REVIEW: Lay’s Wavy – Do Us a Flavor Finalist – West Coast Truffle Fries Potato Chips

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Lay's Wavy - West Coast Truffle FriesSummer 2015 is officially here!  Do you know what we mean by that?  THEY’RE BAAACK!!!!!

Lay’s all new ‘Do Us A Flavor’ contest is back!  Can we just put it out there that we really appreciate and love that Lay’s has made this an annual tradition!  As humungous chip fanatics and consumers (just like you!), we cannot begin to tell you how giddy we get each time this contest comes around.  Who would have thought that just two short  years ago (when Lay’s brought us the likes of Cheesy Garlic Bread, Sriracha, and of course our personal favorite, CHICKEN & WAFFLE!!), that this contest would become a THING?  And in 2015, that THING, would be giving us the likes of Greektown Gyro, West Coast Truffle Fries, Southern Biscuits and Gravy, and New York Reuben?!?

In case there are any of you out there who are still unfamiliar with this contest.  Lay’s is once again offering up the chance for one lucky individual to win a million smackers (ONE MILLION DOLLAR$$) for creating an all new potato chip flavor.  We’re assuming that there were thousands of flavors submitted, and Lay’s has narrowed it down to four finalists.  Now it is time for us to vote on the best of those four!  This year Lay’s has once again allowed the flavor creators to pair each of their unique flavors with a specific style of chip, ensuring the best delivery medium for the flavor.  Let’s get down to business.

So far, we have reviewed Lay’s Kettle Cooked Greektown Gyro chips, and Lay’s New York Reuben chips, and we must say that Lay’s has far, far exceeded our expectations thus far!  Let’s see how Lay’s does with replicating the somewhat classic fried potato, truffle and cheese combo!

Next up: West Coast Truffle Fries

Submitted by: Angie Fu of Irvine, California

Chip Review’s flavor creativity rating (scale: 1 – 10): 5

Chip Review’s excitement for this flavor level (scale: 1 – 10): 3

While maybe only 10 – 15 years ago truffle fries were a delicious delicacy found only every once in a while on some great gastropub’s menu, today they are just about as common, or mandatory, of a menu item as burgers and beer!!  Seriously, we feel confident that we could walk into any new gastropub that we have never tried before, take a seat at the bar, ask for a Two Hearted Ale, and some truffle fries, and both would be set down in front of us shortly thereafter.  They are the safe potato chip choice.  We think Celebuzz summed them up best when they said that they are the “Chip equivalent of: Taylor Swift…created for mass appeal.”  In other words, Lay’s West Coast Truffle Fries are what we would call, the least original flavor from this year’s line-up. Does that necessarily make them bad in any way?  No, it just means that they are missing that exotic chip flavor wow factor, and must rely more on execution and flavor accuracy.  So, how did Lay’s do?

First of all, just like with the New York Reuben flavor, we feel as though Lay’s, or Angie, or whoever’s decision it was, have once again chosen the wrong chip for the flavor.  Lay’s Wavy potato chips are probably our most favorite of their styles!  They are fun, and crunchy, and rugged and WAVY!  Truffles on the other hand, are classical, high end, delicate, and sophisticated ingredients that deserve a classic chip – aka Lay’s traditional potato chips.  We just feel like the two would have been a more natural pairing.

As for the seasoning, well, like many people on the interwebs have already been indicating, the chips’ truffle-ness is on the subtle side.  They do not encompass a very powerful truffle aroma, and you really have to crunch a handful of chips to actually distinguish that undeniably unique, funky-earthy flavor…  BUT!!  Let it be known that we actually appreciate their subtlety, as it is likely the result of Lay’s decision to use real black truffles (albeit, a very miniscule amount), as opposed to the easy out – otherwise known as truffle oil (For some reason, back in the ’90s, truffle oil became an acceptable—even desirable—ingredient for chefs to use. Coming in at a fraction of the cost of real truffles (which vary year to year, but generally run in the thousands-of-dollars-per-ounce range), it seemed like an easy way to add some truffle aroma to an otherwise boring dish.  Problem is, truffle oil isn’t even made from truffles. It’s made from an organic compound called 2,4-Dithiapentane—derived either naturally or from a petroleum base—mixed together with olive oil.”) Serious Eats

