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Pringles ketchup chips, or your votes for other ketchup chips

I had a friend visit recently from the States and she was disappointed to find that she couldn't pick up any Ketchup-flavoured Pringles. She usually stocks up when she is here. I was thinking about shipping her a stash for Christmas, but it looks from the Pringles website that this flavour has been discontinued!

Has anyone seen any stores recently that still have some tubes of this tasty snack sitting on the shelf? Also, does anyone know when it was discontinued? If I found a place that still has some, would it be too old to make it worthwhile?

Otherwise, I am thinking of sending her a variety pack of other ketchup chip options, seeing as ketchup chips are scarce below the border. Any suggestions for your favourite ketchup-flavoured snacks would be highly appreciated!

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  1. Not Lay's- DEFINITELY not Lay's.

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      Thanks, Sam. I was reading some bad reviews on Lay's... but elsewhere there was some mention that their kettle-cooked chips might be better. I wonder if the Ketchup flavour could be better too?

    2. Old Dutch used to make ketchup chips - I venture I ate hundreds of bags in my formative years! I think you can still find them.

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      1. re: waylman

        I know with certainty you can - just saw them the other day. These are vastly superior in flavour to both Lay's and Pringles ketchup in my opinion. Sometimes they are so packed with flavour that the red layer can get quite thick! :)

        1. re: chefathome

          Yes, Old Dutch Ketchup Chips are the only way to go. I used to love finding the odd few that were almost black with ketchup flavouring. I know, that sounds so unappetizing, but when you're a kid it was so exciting.

          1. re: Burma VonFurston

            Old Dutch ALL THE WAY! They were my favourite growing up. I dunno if they still come in the cardboard box with 2 impossible-to-open bags inside, but I loved their ketchup and their bbq. But I basically stopped buying (but didn't stop eating) chips about 15 years ago so I dunno what the potato chip scene is like now.

            1. re: flowbee

              I looked for the boxed version but I didn't see it in the stores I went to today. I did see boxes recently though...

      2. So far I have amassed:

        Old Dutch Ketchup chips
        Old Dutch Spicy Chili Ketchup chips
        Old Dutch Ketchup baked chips
        PC Loads of Ketchup! chips
        Herr's Heinz Ketchup chips

        Any other suggestions?

        I wonder how I should pack these so that they don't end up crushed by the time she receives them...

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        1. re: twinkienic

          Oh, Herr's is by far the best- and lots of those "over-seasoned" chips of flavour goodness...

        2. More PC Loads of Ketchup!!!

          1. isn't there a PC "hot dog" flavour too? I know i bought it one time just to skew the supermarket's SKU (and gave it to USA friend who loved it cuz they don't get those nutty Brit influenced flavours like curry potato chips ; )

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            well - i just checked and apparently we can get "baby back rib bbq rib" flavour chips now from Pres Choice http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnl...&

            here are the PC "ballpark hotdog" chips - search for - PC Thick Cut Ballpark Hot Dog Flavour Rippled Potato Chips

            i notice they also have PIZZA flavour

            and i discovered quite an alarming flavour selection from the brits at this shop on dunbar (or whiterock) : celtic Treasure Chest (see ETHNIC thread) - including roast chicken flavor and quite possibly liver and onions - tho i can't see it listed.

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            1. re: Georgia Strait

              Whenever we travel to the UK we have fun in the crisps aisles. We've had prawn cocktail, roast chicken, steak and onion, pickled onion, Worcestershire, etc. But nothing compares to Old Dutch Ketchup chips!

              1. re: chefathome

                or "all dressed"
                it took me years to figure out what that flavour was/is.
                apparently it is the tater chip equiv of the dreaded halloween taffy ; )
                tho for calories, i'd rather eat the "all dressed" any day over those nasty taffies

                1. re: Georgia Strait

                  "All dressed" is in interesting flavour profile. I get what you mean about those Halloween candies - the ones individually wrapped in the orange/white/yellow/black paper? Shudder...

