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Jul 21, 2008 05:24 PM

DTW: Better Made Rainbow Chips

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


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  1.'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

      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

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

    2. 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.

      1. 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

          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....

        2. 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.

          1. 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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            1. re: Cathy

              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!

              1. re: gooddog

                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

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

                  1. re: RedTop

                    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.