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Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/04/07 15:35:14
quote:
Originally posted by ConeyIslandLou

Im still stumped - is Wise a regional chip?? I dont ever remember seeing them in Kansas....how far west do they go?


I can tell you that we have Wise chips in FL. I just had a bag on Monday with chili cheese dogs.
prius
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/04/07 17:17:51
Conn's potato chips in SE Ohio...unique!!!
Woo
Hamburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/06/20 17:16:11

"State Line was the best potato chip in the world, bar none. They were made in Wilbraham MA, and were available all over southern New England. I went back home last year, after an absence of some years, and they had disappeared completely. I asked my moms, other folks, even spa owners, no one could say anything but "oh yeah, I remember them, not sure what happened..." The humanity!"

Hi!! I'm originally from that area, and I couldn't agree more! Stateline were the best! I have been away for ages, but have checked online, and never seen them. I wish I knew what happened also.......
Woo
Hamburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/06/20 17:27:25
Hold on - found them on www.taquitos.com but there is no way to order them or find out any more about them!
marcbla
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/06/22 10:53:37
another brand of chips i remember from my younger days is golden sun chips,they had a picture of the sun on the front of the bag (naturally) and it was trimmed with red. it was a wax paper bag and i remember using the inside of the bag to get the metal on the sliding board nice and slippery
marcbla
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/06/22 10:58:50
Originally posted by stanpnepa

Wow! Didn't know Gibble's was still in business, you can no longer find them in Northeast PA! They were always VERY good.
You should remember golden sun chips from the sixties and seventies?]
mrfantsy
Junior Burger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/07/11 15:36:23
quote:
Originally posted by Kristi S.

Does anyone from the Pittsburgh area remember Blue Star Chips (came in a can) from about 30 years ago? My father-in-law's dad once owned the company.
Oh, boy, do I! The best chip around 40 years ago. Very buttery-tasting, and light. Still don't know why they didn't last. Every time I travel, I look for them or something like them, hoping that SOMEBODY makes something similar.
And, BTW, I never say them in a can. We bought them in bags.
santacruz
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/07/22 12:15:10
My alltime favorite is Humpty Dumpty Ketchup flavor, I know pretty weird.

Tim's northwest alderwood smoked are great.

Cape Cod Dark chips.

Now if they would just invent a chip with Marmite Flavor...
Jim Ross
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/07/29 12:15:56
I recently moved back to Iowa and rediscovered Sterzings potato chips. They're only sold in southeast Iowa, but they have to be the best in the world. Here's a link to their web site: http://www.sterzingchips.com/NewFiles/about.html
mek
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/07/29 13:18:05
Utz and Gibble's in Bawlamer.
emsmom
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/07/29 13:58:54
I had a new chip this past weekend-made by Snyders of Berlin-it was Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper. It also had a slight garlic flavor in it.
Those were really good.
Phishmonger
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/07/29 14:26:09
O-o-o-o-p-s. Seems like I spoke too fast a while back, about State Line chips still being available in these parts. It's NOT so. Sorry for the misunderstanding. Really sorry I can't get those chips any more.
Lunza
Hamburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/07/31 22:22:37
Kettle Foods Kettle Chips ... especially the organic "sweet summer herb" variety. They're made by a little firm in Oregon. http://www.kettlefoods.com.
ritchh
Junior Burger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/08/28 21:43:29
quote:
Originally posted by RC51Mike

Grandma Utz, Gibbles, Kay & Ray's, Good's- both the blue and red, Diffenbach's, Herr's has one cooked in lard that is very good- in a brown bag- "old fashioned" or something- Oddly enough I don't have a bag of chips in front of me to check. Herr's also has a kettle chip cooked in peanut oil that's pretty good. Since it's peanut oil, it qualifies as health food


