my local (NW Florida) Quizno's. I also love the salt & vinegar ones.

                                                                  2. Midlife Feb 24, 2008 03:39 PM

                                                                    I just love Rusty's Island Chips made here in Orange County, CA. (Huntington Beach, to be exact). Very crispy, hand-made feel, No transfats or saturated fats. Not sure how broad their distribution is, but I'd say it's worth some time looking for them.

                                                                    http://rustyschips.com/index.html

                                                                    1. mrsfury Feb 24, 2008 04:42 PM

                                                                      Zapp's Creole Tomato flavor. Oh my. I can buy them everywhere which is not a good thing.

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                                                                        link_930 Feb 25, 2008 10:12 AM

                                                                        Hands down, Cape Cod. Even the low fat version (flash baked) tastes like the regular ones. Any other baked chip is just gross. Jalapeno Cheddar, Salt and Vinegar, and Cracker Pepper and Salt. And the Russet... I recently saw one in a pink bag that I haven't tried yet...

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                                                                          joth68 Feb 25, 2008 01:36 PM

                                                                          That might be the new Buttermilk Ranch flavor and unfortunately I don't think it is very good. Ranch just doesn't work on that style of chip. Good thing the rest of their flavors are fantastic!

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                                                                          easily amused Feb 25, 2008 06:23 PM

                                                                          Old Dutch (Canada)

                                                                          Dill Pickle is a fav

                                                                          Maui Chips (Hawaii)

                                                                          Original.. Very crispy!

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                                                                            Smileelisa Apr 17, 2008 05:50 AM

                                                                            Middleswarth bbq chips. Been my fav since I was a kid. Could eat a whole weekender bag myself!

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                                                                              Sean Apr 17, 2008 06:40 AM

                                                                              Snyder of Berlin: Hawaiian Sweet Onion Kettle Chips

                                                                              http://www.birdseyefoods.com/scripts/...

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                                                                                beelzebozo Apr 17, 2008 07:43 AM

                                                                                holy god yes. the only problem is that they leave a strange aftertaste in your mouth, and the only way to avoid it is to keep eating. an enviable problem, to be sure

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                                                                                morwen Apr 27, 2008 06:06 AM

                                                                                Hands down my favorite, both plain and bbq. Actually jonesed for them when we moved down south and would stock up on visits home. Now we're in the southern tier of NY state and I STILL can't get them in a store! At least it's only an hour's drive to stock up now. When I was a kid they came in a big tin. Now the weekender seems to be the largest bag I can find.

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                                                                                  lynnlato May 19, 2008 09:05 AM

                                                                                  Amen, Lisa! I grew up in NE PA too and these are a staple for anyone hailing from that area. They are unlike any other chip. Mildly sweet & spicy. And the chips, even the plain, are just different. I'm heading up North for Memorial Day wknd, and we will come back w/ a stockpile. You cannot by them anywhere but in the PA area. Middleswarth does not have a website. It's wacky. There are a few specialty websites that sell them tho.

                                                                                  The amazing thing about Middleswarth is that they have very unique packaging in their barrel. It's a cardboard barrel and you pop open the top and inside is a bag w/ a twist tie holding the chips. It is not vacuum sealed. But they fly off the shelves so quickly that they don't go stale.

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                                                                                  someyoungguyy Apr 17, 2008 12:39 PM

                                                                                  Pringles....bar none!!:)

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                                                                                    Feed_me May 7, 2008 09:58 PM

                                                                                    Really? One of my friends eats Pringles, but I just had some last month and I thought they had an awful aftertaste, but that was just me perhaps.

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                                                                                      coney with everything May 21, 2008 12:21 PM

                                                                                      no, it wasn't just you :)

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                                                                                    foreignmuck Apr 19, 2008 01:14 PM

                                                                                    calbee potato chips from Japan
                                                                                    either Consome flavour or Butter and Soy Sauce. both are great.

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                                                                                      jumpingmonk Apr 20, 2008 05:11 AM

                                                                                      speaking of syders, anyone rember the potato chips syders of Hanover used to make. I LOVED the steak and onion flavor.
                                                                                      I also am fond of the potato finger brand though I havent had them since Chef central stopped shipping up north here
                                                                                      Among flavord I have a fondness for the herrs Parmesean and Garlic. also a few years ago there was a compy that made a rosemary and thyme (dont rember the name but it was the one with the basket full of vegetables in thier logo) that was phenomenal.
                                                                                      Also has anyone else here tried Casino chips. somethines i find them at a fishmarket/gormet food store near me. really expesive but really, really crispy.

