Happy National Potato Chip Day!
We taste-tested 7 different types of potato chips so you don’t have to.
Here at RES, we really get into the food holidays… so it’s only natural that we would take a few minutes out of our day for (arguably) the best food holiday… National Potato Chip Day. (yes, we also know that March 14 is technically National Pi Day as well, and though pie is delicious, we were in the mood for something salty.)
Now, before we let you in the secret of which chip brand / flavor is the best, lets take an objective look at each one.
This chip was definitely crispy, kettle-y, and had a nice crunch. Texturally, the chip was a bit powdery due to the flavoring powder. The flavor was initially quite sweet, then very onion-y. The majority of the office did not get any kind of “heat” from the jalapeno flavoring at all, so these chips are not very spicy. They do have a slight peppery-ness, but no ‘jalapeno heat.’
These chips are crunchy and have a much thicker texture than all of the other chips we tried. They are perfect for dipping and have just a touch of saltiness. They taste very potato-y and have less of a salty flavor than the average ‘plain’ chip. (They were also a perfect palate-cleansing chip for in-between all of the heavily-flavored chips.)
These chips had a really good crunch to them, but they were not very thick. They were a thin version of a kettle-cooked chip, with most of them folded in half. They were quite tangy and very salty.
These were the thinnest chips of the bunch. They were not crispy or crunchy at all, but more flaky (ha, see what we did there?). The flavor is a lightly sweet, but still spicy, buffalo flavor that is then followed by an onion-y, ranch-y flavor. Mildly salty. The chips had a strong aftertaste of celery.
These are a “New Orleans Kettle” style chip, and they were definitely thick and crispy. The chips had an audible crunch and were quite thick. These were like a cross between a barbecue flavor, a jalapeno flavor, and a seafood boil. They are reminiscent in some ways of the special-edition Utz Crab Chip, but with a spicier, smokier flavor.
Arguably the healthiest chips of the whole bunch, these sweet potato chips were thin and crispy, and tasted exactly like a plain sweet potato. They had little to no seasoning on them, so they were not salty at all. They were light and airy, lacking the heaviness of a kettle-style chip. They seemed to be finely-sliced sweet potatoes that had been fried, no more and no less.
These were another kettle-style chip, and they were crispy and thin, much like the Salt & Vinegar flavor. They were notably salty and very peppery. They were not very oily, and not powdery from flavor powders. The flavor was quite straightforward with the salt and pepper being very forward.
The Definitive Ranking:
For first place, we had a 50/50 tie between the Cape Cod Salt & Vinegar and the Cape Cod Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper.
In second place, the Zapp’s Crawtators.
In third, we went with the Golden Flake Buffalo Ranch.
In fourth, we couldn’t say no to the Original Ruffles.
In fifth place, we picked the Terra Sweet Potato chips.
And in last, the Kettle Brand Jalapeno.
We had so much fun with our potato chip taste test! What are your favorite potato chips? Let us know in the comments or over on our Instagram page, @RestaurantEquipmentSolutions!