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#31 Dignan

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Posted 05 February 2004 - 02:02 PM

Bob's Texas Style Habanero Chips.

The heat fluctuates from bag to bag, but sometimes just one or two will make the top of my head sweat. I love 'em. Not sure where they are available -- I first had them when I moved to Houston.

#32 LEdlund

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Posted 05 February 2004 - 02:10 PM

[color=purple]I used to get a brand years ago, but I can't remember its name. It was in a red and white striped bag. It may have had the state of Texas on it.
The only flavor I got was the Jalepeno, :wub: and MAN were they perfect. Thicker than normal, spicy, salty, I can still taste them.

I doubt these are the same chips, but in the Pacific Northwest we have Tim's Cascade chips that come in a red and white striped bag. No state of Texas on it though. I like their jalapeno but I love their sea salt and vinegar.

As I looked for a link for them, I see that they are now owned by Birds Eye. Hmmm, I wonder if anything will change.

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Posted 05 February 2004 - 02:26 PM

Tim's are good, especially if you like the thicker potato chips. My wife isn't a big fan because she doesn't like thing that are too thick and crunchy. She prefers a very light chip. Tim's are good stuff, though.

I'm going to commit heresy, though, and say that two of my favorite chips are the most processed, unnatural chips out there: Pringles and Doritos. As long as you keep eating them, they're quite tasty. Each does leave a little bit of an aftertaste, though. A lot of salt, a lot of MSG, not too greasy, very light and crisp with a surprising range of flavorings in each Doritos flavor. The Cheetoh is another addictive chip. I probably like the classic Nacho Cheese Dorito and plain Pringle the best.

I guess it depends on what you want out of your chip. I don't eat chips that often, but when I do, I want something that attacks my taste buds and is addictively crunchy.

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Posted 05 February 2004 - 02:35 PM

Nessa, Zapp's I think are also sold in a stripey bag. Bob's Texas Style Chips do have, by some coincidence, a map of Texas, or use to anyway. They have somewhat muted stripes on the bag. Both companies make a jalapeno flavor.

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Posted 05 February 2004 - 03:37 PM

Trader Joe's Hawaiian Style. These are thick chips, made from unpeeled potatoes and cooked in expeller pressed oil (same as cold pressed, right?)

I am having some right now. Yum.
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Posted 05 February 2004 - 03:45 PM

I went to college in Tucson, where Saguaro Chips are made. God how we all loved these chips! I’m going back to Tucson for a visit in March (my first visit since I graduated in 1990), and it will be interesting to see if the chips were (and still are) really all that good, or if this post belongs on the “marijuana food” thread!

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Posted 05 February 2004 - 05:41 PM

If anyone's interested, I can get wholesale pricing on cases of Charles Chips (including the 1 lb. tins), Terra chips, and Tom Sturgis pretzels. My dad works for a company that has the North American distributor rights for these products. They can ship direct to your home via UPS from New Jersey. I'm not making any money from this...just thought I'd throw this out there for eGullet members who might want these products. Please PM me if you're interested. :smile:

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#38 agnolottigirl

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Posted 05 February 2004 - 06:16 PM

I second LEdlund on Tim's salt and vinegar chips here in the PNW. . . I kinda have to be in the right mood, but when I am, nothing else will do!
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Posted 05 February 2004 - 06:53 PM

I once made the mistake of ordering a case of Jalapeno Krunchers - big mistake.

Here in Paris I sometimes indulge in two flavours - mustard or herbes de Provence. Good, but no Jalapeno Krunchers.

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Posted 05 February 2004 - 06:58 PM

On one of Michael Chiarello's recent shows, he heated packaged chips in the oven just to warm them up. (Store-bought, that is; not chips in the package.) Anyway, after they came out he tossed them in fresh herbs.

Sounded like a neat idea.
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#41 BrennaMorgan

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Posted 05 February 2004 - 09:59 PM

I can't stand potato chips. I just taste grease and salt for some reason.

#42 tommy

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Posted 05 February 2004 - 10:01 PM

On one of Michael Chiarello's recent shows, he heated packaged chips in the oven just to warm them up. (Store-bought, that is; not chips in the package.) Anyway, after they came out he tossed them in fresh herbs.

Sounded like a neat idea.

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Posted 05 February 2004 - 10:04 PM

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Posted 06 February 2004 - 01:05 AM

Boulder Chips, made in Boulder, but actually available in most Wild Oats stores, including the one at Fairfax and Santa Monica here in LA.

Flavors: Thai, Sea Salt and Malt Vinegar, Sweet Onion.
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Posted 06 February 2004 - 07:08 AM

Nessa, Zapp's I think are also sold in a stripey bag. Bob's Texas Style Chips do have, by some coincidence, a map of Texas, or use to anyway. They have somewhat muted stripes on the bag. Both companies make a jalapeno flavor.