Getting back on track, we’ve tasted, and reviewed, a handful of truffle flavored snacks (predominantly popcorn) over the years, and we are happy to say that these Lay’s are among some of the best!  Not the most truffle-y, but just overall a tasty chip.  The chips succeed on hitting all of the necessary flavor notes: a little garlicky, a dash of salty cheese – parmesan or romano, parsley for color, and a touch of the earthy truffle.  The combination of course works, and delivers a very savory chip.  Probably our most favorite aspect of these chips were the inclusion of DUCK FAT!!!  That’s right, fat rendered from that annoyingly voiced Donald character! In fact, believe it or not, but our most favorite variation of truffle fries are fried in duck fat, and actually come from a place called Duck Fat Tavern!!

Overall, Lay’s Wavy West Coast Truffle Fries are a lip-smacking addition to the ‘Do Us A Flavor’ Alumni team.  If they would have been released with last years group we would have declared them our favorites, but it just so happens that they are competing against some really stellar flavors this year!  That’s just how the chip crunches.  There you have it, another ‘Do Us A Flavor’ flavor down, only one to go.  So, unless Lay’s Southern Biscuits and Gravy are an abomination (and from what we’ve heard, they are not), it is official 2015 is ‘Do Us A Flavor’s’ best line-up ever!

Chip Review’s All-time Lay’s ‘Do Us A Flavor’ rankings:

1. Chicken & Waffle

2. New York Reuben

3. Greektown Gyro

4. Cheesy Garlic Bread

5. West Coast Truffle Fries

6. Cappuccino

7. Sriracha

8. Wasabi Ginger

9. Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese

10. Mango Salsa

Still to taste: Southern Biscuits and Gravy!!  Stay tuned for our review very soon.

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.

Chips ordered online from Walmart

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REVIEW: Lay’s – Do Us a Flavor Finalist – New York Reuben Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©©-3/4 chips (lip-smacking)

Lay's - New York ReubenSummer 2015 is officially here!  Do you know what we mean by that?  THEY’RE BAAACK!!!!!

Lay’s all new ‘Do Us A Flavor’ contest is back!  Can we just put it out there that we really appreciate and love that Lay’s has made this an annual tradition!  As humungous chip fanatics and consumers (just like you!), we cannot begin to tell you how giddy we get each time this contest comes around.  Who would have thought that just two short  years ago (when Lay’s brought us the likes of Cheesy Garlic Bread, Sriracha, and of course our personal favorite, CHICKEN & WAFFLE!!), that this contest would become a THING?  And in 2015, that THING, would be giving us the likes of Greektown Gyro, West Coast Truffle Fries, Southern Biscuits and Gravy, and New York Reuben?!?

In case there are any of you out there who are still unfamiliar with this contest.  Lay’s is once again offering up the chance for one lucky individual to win a million smackers (ONE MILLION DOLLAR$$) for creating an all new potato chip flavor.  We’re assuming that there were thousands of flavors submitted, and Lay’s has narrowed it down to four finalists.  Now it is time for us to vote on the best of those four!  This year Lay’s has once again allowed the flavor creators to pair each of their unique flavors with a specific style of chip, ensuring the best delivery medium for the flavor.  Let’s get down to business.

Last week we reviewed Lay’s Kettle Cooked Greektown Gyro chips, and we must say they were fantastic!  Let’s see how Lay’s does with replicating the classic deli sammy!!

Next up: New York Reuben

Submitted by: Jeff Solensky of DuBois, PA

Chip Review’s flavor creativity rating (scale: 1 – 10): 10!

Chip Review’s excitement for this flavor level (scale: 1 – 10): 10!

Anyone who would not include the Reuben sandwich on a list of the top 5 most iconic American sandwiches of all time would be crazy in our books!  Plain and simple, the Reuben is a tried and true classic!!  C-L-A-double-S-IC!!  And yet, as far as our research tells us, this traditional Americana sandwich has never ever gotten the chip flavor treatment!  UNTIL NOW!!  Thank you Lay’s, and thank you Jeff Solensky!

