REVIEW: Charles Chips – Original Potato Chips

Rating: ©©© chips (notable)

Charles Chips - Original Potato Chips


Just a few days ago we reviewed a different classic, relatively recently relaunched, potato chips. Similar to those chips, Charles Chips have a lovely back story that we feel deserves to be shared with our readers. According to their website:

“In 1942, Effie Musser was making a batch of her delicious potato chips in her small rural Pennsylvania kitchen and had a great idea. Si, her husband and farmer by trade, was having difficulties raising enough money to keep them afloat, so she thought of a way to create some additional income. Effie realized that she might be able to take these favorite family treats to the famous Central Market located in Penn Square in historic Lancaster, Pennsylvania and maybe sell a few bags…. Soon, the word got out about these amazing potato chips and Effie couldn’t keep up with the demand. Then, a snack distributor from Baltimore, MD contracted Effie for her to deliver her chips in bulk to him. He repacked the bulk chips into his branded tin can and renamed them Charles Chips after Charles St. in downtown Baltimore…..”

And, as they say, the rest is history!

While, the sample we received didn’t arrive in a classic Charles Chips tin, the bag did have a retro design. In fact, if we had to use only one word to describe these chips, we’d probably refer to them as “classic”, through and through. We’re fairly certain that these chips would remind most people of the potato chips from their youth, or at least their school lunches. If you have ever tried Lay’s Classic Potato Chips, then you know this type of chip. Larger, thinner, light, crispy, a bit greasy with a decent amount of salt, potato chips.

We are going to classify these under simple, side dish, chips. No wow factor, but at the same time they do their expected job in our opinion. We are probably not going to sit down and enjoy these chips on their own, but would be perfectly satisfied with them as a side to our sandwich or soup.

As always, these are our thoughts. Agree or disagree, make sure to let us know.

Chip provided to Chip Review from Candy Galaxy for review

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

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