Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips (lip-smacking)
Kettle Brand’s krinkle cut potato chips are among of the very first salt & pepper (S&P) flavored chips we can remember tasting here at Chip Review. At the time, we had only tasted a few different S&P chips, and we definitely thought these were some of the tastiest chips we’d ever tasted. Luckily for us, a recent revisiting to these wonderful chips, only helped to solidify our original assessment that these chips are certainly some of the best S&P chips on the market yesterday, and today.
So, what’s Kettle Brand’s secret? What are they doing differently than other S&P chips? We think we’ve solved the mystery.
First, and foremost, Kettle Brand simply makes phenomenal kettle cooked potato chips. They are easily among the best anywhere. Their chips are on the thicker side, sporting a great potato flavor, with a solid crunch. In our opinion, no other potato chips out there are able to execute the flavor/potato integration as well as Kettle Brand. It is like they are one and the same. As if the flavor was cooked into the chips, forming a harmonious chip balance.
Next, we’ve noticed that many of the salt & pepper chips that we’ve reviewed lately tend to be purists, or minimalists. Straight, and to the point – only 4 simple ingredients: potatoes, oil, salt and pepper. Well, you can call it cheating, or you can call it brilliant, but Kettle Brand ups the flavor ante, and also adds garlic powder, onion powder, as well as, black pepper oil and jalapeno powder to really give us some flavorful chips. So, should we penalize Kettle Brand from veering off the standard S&P path? No way, not in our opinion! The additional flavor depth, along with heat, that the extra ingredients add, really works wonders.
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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