Don't forget Zerbe's, another great Lancaster County lard chipper. Original Good's in the blue & white bag has to be the best I've ever eaten. Hand cooked in 50 lb. batches in nothing but pure lard and distributed in only Lancaster and Berks Counties. There's nothing that can compare with a chip cooked in lard. Where else would such a small operation survive and thrive for over 100 years but in Eastern PA.
DerangedMetsFan
Junior Burger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/09/06 00:50:55
Hmmm....
- Cape Cod Chips, every variation is awesome (especially regular and sour cream and chive)
- Utz, crispiest non-kettle chips available
- Route 11 Chips, delicious but rare; Mama Zuma's Revenge = thumbs up! (only found them at a small farmstand north of the LIE on Long Island Av. in Yaphank)
- Zapp's; delicious but rare; only seen them at the Waldbaum's in Patchogue
- North Fork Chips
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/09/06 05:46:12
quote:
Originally posted by DerangedMetsFan

Hmmm....
- Cape Cod Chips, every variation is awesome (especially regular and sour cream and chive)
- Utz, crispiest non-kettle chips available
- Route 11 Chips, delicious but rare; Mama Zuma's Revenge = thumbs up! (only found them at a small farmstand north of the LIE on Long Island Av. in Yaphank)
- Zapp's; delicious but rare; only seen them at the Waldbaum's in Patchogue
- North Fork Chips



I knew there was a reason to shop at that Waldbaum's! Welcome to the site.

Steve
Bellport High '89
cheph57
Junior Burger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/09/07 17:13:12
Growing up in Pennsylvania is like living in chip heaven. I've tried all of the chips mentioned from PA and a couple more besides - Moyers is a name worth mentioning, I think they are out of Pottstown. Serving in the Military gave me a chance to try Southern chips, California chips, Texas chips plus the national brands, of course. In all of my duty posts I always had the folks back home ship out some good old Gibbles or Middleswarth chips once in a while because the local brands just weren't doing it for me. Still being a chipaholic and always looking I have finally found the best, bar none, chip I have ever tasted - Martin's Kettle Cooked Jalapeño. Even stores that carry Martin's don't always have the Jalapeño chips. I have taken to getting them direct from the fryers themselves: http://www.martinschips.com/. They have not updated their web order form to include this new chip so you have to call. They are packaged 3 to a carton of 1 lb bags (the air-filled store packaging is typically only 10 oz). They really are incredible - my wife, who doesn't care for BBQ chips, loves these particular chips.
DerangedMetsFan
Junior Burger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/09/12 10:01:56
quote:
Originally posted by stevekoe

quote:
Originally posted by DerangedMetsFan

Hmmm....
- Cape Cod Chips, every variation is awesome (especially regular and sour cream and chive)
- Utz, crispiest non-kettle chips available
- Route 11 Chips, delicious but rare; Mama Zuma's Revenge = thumbs up! (only found them at a small farmstand north of the LIE on Long Island Av. in Yaphank)
- Zapp's; delicious but rare; only seen them at the Waldbaum's in Patchogue
- North Fork Chips



I knew there was a reason to shop at that Waldbaum's! Welcome to the site.

Steve
Bellport High '89


Ahhh, you graduated from Bellport? I graduated from there in 2003. Now I'm glad I'm out of there. And the Zapp's chips are in the health/natural/specialty food section near the dairy section.
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/09/26 17:45:32
About 15 years ago, I remember going to the Lancaster Central Market in Lancaster, PA, with my former husband & former in-laws. A woman was putting freshly-made potato chips in brown paper bags and selling them that way. I grew up in Pennsylvania but I had never seen (or tasted) anything so fresh for a "junk" food. And I honestly think they were Utz, too.

Slightly off-topic, my former FIL (from Duluth, MN) said at a doughnut stand at this same market two things I'll never forget: 1) "Got any bismarcks?" and even better 2) "Are these made by the Yemenites?" I did want to crawl under something when he said that...G-d rest his soul, though!

I'm due for a trip back.
Emerald
Junior Burger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/09/26 23:28:35
Ah, Wesza, I rarely ever buy potato chips anymore because I prefer the "unsalted" or "lightly salted" and the quality of the potato sure shows up in those. Monoculture must be playing havoc with potato growers, shades of the Irish Potato Famine? I taste plenty of flavor but its almost always a little nasty. Sure miss good potato chips; especially gross are the ones that have obviously come from potato with a rotten end
wheregreggeats.com
Filet Mignon
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/09/27 16:47:45
I'll address a few ...