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                                                                                        jentami Apr 27, 2008 06:21 PM

                                                                                        Steak and onion?! Have you seen any other brands that carry that in the U.S.? I LOVE the beef and onion chips in Scandinavia, but have never seen them here, and I am always on the lookout.

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                                                                                          jumpingmonk May 8, 2008 05:33 AM

                                                                                          wish I did but I haven't seen that flavor since snyder's dropped it (a few of the other flavors like, the dill pickle came back on the market a few years ago for a while but the USDA prime steak wasn't one of them) If I ever do bump into another one I will be sure to metion it here (after trying a bag myself of course)

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                                                                                            jumpingmonk Jun 15, 2008 03:27 PM

                                                                                            Okay, as per my promise, I am mentioning that today I bumped into a bag of Herr's Potato Chips in the flavor "Steak and Wosterschire sauce". There not the syners beef chips but thiere not half bad. sorta remind me of the bacon flavored I sometihmes pick up from a British import store I go to from time to time, with the bonus that I can get a big bag of these for less than and individual size bag of those costs.

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                                                                                              meltegosnacks Jan 4, 2011 10:27 AM

                                                                                              Herr's currently has a prime steak chip - usually in any store that carries their products... They also have a Creamy Dill Pickle Chip! It's pretty good!

                                                                                      2. beelzebozo Apr 20, 2008 06:30 AM

                                                                                        probably doesn't qualify as it's specifically part of their ad campaign that they're NOT technically a chip, but ritz chips--particularly the vegetable medley and sour cream & onion flavors--are excellent. that crisp, clean, baked taste is a nice change of pace when you're not in the mood for a fried potato chip.

                                                                                        1. fromagina Apr 20, 2008 11:34 AM

                                                                                          Dirty Potato Chips ( http://www.dirtys.com ) are the best I've ever tasted.. skin on and fried without the starch being washed off. I used to buy the Salt & Vinegar, Lightly Salted, and Garlic & Herb by the case on line, but found it impossible to restrain myself and soon.. all gone. Now I buy a bag at a time (at great cost) from an artichoke stand nearby.

                                                                                          "DIRTY Potato Chips are:ALL NATURAL, CHOLESTEROL FREE, KETTLE COOKED IN OUR PEANUT OIL BLEND,KOSHER CERTIFIED,AND CONTAIN NO:MSG. NO ARTIFICIAL COLORS, PRESERVATIVES ,WHEAT GLUTENS ,HYDROGENATED OIL. AT "DIRTY'S" WE DON'T WASH OUT THE NATURAL POTATO FLAVOR, SO OUR CHIPS ARE CRUNCHIER AND TASTIER".

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                                                                                            addictedtolunch May 20, 2008 02:35 AM

                                                                                            Love the Dirty chips. Cape Cod Russet my second. It's a mood thing too- sometimes you just feel like pigging on Ruffles.

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                                                                                              iL Divo Jan 5, 2011 05:04 AM

                                                                                              where are dirty chips sold? what state, sorry, I'm no officianoto............ :{

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                                                                                                aynrandgirl Jan 10, 2011 04:08 AM

                                                                                                National, as far as I know.

                                                                                            2. Veggo Apr 20, 2008 12:17 PM

                                                                                              Any old yankees out there who remember the 5-gallon cans of Charles Chips, delivered?
                                                                                              I like potato, oil, and salt. No flavoring. Cape Cod regular or russett are wonderful; lots of salt. But I salt ham, and I pray that I am not reincarnated as a deer anywhere near a salt lick during hunting season.
                                                                                              I find it curious that US grocery stores dedicate twice the linear shelf space to potato chips as to baby food.

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                                                                                                meatn3 Apr 20, 2008 12:29 PM

                                                                                                We had Charles Chips in Fl. in the 60's...Our weekly delivery was much anticipated! Pretzels were good too. I still have & use some of the mini tins they provided for lunch box use!

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                                                                                                  roxlet Apr 20, 2008 12:30 PM

                                                                                                  I'm with you, Veggo. Potato, oil & salt. I grew up with Wise and still think of them as my favorite.

                                                                                                2. juweee Apr 20, 2008 02:37 PM

                                                                                                  Have you tried the home made chips at Stew Leonard's? They have them in regular or sweet potato version. They come hot out of the fryer and need to be eaten immediately. I NEVER buy them because I know I could eat the whole bag at once.

