'chips' on Serious Eats

Zapp's Voodoo Chips Are Awesome

I've gone on record stating that I don't like kettle-style chips, but that was before I had Zapp's, a regional brand available throughout Louisiana.* Their regular flavor are thick-cut, extra crunchy, and very light blond in color, as all good chips should be, but it's their specialty flavors that really shine. More

Confirmed: The New Sun Chips Compostable Bag Is Crazy Loud

There's been a lot of talk lately about the Sun Chips compostable bag—"the world's first 100% compostable chip package," the bag clarifies. Also, quite possibly the world's loudest. In a Wall Street Journal piece, the sound was compared to a revving motorcycle, glass breaking, and a jet cockpit. We wanted to get our ears blasted, so Leah went out and grabbed us a bag. Watch the video to see what we mean! But maybe not in a library. More

Taste Test: Kettle-Cooked Potato Chips

Even at their worst, kettle chips are a near-perfect snack. It's hard to go wrong with thin slices of potato fried to a crisp and doused in salt, and kettle chips, which are fried in small batches to facilitate greater control of oil temperature to optimize texture and flavor. The kettle cooking approach takes these perfect guilty treats to a new level of, um, perfection and guilt. Perhaps because there's so much to like about potato chips in general, it was difficult to pick a favorite variety out of 17 brands, a task made harder by the wide variety of salt, texture, and flavor preferences among tasters. Find out which brands won for most classic, most crunchy, most lard-filled, and more. More

Pulled Pork Nachos

[Photograph: Joshua Bousel] When it comes to nachos in my house, Texas-style is the type that flies. My Texan-bred wife brought the superiority of these nachos to my attention years ago. Each chip is individually topped then baked, ensuring you... More

Taste Test: Spicy Chips

Between the abundance of college football bowls and NFL games on television right now, who doesn't want to dive into a bag of tasty chips while watching? And what could heighten the salty perfection of chips better than a dash of spice. More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 57: Apple Crisp, Lard Potato Chips, and Chocolate

"We all tried not to eat more than 20 chips a day..." This week I found myself confronted by three foods I find utterly irresistible: Apple crisp, potato chips fried in lard, and really good chocolate. Do you share these weaknesses? Encountering any one part of this terrible-but-terrific trio would be cause for alarm in a given week. Encountering all three is, for me, the equivalent of a drug addict being inadvertently locked overnight in a pharmacy. It must be said that I did not seek any of the three out. I was not searching for lard chips or crisp or chocolate. All three of them just happened to fall into my path. I'll explain.... More

Gibbles Potato Chips

There are so many things I've eaten or read about that I didn't get around to blabbing about on Serious Eats this year. Hey—I only have four eyes and two hands! So forthwith, posthaste, and ex post facto, here's a tasty tidbit that has been languishing in draft for much of 2008. The scene: Late 1970s, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. My family's Buick Riviera sits in my aunt's driveway, engine ticking as it cools from a 20-hour drive from Kansas City. My cousin Dan whips down the driveway on his Green Machine to greet us. We grab the last of the Pepsis from the travel cooler, dump the water and what's left of the ice from it, and head inside. The Kuban... More

Glenny's American Fries, Ketchup Flavor

Glenny's, maker of Soy Crisps, also makes American Fries, snacks that "have the great potato taste of French Fries but are baked and have 70% less fat than potato chips!" Available in ketchup, yellow cheddar, and sea salt flavors, they're "krinkle cut for crispy flavor." I'm not entirely sure what makes these snacks "American"—is it the ketchup flavor? The cheddar? Or were they just afraid to call them "French" fries and wise enough to not call them "Freedom" fries? It's clever marketing, using the Old Glory in the background to rouse up patriotic sentiments of a nation. Somehow, America = fries + ketchup! Or, worse: America = dry, starchy, baked potato matter that stinks of ketchup. The unmistakable ketchup odor... More

In Videos: A Tribute to Dr. Fredric J. Baur, Pringles Can Inventor

In honor of the invention the recently deceased Dr. Fredric J. Baur was most proud of, we submit a handful of Pringles commercials for your approval. From a 1973 spot that introduces the "newfangled" potato chip to a bewildered nation to a Weird Science meets Pretty In Pink meets Revenge of the Nerds commercial from the '80s. There's also the SoCal-styled Pringles ad that Brad Pitt makes an early appearance in. And, so, so sugoi, a Japanese Pringles commercial that introduces "Funky Soy Sauce" flavor chips. Grab a couple Pringles, make a duck mouth, and watch with us after the jump.... More

Chips Is Chips

I am currently in Barcelona eating as much ham as I can before leaving on Sunday. In between porcine bites, I sometimes venture into places like supermarkets just to see what a supermarket in Barcelona looks and feels like. Last evening, marching down the snack aisle, I came across two kinds of Lay's potato chip bags with a drawing of what looks like a chef. I pick the bag up and discover it is none other than Ferran Adriá of El Bulli fame, the man often described as the greatest chef in the world and the man who moved foam from the shaving kit to the dinner plate. Lay's is putting out a line of Ferran Adria "Artesanas" potato chips.... More

Chipping Away

With artisan potato chips showing the same detailed preparation and ingredient experimentation as micro-brews and independent wineries, it was only natural that Serious Eats would hold a tasting. More

The History of Chips

Gary Allen's In the Chips: Dipping Into the History of the Super Bowl Favorite: "Recently, Jan Petersen wrote in to ask, "When did dips for chips first become popular?" With the Super Bowl just around the corner, we're interested in delving into the history of these gridiron staples. Jan's question may sound like a version of the old conundrum about chickens and eggs — at least as regarding which came first — but in this case there is an answer." I'd recommend it even if it weren't so timely, it's such a fantastic piece of writing.... More

Island Jerk Is the New Kettle Chips People's Choice Winner

Island Jerk is the winning Kettle Chips People's Choice flavor, beating out Dragon Five-Spice and Twisted Chili Lime in what was apparently a tight three-way tie. You can order all three plus the other two finalists (Aztec Chocolate and Royal Indian Curry) in a party pack before supplies run out in a a five bag mix-and-match pack for $14.95 or two sets of the five-bag mix-and-match pack for $24.95; prices include a free world music CD, a metal chip-bag clip, food pairing suggestions, drink recipes, and, best of all: shipping.... More

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