RE: Tim's Chips in the Northwest ... There is a brand of chips in Texas (Texas Chips?) ... the packaging and the product seem identical to Tim's. Anyone know if there is any connection? BTW: Tim's is probably THE most consistant, best rustic chip.

RE: Wise ... I can also remember when they were really good, because they were very well done. I'm guessing some MBA -- who would think New Haven Pizza is burned -- probably generisized the Wise Chips. Today they aren't bad.

RE: State Line chips ... Who'll ever know if the chips I read that you can get today are as good as the old-timers (such as myself) remember. But I do miss them.

RE: Harry Cary's ... ARE the best fresh. Atlthough any fresh chip is usually pretty good.

RE: Cape Cod chips ... they were the best in their time. I have to beleive they have also been over "improved" ...

RE: Utz ... never a dissapointment.

Finally, in my opinion, flavored chips -- almost always, enhanced by MSG -- are always a compromise. Therefore, the real test is in the plain chips. If i never passed through Seattle, I'd miss Tim's the most.If it weren't for the fact that Wise is so-different than the old daze, I'd miss them too.






waltpiii
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/09/27 17:19:24
My favorite is CAPE COD DARK RUSSET.

Walt
kellybear
Junior Burger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/09/27 22:56:02

Hey Yumbo can you send me a few bags of those chips? Kellybear

Let's hear it for the regional potato chip brands - i.e., anything other than Lay's. Out here in the Pacific Northwest we have a great little brand of chips called Tim's. They have some incredible varieties, like Parmesan and Garlic or Cracked Black Pepper.

-Yumbo
kellybear
Junior Burger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/09/27 23:12:08

And while we're on the subject of chips, I'm looking for Smiths Bacon Flavored Fries, Golden Flake Cheeseburger Chips, Poore Brothers Salt and Cracked Pepper and Calbee Foods Grill-a-corn garlic toast. Now don't just tell me where you can get them, I need some offers for you all to send me some.
Jameslakes
Junior Burger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/09/28 09:27:42
quote:
Originally posted by wheregreggeats.com

I'll address a few ...

RE: Tim's Chips in the Northwest ... There is a brand of chips in Texas (Texas Chips?) ... the packaging and the product seem identical to Tim's. Anyone know if there is any connection? BTW: Tim's is probably THE most consistant, best rustic chip.

RE: Wise ... I can also remember when they were really good, because they were very well done. I'm guessing some MBA -- who would think New Haven Pizza is burned -- probably generisized the Wise Chips. Today they aren't bad.

RE: State Line chips ... Who'll ever know if the chips I read that you can get today are as good as the old-timers (such as myself) remember. But I do miss them.

RE: Harry Cary's ... ARE the best fresh. Atlthough any fresh chip is usually pretty good.

RE: Cape Cod chips ... they were the best in their time. I have to beleive they have also been over "improved" ...

RE: Utz ... never a dissapointment.

Finally, in my opinion, flavored chips -- almost always, enhanced by MSG -- are always a compromise. Therefore, the real test is in the plain chips. If i never passed through Seattle, I'd miss Tim's the most.If it weren't for the fact that Wise is so-different than the old daze, I'd miss them too.



A few comments about your excellent observations:

1. Wise - Owned by Borden, now in bankruptcy, trying to work out of it. Made in many different plants so consistant quality is going to be difficult.

2. Cape Cod - Downsizing its production from its original Hyannis, MA plant and increasing its production at the very large plant of LANCE, in Charlotte NC. Quality suffering? Well, they make the same Lance chips in the same kettles as the Cape Cod and now only the packaging (and the price) is different.

3. Utz - Trying to stay competitive by being in the low price field. While their specialty chips such as Grandma Utz's are more expensive, they are trying to be leaders in the supermarkets, but fighting Lay's can only be done on price and they may be sacrificing quality to maintain their prices.

4. Tim's - Was bought by ConAgra foods and then sold to Birdseye. Will they continue to maintain their standards now that they are truly corporate? Their web site loudly proclaims that they won the American Culinary Institutes GOLD MEDAL. Bah, humbug! Thats like Lay's recent campaign in Chicago (now under a cease and desist order from the Courts) that claimed Chicagoans preferred Lays to Jay's (a local brand) in taste tests.

