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Hawaiian Potato Chips in Calgary

I just happened to be in the London Drugs off downtown by 17 Ave SW yesterday, when I walked down the food aisle.

Much to my surprise, I noticed the tell-tale orange and purple bags of Hawaiian brand chips, which translates to the Luau BBQ and Sweet Maui Onion chips respectively. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, since London Drugs always seems to have interesting junk food.

210 g bags ($2.49 each), so I grabbed a couple of them.

If you haven't had them, they are kettle style potato chips, but they are really, really tasty. They infrequently show up at Costco in 2 kg (!) bags.

If you haven't tried them, I heartily recommend you do so.

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  1. The Sweet Maui Onion chips when they shop up in Costco are positively awesome...

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    1. re: tex_in_yyc

      I had a bag of sweet onion when we were enjoying our honeymoon in March in Maui.. those were delicious.

      I'll see if I can find them at London Drugs in Edmonton.

    2. Those chips are addicting. We tried them on a flight on Alaska Airlines. I had seen them at Costco before that but wasn't sure if I should buy them. Well ... waiting for them to arrive at Costco again so we can get our fix.

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      1. re: sweeterpea

        Saw them at Costco (Heritage) last week

      2. Good find! I agree that the food aisles at LD are amazing- we get that jam in the blue plastic containers there all the time- more like a compote than jam, stirred into plain yogurt mm mm good, and it's only $1.99 a jar on sale ($2.99 regular but one flavour is always on special).

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        1. re: John Manzo

          I agree - LD is awesome, especially since now they are carrying Tim Tams. Yum!

          1. re: buppybishop

            Tim Tams have been in local Co Ops as well.

            In the USA, they've been showing up, but are licensed by Pepperidge Farms; what I've heard is that they are exactly what you'd expect an American version of a Tim Tam to be. (slight, or maybe more, insult implied.)

            So far the Tim Tams I've seen in Calgary have been the "proper" ones.

            1. re: tex_in_yyc

              I've seen them at Superstore as well.

              What makes a Tim Tam proper? Seriously asking here.

              1. re: Jasz

                Fair question. Arnott's makes the "proper" Tim Tam. I have not tasted the Pepperidge Farm version; my knowledge of them is purely second hand. But from what I've heard, they just are not the same as an Arnott produced one.

                My speculation would be it is the distinction of a Coca Cola made with cane sugar vs. high fructose corn syrup. Despite being similar, there is a very big difference between them.

                1. re: tex_in_yyc

                  I guess I'm asking what a Tim Tam *is*. I've looked at them a few times and am always game for a new yummy cookie. Is it crunchy, chewy? Looks like it has caramel.

                  1. re: Jasz

                    Ahh sorry, didn't realize what the question is.

                    a Tim Tam is two chocolately biscuits with a filling (which can vary, chocolate, caramel, etc) enrobed in chocolate. I'm not familiar with all the variations of them (there were several varieties in grocery stores in Auckland). The original was all chocolate and is very tasty. I have never tried any of the other flavours.

                    1. re: tex_in_yyc

                      Thanks. I might pick up a pkg next day I see one. Sounds like it fulfills my chocolate quota :)

                      1. re: Jasz

                        What we used to do in Australia is bite small pieces of opposite corners on the Tim Tam off. Then use it like a straw to suck on hot tea or coffee and just when it's starting to crumble/melt in your hands shove the entire thing into your moth. It explodes into a gooey hot chocolate melt, it's awesome. There's another name for this method of eating a Tim Tam but it's not PG rated ;)

                        I think the difference between the real ones here and the ones in the US is the quality of the chocolate as well. The ones here are the same as down under but I've never tried the US versions to compare though.

        2. These chips were in my local - Canmore- Safeway today.