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#241 dcarch

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 11:20 AM

I have not read the entire thread. I apologize if this idea has already been presented:

 

Always turn the bag upside down when opening a bag of chips and eat from the bottom up. This way you eat the broken chips first and get to enjoy the whole ones at the end.

 

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My philosophy is the opposite. Eat the best things first for maximum appreciation. Then you can let your dog eat the broken bits of whatever on the bottom, because you are already deeply satisfied.

 

But consider this also:

 

The current epidemic obesity problem is mostly caused by " I will just eat the broken ones".

So if you deplete the broken ones from the start, you will have no more excuses to over-eat.

 

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 05:53 PM

I have not read the entire thread. I apologize if this idea has already been presented:

 

Always turn the bag upside down when opening a bag of chips and eat from the bottom up. This way you eat the broken chips first and get to enjoy the whole ones at the end.

 

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My philosophy is the opposite. Eat the best things first for maximum appreciation. Then you can let your dog eat the broken bits of whatever on the bottom, because you are already deeply satisfied.

 

I like to scramble the "broken bits" in with my morning eggs.  And top with a bit of hot sauce.


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#243 pastameshugana

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 05:10 PM

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This picture was taken by a colleague in New Dehli a couple of weeks ago...

I'd be interested in trying the Uncle Chipps Chilli-Cha-Cha, the Kurkure Masala Munch, Lay's Chaat Street, and the Lay's Spanish ...<something> Tango!

 

Replying to a post that's 8 years old? Oh well, here goes!

 

We lived in India 2.5 years, and the Lays Spanish Tomato Tango were my 2nd favorite Lays flavor, the first being 'American Cream and Onion'. We didn't eat the Uncle Chipps but the Kurkure made an appearance every now and again.


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#244 Shel_B

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 01:37 PM

I find commercial potato chips too salty these days, and the flavored chips to "artificial" and "chemical" tasting.  Most chips are greasy and taste little like potatoes.  From some of the posts I've read here, it seems that quite a few people like their chips greasy and/or salty.

 

Recently I had lunch at a newish neighborhood place, and was surprised to discover that they make their own potato chips.  These were the best chips I ever had - not greasy, lightly salted, crisp and crunchy, and a rich potato flavor.  Made with good quality, organic potatoes and decent oil.  Yummy!

 

Anyone else prefer homemade or non-commercial chips?


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#245 ChrisTaylor

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 08:50 PM

I didn't know until just now that Blair's--as in Blair's hot sauce--made crisps. Picked up an overpriced bag of the Buffalo flavour from USA Foods, a grocer that is exactly what it sounds like (shelves of hot sauce, junk food and, oddly, toothpaste and the like). They're pretty good. Just not hand cut by honey-skinned virgins or anything like that, which is what you'd expect when paying loopy import prices.


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Posted 07 January 2015 - 11:53 PM

One of my (many) vices is potato crisps. Or, more specifically, new kinds of crisps. A new flavour of something? A dodgy-sounding 'roast turkey and cranberry sauce' special edition of your mediocre 'deli' crisps? I'll be all over it like white on rice. It's hard for me to walk out of a specialist grocery store without blowing a lot of money on imported, 'high end' British and American corn- and potato-based snack foods. And no matter how many times I'm disappointed by stupidly expensive crisps, man, I just keep on going back. A fiend.

 

Anyway, happy news. Local pan-Asian grocer recently expanded its range of savoury snack products. Everything is reasonably priced: on par or cheaper than what you'd pay for a locally made foil-wrapped, air-padded party of starch/salt/grease.

 

Last night's product wasn't even worthy of a photograph. The packaging was what got me into the store. Through the window I spotted it. This ... golden foil bag with a huge, near-pornographic picture of some hot wings on it. All greasy and red. I am very fond of chicken wings. I am very fond of chicken wings that have been assaulted with hot sauce. I had to have these. But, er, yeah ... avoid, kids. Avoid. This Japanese product--a 'corn snack'--was akin to croutons in appearance. Only the texture was more like dodgy supermarket white bread than had been lightly warmed in a pool of scary-smelling vegetable oil than actual toast. Now, croutons flavoured like hot wings? That's an idea I could get behind. But greasy, soft puffs of corn that tasted like nothing in particular? Not even salt? Pfft. I'd pick up another packet to take a photo but ... yeah ... no. 0/5 stars.