This forum, "regional potato chips" is wonderful, however too often the posts are about memories. There are still people making chips with the attitude of 'this is my product, this is how it tastes, I hope you like it'. Great products with wonderful flavors. "Route 11" of Virginia, "Grippo's" of Cincinnati, "Martin's" of Thomasville Pa, "Mrs. Fisher's" in Rockford IL; these are the artists in the Chip business who we should be glorifying for their current efforts and products.

The Utz's, Lance's, Herr's, Wise's etc, have surrendered to the Lay's philosophy of mass production and now aim at the 'center' of taste levels, rather than to a specific taste.

Because of the giant known as Frito-Lay, the smaller guys can never get the wide distribution. The internet is a wonderful way to find these people and get their chips. You really should try to find "Grippo's Waffle Bar B Que" and you will immediately realize euphoria. People in Cincinnati use the crumbs from the bottom of the bag to coat their chicken! Unfortunately, Grippo does not have its own website.











Danmel
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/09/28 12:22:29
quote:
Originally posted by yumbo

Hey Ya'll -

Let's hear it for the regional potato chip brands - i.e., anything other than Lay's. Out here in the Pacific Northwest we have a great little brand of chips called Tim's. They have some incredible varieties, like Parmesan and Garlic or Cracked Black Pepper.

-Yumbo


We were in Seattle in August and had some Alderwood BBQ Tim's Chips and Wasabi chips. In Vancouver they have a brand called Miss Vickie's. THey were good, but TIm's are crispier- more like kettle chips.
Tommy2dogs
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/09/28 15:40:48
Since moving from the Chicago where there were several Regional chips to choose from, to the Dallas area 8 years ago I have been buying regional chips from all over the country via the internet. I learned about Kitchencooked founded in the 1930's in central Illinois from this thread and have been ordering them ever since. I have never strayed from the oriignals as they are pure heaven. However I just placed an order and am also trying the new Cajun Spice flavor.

Anyone looking for a truly great chip should try them at kitchencooked.net
speechpeach
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/09/28 18:48:21
I don't see a lot of those flavors here in the South...I do love the black pepper and salt ones, but Tom's are not great and that is all that I ever see. Schlotsky's has them too.
wheregreggeats.com
Filet Mignon
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/10/08 16:39:20
Ole Saltys ...

I just saw this on the Food Channel:
http://www.olesaltys.com/cgi-bin/webc/home.html
I see myself trying some.
hefried
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/10/09 23:36:30
i ate state line and wise and cape cod chips in my youth.
here in portland or we eat kettle chips i beleive are made in salem or. and ive recently come across cape cod chips here!~~ im sure they can't really be made on the cape anymore.
i really like wise . so thin and cripsy and salty. they dont sell them here.
when i was in Canada i tasted "curry" chips that were so good. they has alot more flavored chip varietys in Canada....
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/10/30 19:27:25
quote:
Originally posted by Jameslakes
This forum, "regional potato chips" is wonderful, however too often the posts are about memories. There are still people making chips with the attitude of 'this is my product, this is how it tastes, I hope you like it'. Great products with wonderful flavors. "Route 11" of Virginia, "Grippo's" of Cincinnati, "Martin's" of Thomasville Pa, "Mrs. Fisher's" in Rockford IL; these are the artists in the Chip business who we should be glorifying for their current efforts and products.

The Utz's, Lance's, Herr's, Wise's etc, have surrendered to the Lay's philosophy of mass production and now aim at the 'center' of taste levels, rather than to a specific taste.


I see nothing wrong with posts which include memories...some of us only know what USED to be considered local, which, and correct me if I'm wrong, would include Utz, Lance, Herr's and Wise. I'm almost positive they all started out in Pennsylvania. Please tell me if not. I started out in Pennsylvania, too, so I'm certainly entitled to my memories, and thusly have earned the right to post about those memories! Instead of just listing names and places (which can get to be boring reading after awhile), I don't think it's a sin to incorporate some wonderful and funny memories associated with those names and places...