What is a Reuben exactly (do we even have to explain this…yes? no?…we’re sure you all know already….)?  Either way, a Reuben is a grilled sandwich, served on rye bread, filled with a combination of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing (we have included links to descriptions of these ingredients in case you require definition on any of these as well).  The classic sandwich combines flavor notes of earthy rye, and salty, and sour, and creamy, and meaty, and marries them into one deliciously cohesive sandwich!

So, how did Lay’s do in replicating this classic sandwich into potato chip form?!  Absolutely amazing!  Anyone who tries to tell you that these chips do not smell and taste exactly like a real Reuben sandwich are either trying to pull one over on you (in an obvious attempt to hoard all of the available market supply), or they are not of right mind!!  Either way you crunch it, do not believe them, and go out and give these chips a try for yourself.  Even if you do not love Reuben sandwiches (huh? really??), we assume that you have at least tried a Reuben in your lifetime, and you owe it to yourself to taste Lay’s amazing chips for their flavor accuracy!

We tore open the red lined Lay’s bag and with one whiff, instantaneous thoughts of Reuben sandwiches flooded our minds and taste buds!  We could taste those flavors, even before actually tasting those flavors!  How did they do it!?  *Quick side note, prior to even popping one chip into our mouths we were wishing that Lay’s, or Jeff, (or whoever) had decided to use Lay’s Kettle Cooked style of chips for the canvas to this flavor.  The hearty, extra crunchy potato chips would embrace the multi-layered flavor storm more successfully than Lay’s traditional, thin cut potato chips; but that’s just our opinion.  Plain and simple, every single Chip Review taster who tossed these into their chip chomping cavities, confirmed without an ounce of doubt that these chips taste like Reubens!

Hold on tight!  As we attempt to take you through the roller coaster of flavors that these chips travel on.  The very first thing that we tasted, and it set the pace for our palettes for the rest of flavor experience, was the backbone of the Reuben – that’s right the rye bread (or maybe it’s the caraway seeds that flavor rye bread, either way).  RYE!!  Brilliant!  Have you ever heard of rye flavored potato chips!?!  Didn’t think so!  Neither have we!  And it is fantastic!  Next up was a note of dill pickle – obviously meant to represent the classic pairing of Reuben with pickle.  Then we got some of those tangy sour notes representing the sauerkraut.  Man, these chips were really coming together!  Lastly, add in a few of those creamy, zippy, mustard-citrus-tomato-spicy notes on the tail end, and we’ve got ourselves a Reuben sandwich!!  But wait, did we mention anything about the meat?  Did Lay’s even attempt to replicate the bright red slices of corned beef?  Maybe some of those pickled-meat flavor notes are in there, but really, when you eat a Reuben do you taste very much of the meat??  No, you taste all of those supporting characters; the meat is predominantly there for texture and fatty mouth feel, and no matter what Lay’s does to these chips they won’t be able to replicate that!!  And there you have it, New York Reuben flavors potato chips!  Fantastic!!

Again, we must say that our initial thought that these chips would work best using Lay’s Kettle Cooked version was confirmed.  In fact, we’d go so far as to say that the only thing holding these chips back from us proclaiming them “A” list, and the best Lay’s chips of all-time (surpassing their ‘Do Us A Flavor’ brethren Chicken & Waffle), is the fact that this savory flavor deserves a sturdier potato chip.  Beyond that one specific complaint, these chips are perfect.  And we must admit that when we tasted Lay’s Greektown Gyro flavor last week, and we mentioned that Lay’s other ‘Do Us A Flavor’ flavors had their work cut out for them, we were thinking that we had probably already tasted the best that Lay’s had to offer from their 2015 line-up.  Well, we are thrilled to say that we were wrong!!  Our vote currently goes to Reuben for sheer flavor magic!!  (*Note that some of our Chip Reviewers, although recognizing the brilliance of the Reuben seasoning, actually preferred the bold Gyro flavored, thicker cut kettle cooked potato chips!).

This may be a little premature but we’re going on the record books and saying that 2015 is ‘Do Us A Flavor’s’ best line-up yet!!