 

Today's selection is significantly better. Enter the CALBEE, Inc-brand Hot and Spicy Flavoured Grill-a-Corn (dig the ... masculine corn cob chilling, sans sunglasses, on a ... tanning bed? on a gurney under a range hood? on the packaging). Prepared and packed in China for the Japanese market. Product is corn-based, obviously, and is a somewhat superior version of a product Australians are very familiar with: Twisties. The level of heat isn't, unfortunately, as bold as the front of the packaging suggests. Mild without being boring. Only a slight background note of arse. Barely detectable under the chilli powder/paprika double team. The soy sauce and flavour enhancer mean this bad boy packs a fair bit of umami: something lacking from many snack foods, something that earns Calbee Grill-a-Corn an extra point. Not much corn flavour but, hey, like anyone would be surprised by that. 3.5/5 stars.

 

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Ignore the disgusting table.


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#247 CatPoet

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Posted 08 January 2015 - 07:58 AM

Have you tried Blair's crisp/chips?

My husband loves them.

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#248 Mjx

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Posted 08 January 2015 - 09:07 AM

Have you tried Blair's crisp/chips?

My husband loves them.

https://www.deathsauce.com.au/

 

Erm. http://forums.egulle...hips/?p=1959436


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Posted 08 January 2015 - 09:49 AM

Let me rephrase ,   have you tried blair's  Death rain  Jolokia Pepper or   Blair's Jalapeno cheddar  chips?

 

It is bit hard reading with a  cling-on 2 year old.


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#250 ChrisTaylor

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Posted 09 January 2015 - 08:59 PM

Me? No. Only the Buffalo ones. 

 

Here's another CALBEE, Inc.'s Barbecue-Flavoured Grill-a-Corn. I didn't bother with a shot of the rear face of the packaging as it's essentially the same: just mess with the colours a little and sub the words 'hot and spicy' for 'barbecue'. This one just has a fairly ... generic flavour. Almost like Twisties without the overpowering hit of real fake cheese flavour. The Hot and Spicy Grill-a-Corn meant expectations were high. This, like most any snack food product that claims to replicate the flavour of barbecue--whatever that means--tastes vaguely of non-specific meat flavouring jacked with a little paprika and something ... kind of sweet. I guess that's the non-specific quantities of glucose and fructose. 

 

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Posted 09 January 2015 - 09:21 PM

Not quite in the spirit of the thread, but my favorite chips (other than Herr's ripple chips) are the ones that I fry up at 1am when the need is acute. Yukon gold sliced thin on a mandolin, fried till brown (takes moments)...and salt/peppered...maybe some smoked paprika.


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Posted 10 January 2015 - 02:52 AM

ChristTaylor: you are in for a treat if you do!   They are my husbands favourites. 


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#253 BKEats

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Posted 14 January 2015 - 09:20 AM

i am a Pennsylvania Dutch boy so, i was raised on a certain chip.. primarily cooked in lard.. i came across these guys the other day.. they are cooked in veg shortening.  

 

The sort of taste so potato like that they almost seem artificial.. they way a pringels is just some particle board chip.. but, they are the real deal and not only super crisp but, they have  a bright clean potato taste. 

 

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#254 ChrisTaylor

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Posted 17 January 2015 - 04:15 AM

Calbee's curry-flavoured potato crisps. Thin, Lay's-style crisp. That's automatically a problem for me. Slightly greasy--not as bad as Lay's, though--with a boring and generic curry powder flavour. Mild heat. Perhaps the redeeming feature is that, as well as that greasy aftertaste, there's a bit of potato on the end. Not Calbee's finest hour.

