Uncle Ray's Potato Chips

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2004/11/22 01:46:06 (permalink)

Uncle Ray's Potato Chips

Has anyone tried these?

Not long ago I discovered a potato chip brand called Uncle Ray's. I have seen Uncle Ray's chips at Walgreen's pharmacies, as well as at Arcanum Pizza Cream, a local pizza joint in Arcanum (south of Greenville off of OH 49). Where I live 69 cents will get you a 3-ounce bag. They come in plain, groovy, nacho cheese, nachos with ranch dressing, and hot (think of Cheeto's with hot pepper), just to name five flavors. They do similar to what In 'N Out does in putting excerpts from the Bible on the backs of the bags.

You can find more info on this company at http://www.unclerays.com. They're based out of Detroit, so I guess the Michigan (and possibly Toledo--are there any?) contingent on this board is more familiar with it than I am.
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    TIPPY LEE
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2004/11/22 02:07:48 (permalink)
    We have Uncle Ray's chips here in the magical land of Eastern Kentucky....They come in TON'S of assorted flavors, and are mostly sold at the discount stores like: Family Dollar, The Dollar Store, Sav-A-Lot, and Big Lots. They are very good and at a great price!....Tom B. In cold, foggy, just ran a possum off my front porch(seriously!) Eastern Kentucky.
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2004/11/22 03:23:50 (permalink)
    I'm from West Michigan and you see Uncle Rays all over the place. And yes they are tasty! But I may be prejudiced since I'm a firm supporter of Michigan Made Products! (Economy in this state is bad enough, least one can do is support it's local manufacturers)...

    Here's a link to the article published a couple years ago in our local paper. It shows you a little bit of the story, but they want your $$ for being an archived story... http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/grpress/index.html?ts=1045839029
    Well, just double checked that link and it brings you to the search engine. Type in "Uncle Rays" in the search, and the 1996 to present box. But here's a clip of what they show ya to save some time:

    Uncle Ray cashes in on his chips ; The Michigan potato chip maker produces 14 varieties of the snack food.; [All Editions]
    Tom Rademacher / The Grand Rapids Press. The Grand Rapids Press. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Dec 27, 2001. pg. A.17


    Abstract (Document Summary)
    Turns out that her father [Ray Jenkins] had actually been making chips for more than 35 years under a label known as Cabana. In 1996, he sold that enterprise and started turning chips out under the moniker "Uncle Ray," largely in tribute to the umpteen nieces and nephews who grew up calling him "Uncle Chip."

    Even now, the marketing he employs is down-home. Check out ...

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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2006/06/25 15:07:40 (permalink)
    I have never seen an Uncle Ray's Potato Chip Truck. How do they get them to the stores? Maybe by carrier pigion babies I never see them either.
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2006/06/25 17:48:11 (permalink)
    Uncle Ray's has actually been showong up in the local $ store chain here in NY....$1 for a BIG bag....

    Tasty BBQ chips!
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2006/09/28 03:29:21 (permalink)
    Uncle Rays Ketchup flavor is very popular
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2006/10/11 01:20:49 (permalink)
    I'm from a suburb of Toledo and yes, Toledo does have Uncle Ray's. I used to eat the Dill Pickle flavor all the time.
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    mr chips
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2006/10/11 04:25:12 (permalink)
    Have even seen a few Uncle Ray's here in the Pacific Northwest.
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2006/10/15 00:14:15 (permalink)
    Uncle Ray's is here in Kansas too. We used to get it delivered to our store from our grocery distributor.
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2006/10/16 23:00:46 (permalink)
    Lay's, Jay's, Ray's.