Maybe I'm being overly sensitive.
wheregreggeats.com
Filet Mignon
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/10/30 19:33:57
quote:
Originally posted by shaynas_mom

quote:
Originally posted by Jameslakes
This forum, "regional potato chips" is wonderful, however too often the posts are about memories. There are still people making chips with the attitude of 'this is my product, this is how it tastes, I hope you like it'. Great products with wonderful flavors. "Route 11" of Virginia, "Grippo's" of Cincinnati, "Martin's" of Thomasville Pa, "Mrs. Fisher's" in Rockford IL; these are the artists in the Chip business who we should be glorifying for their current efforts and products.

The Utz's, Lance's, Herr's, Wise's etc, have surrendered to the Lay's philosophy of mass production and now aim at the 'center' of taste levels, rather than to a specific taste.
I see nothing wrong with posts which include memories...some of us only know what USED to be considered local, which, and correct me if I'm wrong, would include Utz, Lance, Herr's and Wise. I'm almost positive they all started out in Pennsylvania. Please tell me if not. I started out in Pennsylvania, too, so I'm certainly entitled to my memories, and thusly have earned the right to post about those memories! Instead of just listing names and places (which can get to be boring reading after awhile), I don't think it's a sin to incorporate some wonderful and funny memories associated with those names and places...

Maybe I'm being overly sensitive.



I think the point they were making that it is unfortunate that we are talking about chips gone by -- "memories," brands we can't get anymore. Not about "current events" ... chips we can get today
fcbaldwin
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/10/31 08:51:36
quote:
Originally posted by ConeyIslandLou

Im still stumped - is Wise a regional chip?? I dont ever remember seeing them in Kansas....how far west do they go?



CIL,

Wise chips are available, according to their website, mainly in the eastern U.S. They are a privately owned company nowadays. They have plants in Berwick, PA (home office), Bristol, VA., and Spartanburg, SC.

Frank





harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/10/31 19:06:51
quote:
Originally posted by wheregreggeats.com

quote:
Originally posted by shaynas_mom

quote:
Originally posted by Jameslakes
This forum, "regional potato chips" is wonderful, however too often the posts are about memories. There are still people making chips with the attitude of 'this is my product, this is how it tastes, I hope you like it'. Great products with wonderful flavors. "Route 11" of Virginia, "Grippo's" of Cincinnati, "Martin's" of Thomasville Pa, "Mrs. Fisher's" in Rockford IL; these are the artists in the Chip business who we should be glorifying for their current efforts and products.

The Utz's, Lance's, Herr's, Wise's etc, have surrendered to the Lay's philosophy of mass production and now aim at the 'center' of taste levels, rather than to a specific taste.
I see nothing wrong with posts which include memories...some of us only know what USED to be considered local, which, and correct me if I'm wrong, would include Utz, Lance, Herr's and Wise. I'm almost positive they all started out in Pennsylvania. Please tell me if not. I started out in Pennsylvania, too, so I'm certainly entitled to my memories, and thusly have earned the right to post about those memories! Instead of just listing names and places (which can get to be boring reading after awhile), I don't think it's a sin to incorporate some wonderful and funny memories associated with those names and places...

Maybe I'm being overly sensitive.



I think the point they were making that it is unfortunate that we are talking about chips gone by -- "memories," brands we can't get anymore. Not about "current events" ... chips we can get today


I guess I was being overly sensitive/sentimental. But I know that back in the day, you probably couldn't get Utz chips outside of PA. And to be perfectly honest, I have no idea where else they are available outside of the PA/NJ area. Same with Wise, Lance and Herr's...how far DO those brands go outside of our area? And I have a question about Wise, by the way, before I sink back into my middle-aged pit of memories -- why did Wise have some green-tinged chips in there? Do they still? Were they bad for you? I always pulled them out. I wouldn't eat the greenish ones. What did that mean? Were they like that on purpose? Nobody in my family would ever give me a straight answer when I was a kid.
Jameslakes
Junior Burger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/01 11:31:30
Hey, shaynas-mom:
A little bit about the 'green' edged Wise Potato Chip. They will get that when they use potatoes that are not completely ripe. Many companies inspect their potatoes when they receive them, pulling out rotten ones, unripe ones, or cutting out black spots. After being cooked in oil at almost 300 degrees, anything bad on them was vaporized and other than the appearance, they are OK to eat.

