Keith's Top 10 Specialty Chips

By Keith Shaw
Secretary of Snacks

10. Wachusett Ketchup Potato Chips

Wachusett Ketchup Potato Chips

Why: The chip that started it all for After tasting other ketchup chips, this is the one that I like the most. The standard by which all other ketchup chips are judged. (Available mostly in Central Massachusetts.)


9. Potato Flavored Snack

Potato Flavored Snack

Why: I can't remember where or who got these, but the fact they look and taste like French Fries makes me want more. We definitely ate through this bag quickly.


8. Andy Capp's White Cheddar Cheese Steak Fries

Andy Capp's White Cheddar Cheese Steak Fries

Why: I don't know if these chips made it past the "experiment" phase into a wider release, but these fries definitely outclass their cheddar variety. The thicker cut of the chip enhances the flavor.


7. Wachusett Ripple Potato Chips

Wachusett Ripple Potato Chips

Why: Again, only available in Massachusetts, these ripple chips are just like Ruffles, only cheaper. Now that Ruffles widened their ridges, this becomes my favorite ripple chips. Tighter ripples make a better chip.


6. Utz Salt & Pepper Potato Chips

Utz Salt & Pepper Potato Chips

Why: The world's best salt & pepper chip that I've tasted so far. The thin style of the chip and the pepper complement each other perfectly. Other salt & pepper chips are good, but this one takes the prize for me. I can eat a whole bag of these without stopping for air.


5. Golden Flake Cheeseburger Flavored Potato Chips

Golden Flake Cheeseburger Flavored Potato Chips

Why: We found these in Florida, so they may be available in the South. They definitely have a burger-type taste, we couldn't get Stewart to stop eating them.


4. Annie's White Cheddar Popcorn

Annie's White Cheddar Popcorn

Why: The last time I was in Washington I was honored to eat a bag of these. This popcorn apparently was the original Smartfood recipe before Frito-Lay changed the recipe. You will not be able to stop eating this once you start.


3. Smiths Bacon Flavour Fries

Smiths Bacon Flavour Fries

Why: The best bacon-flavor crisp we've tasted from any of our England excursions. The fact that they're shaped and look like bacon strips only helps.


2. Wachusett Potato Chips

Wachusett Potato Chips

Why: The best plain potato chip available in Massachusetts. And they're less expensive than Lays.


1. Tim's Cascade Style Potato Chips

Tim's Cascade Style Potato Chips

Why: The best plain potato chip in the Pacific Northwest (and we've seen it in Las Vegas, too). If you have Tim's chips available in your grocery store, buy them. The best-tasting chip I've ever had.


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