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Interesting/Comprehensive Snack Food selections- Specifically Sweet Chili Doritos? EB preferred

twocents Mar 27, 2008 11:56 AM

I am not going to justify or defend this request, but does anybody know where to get the Sweet Chili Doritos in the East Bay preferably, and/or SF?

I've only tried a couple of Safeways, plus SweetHeart Deli in Oakland Chinatown, which has a fair number of Asian brand snack chips along with some Doritos and Fritos, etc.

I know Ichiban Kan has some Japanese snacks.

Incidentally, has anyone seen Ketchup-flavored Lay's potato chips, popular in Canada?



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  1. grayelf RE: twocents Mar 27, 2008 08:38 PM

    I just read somewhere that ketchup chips are indigenous to Canada -- who knew?

    1. wolfe RE: twocents Mar 27, 2008 09:15 PM

      Apparently not only in Canada.

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        grayelf RE: wolfe Mar 28, 2008 08:29 AM

        By indigenous I meant born or engendered in, not exclusive to, but I didn't do any further research so it may be they were invented somewhere else.

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          wolfe RE: grayelf Mar 28, 2008 11:17 AM

          According to this link they were also manufactured in the US but are sold mostly in Canada. What's that you say? Eh! Almost all you ever wanted to know about ketchup flavored potato chips and where to get them.

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            grayelf RE: wolfe Mar 28, 2008 07:47 PM

            Kinda scary, to be famous for an obsession with ketchup chips. Thanks for passing that on.

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        Nancy Berry RE: twocents Mar 27, 2008 09:38 PM

        We got the Sweet Chili Doritos at the Westlake (Daly City) Safeway. I assume that the Safeway on 16th St. near Potrero would have them, too.

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          ML8000 RE: twocents Mar 27, 2008 10:34 PM

          No need to justify...but how do they taste? What makes them worth seeking? Is it like a mild Thai flavor? Just wondering.

          BTW, while I'm asking...what are ketchup chips like? Like BBQ chips in the US but with a straight vinegar and sweet tomato flavor?

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            wolfe RE: ML8000 Mar 28, 2008 08:03 AM

            See tasting at Taquito site on my post above.

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            adrienne156 RE: twocents Mar 28, 2008 11:27 AM

            Have you tried the Rice Works sweet chili chips from Costco? They're dangerously addictive.

            When I give in, I can find them at my local one in Richmond.

            1. twocents RE: twocents Mar 28, 2008 04:14 PM

              Thanks for the links and the clues.

              Re- Sweet Chili Doritos-
              I subliminally became aware that these existed and got it into my head that I must try them, so I don't know what they are like, though I can imagine. I think I saw a commercial or something, but I can't quite remember. Google confirmed their existence. I'll try also the sweet chili Rice Works chips adrienne156 mentions. Thaks to Nancy for confirming that they are available in the area. Odd that I could not find it in the larger Safeway in my neighborhood.

              I had the Ketchup Lay's last year when a friend brought some back from BC. I liked them. I did enjoy the article linked by wolfe and will keep an eye out for other brands.

              If you like flavored potato chips at all, I would say give them a try. The article also mentions that there are Ketchup flavored Doritos in some countries.

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                Scott M RE: twocents Mar 28, 2008 04:43 PM

                I would be curious as to how the Sweet Chili Doritos compare to Guiltless Gourmet Chipotle tortilla chips. The Guiltless Gourmet Chipotle flavor chips are spicy with a mild sweet flavor, and are pretty good for being baked. You might want to give them a try as well.

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                  chocolateninja RE: twocents Mar 28, 2008 05:24 PM

                  Have you tried the Spicy Thai flavour of Kettle Brand Chips? Very tasty and possibly easier to find than Doritos. Apparently Kettle just came out with a new flavour too, Death Valley Chipotle, which sounds yummy. (gonna keep an eye out for the Doritos sweet chili flavour though...sounds interesting)

                2. Scott M RE: twocents Mar 28, 2008 04:40 PM

                  Did you try Long's Drug Store? I have seen them there, but I am not 100% sure all of them will carry that flavor.

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                    kc72 RE: Scott M Mar 28, 2008 04:49 PM

                    Which Longs were you at?

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                      Scott M RE: kc72 Mar 28, 2008 05:04 PM

                      The one in the Piedmont area, on 41st Street close to Piedmont Ave. in Oakland.

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                        twocents RE: Scott M Mar 31, 2008 12:17 AM

                        Thanks Scott M for the pointer. I picked up a couple of 75g bags Saturday. The "Spicy Sweet Chili" Doritos have a distinct sweet note and like many of the other "spicy" Doritos, a hint of heat- nothing that anyone would find challenging, even the most spice averse. It is most apparent in contrast to other Doritos flavors such as the Spicy Nacho, which has somewhat less heat, and a distinct cheese-flavor flavor (not a typo). There is also a distinct chili pepper note making it reminiscent of Asian (Viet or Thai, particularly) bottled sweet chili sauces.

                        I enjoyed it well enough, though it's nothing to write home about. If I see it again and it sparks a craving, I'd happily purchase.

                        I did also pick up the riceworks chips mentioned prior, as well as the Kettle chips Thai Spice, but haven't had a chance to try them yet, and may have reached my salty snack limit, at least for a few days.

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                          twocents RE: twocents Apr 11, 2008 04:29 PM

                          I did end up trying the Riceworks Sweet chili. These have a pleasant sweet chili seasoning, although in this case I would say that the chili part is somewhat more reminiscent of Southwestern chili than Asian chili. However, I was not as wild about the chips themselves, which have a denser, "healthier," quality which is not really fun for me. I'll finish these, but don't see purchasing again. I expect, though, that many people will like these, especially if in principle they like salty snacks but think American mass produced chips and snacks are too greasy and gross.

                          The Thai Spice kettle chips were quite gingery and as such were reasonably Thai/Viet in flavor. I thought they were pretty good.

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                            adrienne156 RE: twocents Apr 15, 2008 01:00 PM

                            I'm sorry you didn't like them... I probably should have tried the Sweet Chili Doritos first (which I did this past weekend... I think I prefer the Riceworks) and specified that the Riceworks chips are made from crisped brown rice - I just figured you were looking for that flavor profile.

                            One odd thing about the Sweet Chili Doritos that I wasn't expecting - and I don't know if anyone else did this as a kid - but they taste a lot like raw top ramen with the flavor packet added. That totally took me back. <g>

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                            foodeye RE: twocents Apr 11, 2008 05:31 PM

                            Maybe you saw the sweet/hot ones for the first time on the Colbert Report, where they were used in a silly sketch.

                            Have you tried the Terra Bloody Mary Chips?

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                      cheesecakeking RE: twocents Apr 11, 2008 03:18 PM

                      Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos are available at Safeway in Mountain View, Miramonte near Cuesta. Because of all the recommendations on this thread, I tried them today for the first time and agree that they're quite good.

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                        sugarbuzz RE: twocents Apr 11, 2008 08:53 PM

                        I alway see these at the San Leandro Safeway on Washington in the Greenhouse plaza.

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