                                                                                                  For store-bought, I prefer Kettle chips. My favorite flavor is sea salt and black pepper, but they come a little too vinegary for me. So I buy the regulars and add my own freshly ground black pepper. A lot of it. I am saliving already...

                                                                                                  1. coney with everything Apr 22, 2008 08:01 AM

                                                                                                    I like the Archer Farms and Terra chips.

                                                                                                    Recently I bought a bag of Chip Shots at WF--Margarita flavored. MMM, sweet and salty...little hint of limey goodness. The bag was consumed within a day.

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                                                                                                      Pincus Apr 22, 2008 11:33 AM

                                                                                                      Of all the brands up here in Toronto, my favourite is Old Dutch, and Smoked BBQ has made my profile as my favourite chip from these people.

                                                                                                      Humpty Dumpty are very nice, Lay's are adequate. Miss Vickies are nice, but I guess I'm not really a big kettle chip fan. Well, except for Cape Cod Russets. Those are the only kettle chip I've liked so far.

                                                                                                      1. davmar77 Apr 22, 2008 12:52 PM

                                                                                                        Blair's Death Rain Habanero Potato Chips

                                                                                                        those will wake you right up!

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                                                                                                          aynrandgirl May 8, 2008 01:45 AM

                                                                                                          I had some Blair's chips but they weren't very hot. Is there more than one kind of "Death Rain" chip?

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                                                                                                            TonyO May 19, 2008 11:59 AM

                                                                                                            Blair's Habanero in the back bag are hot !

                                                                                                        2. TheScrappyTomato Apr 26, 2008 06:00 PM

                                                                                                          I think it's Kettle Chips...the flavor is Maui Onion. These are the BEST chips I've ever had. I am addicted...lalala...

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                                                                                                            cece_balti Apr 26, 2008 06:32 PM

                                                                                                            I LOVE Utz! Utz are so fantastic that when I lived in Newport Beach I would make my mother ship me Utz from Maryland just so I could get my fix.

                                                                                                            Thankfully I'm back in Maryland now... therefore closer to my beloved Utz!

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                                                                                                              Feed_me May 7, 2008 09:56 PM

                                                                                                              Isn't Tim's the maker of the Maui onion chips? The ones I'm talking about are in a purple-ish bag.

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                                                                                                                chipman May 19, 2008 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                No, Maui Onion kettle chips in the purplish bag is a Frito-Lay product. People have mentioned Miss Vickie's, mainly in Canada. This is also a Frito-lay product and they are in the midst of getting nation-wide distribution in the U.S.

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                                                                                                                  MeffaBabe Sep 17, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                  Yes, I have a bag on my desk now and they are NOT a Frito Lay product they are from Tim's Cascade Snacks. They are next to impossible to get on the east coast. You have to order (I believe a case) from Tims @
                                                                                                                  www.timschips.com

                                                                                                                  I am addicted to them and get a few bags every year I am in California....

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                                                                                                                  meltegosnacks Jan 4, 2011 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                  I am a snack vendor in upstate NY, we sell Maui Onion Chips - they are made by a small company named Deep River... They are very good! But not sold in any supermarkets or chain stores. Deep River is exclusive to privately owned delis and small stores...

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                                                                                                                  observor Apr 29, 2008 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                  Why get so interested in a cold chip when you can have a good French fry?

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                                                                                                                    kpaumer May 19, 2008 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                    1. Because you can't smash a french fry between a sammich and still have crunchy definition.
                                                                                                                    2. A good french fry is only as good as it is hot!
                                                                                                                    BTW Utz's Pepper and Salt and Utz's sour cream&onion (small bag) large bags have ridges. A friend once said she didn't know what was better eating the chip or picking it out of her teeth later:-)

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                                                                                                                      Fibber McGee May 21, 2008 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                      A good french fry is good, but it won't crunch and won't take on the myriad of flavors a potato chip can. Who eats cold potato chips, anyway?

                                                                                                                      If only Cape Cod would make a dark russet sea salt and vingear chip.

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                                                                                                                      Jimmy Buffet May 19, 2008 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                      Lays Classic. I used to stay away from them but they must have changed the oil or the technique a few years ago because they seem to taste a thousand times better than they used to.

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                                                                                                                        TonyO May 19, 2008 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                        Madhouse Munchies entire line is very good.

