REVIEW: The Original Saratoga Chips – Honey BBQ Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

The Original Saratoga Chips - Honey BBQ


What do you think of The Original Saratoga Chips newly revamped packaging, compared to their original look here??  Call us crazy, but we’ve got an itching suspicion that Saratoga Chips are from a place called Saratoga, and that place has some type of connection to horse racing…..

Earlier this year we had the tasty opportunity to review Saratoga Specialties Company’s Original (and impressive) kettle cooked potato chips, (you can find our review for those right here).  In case you missed our original review, let us provide you with a little bit of back story for the iconic Moon Brand potato chips.  According to Saratoga Specialties Company’s website, in 1853:

“A patron at Moon’s Lake House ordered fried potatoes with his meal. The diner complained that the potatoes were too thick and sent them back to the cook.

The cook at the restaurant was George Crum, who is described as Native American in some accounts and an African American in others. There is agreement, however, on Crum’s disposition—he was generally ornery. Upset that someone would criticize his cooking, Crum sliced a new batch of potatoes paper-thin, fried them in boiling oil to a crisp, and then salted them.

But what was intended as a stunt turned into an instant hit – the fussy patron and his friends loved the “crunch potato slices.” Soon the chips became known as Saratoga Chips. At first they were served in restaurants throughout the region. When George Crum left Moon’s Lake Inn to start his own restaurant called “Crumbs House,” he placed large baskets of the chips on every table. It was not long before Saratoga Chips could be found in restaurants up and down the East Coast. Soon they became known as potato chips.”

That’s right, you are not mistaken, and you read that correctly, Saratoga Chips Original Kettle Cooked Potato Chips are modeled after the FIRST POTATO CHIPS EVER!!  Which is very impressive.  What’s equally impressive, is that Saratoga Specialties Company, rather than idly sitting on their butts and relishing in the success of their original kettle chips, they have opted to expand upon their original potato chips by one, completely revamping their packaging (as mentioned previously), and more impressively, by adding a couple of new flavors to their potato chip arsenal.  We already reviewed their Rosemary Garlic flavored chips, and we were very impressed, and now for the Honey BBQ.

Of course, the same great, extra crispy, kettle cooked, Yukon Gold, potato chips apply, which is a great basis to start with.  Unfortunately, the slightly, overly sweet, honey bbq seasoning does Saratoga Chips no justice.  The seasoning blend is mild, timid, and simple – straightforward, honey bbq.  The chips’ sweetness come from molasses or honey or sugar and is apparent, followed by an ample dusting of tangy, tomato powder, and lastly the familiar bbq supporting cast of garlic and onion.  All and all, these are certainly not bad chips, they just do not wow us.  That being said, if you prefer your bbq chips on the sweeter side, you may actually really like these.

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

Chips provided to Chip Review by Saratoga Specialties Company for review

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

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©© tolerable

©©© – notable

©©©© – lip-smacking

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