In ref to your being overy sensitive/sentimental, I dont think you are. There is a paradox in all of this. If we want to see the 'old time' guys stay in business, then they have had to change and become more efficient to stay competitive. If they do that, they tend to lose their 'uniqueness'. If they dont do this, they end up out of business.

You are quite correct in remembering many many companies from PA that are now out of business. So, when I see some 'new' regional guy coming around like Route 11 or older companies maintaining their integrity, like Martin's, I am encouraged...
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/01 12:11:36
quote:
But I know that back in the day, you probably couldn't get Utz chips outside of PA. And to be perfectly honest, I have no idea where else they are available outside of the PA/NJ area. Same with Wise, Lance and Herr's...how far DO those brands go outside of our area?


I have found Utz as far south as Virginia, and as far north as Maine...haven't researched in a westerly direction yet!

I grew up on Long Island, and we had a local brand called Treat. Their factory was right in the middle of the Long Island Potato fields many of which have become sod farms, vineyards, or housing developments. My memory tells me those were the best chips I ever had, but I am uncertain if that is anywhere close to reality or just wishful thinking.
tmiles
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/04 10:06:17
A potato will get green when exposed to light. That's why they keep best in the dark. Lays, the uniformly bland national brand does not have green chips because they come down very hard on a grower who ships so much as a single green potato in a trailer load. This takes some hand sorting on the part of he farmer because some spuds will grow close to the surface and make a green skin on the top. Those tubers must be culled, and the cost of doing so irks low margin farmers. On the plus side, if a farmer is willing to do things by the book, Lays is a good customer
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/04 10:41:32
quote:
Originally posted by markolenski

Looks like a company in Canada is now using the name.
http://www.taquitos.net/snacks.php?snack_code=1307


There is a listing in the phone book for...

Stateline Boyd
420 Lynnway
Lynn, MA 01901
781-593-4422

If anyone just HAS to know!
renfrew
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/04 11:35:28
Tony, that number is out of service. I have tried to find state line chips for a whilw to no avail. Still have Wachusetts everywhere though.

Thanks for trying!
DinoS
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/04 11:56:46
Growing up in western Michigan we had a local brand of potato chip called New Era. They came in large metal cans as apparently did many other brands. My mother always used the cans for storage. Usually of woolen winter gear w/ mothballs.

Someone mentioned 'Mr. Salty' pretzels. Whatever became of them? Haven't been able to find them for years. I thought they were a major brand of somebody like Nabisco.


Dino
cedwin
Hamburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/04 13:53:23
We have a local brand that all the baby boomers in Minnesota grew up with, called Old Dutch. The big boys, Frito Lay, has been attacking Old Dutch with a variety of ads pointing out their chips are better than Old Dutch. I find these ads interesting conceptually but unconvincing. Lay's chips are better tasting, and we all know it. But they also cost 40% more and don't have the nostalgic cachet that Old Dutch has.

Old Dutch will continue to do very well, despite the FritoLays advertising here.
Jameslakes
Junior Burger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/04 15:39:27
Frito Lay has been using local advertising campaigns claiming their chips were preferred in an area over local chips. In Chicago they went up against Jays, in Baltimore against Utz, and in New England against Cape Cod. Seems that they are trying it in Minnesota as well. A judge in Chicago gave them an order to imm stop the ads and take down billboards since the marketing company supposedly doing the taste tests could not provide proof of their testing standards. Because of Supermarket strategies of giving shelf space to companies who pay for it (slotting fees) local guys are pushed out and guys like Frito gets more space. A shame.
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/04 15:53:18
quote:
Originally posted by renfrew

Tony, that number is out of service. I have tried to find state line chips for a while to no avail. Still have Wachusetts everywhere though.

Thanks for trying!


Bummer!

I used to get Stateline chips when I would visit my in-laws in Springfield, MA. (I'd also try to hit Nick's Nest or White Hut).

Wachusetts are really good as well. They have them at George's Coney Island in Worcester...and I get them whenever passing that way, but they don't seem to be available anywhere much west of Worcester.

