Unfortunately, the chip companies that I mentioned earlier in this thread - Mad Hatter, Krun-Chee, Shirriff and Humpty Dumpty - have all either closed their doors or sold out to better financed competitors. Here's what I can still suggest on the snack front though. I've also included a numerical Yummy Rating out of 10 Rating 9
Hostess was the dominant brand of chips in Canada for decades. Not surprising since General Foods had acquired the company in 1959 and used its distribution muscle to dominate the chip market until the early nineties when kettle cooked chips hit the marketplace. In an attempt to gain the economies of scale to compete against the kettle cooked chip onslaught, General Foods entered into a business combination with Lay's in 1996. The Hostess brand of chips virtually disappeared and surfaces only occasionally as a discount brand now in supermarkets.
The Hickory Sticks though are unique and continue to proudly carry the Hostess name brand. Rating: 8
While Humpty Dumpty was swallowed up by Old Dutch Chips of Calgary in 2006, the Humpty Dumpty name brand is still used on certain products. I like the Barbecue Corn Chips. They're at least as good as Frito's. Rating 7
Slightly different than Cheetos but just as good! Rating 7
Uniquely Canadian Quebec based chips! Unfortunately the Indian boy logo is no longer featured on the bags. Very tough to find in Ontario though. Rating 5
Maybe I'm just prejudiced against Old Dutch for replacing the Humpty Dumpty brand name that I so loved, but I don't think their chips are even as good as Lay's. They're worth a try I guess but they're not nearly as widely sold as Lay's so you might have to look around for them. Rating 4
This is the brand of kettle cooked chips that took the Canadian market by storm in the early nineties. If you like kettle cooked chips, you'll like them fine. Personally though I've never been a fan of the kettle cooked variety.
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