                                                                                                                      2. amydoll May 19, 2008 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                        Fishers. You can only find them around Rockford, IL.

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                                                                                                                          sugartoof May 20, 2008 01:48 AM

                                                                                                                          I love regional chips, just like I love regional soda pop.
                                                                                                                          Wise, Utz (some of the line is superb) and Hawaii chips are favs.
                                                                                                                          I also miss Granny Goose chips

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                                                                                                                            lhb78 May 21, 2008 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                            Anyone remember Eagle brand chips- the extra crispy mesquite BBQ were to die for... I also like the Miss Vickie's BBQ and Salt & Vinegar.

                                                                                                                            Mr. Bee (WV brand) also makes a delicious chip.

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                                                                                                                              shaebones May 21, 2008 11:04 PM

                                                                                                                              Trader Joe's has a new product; Guiltless kettle chips. Taste like regular potato chips and the have less fat/calories. VERY good!

                                                                                                                              1. mrbozo May 21, 2008 11:11 PM

                                                                                                                                Up here in igloo country I prefer the Miss Vickie's brand. Specifically the jalapeno, sea salt and malt vinegar, and lime and black pepper flavours.

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                                                                                                                                  meltegosnacks Jan 4, 2011 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                  UTZ - Salt & Malt Vinegar Kettle Chips have recently become my favorite! I am a privately owned snack vendor that delivers to 3 counties in upstate NY - near Albany... I carry several different brands - but UTZ is my largest seller... Of all the flavors I have tried - which is A LOT - the Salt & Malt is the winner for me! They also sell very well in the stores and delis I have sold them to! So, I know it's not just me who loves them! Next in line of my favs - is Deep River's Maui Onion (kettle) - they are not easily found - because they are exclusive to small stores and privately owned delis... I sell a ton of them - even though they are a bit more expensive... People that love their Deep River chips will pay anything for them! My husband loves their Rosemary & olive oil (also a kettle chip)

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                                                                                                                                    ChiliDude Jan 4, 2011 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                    I see that this post was submitted almost 2 years ago, but here goes anyway.

                                                                                                                                    My wife and I have become addicted to POPCHIPS. BJs carries the 11 oz. bags that cost about the same as the 3 oz. bags in the supermarkets.

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                                                                                                                                      Fibber McGee Jan 5, 2011 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                                      I've only tried the salt and vinegar. They are quite good.

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                                                                                                                                        iL Divo Jan 5, 2011 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                                        what's a BJ's?
                                                                                                                                        Bob and Joe's?
                                                                                                                                        Bill and John's?
                                                                                                                                        Butter and Jam's?
                                                                                                                                        I give \^!^/

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                                                                                                                                          Fibber McGee Jan 6, 2011 03:32 AM

                                                                                                                                          BJ's (Not B & J's) is a warehouse club. They're not everywhere.

                                                                                                                                      2. huiray Jan 5, 2011 04:43 AM

                                                                                                                                        Cape Cod Classic/Regular.
                                                                                                                                        At many supermarkets, not all; sometimes on a separate rack by itself in my area.

                                                                                                                                        1. coookie Jan 5, 2011 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                          wachusett potato chips. i've only ever seen them at armando's pizza in huron village and noch's in harvard square, both in cambridge, ma.

                                                                                                                                          as to why: they're delicate, not overly salted, and not too oily, allowing the potato flavor to come through.

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                                                                                                                                            jacquezyon May 2, 2013 10:38 PM

                                                                                                                                            Hands down, for me and most of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, its BBQ Grippos. It's a family owned company that has stayed local since 1919, despite many offers to buy them out. The chips are not too thin, not too thick, but the key to their flavor is the seasoning. The perfect amount of heat with a touch of sweet, and plenty of it. Goes perfect with a cold beer! I moved to the west coast, and I'm just glad now that I can order them online.

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                                                                                                                                              BuildingMyBento May 6, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                              Sadly, I can't recall the brand, but seeing as it's Japan new flavors appear every week. That being said, it was in the Tama region of Tokyo, and the flavor was "garlic butter." Not an uncommon one, but this particular purchase (it was a black and red bag) was faithful to its name.

                                                                                                                                              Walker's roast beef and pickle from the UK is my favorite from that country, again partially because it tasted like roast beef and pickle.

                                                                                                                                              My choice in the states is Cape Cod sea salt and vinegar, though I haven't bought a bag of those in years.

