You are right, Cain's BBQ Potato Chips, produced by John E. Cain Co., Ayer, Mass were by far and away the very best of the best. I have tried a wide variety including, among MANY other brands, Humpty Dumpty, State Line, Cape Cod, Utz, Wise, Toms, Lays, &c., &c., &c. Nothing, but nothing came close to the quality of Cain's. I am amused by some of the other posters here who, having tried Utz or some other brand, and liking them, now think they have found something really special and that none other could compare. Of course, taste is a personal matter, but I believe if they could somehow sample the Cains product of the past, their heads would spin and their brand loyalties would take a swift shift. My recollection of Cains is that they were addictive. Had to eat a bag of them every day, and that would be the high point of the day.
A long-time Cains Foods employee informed me earlier this date that, sadly, the spice formula went to Bachmann Potato Chips and that they have since gone belly up. I don't know if I have received accurate information, but my initial research turned up no hint of any Bachmann in the potato chip business. Can anyone shed any further light on this matter?
But wait, louis r01, I think you were just spelling it wrong: Bachman's has only one n - here's their chip site: http://store.montysecure.com/summary.lasso?cat_val=potato%20chips