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What style of Potato Chips do you Like?

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Do you like Classic Thin, Ridged or Kettle Style. Flavored or just salted? Do you put them inside your sandwich?

Lately, I'm liking the Kettle Style. How about you?

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  1. Mrs. Utz is my "hall pass", I love them kettles. Especially, the dark russet ones. There's a limited time we get here on Earth. Not sittin' back, at least once, watchin' Stripes with a bag of chips. Just wrong.

    In the same way, if you've never put chips on your sandwich, damn. Just even more wrong.

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    1. re: MGZ

      Yep, dark russet kettle chips seasoned with just salt are my favorite. Cape Cod is my kettle chip of choice.

      1. re: RealMenJulienne

        I'm afraid to buy the Cape Cod kettle chips because I will eat the whole bag at a single sitting.

        1. re: Veggo

          Oh god. I will eat the salt & vinegar flavor until the skin on my tongue is hanging in shreds and keep reaching for more. I love Cape Cod chips.

          1. re: biondanonima

            Ok thanks for the very vivid imagery there!!!

            1. re: jrvedivici

              Heh heh. No kidding. I think biondanonima attended the Nightmare on Elm Street School of Food Criticism.

          2. re: Veggo

            Isn't that the whole point?

            1. re: treb

              If one multiplies the calories per 1 oz. "serving size" times the weight of the bag, it pencils out that you don't need to eat again for about a week.

            2. re: Veggo

              I'm afraid to buy the Cape Cod kettle chips because I will eat the whole bag at a single sitting.

              Isn't that what the bag is for?

              To tell you what a single serving is?

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Thought the bag was a single serving!! Especially Kettle Chips, yum!! BTW - If you're eating chips, you're not looking to cut or count calories. And no diet sodas to swish them down!

                1. re: treb

                  "Bet you can't eat just one." I always equated that to the bag, not the chip.

                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                    Someday they will make a bag of potato chip with just one huge chip. Which will then resolve any confusion ...

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      I buy single chicharrones the size of the hats ladies wear at the Kentucky Derby. Equally addictive as potato chips. And ladies wearing hats.

                      1. re: Veggo

                        Pork rinds with hot sauce and ice cold Budweiser

                        1. re: flavrmeistr

                          I wasn't thinking pork rinds when I read "chips" but I'll take them any day over chips.

                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                            My favorites are the chicharrones sold by the street vendors in Hialeah, FL. Homemade cracklings for a dollar a bag you can buy at a red light. A cold six-pack on ice and a bottle of Crystal in the glovebox. Is America a great country, or what?

                        2. re: Veggo

                          Is there a particular brand that you buy? Love them!

                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                            Brand? Heavens no. I buy them at my latin markets, fresh off the pig. Far better than anything in a bag for a fraction of the price.

                            1. re: Veggo

                              That's what I suspected. There are a few latin markets around so I'll have to hunt.

                              1. re: Veggo

                                Same here. I can get one chicharrone for a dollar. Sounds expensive? Not when the chicharrone is as big as my forearm. I get one and my besty and I stand in front of the Latin market and share it like rutting pigs.

                                1. re: suzigirl

                                  "I get one and my besty and I stand in front of the Latin market and share it like rutting pigs."

                                  I don't know if that's tautologous or incestuous.

                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                    I am going to go with a bit of both, but i am okay with that. Pass the Tapatio. ;-)

                              2. re: fldhkybnva

                                Turkey Creek hot pork rinds are the kind.

                              3. re: Veggo

                                +1 for chicharrones, even U.S.-style pork rinds.
                                The most perfect beer snack ever, doused with your favorite hot sauce.

                              4. re: ipsedixit

                                large chips, reminds me of Kitch N Cooked Original Maui Chips; thick, huge, very oily, sea salt, great flavor, and awesome with an ice cold beer!

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  that's gonna be some kinda big peeler!

                      2. re: MGZ

                        I just tried the Target store brand Archer Farms kettle chips and they may have knocked Cape Cod out of my top spot. They come with a resealable bag which strikes me as severely overestimating the self control of their customers.

                        With any type of kettle chip, try microwaving them for 30-40 seconds before eating. They start to sizzle and taste almost like fresh-fried.

                        1. re: RealMenJulienne

                          "With any type of kettle chip, try microwaving them for 30-40 seconds before eating. They start to sizzle and taste almost like fresh-fried."

                          A lightbulb idea. I gotta try it soon.