Chip Review’s All-time Lay’s ‘Do Us A Flavor’ rankings:

1. Chicken & Waffle

2. New York Reuben

3. Greektown Gyro

4. Cheesy Garlic Bread

5. Cappuccino

6. Sriracha

7. Wasabi Ginger

8. Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese

9. Mango Salsa

Still to taste: West Coast Truffle Fries and Southern Biscuits and Gravy!!  Stay tuned for reviews of these other flavors very soon.

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.

Chips ordered online from Walmart

Voting starts on July 27th, so make sure you go to the link below, and let Lay’s know which flavor should stick around for longer than a minute!!

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REVIEW: Lay’s Kettle Cooked – Do Us a Flavor Finalist – Greektown Gyro Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips (lip-smacking)

Lay's Do Us - Greektown GyroSummer 2015 is officially here!  Do you know what we mean by that?  THEY’RE BAAACK!!!!!

Lay’s all new ‘Do Us A Flavor’ contest is back!  Can we just put it out there that we really appreciate and love that Lay’s has made this an annual tradition!  As humungous chip fanatics and consumers (just like you!), we cannot begin to tell you how giddy we get each time this contest comes around.  Who would have thought that just two short  years ago (when Lay’s brought us the likes of Cheesy Garlic Bread, Sriracha, and of course our personal favorite, CHICKEN & WAFFLE!!), that this contest would become a THING?  And in 2015 we would be seeing the likes of Greektown Gyro, West Coast Truffle Fries, Southern Biscuits and Gravy, and New York Reuben?!?

In case there are any of you out there who are still unfamiliar with this contest.  Lay’s is once again offering up the chance for one lucky individual to win a million smackers (ONE MILLION DOLLAR$$) for creating an all new potato chip flavor.  We’re assuming that there were thousands of flavors submitted, and Lay’s has narrowed it down to four finalists.  Now it is time for us to vote on the best of those four!  This year Lay’s has once again allowed the flavor creators to pair each of their unique flavors with a specific style of chip, ensuring the best delivery medium for the flavor.  Let’s get down to business.

First up: Kettle Cooked Greektown Gyro

Submitted by: James Wagner of Wichita Falls, TX

Chip Review’s flavor creativity rating (scale: 1 – 10): 8

Chip Review’s excitement for this flavor level (scale: 1 – 10): 8

Well, well, well, look at what we stumbled upon during a recent visit to the big blue store.  And by stumbled upon we of course mean that we made a specific trip to our local Walmart hoping to spot any of the new ‘Do Us A Flavor’ chips, and the only ones we found were these Greektown Gyro flavored kettle chips.  But, that being said, what a deliciously unique flavor to start out with!!  Seriously, in our opinion these have set the flavor bar extremely high, and those other flavors will have to really step up their game if they hope to steal our vote away from these!

So, we all know what gyros are right?  They’re those sandwiches from the local fair that your grand-pappy used to call jai-rows…  Well, in case you are in that boat, or really don’t know what they are, gyros are a traditional Greek sandwich of sorts.  A quick Google search told us that Gyro comes from the Greek word for turn, which would stem from the spinning vertical spit that the higher fat content meat (such as lamb or beef) is sliced from.  This meat is flavored with loads of spices that could include salt, paprika, garlic, oregano, cumin, pepper and chile powder (and many others).  The meat is crammed into a folded pita (sort of taco style), and then splashed with a creamy tzatziki sauce (we’ll explain this later), and topped with tomatoes and some onion.

In our opinion, Lay’s has done as well as any of us could have possibly hoped they could do translating a fatty and flavorful meat sandwich into potato chip form!  Right off the bat there is a strong dash of flavorful herbaceous notes.  These fragrant herbs are certainly familiar to our palettes but tough to accurately distinguish.  Oregano perhaps?  Marjoram, who knows?  Definitely parsley, but is that thyme or dill??  So, we’re not exactly sure on the herbs, but they definitely got our taste buds interested in where these chips were headed!  Next, comes the easily identifiable, and spot on, creamy tzatziki sauce layer of flavor.  That cool and creamy yogurt (sour cream), and cucumber sauce, smooths out the entire equation.  For any of you out there who are also unfamiliar with this staple Greek condiment, probably the easiest way to describe this one to you would be – think sour cream and onion chips, only sub the onion for garlic, and add some flecks of dill.  In other words, this of course pairs perfectly with Lay’s kettle cooked chips!  At the tail end of the chip flavor spectrum comes a final splash of those rich and powerful seasonings associated with gyro meat.  We’re talking cumin, chili powder, garlic, and pepper.  If our taste buds weren’t already dancing, these flavors put them into overdrive!
Plain and simple, these chips are really something.  A amazingly complex marriage of flavors that in our opinion works!  Do they taste like meat at all, not really, but they trick our minds just enough with all of the other flavors that we were perfectly fine with that!  Bravo! Sorry other 2015 Do Us A Flavor flavors!! You’ve got your work cut out for you!