I'll ask my mother-in-law to see if they have Stateline in any of her local stores. From the limited info I found, it seems Stateline and Boyd's merged in the late 90's and promptly went bankrupt...they then staged a comeback, but perhaps that has now failed again.
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/04 15:58:35
quote:

Someone mentioned 'Mr. Salty' pretzels. Whatever became of them? Haven't been able to find them for years. I thought they were a major brand of somebody like Nabisco.

Dino


I wonder if the name was just deemed inappropriate in our "health conscious" world. I remember some breakfast cereals used to have the word "Sugar" in their name (can't get enough of super sugar crisp), but the word sugar has been dropped. Just a thought.
CarolinaBill
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/04 16:13:09
The greatest of all are Snyder's of BERLIN (NOT Snyder's of Hanover) - they come in distinctive silver bag. They used to be a Western PA product but have expanded - thankfully I recently found them in Tennessee on a trip. They still haven't made the Carolinas unfortunately.

As far as Southern chips go, I'm happy with Golden Flake Thin & Crispy PLAIN. Golden Flake makes lots of funky flavors (dill pickle, loaded cheeseburger) but I like to stick with plain.
ConeyIslandLou
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/04 16:23:58
quote:
Originally posted by Tony Bad

quote:

Someone mentioned 'Mr. Salty' pretzels. Whatever became of them? Haven't been able to find them for years. I thought they were a major brand of somebody like Nabisco.

Dino


I wonder if the name was just deemed inappropriate in our "health conscious" world. I remember some breakfast cereals used to have the word "Sugar" in their name (can't get enough of super sugar crisp), but the word sugar has been dropped. Just a thought.


Yepper...Mr Salty got done in by the Health Division of the PC Ubermeisters....he is now in the same Purgatory with Sugar Pops and all the other "Sugar" cereals ..amazing they still sell crackers as 'saltines'...or do they??

Tommy2dogs
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/05 01:12:15
quote:
Originally posted by DinoS

Growing up in western Michigan we had a local brand of potato chip called New Era. They came in large metal cans as apparently did many other brands. My mother always used the cans for storage. Usually of woolen winter gear w/ mothballs.

Someone mentioned 'Mr. Salty' pretzels. Whatever became of them? Haven't been able to find them for years. I thought they were a major brand of somebody like Nabisco.


Dino


We had New Era in Chicago when I was growing up.They also came in a large yellowish box with 2 wax type bags of chips inside. They were always favored in our house over Jays.
DinoS
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/09 11:45:10
quote:
Originally posted by Tony Bad

quote:

Someone mentioned 'Mr. Salty' pretzels. Whatever became of them? Haven't been able to find them for years. I thought they were a major brand of somebody like Nabisco.

Dino


I wonder if the name was just deemed inappropriate in our "health conscious" world. I remember some breakfast cereals used to have the word "Sugar" in their name (can't get enough of super sugar crisp), but the word sugar has been dropped. Just a thought.


I was wondering about that. One of my holiday jobs is to make a batch (or two, or three...) of chex 'party mix' for family get togethers. I always liked the Mr. Salty pretzels the best. Nice, thin, crispy sticks.

Are they still around under a more PC name?


Dino
Top
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/09 12:44:15

Up here in Maine we have Humpty Dumpty chips, which I suspose are regional but they used to be local as well, spuds from 'the County' processed just south of Portland. They had some interesting varities, includeing Cheese and Onion, Dill Pickle, Downeast Clam Dip, Ketchup, and Bacon (my pick as best of the lot).
Alas, a big Canadian outfit bought them out and closed the Scaroborough plant, and they just aren't the same (or as good).
tmiles
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/09 13:23:25
I had Humpty Dumpty up there last summer. They are good. I also had a good Canadian brand on PEI, but can not recall the name. I miss Stateline too. I used to pass the plant on Rt 20 in Wilbraham. The smell made me want some. My store manager said that union troubles did them in.
CarolinaBill
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/10 15:08:57
tmiles -

Was the PEI brand by chance "Miss Vickies"? I think they're from PEI - actually see them at some specialty delis here.
Jameslakes
Junior Burger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/10 17:30:34
quote:
Originally posted by CarolinaBill

tmiles -

Was the PEI brand by chance "Miss Vickies"? I think they're from PEI - actually see them at some specialty delis here.


