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Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

Jim Leff Jan 3, 2012 09:54 AM

Chocolate-covered potato chips are an incipient (or slightly post-incipient) food trend. And I've never had one I liked. So...can anyone recommend good ones (where the chocolate doesn't completely covering over the potato flavor)?

For one thing, I have not yet tried this, but clearly must:
http://bit.ly/yW03FI

(And, yes, I am very well acquainted with Ben & Jerry's "Jimmy Fallon's Late Night Crunch" http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/featu... . In fact, I attend a 12 step group every Tuesday night....)

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  1. Jim Leff RE: Jim Leff Jan 3, 2012 10:25 AM

    after much online research, these seem like the gold standard (since Evelyn's closed in NYC):
    Royce Potato Chip Chocolate, from Japan (but available all over East Asia).

    Does anyone know if you can get these things via mail order?

     
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      Lori D RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2012 01:56 PM

      There is a site for a US location for online ordering for the company - http://www.royceusa.com/ - there are zero products that can be ordered. Since the copyright date is 2012, perhaps the site is under construction and you will be able to order from them soon.

      I have brought them back from Japan before. They were a good thing for my office, but I can't say I was wild about them. I haven't gotten them since the once time (a few years and visits ago), so they clearly didn't make a huge impression on me.

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        Jim Leff RE: Lori D Jan 4, 2012 07:52 PM

        Lori, thanks, that's great sleuthing re: the copyright statement.

        I may be similarly non-wowed, but I feel obliged to be completionist about this......

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        tastesgoodwhatisit RE: Jim Leff Jan 5, 2012 10:54 PM

        I've had these, but was underwhelmed. I think I just don't care for the concept - I love potato chips, I love chocolate, but mixing the two gives you an inferior potato chip experience, and a spoiled chocolate experience.

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        Steve RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2012 11:08 AM

        I took a tour of the Herr's snack factory in Pennsylvania, and they had them at the gift shop. Pretty darn good, and I'd gladly eat some more.

        1. Jim Leff RE: Jim Leff Jan 5, 2012 09:10 AM

          OK, for the thread, here's what I've compiled so far:

          - Trader Joe's
          - widman's from fargo
          - Varsano's
          - david bradley
          - Morkes
          - Canady
          - Long Grove Confectionery
          - vosges with plantain chips
          - Sugar Plum Chocolates
          - The Swiss Colony Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips
          - Sugar Plum Chocolates
          - Asher's Confections
          - FIGI'S (dark and milk)
          - Executive Sweets
          - Sharis Berries
          - Mantorville Farms
          - dylan's (may be discontinued)
          - Baker Candies
          - Neuchatel
          - Asher's Potato Chips available at macy's
          - candy warehouse

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            chowser RE: Jim Leff Jan 6, 2012 04:14 AM

            I've tried Trader Joe's and Grimaldi's (from Hallmark) and then another brand in a bag that I can't remember the name of but not on your list. TJ's has too high chocolate ratio, overly sweet. The Grimaldi was okay, better ratio but still too high. The bag one was about $8 for a small bag, not worth it. There's also Widman's I've seen but with the three meh experiences haven't been bothered to try:

            http://www.carolwidmanscandy.com/prod...

            I think it would be better to drizzle chocolate over potato chips rather than dip them. A little chocolate goes a long way.

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            INDIANRIVERFL RE: Jim Leff Jan 5, 2012 11:10 AM

            www.grimaldicandies.com of Melbourne Florida. Dark or milk chocolate. A local favorite.

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              Jim Leff RE: INDIANRIVERFL Jan 5, 2012 09:21 PM

              Thanks. On the list it goes!

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                GraydonCarter RE: Jim Leff Jan 6, 2012 11:57 AM

                I love chronically-overachieving people

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                cavandre RE: INDIANRIVERFL Jan 6, 2012 04:12 AM

                While I usually prefer dark over milk chocolate, I think the milk chocolate version of Grimaldi's works much better with the salty chips.

              3. Chris VR RE: Jim Leff Jan 6, 2012 02:26 PM

                My husband picked up some really awesome ones at The Chocolate Show in NYC in November. He was going through the show nibbling and these made him stop and backtrack to see who it was from, and bring some home. I'm usually a dark chocolate person and these were milk, but it worked incredibly well. It was Neuchatel, which I see is already on your list, but here's a link for anyone else interested http://www.neuchatelchocolates.com/in...

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                  Jim Leff RE: Chris VR Jan 6, 2012 08:04 PM

                  Specific reports gratefully received!

                  I'm hoping to do a monster tasting of all these brands. I'll be sure to grab some Neuchatel.

                2. Jim Leff RE: Jim Leff May 17, 2012 12:59 PM

                  Ashers are really really good. Surprising amount of strong potato flavor, salty/sweet balance is perfect. but I'm still looking for Royce's!

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