                  1. re: chefathome

                    Don't go dissing molasses kisses! Mmmmmmm :)

                    1. re: CanadaGirl

                      That's what those horrid things are called? They have a name? :)

                          1. re: chefathome

                            Chef At Home speaks of "interesting flavour profile" --- i would love to hear the (rick mercer?) vinophile verbage for either the "all dressed" or the infamous witch's kisses ; )

                            hint of ...
                            kiss of ...
                            with a finish of ...

                            and i sometimes live near and am (sometimes) related to BC vineyard folks. So I know how they joke about the loyal guests" at the tasting rooms ... "hint of leather" (referring to the car, I hope ;) ---- etc.

                            1. re: Georgia Strait

                              I'm sure Rick Mercer would have something interesting to say! We own a house in Croatia and have several friends who are vintners, too, so I can understand the "hint of leather" and other comments. Except there sometimes things are lost in translation which makes things exceptionally funny! Like once "mare's breath"! :)

            2. Old Dutch!!! Only way to go. When you get a really good bag they're amazing. Same with Old Dutch's salt and vinegar. A good bag will burn your mouth. Anybody remember Thunder Crunch potato chips? Those were the best. They didn't have ketchup but their salt n' vinegar were so good that you couldn't feel you tongue after a bag. I also liked their hot wing and szechuan flavours. I wonder what happend to them?

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              1. re: tdeane

                remember when chips (crisps) were sold in a cardboard box with two clear wax bags enclosed? The picadilly flavour had a clear red/white/blue - meaning England, of course - right across the box.

                those individual bags were quite small compared to the McMansion size that one can buy now - for 5.99?

                  1. re: tdeane

                    i've not seen that format (cardboard box) in years - where do you see them?

                    1. re: Georgia Strait

                      Old Dutch still sells them that way. On sale at Safeway right now, as a matter of fact.

                      I note there is a "BC only" ripple ketchup chip out from Lays as well for the OP.

                      1. re: grayelf

                        Where did you see the BC-only chip?

                        1. re: twinkienic

                          gosh i have not seen a cardboard box chip in wax bags in ages - i'm curious too about this
                          remember PICADILLY (s and v) and the bbq of course
                          i am a safeway shopper - have not seen - pls tell us more

                          1. re: Georgia Strait

                            I still see the Old Dutch boxes around in supermarkets, and I think Mac's convenience stores have them, too. Old Dutch BBQ should only be bought in the boxed format, in fact, b/c they use the old formula whereas the bags use the new (inferior, imo) formula. Btw, the interior bags are now silvery foil instead of clear.

                            1. re: queueueuq

                              The boxes and bags within are smaller than they used to be. I recall two tall bags the height of the box (and box was bigger). Now two smaller foil bags across the box.

                              I don't mind entirely - the smaller bags are good for portion control (portion being one bag :-) ).

                              My chip of choice is Old Dutch Salt and Vinegar. Accompanied by a fine IPA preferably.

                              1. re: kinnickinnik

                                > My chip of choice is Old Dutch Salt and Vinegar. Accompanied by a fine IPA preferably.

                                You rock.

                                1. re: kinnickinnik

                                  They are the same size as they always were. They're done by weight.

                          2. re: grayelf

                            The Safeway at MacDonald and Broadway has both the Old Dutch boxes with bags inside and the BC only ketchup ripple chips.

                            Haven't seen Picadilly since I was a kid but it was the weapon of choice to destroy your face with acetic acid, especially at the ice rink :-).

                  2. Has anyone tried Old Dutch's Spicy Chili Ketchup chips?

                     
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                    1. re: moyenchow

                      I tried them. I don't like ripple ketchup chips.

                    2. Pringles? I know absence makes the heart grow fonder, but, as a ketchup-loving nation, we can do much better. I whole-heartedly recommend the Lay's Kettle Cooked line - I could seriously eat an entire bag by myself.