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Addicted to Have'A Corn Chips

kolachman Mar 8, 2008 04:25 PM

Is anyone else addicted to Have'A Corn Chips from Laguna? Every time we are in town visiting family we snarf down as much as we can. We just received our "upteenth" order of a box of 24 bags yesterday afternoon (we're in Jersey) and are down eight already! Yum!

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    catz Dec 27, 2010 06:27 PM

    Just bought my first and last bag of these chips. Couldn't eat them w/o re-fried beans. Just yuck. Don't know if the oil, the lime, or a combo of both ruined the flavor.

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      Rizza Aug 6, 2008 10:01 PM

      So funny to read this today. I go through my Have'a phases and just crunched down a bunch yesterday. Like someone else said, they are not a substitute for Mexican-style tortilla chips, but a unique snack on their own. In fact I ate them for lunch before going out for Mexican food, and still scarfed down a bunch of chips there. It was a crunchy day.

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        pharmnerd Aug 6, 2008 09:10 PM

        Yeah, I definitely dig for the darker ones first.

        BTW, Costco has a version that's a decent sub for real Have'a chips. Can't remember the name, but appears to have the same soy sauce flavoring. Big plus is you get a giant bag for the cost of maybe 2 or 3 bags of the real stuff.

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          Centerline24 Aug 6, 2008 11:30 PM

          Had the one's from Costco, really good substitute, bigger bag and fairly priced. Baja Bud's I believed they were called. They did not have them the last time I went though, you know how costco can be

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          schrutefarms Aug 6, 2008 03:24 PM

          I grew up at the beach in California, so I've been enjoying Have'A chips forever!! They are the BEST!! I wish they would make them darker, though. The dark ones have the most soy sauce. I always dig those out of the bag first! Also, they should make bigger bags.

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            ctokita Aug 6, 2008 02:11 PM


            Where do you order these by the case? I first tried these chips almost 20 years ago in Los Angeles on a trip and love them. I live in Hawaii and will see them once in a while at Long's Drugs. I just happen to see a bag yesterday when shopping with a friend. I haven't seen a bag in at least 2 years. Would love to order by the case.



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              kolachman Sep 12, 2008 03:43 PM

              sorry for the delay-very busy summer! believe it or not my wife got it on Amazon! They were as fresh as when we buy them in Laguna.

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                catz Dec 27, 2010 06:25 PM


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                pasgal Mar 10, 2008 10:02 PM

                They are pretty inexpensive (I think $1.49/bag) at Whole Foods Markets. They are always on the shelf in-stock.

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                  torta basilica Mar 10, 2008 09:44 PM

                  Yes, the darker ones rule!! I have picked my bags for years, if not decades, by the darkness factor. Other than freshly home-made tortilla chips, I can't imagine even bothering to eat another...

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                    potofood Mar 9, 2008 06:59 PM

                    I love "Have a corn chip"I thought I was the only one.I'll eat a bag for lunch with some kind of dip-or just plan-now I have the Salon addicted to them.

                    1. groover808 Mar 8, 2008 09:46 PM

                      Yes, they are quite tasty. I get mine from Henry's. Initially I bought them because they come in a smaller bag instead of buying a huge bag for just myself. Brought them to work and some coworkers got addicted. Mentioned they had soy sauce and my Korean co-worker was like "no wonder I loove them!". I also like the fact that they are local to us here in OC.

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                        Josh90004 Mar 9, 2008 03:21 AM

                        The Silverlake Vons now has them. I think they are around $2.25. Quite a price difference from Mother's Market, wherever that is.

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                          Azizeh Barjesteh Mar 9, 2008 07:56 PM

                          I bought my last bag at Vons here in Santa Monica.

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                        justagthing Mar 8, 2008 07:57 PM

                        I am also in love with these chips and have been eating them for almost 2 decades. They are made with soy sauce and as previously mentioned, you can eat them straight out of the bag. In fact, I don't just munch on them, I actually let them sit in my mouth and savor the flavor. I always seek out the darker colored ones b/c I know they have more soy sauce than the others and just have such a wonderful taste.

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                          stacyface Mar 8, 2008 05:40 PM

                          those chips are the BEST in-store chips i have ever had and my husband and i are both addicted! they are super delish in bbq chicken salad!

                          1. JeffW Mar 8, 2008 05:04 PM

                            Well all right, you got me interested on this one. Tell us a little about them---and also contact info if you are up for it.


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                              Tapeworm Mar 8, 2008 05:15 PM

                              Soy sauce is one of the ingredients that makes them tasty. I buy mine at Mother's Market for about $1.25 a bag. Here's an OC Weekly article about them:


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                                kolachman Mar 8, 2008 05:15 PM

                                Simple corn chips, varying sizes and shapes, but in lieu of salt they add lime and soy sauce. I think when we are in Laguna we get them at the Albertsons on PCH across from the Montage. We don't get them to satisfy a Mexican food craving, just to snack. I hate to overhype anything, but the bags should definitely be bottomless.

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                                  JeffW Mar 8, 2008 05:30 PM

                                  Thanks for expounding on what these chips are all about. I'm hooked on the concept, and I'm actually traveling to Laguna next Saturday evening for dinner at Stonehill Tavern. I will definitely be driving back home with a few bags of those chips! Timing is everything, isn't it?

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                                    Jwsel Mar 8, 2008 05:38 PM

                                    I've never understood the hype for these chips. They are decent, but aren't any better than the chips I can get at a lot of taquerias around town (for a lot less).

                                    You also can get them around LA. I see them regularly at Whole Foods and Bristol Farms.

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                                      Tapeworm Mar 8, 2008 05:46 PM

                                      Have'A chips are good to eat just by themselves. Most tortilla chips you need to eat them with salsa or some type of dip.

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                                      DanaB Mar 9, 2008 09:12 AM

                                      They sell Hava'Chips at many markets in the Los Angeles area. Gelson's in Silverlake has them, as does the Bristol Farms on Doheny and Beverly Blvd.

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