                              1. re: ipsedixit


                                Oh come on......you only suggest 10-15 seconds in the micro wave. RMJ is taking it to a whole new level at 30-40 seconds, that's like Capt. Kirk "Going where no man has gone before" stuff right there.

                                (j/k ipse)

                                MGZ do we have any kind of copyright infringement here? It does seem like RMJ is trying to capitalize on ipse post of almost 12 hours earlier. (I get a 1/3 of your 1/3)

                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                  Im only callin' pitches from the Dugout these days. Besides, ipse's an Alpha and has read Code and Caselaw before.

                                  1. re: MGZ

                                    I may still be in the batter's box these days but I swing and miss more often than I do make contact. Heck, sometimes I take a called 3rd strike.

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      Spin it how you like, ipse, but somethin' tells me with a runner on second and one out, you're not gonna see anything to hit.

                                      1. re: MGZ

                                        Ipse is dexterous with chopsticks, so I think I could fool him with my forkball.

                        2. Wise Onion & Garlic are my favorite, and occasionally their two BBQ styles.

                          Wise Regular, Low Salt, with Lipton's Onion Dip Mix.

                          I have never yet another potato chip brand besides Wise that I like.

                          As a kid at school lunch put chips in burgers to make Crunchburgers. With tons of Heinz Ketchup. Only way to make those overdone gray disks palatable.

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                          1. re: JMF

                            I was just about to fess up to having Lipton's Onion Dip over the weekend. We were at a boat slip party and I'd forgotten how good the dip is with regular old Ruffles.

                            Later in the day I had a pastrami sandwich stuffed with Cheetos puffs. White trash, indeed, but so good.

                            1. re: KrumTx

                              My first thought - Ruffles with dip made with sour cream and a packet of Liption Beefy Onion soup mix.

                              1. re: KrumTx

                                French Onion Dip is my kryptonite. Sometimes one tub isn't enough.

                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                  I almost put onion dip on my Roast Beef sandwich the other day. Chickened out in the end.

                                  1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                    Bacon horseradish dip on a roast beef sandwich is also a winner. Just make sure you put plenty on.

                                    1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                      Oh no, why? That seems like a brilliant idea!

                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                        It makes for a great sunscreen at the beach.

                                2. Here in the last couple of years, I've rediscovered something from my childhood. "pik-nik" shoestring potato sticks in the can, remember? I just love 'em to death, about twice a week I'll have a bologna or salami sandwich with those and I'm a happy man.


                                  And as far as potato chips go, I don't think you can beat "Tims Cascade" brand from Washington State, especially the jalepeno flavor.

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                                  1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                    [S]hoestring potato sticks in the can, remember? "

                                    Man, I not only remember, the thought of 'em makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

                                    1. re: MGZ

                                      Yes I remember and enjoyed them frequently, I think they were a dime a can.

                                      1. re: MGZ

                                        I'd forgotten about those! Definitely reminds me of childhood. Bugles, too.

                                        1. re: KrumTx

                                          Sometimes, after a night of chasin' skirts, I'd go to 7-11. I'd buy a bag of Bugles. I'd open it and fill it with the cheese sauce from the machine. Maybe a shot of the chili, too. Nasty, I know, but try it before you deny it.

                                          It's better if you keep the bag closed on the way home and pour 'em onto a paper plate when you get there.

                                          It may be the most trailer park way ever of entertainin' a girl, but, none ever bitched.

                                          1. re: MGZ

                                            "none ever bitched."

                                            Hell, I wouldn't have.

                                            1. re: MGZ

                                              Living in a floating trailer park, thanks for the tip.

                                        2. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                          Absolutely on the shoestrings. There were a staple of my 70s childhood. My mom loved them, therefore they were frequently in the kitchen.

                                          1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                            tim's are amazing, though my favorite is the plain ol' classic. :-)

                                            1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                              Love those Pik-Niks, but stayed away for a long time,as they had stuck with transfats (not that any of this stuff is health food, but one has to draw the line somewhere!). They finally got with the program and removed the trans-fats, but they still seem as good as ever. I haven't tried their onions yet, but will soon.

                                              1. re: Steve Green

                                                Pik-Niks take me right back to elementary school field trips. Pik-Niks, peanut butter and honey sandwiches on ww, carrot sticks, frozen orange juice with banana chunks and milk. I loved field trip day.

                                            2. Kettle style. If I'm snacking on junk food, I might as well go whole hog and snag some flavored chips with unnaturally satisfying salt and vinegar or dill pickle.

                                              Plain ridged chips have always seemed too greasy to me, but they are well-suited for dipping, if not snacking.