                                                                                                                                              BuildingMyBento
                                                                                                                                              http://collaterallettuce.com/

                                                                                                                                              1. jmckee Sep 17, 2013 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                We're recent Zapp's converts -- all flavors.

                                                                                                                                                I like MIke Sells, or Husman, when I'm being a parochial Ohioan.

                                                                                                                                                Ketlle is good.

                                                                                                                                                Dirty Potato Chips is not the brand it once was.

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                                                                                                                                                  jumpingmonk Sep 17, 2013 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Long time since I saw there but the Viva La Papa! brand has some good ones. I can't say much for the one made of native Andean potatoes (a lot of Andean potatoes do not lend themselves to chipping, they're too sweet, too dry to waxy or to thin in circumference (so really tiny chips that are mostly skin) And not liking sweet potatoes, those chips held no appeal to me. But the one's with the pink Andean sea salt are quite good.
                                                                                                                                                  Also I found those rosemary and sea salt ones I mentioned earlier again, but they are no longer what they were (they're a bit flat now).
                                                                                                                                                  For NYC residents the chips sold at the farmers market stand at Union square in the winter/early spring are wonderful (especially the La Ratte ones) but as supply is so limited, I'm not sure it's something you should develop and addiction to.

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                                                                                                                                                  itsmejessica Sep 17, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Wise potato chips are the best.
                                                                                                                                                  I live in Ohio. I guess they are not just east coast.

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                                                                                                                                                    Clams047 Sep 17, 2013 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Utz have been our clear favorite for many years, followed by Cape Cod. Not sure I could name a third place, but I did pick up some Clancy's at Aldie some months back that were quite decent. I also had a Trader Joe brand that were decent.

                                                                                                                                                    I've always found Wise to be quite greasy / fatty and overly salty. Worst IMO have always been Lays. In my earlier days, I liked Stateline, but in recent years, I'm finding them to be too greasy / salty - not as bad as Wise, but certainly not a preferred chip.

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                                                                                                                                                      foodperv Sep 17, 2013 08:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                      wise come out of penn. so they r close to u in ohio anyway i used to love wise and i recently wrote them a letter of complaint they used to be greasy / salty the last yr or so they are more like everyone else ie utz, lays more dry.
                                                                                                                                                      i liked the grease reminds me more of what you would make at home

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                                                                                                                                                        roxlet Feb 24, 2014 03:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Are you kidding? I'm from Brooklyn, and Wise was synonymous with potato chips!

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                                                                                                                                                          laliz Feb 25, 2014 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I'm originally from western PA. Wise in the blue bag are the epitome of chiplishisness.

                                                                                                                                                        2. linguafood Feb 24, 2014 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I know someone down-thread claimed that Dirty potato chips "weren't as good anymore", but I've only had them recently for the first time and thought those were some of the best potato chips I have ever eaten.

                                                                                                                                                          Huh.

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                                                                                                                                                            jdub1371 Feb 24, 2014 08:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Dirty Potato Chips have spoiled me for all others (except maybe Cape Cod, but they seem to have disappeared from my regular San Fran stores). BEST potato chips I have ever eaten.

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                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Feb 24, 2014 11:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Everyone around me found them too salty (we had picked up the salt & vinegar and the cheddar and onion or some such....). I thought they were perfectly flavored and crunchy and potato-y to the max.

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                                                                                                                                                                jdub1371 Feb 25, 2014 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I've only had the regular, lightly salted Dirties (gold bag), which to me are perfection.

                                                                                                                                                                I generally don't go in for flavored chips because I find all of them way too salty nowadays (Kettle Chips being the worst offenders), so it wouldn't surprise me if the flavored DPCs are very salty as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood Feb 25, 2014 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  They were perfect.

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                                                                                                                                                            Doctormhl1 Feb 25, 2014 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                            No one has mentioned Pringles "imitation" potato chips. I wonder why? Perhaps Pringles doesn't qualify as real potato chips-which they are not!. In any case, what's your opinion of Pringles? They seem to be quite popular.

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                                                                                                                                                              Tripeler Feb 25, 2014 06:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I'll take Pringles with me when I go play tennis!

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                                                                                                                                                              JoeBabbitt Feb 25, 2014 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                              At the Green Dragon Farmer's Market in Ephrata, PA (Dutch Country) there's a stand that makes their own & fries them in lard. They are the best and they have the added benefit that you can feel your arteries hardening as you eat them.

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