Taste Test: Cape Cod's New Chips

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[Photographs: Robyn Lee]

Cape Cod's Dark Russets are some of my favorite chips that exist in the world of chips—anyone else? So I am always curious to see what Cape Cod is up to. As an aside, I also like any company that gets bought then buys themselves back (another example: Chipotle).

Cape Cod just came out with some new flavors: Waffle Cut Chips, in Sea Salt and Seasoned Pepper, as well as "Chef's Recipe" Chips in Feta & Rosemary and Roasted Garlic & Red Pepper.

Let's start by discussing the Waffle Cut Chips. This style of chip is, of course, different from the crinkle-cut style of chip (e.g. Ruffles). Which do you prefer? Call me old-school but I think I like the Ruffles-style more—they're more delicate, and make for an overall better chip experience.

But Cape Cod does a good job with their new Waffle Cut Sea Salt flavor. Kettle-cooked and crunchy, potato-y, and just the right amount of salty. I really liked these. It's hard to stop eating handfuls of these chips, that's how good they are. On the other hand, Cape Cod's Seasoned Pepper flavor wasn't really my thing. Frankly I've never understood the appeal of pepper-flavored anything. To me it always tastes like stale, dry pepper dust.

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According to the bag of the bag, the new "Chef's Recipe" line of Cape Cod chips were developed by chef Weldon Fizell of the Regatta Restaurant in Cotuit, Massachusetts. While I've never eaten at his restaurant, the man's done a pretty good job with these chips, especially the Feta & Rosemary flavor. They're tangy and actually tasted like real, salty, crumbly feta—or as real as feta-flavored chips can actually taste.

The Roasted Garlic & Red Pepper flavor was a little too sweet for me. If someone handed me these, I wouldn't think, oh, that's red pepper. Instead they had that artificially sweet, garlicky-powder flavor happening, you know what I mean?

Have you tried the new Cape Cod chips? What's your favorite chip flavor these days?

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