This time around rather than just ranking 2015’s new flavors against each other, we’ve opted to rank every single ‘Do Us A Flavor’ flavor against one another!

Chip Review’s Lay’s ‘Do Us A Flavor’ rankings:

1. Chicken & Waffle

2. Greektown Gyro

3. Cheesy Garlic Bread

4. Cappuccino

5. Sriracha

6. Wasabi Ginger

7. Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese

8. Mango Salsa

Still to taste: West Coast Truffle Fries, Southern Biscuits and Gravy, and our personal most excited for: New York Reuben!!  Stay tuned for reviews of these other flavors once we find them.

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.

Chips discovered at Walmart; Villa Park, IL

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REVIEW: Beanfields – Barbecue Bean & Rice Chips

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Beanfield's - BarbecueAs some of you may know, we like our BBQ chips sort of like ourselves… not too sweet!  Just kidding, about us, not the chips!!

We have to say, overall we have been pretty darn impressed with Beanfield’s Bean & Rice Chips. We know what you are thinking, “sure Chip Review you are impressed with them for what they are, but compared to “regular” chips, they don’t really compare do they?!”  Sure, they are different, we recognize that, and comparing Beanfield’s to your typical tortilla chips is sort of like comparing apples to something even healthier than apples (is there such a thing?), but honestly that’s what we try to do here – compare chips to chips!  And these are lip-smacking chips regardless of type.

Beanfield’s bean and rice chips remind us a lot of other rice chips we’ve tried (like Riceworks), more than they do of other bean chips (like Beanitos).  Beanfield’s chips have a sort of rustic, hearty, toothsome, grainy consistency that provides a distinct texture and crunch.  Softer than your typical corn tortilla chips.  And the seasoning also adheres quite well to the rough texture.

Speaking of Beanfield’s barbecue seasoning blend, their recipe is bold, and packed with loads of flavor!  Not quite as uniquely delicious as their ranch or nacho cheese seasonings but still impressive nonetheless.  Probably what we appreciate so much regarding this seasoning is its overall balance and savoriness.  Like we said above, this is not a sweet bbq seasoning, it’s a bit tangy, a little smoky, and all savory!  The flavor combo just works well with Beanfield’s hearty chips!

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Chips provided by Beanfields to Chip Review for review

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REVIEW: Rusty’s Island Chips – Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©©© chips  (“A” list)

Rusty's - Island ChipsIt’s true.  We can’t deny it.  Here at Chip Review we do not review very many “plain” or “original” or “regular” or whatever you wish to call them – good old potato chips.  It’s a fact, check the stats.  We do not have a definitive answer as to why this is, but in the back of our minds we sort of feel like most “regular” potato chips are too much the same to warrant writing a review about them.  That, and would there even be enough to write about?  Plus, our palettes usually prefer the punch and flavor difference that seasoning or flavoring adds.  But… BUT!!  Every once in a while we cross paths with some chips that astound us, amaze us, and force us to re-evalute our closed-minded, flavor wanting, chip way of thinking.  Today, those chips are Rusty’s Island Chips!!

Let’s begin with Rusty’s chip story:

Once upon a time, 1980, Rusty, while dreaming of far away places, came up with a plan to make Maui Potato Chips on the mainland. Six months later, Rusty was manufacturing Rusty’s Island Chips in his own little kitchen in Costa Mesa, Ca. His Maui recipe chips were selling like hot cakes in every gourmet market in Southern California. By 1990, Rusty’s Chips were in every major market as well. He was shipping chips to the east coast by the truck load and even to Hawaii.