                                              1. Oh so many kinds! However, I do not like the original plain Utz in the red and white bag.

                                                1. Classic thin or Kettle thin. I'm not a big fan ridged or kerfule cut. For falvors, salt, or salt and back pepper. I did have an Olive Oil one from TJ's though that was suprisingly good.

                                                  1. There is a kettle-style chip made in Japan by Calbee (Kata-Age) which is flavored with very fine garlic and it is fantastic.

                                                    1. I consider chips of the same ilk as fries. A means to convey fatty sugary goodness. So those ultra thin, ultra crispy kettles break under the pressure of a classic Lipton's onion dip where a properly ridged tater does not need to double up.

                                                      The only good thing about reconstituted Pringles is that they don't crush easily when traveling.

                                                      1. My favorite style are fresh cut and fried with some salt, as served at Ben and Jack's Steakhouse in NY.

                                                        Other than that I prefer the kettle jalepano chips.

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                                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                                          Amen on the jalapeno flavored kettles.

                                                        2. I'm reducing my salt intake, so pertata chips are in my past. But back in the good ol' days, I preferred kettle cooked, and the thicker (within reason) the better.

                                                          I liked unflavored most probably, although certain flavors (habanero, BBQ, salt and vinegar, steak and onion, etc.) sometimes attracted my attention. The quality of flavored chips varies so dramatically, though. Some are splendid, others inedible. Unflavored chips will always be at least decent, IMO.

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                                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                            I've seen Kettle Chip in an unsalted version. GO for it!

                                                          2. Kettle Chips. ~ Local favorite Zapp's. Regular flavor is favorite, but I enjoy their Jalapeno, Cajun Crawtators, etc. from time to time.

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                                                            1. re: Uncle Bob

                                                              +1 Zapp's Spicy crawtators. That's my favorite chip in the whole world. Cape cod would be my second fave.

                                                              1. On a somewhat related topic, has anyone tasted the Lay's Chicken and Waffle flavored chips? I haven't been able to find them in the NJ area, per my son's constant requests, I have had the B.L.T. chips which were "good".

                                                                Anyone tried the Fried Chicken and Waffle's?

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                                                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                  I found the three "new" Lay's varieties ONCE, back in early May. I don't expect to see them again, except for the contest winner, Cheesy Garlic Bread.

                                                                  Chicken and Waffles flavor was much better, of course.

                                                                  1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                                                    Really? If you don't mind me asking where are you located? I've been on a mission for my son to find them but I didn't have any luck in central Jersey.

                                                                    Cheesy Garlic Bread was the winner? Even though it was my son who started me on this mission, I was curious to try the fried chicken and waffles. The BLT is the only new exotic flavor I found and they were "interesting".

                                                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                      I'm in Central Florida. My family in South Florida found them once in March and bought them for me, and I found them once in April (not May, as I originally wrote). I don't expect to see them again -- the distribution was horrible from the beginning, and the voting promotion is over.

                                                                      I tried the BLT Lay's and found them surprisingly bland, but they're still around on store shelves. My absolute favorites are the Garden Tomato and Basil Lay's. I can eat those by the bag, and they're awesome on sandwiches too.

                                                                2. Grandma Utz

                                                                  Kettle cooked in lard.

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                                                                  1. re: MacTAC

                                                                    Hell, a bag of those and a Yankees game. A six of pale ale. It's like Saint Peter said, "Come on in."

                                                                  2. I love kettle style or a classic thin chip for eating straight. Ruffled or ridged aren't my favorites, but I'll eat them if there's dip involved. And even though they're not really potato chips, I do love Pringles.

                                                                    1. Ruffles. Preferably with the onion dip.

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                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                        Can we share? I used to inhale a whole bag with a can of dip on the side. I think it's been years since I've enjoyed this wonderful, simple treat.

                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                          My friend had it at a party at her house not too long ago. I had to go sit outside so I wouldn't sit there eating it all evening.

                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                            I know the feeling. There is an extra can in our lazy Susan and I just try to avoid spinning it around to see it.

                                                                      2. I've been trying to limit my intake, but with tomato sandwich season upon us I recently picked up a bag of Utz Crab Chips. I've always felt that Old Bay was a crime unto seafood, but on potatos, and chicken, it's a good thing.

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                                                                        1. re: laststandchili

                                                                          I love Crab chips but while I enjoy most Utz versions of chips I definitely prefer the Herr's Crab Chips to the Utz variety, I highly recommend them if you like crab chips.

