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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?


  1. JanPrimus Jan 30, 2011 12:39 PM

    Just picked up at my local Kroger.

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    1. re: JanPrimus
      RedTop Jan 30, 2011 12:44 PM

      I'm interested to see your response, JP.

      1. re: RedTop
        JanPrimus 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....

        1. re: JanPrimus
          VTB Jan 30, 2011 07:17 PM

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

      2. re: JanPrimus
        jjspw 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 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. : )

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        grouper 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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        1. re: grouper
          RedTop 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!

          1. re: RedTop
            JanPrimus 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

          2. re: grouper
            Rheta 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!

            1. re: Rheta
              RedTop 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.

              1. re: RedTop
                Rheta 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!

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            Cathy 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 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 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.

                1. re: boagman
                  RedTop Apr 26, 2010 03:45 AM

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

                  1. re: RedTop
                    charlesbois 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.

            2. m
              mty917 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 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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                1. re: Cathy
                  kellycolorado 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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                  xman887 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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                    boagman 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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                    1. re: boagman
                      momskitchen Jul 22, 2008 04:00 PM

                      Check out their web page here:


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

                      1. re: momskitchen
                        GoalieJeff 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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