Disclaimer: I am not a potato chip expert. I just love eating them shits. I probably eat them every night while enjoying some ice cream, neapolitan preferably. The sweet/salty interaction is quite enjoyable.
Lately I've been trying to get a new bag of chips every time I'm out food shopping. Problem is there aren't many options. But whenever I see a chip I haven't tried I roll the dice and give it a shot.
Today I will be reviewing 6 different chips. Taste is the only thing I care about.
Kettle Brand Krinkle Cut Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper
I was really excited to try these. The packaging looked official- the thicker bag always gives an air of quality. From Oregon and hand-cooked in safflower/sunflower oil. But the chips disappointed. They were thick- too thick- melba toast type thick. Very crunchy. They encompassed a burnt, earthy taste and after a couple I couldn't eat anymore. Most of the chips were light brown and some were even darker. Chip man must not have been paying attention. Not a good look.
Lay's Kettle Cooked Sea Salt & Vinegar
My favorite chip. Hands down. Been getting busy with these for a couple of years. And the relationship should continue to prosper. Great vinegar and salt taste that burns the tongue a bit but not too much and has your hand continually grabbing for more. A bag can be easily eaten in one sitting. And you wouldn't even realize it. Bite size crunchy and curly chips with a nice pale yellow hue. Cooked in sunflower oil. This is my chip of choice when expecting company.
Miss Vickie's Creamy Buttermilk Ranch
The name did it for me. I'm a sucker for buttermilk, it just sounds so rustic and wholesome. Buttermilk fried chicken, pancakes, biscuits- mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... delicious. I prefer more subtly flavored chips- salt, pepper, vinegar is all I need. The more flavorful chips can taste good but intake has to be limited before you get sick of them. That rule applies to these. The chip is quality- small, bite sized with ample crunch, but that ranch taste is too rich. Cooked in sunflower oil. Under the Frito-Lay umbrella. Miss Vickie's makes a lot of different interesting flavors. I'll try to get some soon.
Dirty Potato Chips Cracked Pepper & Sea Salt
You would think simple enough, but each bite tasted like a funyun. Remember those onion puffs back in the days? Yeah, they must have been reincarnated. Wasn't a huge fan of funyuns, and not such a huge fan of these. The chip is airy, another factor reminiscent of the funyun. Cooked in a peanut oil blend. Pretty disappointed with these.
Wise Choices Unsalted Chips
BLAND. I must have been on some anti-sodium high blood pressure kick when I bought these. Otherwise I'm clueless as to why they're in my house. Cooked in vegetable oil.
Dirty Potato Chips Salt & Vinegar
I gave Dirty the opportunity to vindicate their lackluster reputation and they swayed my opinion with these. I'm partial to sea salt & vinegar, but they pulled it off really well. Small bite sized airy chips with enough zing from the vinegar. Cooked in a peanut oil blend.
I ate too many chips tonight. Kind of feel like shit, but it's cool. I do this for you. Always looking for new brands and flavors, so hit the comments and leave some info.