 

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Posted 18 January 2015 - 11:30 PM

A finer hour for CALBEE but no hot and spicy.

 

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More Grill-a-Corn. This time it's garlic bread flavour. I admire any company that produces garlic bread-flavoured anything--snack-flavoured snacks--even if I harbour a suspicion it'll taste and smell like garlic powder. Garlic powder might be an essential part of many dry rubs but it's not something you really want to eat from the tub, is it? Luckily, garlic Grill-a-Corn isn't too strong. Somewhat similar to 'chicken' Twisties without the real fake chicken part of the flavour profile. Workable.


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 11:14 PM

Plain Ruffles with refrigerated onion dip are a serious weakness. Side note, I have a friend who actually turns on the oven to around 400 degrees, lays the chips in a single layer, and bakes for 5 to 7 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Upon removal from the oven, she sprinkles the chips with kosher salt. It's kind of excessive, but an interesting thing to try.



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Posted 25 January 2015 - 08:02 AM

Welcome to eGullet, ChostChef. I'm with you on the 'classic' flavors: plain Ruffles or classic Lays potato chips for me.

What does your friend's oven heating do with those chips, aside from heat them up? Do you think they seem more or less oily when they come out of the oven?

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#258 Katie Meadow

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 09:28 AM

I've never done it but here's what I know: Martha Stewart puts plain lightly salted Kettle Chips in the oven 5-7 min "until you can see the oil" and then removes them from the oven and sprinkles them with finely grated hard cheese and paprika.

Another recipe I've seen is for BBQ Kettle chips in which you also spread the chips out and bake for about 5 minutes "until you can smell the chips. Remove and sprinkle with salt, sugar and smoked paprika.

I would love it if someone else would make them and I could try a few, but somehow I just can't get up the energy to take something that's already salty and greasy and make them more salty and greasy. I could maybe see doing it with just a bit of smoked paprika.
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Posted 07 February 2015 - 02:24 AM

Goma Kanpai 'Japanaese potato cookies'. When I saw the packaging in the store I envisioned a Japanese version of something like a product sold in the Australian chips, etc aisle. Only sesame flavoured. When I opened the package I was surprised to see something that looked ... glazed. So, hey, these things are kind of sweet. Only there's that salty potato snack flavour sitting in the background. I can't really tell if I actually like them or am just entranced by their weirdness in relation to the standards of western potato-based snack foods.


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#260 BonVivant

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 04:20 AM

From Netherlands: beef stew flavour. Very nice!

 

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Posted 08 February 2015 - 03:34 AM

My brother got hold of liquorice flavoured Chips, he said they where lovely.


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Posted 08 February 2015 - 05:05 AM

My brother got hold of liquorice flavoured Chips, he said they where lovely.

 

Licorice is used in many snack foods. Check out the ingredients lists. However, its most common use is in cigarettes.



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Posted 09 February 2015 - 10:52 AM

Got the curry flavour one for the other half who doesn't mind curries. I tried one and went to brush my teeth soon after. Can't stand curry anything.

 

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Butter flavour is too mild. Not good enough. Tomorrow I go get the beef stew one again. Let's hope it's not all gone ('limited edition')!

 

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 10:22 AM

BonVivant:  Thanks for reminding me about my friend and my movie night in Breda many years ago. We got this small packet of chips at the  theatre for free and a  pepsi cola.  I wont spell the name  in  Dutch,  my Dutch suck,   but they were called   American  Movie theatre  butter flavoured chips and the bag was blue,red and white with stars and  it had this weird artificial butter flavour a bit stronger then  microwaveable butter popcorn.

 

Well  they had a break in the middle of the movie and since we were the first sitting, we were the first to get these free chips and well we were yellow.  My hands, my lips and where I had touch my clothes  were yellow.. and I wasnt the only one.   When we left the   chips had been removed.  My friend loved them, he spent the next month hunting for them but couldnt found more then they had been with drawled.

 

Thank you for the memory!


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