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Jul 22, 2008 08:12 PM

Lay's Baked Potato Chips

are they kosher? i couldnt find an OU on it like the regular potato chips

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  1. Not only are these chips NOT certified kosher, I have heard that they contain actual treif (non-kosher) meat ingredients.

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    1. re: websterhall1994

      I looked at the ingredients and I do not see any animal products - I am just wondering if they have not gotten around ot having them certified kosher -

      1. re: weinstein5

        FWIW I found this on

        Author: Josh Levine
        Date: 2/1/2006 10:21:00 PM
        Subject: baked lays
        Message: Are lays baked potato chips kosher?
        Ingredients: dehydrated potatoes, modified food starch, sugar, corn oil, salt, soy lecithin, leavening (monocalcium phosphate and sodium bicarbonte), and dextrose.

        Reply: yes

      2. re: websterhall1994

        The KCs Barbecue flavor is not kosher and has treif meat ingredients. When this first came out, i called the number on the bag to complain about that. I thought it was surprising given that plain baked Lays and KCs barbecue sauce are both kosher and vegetarian. Thank you.

        1. re: Bride of the Juggler

          Yes, they contain chicken fat. I believe the relationship is just a co-marketing relationship and that the sauces have nothing to do with the orange powder that is used.

          1. re: DeisCane

            seems just to be the baked chips - which are supposed to be 'healthier'? does this mean gribbenos can now be considered as health food?

            1. re: weinstein5

              Since ingredients are listed in order of volume, the chicken fat component is really a trace. Still treyf, but hardly enough to render it a health issue. It's just like McDonald's spraying beef fat on its fries -- no doubt lends a better flavor, but hardly drenched in animal fats.

      3. I was also hoping that they would be kosher. A possible alternative is Trader Joe's baked potato slims. Reminds me of Pringles.

        1. Lays does have kettle cooked mesquite BBQ chips that are OU .

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          1. re: chuck

            Lays has many varieties that are OU, but I think the OP here is probably interested in the "baked" aspect (presumably for caloric/health reasons), not simply the varieties of Lays that are available.

          2. I got this response from Lay's when I asked them about the kashrut/vegetarianism of the Original Baked chips.

            "There are no animal ingredients in Baked Lay's Original; however, they are cooked on the same lines as Baked Lay's BBQ which does contain animal ingredients. Our lines are thoroughly washed with high heat and detergents before we run unseasoned chips, such as the Original."