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  • Post #61 - June 30th, 2015, 6:47 am
    Post #61 - June 30th, 2015, 6:47 am Post #61 - June 30th, 2015, 6:47 am
    Athena wrote:Has anyone tried the beer flavored chips Aldi is selling right now? (Clancy brand, iirc, spotted them in the store yesterday).



    I balked at the "beer flavored," but I couldn't resist the "sriracha flavored." They were sitting next to each other in my store's seasonal aisle. The sriracha ones really grew on me. Hot ketchup flavor with some really decent heat buildup. They kind of get heavily sweet after a while (like sriracha does, imo.)
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #62 - June 30th, 2015, 12:53 pm
    Post #62 - June 30th, 2015, 12:53 pm Post #62 - June 30th, 2015, 12:53 pm
    Does anyone remember Jay's 'Crazy Calypso' chips from the '80s or '90s? They were salty, spicy and sweet and came in a pink or purple bag. Loved those.
  • Post #63 - June 30th, 2015, 7:08 pm
    Post #63 - June 30th, 2015, 7:08 pm Post #63 - June 30th, 2015, 7:08 pm
    Nothing less than Old Dutch : Dutch Crunch Kettle Chips for me.
  • Post #64 - July 19th, 2015, 6:47 pm
    Post #64 - July 19th, 2015, 6:47 pm Post #64 - July 19th, 2015, 6:47 pm
    Chicago Expat wrote:I had a torrid love affair with Uncle Ray's Chips back when I lived off of Lake Shore Drive and Irving Park. One of the little convenience shops in a nearby condo tower sold them. I was especially smitten with the Coney Island chip, but also enjoyed bags of Dill Pickle, Jalapeno, and Roasted Garlic. Occasionally, I'd have a Ketchup or plain ol' BBQ. Here's some pictures just because I like giving visual aids with my posts...

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    Uncle Ray's aren't so much a great chip as they are a great "trashy" chip. They're not to be savored, so much as devoured. But damn they're good. After a while, though, it seemed like they stopped selling them in Chicago. I did discover, however, on one of our many drives between Chicago and Louisville, that interstate gas station/convenience store chain Family Express sold them, making it the only reason to look forward to the Indiana leg of our journey. I now live in small town Kentucky, and as it turns out, the little grocery store/lunch counter around the corner from our new home sells Uncle Ray's. Sadly, it appears that both the Coney and Jalapeno chips have been discontinued (or are unavailable in our zip), but I get all the Dill Pickle, Garlic, and BBQ I could ask for. The Salt & Vinnegar is okay, but I'm not much of a connoisseur of that kind of chip, so my opinion shouldn't rate much there. In any event, it would appear that my life is fated to live near tiny grocery stores that sell these wonderful chips.
    To any of you Uncle Ray's addicts in Chicago, the closest place I could find was the Family Express in northwest Indiana (Wolcott, I think).


    Farmer's Pride Produce at Chicago and Western Ave carries Uncle Ray's chips. They are in the process of remodeling and recently added a walk in beer cooler with a lot of local and craft offerings. I will be frequenting this grocery store on a much more regular basis with these recent changes. They've also expanded their wine/cheese offerings and appear to be trying to keep up with the changes in the neighborhood. I much prefer to visit a store of this size on weekends as the larger grocery chains are impossible to make a quick in/out stop, in addition to supporting the local/little guy.

    Back to the chips... unfortunately, I did not see some of the more unique flavors such as Dill, Roasted Garlic, Ketchup, or what peaked my interest in the first place: Coney. But given the recent changes to the store, next time I go I'll ask if they are willing to bring some other flavors in. Sadly, the Uncle Ray's website (see below) does not list Coney as a current offering - but on a positive note, Jalapeno has returned (and is at Farmers Pride Produce).

    I'm originally from Northeast PA - which has many special treats, and even multiple websites offering mail order snacks for those transplants like myself (which I've never used). One of these snacks is Middleswarth chips - with a highly honorable mention to the BBQ. There is just something about these chips that makes them different. It's hard to describe or perhaps fathom, but they are more dense than a typical chip with more of a melty feel to them. However, they do not lack crunch and I would absolutely still describe them as light. Perhaps it's their use of vegetable shortening (per their website)? The only other chip I've had that was similar to them was from Larry's Market in Brown Deer, WI and I mistakenly did not commit the brand name to memory.

