Today, I checked out a link on the Yahoo! site because it was simply titled “The Best Potato Chips“. Well, I like potato chips… so I had to see what was up. Well, the first annoying thing was that it said that there’s a list of 21 chips… but there are only 7 listen on the page… then the “Continue Reading…” link takes you to a slide show. I hate slide show lists. I want to see it all, right there in front of me, right away. This isn’t a meeting, I don’t need a power point presentation. These aren’t your vacation photos, I don’t need a slide show.
They did manage to recognize the awesome that is plain old ordinary Ruffles. When I want to eat Turner’s chip dip, this is the chip that I must have. Just ask anyone who works at the Rite Aid by my house. I’m always there buying ruffles & Turner’s dip. Really. Just ask them… “Is there a weird guy in here with crazy sideburns buying Turner’s Dip and Ruffles all the time?” They’ll totally, be like “Yeah!” I’m telling you.
As for the rest of this list though, it’s a lie. Don’t believe it. If the list had any credibility beyond being able to recognize the top of the line “ordinary” chip, it would have included Beer Chips or Snyder (of Berlin) Honey BBQ Chips. There is just no excuse for these glaring omissions. Shame on you, Shine From Yahoo!. Shame on you.
I’ve written of Beer Chips before, here in my blog and at PittsburghBeat.com. Why? Because they’re awesome. They’re next to impossible to put down. I’m sure I could eat an entire bag without thinking about it, and probably have. If we break them out when people are over, the bag disappears. Kudos to the Beer Chips people on distribution, as I’ve seen them in places from Giant Eagle and Market District to Aldi. You may have guessed that Beer Chips are chips somehow cooked with beer. If you haven’t guessed this, then just stop reading, as all of this will be most likely lost on you anyway. They’re sweet, they’re salty, and they do have a hint of a beer taste… but it’s ever so slight. Of course, they also go great with a nice bottle of Yuengling, Straub, or Penn Pilsner in my experience. Just writing this, I may have to stop at the store to get these next time I’m out. They are that powerful. I mean, I have beer in the ‘fridge, but how can I enjoy it now without Beer Chips? I can’t. That’s how.
On to the Snyder of Berlin Honey Bar-B-Q Potato Chips. First off, I love honey BBQ in general. Gooski’s Honey BBQ wings are one of my favorite foods ever. You just generally can’t go wrong with Honey BBQ. I think my first experience with these was at camp. They were out as a snack one night and I think I ate most of the bag. I couldn’t stop. Again, these have that incredible sweet/salty combination that is a win every time. I know you can generally get them at most Sheetz locations, but it’s hit or miss if they’re there in Giant Eagle or wherever I happen to be grocery shopping. If I see them, I just unconsciously grab them and only realize they’re in my hand or the grocery cart when I go to check out. Now, one must beware of the Herr’s and Wise imitations. Well, I don’t know who was really first… but for my own personal tastes, Snyder of Berlin is the standard Honey BBQ chip to which all others ought to be measured. Actually, the Herr’s is an acceptable substitute if necessary, but the Wise ones are just inferior chips altogether.
Speaking of imitations, one of these days I need to get down to the Snyder of Berlin vs. Snyder’s of Hanover thing. (There’s even a creepy Facebook group about the rift…) They each have that ominous and almost vindictive disclaimer on their packaging that they’re not associated with the other. Too weird.
There are, of course, a few others worth mentioning… Herr’s makes some bad-ass Ketchup flavored chips, some Salt & Pepper ones, and a bunch of other cool/weird flavors. Utz makes a bunch of flavors and are quite decent chips. (Is it “uhtz” or “ootz”?) Although, I see a “crab” flavor, and that scares me a little. I may have to write to them about that. Snyder of Berlin also has a ton of interesting varieties, another of my favorites being the kettle-cooked Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper chips.
You may thank me that you’re now more informed on the subject of the best potato chips than the average Shine From Yahoo! reader. I’d be interested to see if you agree with me or if you’re just wrong. Please feel free to talk about your favorites in the comments section!