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DTW: Better Made Rainbow Chips

momskitchen Jul 21, 2008 05:24 PM

Ever had them? Are they worth the trip to the Detroit store? How often do they have them in stock?

MK
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    boagman RE: momskitchen Jul 21, 2008 07:21 PM

    Huh...you've got me there! Not only have I never heard of them (and I've been eating BMPC for all of my darned-near 36 years), but they aren't listed on their website, either.

    I'd be interested in some info here as well.

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      momskitchen RE: boagman Jul 22, 2008 04:00 PM

      Check out their web page here:

      http://bmchips.com/Rainbow-Potato-Chi...

      The web site says they aren't "well done" but actually turn brown because of extra sugar in them.

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        GoalieJeff RE: momskitchen Apr 26, 2010 04:39 PM

        Curse you for showing me this link !!! ;) I could live in one of those party buckets ...

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      xman887 RE: momskitchen Jul 21, 2008 07:58 PM

      they are fantastic if you like well done/browned chips. my best friend's dad used to pick them up at the plant/store on gratiot in the 80's. i drive by every so often, but have never stopped. i am going to make a point to see if the still sell them.

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        Cathy RE: momskitchen Jul 27, 2008 06:15 PM

        Thanks for mentioning this, MK. I directed my brother to the site and he and his son went there today and got two 1 lb bags for $7. Both he and my mom *love* them!

        They said the flavor is different than regular Better Made's ...sweeter and a light crispiness. I will fly back to visit soon and will report back.

        They told him the potatoes will show up again in the Fall.

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          kellycolorado RE: Cathy Jul 28, 2008 10:00 AM

          I remember having their dark chips as a kid but I didn't remember the details... yum. I just wish they didn't fry in cottonseed oil....

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          mty917 RE: momskitchen Jul 28, 2008 12:21 PM

          There is no better chip than Better Made. Rainbow's are the premium in my book. I love a dark chip, and the bag is nothing but dark chips. They say they are from older potatoes that have more sugar in them, that is the reason for the carmelizing.

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            Cathy RE: momskitchen Jan 24, 2010 04:00 PM

            They are at the store on Gratiot now.

            I ordered a box of 4 and those were delivered to my home in San Diego this week. Finished one lb already. The hell with my New Year Resolution. Wonderful, light, crispy.

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              gooddog RE: Cathy Apr 25, 2010 05:46 PM

              I was under the impression these were only available at their plant; however, I just got some at a Kroger (I was at 25/Dequindre) $3.79 for 12.5oz - and their website says they're available at Hiller's. Yum!

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                boagman RE: gooddog Apr 25, 2010 06:17 PM

                I've actually seen them around in various stores, in (oddly) varied packaging. Sometimes, the bag will be the most spartan-looking thing you'll ever see...beige with block letter printing. No other colors, or pictures, or much of anything. As well, I've seen them with a very nice full-color label, completely identifiable as Rainbow Chips due to the rainbow right there on the label.

                I *still* haven't been able to get myself to buy them. When I see them, I always wonder if I'll actually think that they're better than the standard BMPC, and they're always that high price. Guess I'm psyching myself right out of them.

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                  RedTop RE: boagman Apr 26, 2010 03:45 AM

                  It'll only cost you $3.79 to make a life decision, boag! Ya gotta do this.

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                    charlesbois RE: RedTop Apr 26, 2010 06:48 AM

                    I agree, just do it. Found some at Busch's a month ago. The boyfriend didn't like them on their own, so I just mixed them in with regular better made chips and it was a 50-50 light and dark mix. Very tasty and like potato chips used to be before the brown, crispy chips were all culled.

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              grouper RE: momskitchen Apr 27, 2010 04:24 PM

              OMG, I'm in heaven!! I forgot just how good a dark potato chips was. You never see them like that anymore. I have been enjoying each one individually like I've never had a chip before. I was in Nino's today and decided to splurge and I'm glad I did. Now to keep my son away from them....