    If you fine yourself traveling through Pennsylvania and see these chips (remember, BBQ) - I recommend you give them a shot. They also offer a large family bag with a resealable top for your convenience.
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    http://www.unclerays.com/products/chips/

    http://www.pasnacks.com/
    http://northeastsnacks.com/

    http://www.middleswarthchips.com/

    Farmers Pride Produce
    756 N Western Ave
    Chicago, IL 60612
  • Post #65 - July 21st, 2015, 8:26 am
    Post #65 - July 21st, 2015, 8:26 am Post #65 - July 21st, 2015, 8:26 am
    This year's Frito Lay flavor contest includes (per grub street) Kettle-Cooked Greektown Gyro, Wavy West Coast Truffle Fries, Southern Biscuits and Gravy, and New York Reuben.

    At least it isn't cappucino. The Truffle is likely to be vile truffle oil flavored. Not sure what Biscuits and Gravy would add. I'm hoping Gyros are good, the Reuben could go either way.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #66 - September 1st, 2018, 9:22 pm
    Post #66 - September 1st, 2018, 9:22 pm Post #66 - September 1st, 2018, 9:22 pm
    I'm really enjoying the Route 11 Yukon Gold chips, which are a seasonal item. They're light, crispy, and well-salted, with no bitter off notes.

    As far as I know, they're only only available through their website (in cases of 30 x 2-ounce bags). Needless to say, most of these will be going to my office for sharing . . . but not until Tuesday! :D

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #67 - September 2nd, 2018, 2:17 am
    Post #67 - September 2nd, 2018, 2:17 am Post #67 - September 2nd, 2018, 2:17 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:I'm really enjoying the Route 11 Yukon Gold chips, which are a seasonal item. They're light, crispy, and well-salted, with no bitter off notes.

    Tease
    Yukon Gold chips are in season, but currently sold out. Please check back!
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #68 - September 2nd, 2018, 5:59 am
    Post #68 - September 2nd, 2018, 5:59 am Post #68 - September 2nd, 2018, 5:59 am
    G Wiv wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:I'm really enjoying the Route 11 Yukon Gold chips, which are a seasonal item. They're light, crispy, and well-salted, with no bitter off notes.

    Tease
    Yukon Gold chips are in season, but currently sold out. Please check back!

    Whoa, that was fast! I'll save you a few bags.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #69 - September 2nd, 2018, 10:33 am
    Post #69 - September 2nd, 2018, 10:33 am Post #69 - September 2nd, 2018, 10:33 am
    Also, fwiw, the Route 11 Lightly Salted chips -- not a seasonal item -- are also excellent. You can get them at Zier's in Wilmette, and probably at some other brick and mortar places in town. Or, you can order them online.

    =R=

    Zier's Prime Meats & Poultry
    813 Ridge Rd
    Wilmette, IL 60091
    847 251-4000
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #70 - September 3rd, 2018, 10:01 am
    Post #70 - September 3rd, 2018, 10:01 am Post #70 - September 3rd, 2018, 10:01 am
    Chef Jose Andres' potato chips are excellent. They're made in Spain using specially chosen potatoes, olive oil, and himalayan salt. I think they're probably made by Torres, but I'm not sure. Anyway, they're light, not greasy, just salty enough.

    I get them from La Tienda, but I think Amazon has them, too. They also have the Torres chips, and those come in different flavors.

    One day when I was lost and wandering around in Madrid, I came across a potato chip store -- picture Garrett Popcorn, except with chips -- yum. The free potato chips offered at many tapas bars in Madrid/Seville probably sealed the deal on my affinity for Spanish-made potato chips, too....

    Also Chef Andres is a great humanitarian.
  • Post #71 - September 3rd, 2018, 4:26 pm
    Post #71 - September 3rd, 2018, 4:26 pm Post #71 - September 3rd, 2018, 4:26 pm
    I know it will go away but I prefer chips without ridges/wavy.

    I am a fan of the All DressedUp Chips. Ruffles make them, but folks were waiting for me to arrive at a cookout with the Roundy's version of them that happen to be sans ridges yesterday. They remembered the chips from last year and were waiting for me. I don't even think they stayed for burgers. :shock:
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening

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