    How funny.
    Of the three, only have the national Lays in NY. Ran across Jay's when I visited Chicago. Never heard of this other one.
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2006/10/16 23:22:14 (permalink)
    Sorry-dont like Uncle Rays......
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2006/10/26 10:03:11 (permalink)
    If anyone in NJ wants to try Jay's or Ray's, the Big Lots on Rt 22 in Springfield usually has one or both brands in stock, at Big Lots prices (about 1/2 of retail). I like 'em both, but I don't see where they are a chip I'd drive 100 miles for. --Ken
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2008/07/15 13:12:31 (permalink)
    I just found UNCLE RAY'S chips here in ORLANDO FL. for the first time today. I tried the HOT flavor. VERY GOOD!
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2008/08/10 21:05:16 (permalink)
    I love Uncle Ray's. I just LOVE the dill pickle flavor. Pringles dill tastes like salt n viniger with dill, and Lay's tastes like ranch with dill, but U.R.'s taste wonderfull and very "dilly". I can't find them locally here but a discount store about 40 miles from here has them and I try to stop in at least once a month. I don't know what the store is called now but it is in Ford City, PA
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2008/08/10 21:43:24 (permalink)
    My girlfriend LOVES their dill pickle flavor, too. I like them and I used to like the Cabana brand as well.
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2008/08/11 05:03:41 (permalink)
    We sell Uncle Rays chips at the Menards store where I work in the U.P. of Michigan.......very tasty.....and cheap in price!!!
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2008/08/11 06:00:10 (permalink)


    I think that Uncle Ray puts out a very tasty and economically priced bag 'o chips. I will confess that I do not care for the prostlytizing on the back of the package so I will choose Herr's if I want unusual flavored chip and I have a choice.
    You can believe what you want, but don't force it on folks who do not share your religious doctrine.

    On the other hand, I like to brag that my mechanic has a crucifix over his toolbox. I figure in anything automotive, I appreciate some divine intervention. He does the job right the first time...

    mark
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2008/09/13 16:32:48 (permalink)
    See Uncle Ray's chips in Rite Aids on Long Island...need to try them.
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2008/10/02 09:34:29 (permalink)
    Hey guys, email me at john@unclerays.com if you'd like to order a case or two directly from us!
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    Re:Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2012/04/17 16:03:41 (permalink)
    I just stumbled onto Uncle Ray's chips in small town Oklahoma. I've been on a Vinegar & Salt chip bender and my addiction lured me into a grimy convenience store that offered only unheard-of brands. I hesitated, not wanting to blow 89 cents on junk, but I needed that vinegar & salt fix. Heaven! Went back the next day for 4 different flavor's of Uncle Ray's. Love the texture, flavors, and "chapters." Goodbye, Lay's. I found Uncle Ray's!
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    Re:Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2012/04/19 00:21:18 (permalink)
    When I ran a convenience store, I bought these chips from our grocery broker. These are store-brand chips for stores too small to have their own label. These are very good chips! If the stories on the package offend you, don't read the back of the bag. My favorite flavor was  the Coney chips ( mustard and onion ).
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    Re:Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2012/04/24 21:23:00 (permalink)
    I'm in Ontario and we've had Uncle Ray's here for several years now.
    IMO the only thing that separates run of the mill discount chips from Uncle Ray's is the packaging. Ray's pretzel twists, however, are a different story. One of the best pretzels I've ever had, crispy, buttery, never stale.
    Sadly, I haven't seen these pretzels in over a year.
    BTW the hot/piquante chips are excellent to prank people with if you let them think it's just bbq flavour.
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2012/10/02 16:45:28 (permalink)
    TIPPY LEE

    We have Uncle Ray's chips here in the magical land of Eastern Kentucky....They come in TON'S of assorted flavors, and are mostly sold at the discount stores like: Family Dollar, The Dollar Store, Sav-A-Lot, and Big Lots. They are very good and at a great price!....Tom B

     
    Uncle Ray's are dumped into southern Ontario as well, and I'm glad they are! They're good chips for the price. And my Canada includes Detroit, and Buffalo too!
     


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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2012/10/02 16:48:52 (permalink)
    Uncle Rays

    Hey guys, email me at john@unclerays.com if you'd like to order a case or two directly from us!

     
    What, you post once and we never hear from you again? Don't you like us here?
     

     
     


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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2013/04/14 18:08:43 (permalink)
    I've been eating Uncle Ray's chips for years now. Good chips, good price, like the website though it is never updated, Have received no replies from my emails I have sent them. No big deal, as long as they keep turning the chips out...
    post edited by kell3310 - 2013/04/14 18:10:54
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    RE: Uncle Ray's Potato Chips 2013/06/25 15:42:23 (permalink)
    dasl_4

    Uncle Rays Ketchup flavor is very popular




    Agreed. I really like Ketchup flavored chips (and ketchup in general!), and this is honestly the only brand I've ever been able to find in real life. I've googled around and seen pictures of other brands, but never come across any in stores.

    Ah well. I'm content with Uncle Ray's.
    post edited by Rufus Patterson - 2013/06/25 15:44:04
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