Rusty’s little Maui chip company grew and grew. It got so big so fast that the stress was getting to Rusty, and he wasn’t surfing anymore. He did not have time to be on his sail boat. He wasn’t happy. So he let a big company swallow up his little company. Well the 1990’s came, and a lot of things did not survive the times and one was Rusty’s Maui Chips. The recipe was changed, the little kitchen turned into a factory, and the love for the best chips ever faded away…

Well, Rusty’s Back!!  He has his own chip kitchen in Huntington Beach and things could not be better….!!!

There are a few rules that any “regular” potato chip should follow if it wishes to be great.  First, it better come from some superb potatoes, because with regular potato chips we all know that you won’t get any help from salt if you are hoping to cover up the quality of the potatoes you are using.  Two, the CUT is key.  Just like with a great steak, people have different preferences as to what constitutes the best cut, and there are obviously many varieties.  Should we go thin, or should we go thick, or should we add a wavy ripple, or a criss-cross waffle cut??  What ever style of cut those great potato chips choose, they must fully commit to it, and try to make it the best variation of that variety!  Third, salt type, and level.  Very, very important when talking about regular potato chips.  Why?  Well, other than the frying oil used to crisp those potato slices up, salt is the only ingredient really triggering those taste buds to wake up and take notice!  The salt should compliment the chips, without overwhelming them.  All of these facets must come together in perfect salty, crunchy and potato-y chip harmony, if that little old “regular” potato chip wishes to grab our attention away from all of those flamin’ hot and spicy cheese dusting seasoned chips out there!  At this point it is probably needless to say but Rusty’s Island Chips have done just that!!  Perfect potato chip harmony!

Rusty’s Island Chips are really, really fantastic potato chips!  The chips are definitely thicker cut, although it seems like they may vary in thickness a little bit from chip to chip, leading us to believe (and we may have actually read this somewhere) that they could possibly be hand sliced.  If that is the case, that is some real dedication and attention to detail.  Both of which we recognize and appreciate!  The thicker cut potato chips deliver a deliciously hearty and firm crunch.  Nearly on the verge of tooth shattering, but not quite that crispy.  Probably most notable are the chips pure potato flavor.  Golden harvest yellow in color, reminiscent of the radiant California sun they are made in. The chips potato flavor is sort of tough to describe.  The chips deliver a deep and rich starchy potato flavor, with a touch of that nutty, rustic, burnt potato flavor that we really love on the tail end.  We wonder what type of potatoes Rusty is using here?  Usually, when we taste that dark-nutty-burnt notes, they are coming from Russet potatoes, but the coloring on these just do not coincide, so we’re guessing they are not Russets.  Some may consider these chips a touch too greasy, but we think that they are just right.  Salt coverage was a tad inconsistent, but the majority of the chips were more than amply covered.  Plus, whatever type of salt Rusty is using is fantastic!  It appears that it is a French Mediterranean Sea Salt.  Ooh la la!  We love and can really taste that slight mineral tang that the sea salt adds.

In the end, what we are trying to say is that these potato chips really just taste like some great fried potatoes.  And we love, love, love fried potatoes of all varietals!  Needless to say, these chips were very easy to devour (too easy, in fact…must find more)!!  We could not stop eating them!  We would not stop eating them!!  At this point we think that it is fair to say that these are among the best regular potato chips anywhere.  In fact, let’s not beat around the bush here, we’re going to go ahead and say it – Rusty’s Island Chips are so fantastic that they not only made our Top 5 Regular Potato Chips list, but it they’re sitting atop it!!  That’s right numero uno!!  Our #1 Regular Potato Chip of all-time!!  Now we only wish Rusty’s chips were more readily available in our neck of the Midwest (of course there’s always the internet).

We will sign off with what Rusty always says “Life is good….eat more chips!!!”  Well Rusty, that won’t be very hard when they are this good!!

So, what are your favorite plain or regular potato chips of all-time?  Make sure to tell us at our Potato Chip poll.

Rusty’s Island Chips provided to Chip Review for review

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