                                                                        2. Classic thin, no flavors. That said, I like to use Ruffles as a substitute for crackers when snacking on cheese, etc.

                                                                          1. Any style. Chips are my weakness. I do put them on a sandwich but only kettle cooked.

                                                                            1. I stand on the side with 'Melpy'...Utz Original in the red & white bag...supreme potato flavor AND lowest sodium content among leading national brands.

                                                                              Based on 1 oz serving (that a small single-serve bag):
                                                                              Utz Original 95mg sodium
                                                                              Pringles Original 150 mg sodium
                                                                              Ruffles 160 mg sodium

                                                                              1. Kettle all the way... I die for Miss Vickies Jalapeno

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                                                                                1. re: NanaMoussecurry

                                                                                  Plus one on the Miss Vickies jalapeno. That is the one i was going to mention.

                                                                                  1. I love flavored chips, especially barbecue and jalapeno, but my favorites right now are the Garden Tomato and Basil Lay's. My wife prefers plain chips, especially the Dirty brand of kettle chips, and we both love Zapp's (which are extremely hard to find in Central Florida).

                                                                                    This past weekend, we had the WORST potato chips we've both had in a long time: Herr's dark russet potato chips, which were kettle-style. They all looked, smelled, and tasted burned, and they were gross.

                                                                                    1. Grandma Utz, from Harrisburg Costco (or ordered straight from the factory).
                                                                                      Alternatively, salt and vinegar anything (trader joes is good).

                                                                                      1. Jalapeno kettle cooked and a diet pepsi. nirvana

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                                                                                        1. re: ahuva

                                                                                          Try Miss Vickie's. They are perfect.

                                                                                        2. Everything except for Pringles, which really are more like fried regurgitated baby food than chips.

                                                                                          I really like potato chips with ice cream, by the way, especially the leftover "ends" at the bottom of the bag.

                                                                                          1. Kettle style, if that's the extra crunchy, still has a bit of peel on it variety. Salt and vinegar flavours by preference (Miss Vicky's malt vinegar and sea salt is a favourite).

                                                                                            This is a special treat, though, because they are expensive and require a special trip to a high end grocery store stocking imported stuff. So I wouldn't waste them in a sandwich. What I normally get would be plain Pringles, which I sprinkle with Kernels salt and vinegar popcorn powder when I get home.

                                                                                              1. Utz crab chips with cottage cheese. Now, that's a meal.

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                                                                                                1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                  Yup. It's got all two of the food groups.

                                                                                                  1. Zapp's Voodo chips.. they are a kettle style and they are evil..and when you place them on a mortdellao sandwich while curled on the sunroom window seat with a book and some steely dan the world is a better place.

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                                                                                                    1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                      What sort of book? And what sort of Steely Dan? ;)

                                                                                                        1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                          I was thinking more along the lines of Borroughs' iteration.

                                                                                                          Tawdry, I know. Unutterably tawdry.

                                                                                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                            Borroughs' iteration.

                                                                                                            you have had one too many naked lunches

                                                                                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                              I gathered that's what you were having. ;)

                                                                                                            2. re: MGZ

                                                                                                              lol.. Noooo... Count down to ectasy.. sillly

                                                                                                            3. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                              Book- it ranges.. but currently :The Widow Clicquot

                                                                                                              1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                Does the widow Clicquot drink Veuve with Zapp's Voodoo and a mortadella sandwich in her sunroom with her trusty Steely D at the ready?

                                                                                                          2. I love the Heinz Ketchup potato chips by Herr's!!

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                                                                                                            1. re: Motosport

                                                                                                              Those _are_ great -- they taste exactly as you would expect. A couple of their other flavors, not so much.

                                                                                                            2. 1970's, Lahaina, Maui, Maui Wowie Potato Chips
                                                                                                              "Hard to Roll and Hell to Light". 1995, Sequim, WA., Bob's
                                                                                                              Potato Chips...first "thick" ones I tasted. 2013, Kerrville, TX HEB's Kettle Cooked...Original or Salt and Vinegar. And yes, you can't eat just one...bag...

                                                                                                              1. Ridged. The brand depends - Ruffles or Utz is usually the way I go.

                                                                                                                They ALWAYS go on the top of my cheeseburger (ketchup goes on the bottom bun).

                                                                                                                I usually don't put them in sandwiches, but eat them alongside. Although they make for a nice crunch in a tuna sandwich.

                                                                                                                The Cape Cod Kettle chips are like tortilla chips to me - I like them, but they cut the crap out of the sides of my mouth, and the salt burns the cuts!