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Old 05-14-2019, 09:14 PM
 
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Well? Who makes the lightest, crispiest, thinnest thin thin potato chips?


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Old 05-14-2019, 10:16 PM
 
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Depends where you're located.
Though thin and flat may be the national standard, regional and sometimes hyperlocal preferences for different calibers of crunch, thickness, seasonings and endless other elements have created a surprisingly diverse tyles around the US. Yup! The chips you nosh in the Northeast could be wildly different from those savored in the South. Generally, people like the potato chip they grew up with.

Here in South, the Golden Flake Thin & Crispy Potato and Frito Lay are appreciated. We love our chips thin and flaky. Lots of people here also love barbecue flavor, but it needs to be sprinkled on thin, melt-in-your-mouth chips. ("Sweet Heat Barbecue").
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Old 05-14-2019, 10:24 PM
 
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Frito Lays chips.

So thin, incredibly salty, and soaked in grease, the greasiest chips around that make you feel unwell after eating a bag of them.
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:27 AM
 
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pringles??

whatever happened to o'grady's??
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:52 AM
 
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Lays regular/original potato chips are so thin as to be fragile, far too salty, and leave an unpleasant engineered-grease film in the mouth. No discernable plant source such as peanut oil or coconut oil, just a slightly sludgelike old-used-oil kind of feel and taste. YUCK.

A fairly thin, crackly-crunchy potato chip with good flavor is Cape Codís Reduced Fat chips. The regular ones are good, too, but the reduced fat have a lighter feel.

Now watch, Lays or some other mainstream big company will buy a majority share of the small, higher-quality chip companies and start downgrading them, swapping in junk under the guise of the old company name. Like when Coca Cola bought Honest Tea. A popularm excellent former product quietly became unavailable, and now the lineup consists of caffeinated, sugary teas, just more of the same flavored sugar water every other big company sells.
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:48 AM
 
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Here it's Lay's or Utz for thinness. Kettle cooked is for crunch.
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Old 05-15-2019, 01:09 PM
 
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Wise potato chips. So thin you could probably read through them. Very crisp, too.
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Old 05-15-2019, 03:02 PM
 
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I miss Utz! I grew up only a few minutes away from the main factory, and had at least one school field trip tour there.

We have Alaska Chips up here, which are good, but definitely thick kettle-cooked style. Lay's are the only ones I think of as particularly thin. I agree that the salt can be overwhelming, but the lightly salted is decent.
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Old 05-15-2019, 03:55 PM
 
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I miss Utz! I grew up only a few minutes away from the main factory, and had at least one school field trip tour there.

We have Alaska Chips up here, which are good, but definitely thick kettle-cooked style. Lay's are the only ones I think of as particularly thin. I agree that the salt can be overwhelming, but the lightly salted is decent.
I prefer Herrs to Utz.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:07 PM
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Wise Foods/Snacks has a pretty interesting history:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wise_Foods

Up until the conclusion of World War II, the company served a small, but loyal customer base in East-Central Pennsylvania; one morning in the winter of 1943-44, a storm curtain reportedly blew into the gas ring of a fryer, and the plant burned o the ground. This was wartime, and the supply of construction materials was strictly controlled by the War Production Board. Yet by the time hostilities ceased, the plant was rebuilt at about five times the capacity, and two new distributorships with anonymous-sounding names were ready to go in Metro New Yok and Northern New Jersey. Senior employees the Berwick plant set up distributorships in New England and Philadelphia.

Founder Earl V. Wise died in 1963 and the company was sold outright to Borden dairies; it was also around this time that concerns over distant corporate management led to the plant's unionization (Amalgamated Food Employees) and the scuttling of a popular profit-sharing plan. But throughout its history, the company has endured only one strike -- of about six weeks duration in the winter of 1973-74.

The Sixties were the most successful years for Wise Foods, with the introduction of flavored 9barbecue, sour cream and onion/garlic chips, plus popcorn and several tapioca-based snack items (Onion Rings and Pizza Wheels) Borden had also acquired Bronx-based Old London (Dipsy Doodles corn chips and Cheez Doodles cheese snacks). Borden had also acquired several regional snack producers: Buckeye, Golden Flake, Guys and Laura Scudder, and was planning to go head-to-head with Frito-Lay on a nationwide basis.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_London_Foods

Unfortunately, Borden over-extended itself in the early 1990's; the company was dismantled and many components, Wise among them, were sold off piecemeal.

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