NO NO NO! Miss Vickies is made by Frito Lay!! Nice cute labels but same old chips... Note: Frito Lay is outsourcing their product more and more. At last count 26 different chip manufacturers were making for Frito Lay alongside their own production.

John from Pa.
Junior Burger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/10 17:58:30
As others mentioned, living near the snack capital of Central Pa, there are numerous local brands - Herrs, Gibbles, Goods, Bickels, Martins, Utz, etc. If in the area try the snack food aisle at the Shady Maple supermarket (near the huge Pa. Dutch buffet) in Blue Ball, there are numerous local chips & pretzels mixed in with the national brands.

I also started bringing home Rt.11 chips from trips to the Shenandoah Valley of Virgina years ago, now I see them in Cracker Barrel shops (just weeks ago saw them in Sturbridge, Mass!) They also have the Charles Chips cans, as does the Vermont Country Store by mail order. (Off subject, remember that the Charles Chips man used to deliver special Choco Tree graham cracker cookies at Christmastime!)
BrewHaHa
Junior Burger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/21 21:22:51
quote:
Originally posted by M&M

Zapp's in New Orleans with such specialities as "Crawtators" See this link http://www.zapps.com/

Thick chips kettle cooked for extra crunchiness. The crawtators are kicking. I like the jalapeno too.
BrewHaHa
Junior Burger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/21 21:26:50
quote:
Originally posted by CoreyEl

Just discovered Golden Flake "The South's Original Potato Chip". They're incredible.



If you go with GOlden Flake, I like the Sweet Heat BBQ. Just a hint of sweet in that tangy chip does the trick.
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/11/22 00:23:27
I just this weekend discovered (at Heaths Supermarket in Centre Harbor NH) Utz's Carolina BBQ chips, a chip so addictive that my wife -- who HATES flavored potato chips -- nearly had to be physically restrained from the bag. The best part is that they use actual Carolina barbecue seasonings: vinegar, mustard and chili. If you've ever been in Canada and had an All-Dressed chip, it's kind of similar to that, but without the sweet taste.

As fond as I am of all the Utz's chips I've had (incidentally, they make a fantastic cheese ball too!), these are now at the top of the list for me. Unfortunately, however, although Utz's chips are pretty easy to find in the outlying areas of New England, they're hard to get inside Boston proper.
drpep
Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/12/06 21:33:30
quote:
Originally posted by Tony Bad

quote:

Someone mentioned 'Mr. Salty' pretzels. Whatever became of them? Haven't been able to find them for years. I thought they were a major brand of somebody like Nabisco.

Dino



The Mr Salty name is back. I saw it on a product in the supermarket last week. It was from Kraft and I believe it was similar to their cracker and cheese packages only it was pretzels and cheese.
MYmimi
Junior Burger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/12/06 21:54:09
There's a guy in Florida somewhere who makes the BEST chips called Bull's Chips. He'll send them anywher, but he doesn't have a website that I'm aware of. A guy I worked with in Ohio would send away for them and abring them to work.
Better than Grandma Shearers and Charles Chips.
Spudnut
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/12/06 22:35:08
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Stern

Speaking of homemade (or in this case, house-made) chips that happen to go well with libations, I think there are none better than those on the bar at Harry Caray's in Chicago:





I had those ones. Loved them. Of course, I haven't had Sundancer Brand, either.

Here's a wild stab in the dark for our New Jersey contingent. About 15 years ago, when I was less prone to taking note of these things, I had a job interview in Basking Ridge, NJ. I took the bus, and the interviewer who picked me up said we had to make a stop first, to a small chips place that he said made the best chips anywhere. I was floored by how good they were. Of course, I didn't take the job, have never been been back, and can't remember the name of the place. It was in the "heart" of town, if that helps.
Route 11
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Regional potato chips 2004/12/07 16:21:47
We just started seeing Gibbles and Cape Cods here in central VA.
I tried Cape Cod's Firecracker BBQ and was less than impressed.
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