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                RedTop RE: grouper Apr 27, 2010 09:44 PM

                "Now to keep my son away from them...."

                You're sounding like a 17th Century French King here, grouper!

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                  JanPrimus RE: RedTop Apr 28, 2010 04:33 AM

                  Ἀπόδοτε οὖν τὰ Καίσαρος Καίσαρι καὶ τὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ τῷ Θεῷ

                  Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s

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                  Rheta RE: grouper Apr 28, 2010 06:46 AM

                  Wow, I didn't even know these existed. I just love it when I find a darker chip in a bag of Better Made. I've said before it's too bad they don't make a bag of darker chips. And by darned it sounds like they do! I must find them!

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                    RedTop RE: Rheta Apr 28, 2010 12:15 PM

                    I just looked at the Shelf Life Date on the bag I bought Saturday. Its 16 JUL 2010. So you're likely to find a bag or two still on the shelves. Check your local party stores first, Rheta.

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                      Rheta RE: RedTop Apr 28, 2010 01:04 PM

                      I found them! At Busch's a mile away from my house. And they are my dream chip come true!

                3. JanPrimus RE: momskitchen Jan 30, 2011 12:39 PM

                  Just picked up at my local Kroger.

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                    RedTop RE: JanPrimus Jan 30, 2011 12:44 PM

                    I'm interested to see your response, JP.

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                      JanPrimus RE: RedTop Jan 30, 2011 02:53 PM

                      Oh we like them....I still prefer the Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper chips from Kettle Brand, but these are a good close second.

                      I have to admit they are sitting next to my inspired by you guys Juicy Lucy with Tabbouleh and Bacon Burgers. I am one happy dude....

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                        VTB RE: JanPrimus Jan 30, 2011 07:17 PM

                        FYI-- JP's Chowhound password is BaconBurger. I just cracked it.

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                      jjspw RE: JanPrimus Jan 30, 2011 07:12 PM

                      This thread inspired me to try these Rainbow chips for the first time. I'd seen them around my nearby 7-11 for years, but since I'm not a fan of regular Better Made chips, I never bothered to try the Rainbow version. And, boy, was I missing out! These are tasty -- light, crisp, and with a nice robust flavor!

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                        Rosedale RE: jjspw Jan 31, 2011 05:02 PM

                        I bought a bag at Walgreen's tonight. I opened them in the car and ate a handful. They were so good, I had to immediately pull over and throw them out for fear of eating the entire bag before I got home. I'll have to try again under supervision. : )

                    3. rainsux RE: momskitchen Jul 20, 2014 11:40 AM

                      Found a medium sized bag on the shelf at Ernie's, but could not remember if the consensus was good or bad. I took the risk - Yum ...

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                        boagman RE: rainsux Jul 20, 2014 03:50 PM

                        Really? Personal taste, then...I just *cannot* get into those things. Ick.

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                          Mouseman_ RE: boagman 2 days ago

                          I was excited to try them when I first heard about them, and my first-bite reaction was about the same as yours -- "yuck!" I'm not sure why people think they're any different than burned chips.

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                            HillsofBeverly RE: Mouseman_ about 18 hours ago

                            I like browned things, and I wanted to love these. I didn't think they were "yuck" but more like "is this all?" They were just OK to me.

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                              rainsux RE: HillsofBeverly about 15 hours ago

                              > They were just OK to me.

                              Certainly better than the squid flavored chips I bought in Japan.

                              Had to wash those down with a can of Sweat. I kid you not; it's a Gatorade-like beverage.

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                          charlesbois RE: rainsux 1 day ago

                          I do believe people are yucking your yum. Oh well, more for you. I stick by my earlier post in this thread, I miss some brown chips in a regular bag of chips.

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                            boagman RE: charlesbois 1 day ago

                            Naw...it's just what you like and what you don't. I can have a burnie now and again if it happens to be in a bag of regulars. It's certainly not a hill to die on or anything like that.

                            However, a whole *bag* of those things? Three words: No. Thank. You.

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