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I know they aren't Zapps, but I think you hit the nail on the head with Bob's. Gotta find me some. No wait, that would he a disaster waiting to happen to my hips. Scratch that idea!
Thanks though :wub:


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Posted 06 February 2004 - 07:31 AM

I also like Blairs Death Rain Cajun flavor chips. They are really good, but HOT.
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Posted 06 February 2004 - 07:36 AM

I'm a big fan of Cape Cod--not so much the flavored ones, just regular (WITH salt, thank you very much!).

Almost amazingly, my real favorites are from Dayton, Ohio (I'm from there, and god knows it's a wasteland in almost every other respect)--a brand called Mike-sells. Their Old Fashioned kettle-style chips are absolutely fantastic.

Their website claims they are the oldest potato chip company in the U.S.
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#48 docsconz

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Posted 06 February 2004 - 07:45 AM

Cape Cod Dark Russet's and Terra's Blue and White kettle chips are my favorites. David Rosengarten recently did a chip tasting. He particularly liked a particular chip of the month club, the name of which escapes me at the moment.
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#49 Chris Cognac

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Posted 06 February 2004 - 08:45 AM

This thread made me wonder...is anyone a member of the chip of the month club?
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Posted 06 February 2004 - 09:29 AM

Snyder's of Hanover's Steak and Onion Potato Chips :wub:
Unfortunately, I don't think they make that flavor anymore. They get you addicted to the chips and then they stop. Making. Them.
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Posted 06 February 2004 - 10:18 PM

Went looking for, and found, Arts & Mary's chips. Available at my local Homeland store, who knew!? Bought a bag, took them home to have with pulled pork sammiches. After one taste, my 13 year old daughter proclaimed them the new house favorites! She ate almost the whole bag! She told me today to be sure and buy those 'new' chips from now on. Thanks for the tip! :smile:
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Posted 06 February 2004 - 10:59 PM

Limon - Salt & Lime.

These are so good, and so habit-forming, that when I am in a locale where they are not available, I sit down with limes and squeeze the juice onto my chips.

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Posted 07 February 2004 - 12:42 AM

I once made the mistake of ordering a case of Jalapeno Krunchers - big mistake.

Here in Paris I sometimes indulge in two flavours - mustard or herbes de Provence. Good, but no Jalapeno Krunchers.

cann't remember any specific brands, but when we visited our niece who lives in a small village in southern france she turned us on to French supermarket potoato chips - nice and thin, crisp and salty. I remember the fancy artisan bags or slightly more expensive ones were marked something like antique - not that spelling tho - I think it was supposed to indicate old fashioned and hand cooked - like kettle chips - anyway, as with many other products - like the delicious blood orange juice we would get in the monoprix supermarkets - really quenched our thirst and economically at that - in the midsts of last augusts record heats throughout France. The country side was dry and hot - the sunflower crop was burnt out - but Paris its self was unbearable in the heat, yet we had a faboulous time. And ate some great street food - as was our goal - supermarkets, markets, food stands, stalls, we trekked our way round Paris = nibbling most of the way.
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#54 Susan in FL

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Posted 07 February 2004 - 07:17 AM

Cape Cod Sea Salt & Vinegar, no doubt.
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Posted 07 February 2004 - 09:02 AM

Grandma Utz's are still cooked in lard and are still the best! I will find some Zapp's and try them though. -Dick

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Posted 07 February 2004 - 11:46 AM

Definitely Tims. And not any of the special flavors, the original lightly salted variety. Sublime!

Back in my youth in the midwest, Old Dutch was the clear winner -- regular and not rippled. I wonder if they still taste the same as they did 30 years ago?
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#57 docsconz

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Posted 07 February 2004 - 12:10 PM

Anchor O'Reilly's Chip of the Month Club. Click for the link.
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#58 Louisa Chu

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Posted 07 February 2004 - 12:53 PM

I remember the fancy artisan bags or slightly more expensive ones were marked something like antique - not that spelling tho - I think it was supposed to indicate old fashioned and hand cooked - like kettle chips

A l'ancienne is how you'll see a lot of kettle-type potato chips described. I think I know which kind of chips you're talking about - in almost all the groceries.

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Posted 07 February 2004 - 03:44 PM

Herrs are great
regular
low salt
and they even make a no salt that are very good
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Posted 07 February 2004 - 11:14 PM

Kettle Chips--from Salem Oregon--are good "fancy chips". But regular old Lays, Nacho Cheese Doritos, and (more recently) Cheddar Cheese and Sour Cream Ruffles hold a special place in my gut.