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Potato Chip Geekery

One of the fun places in my life when I was a kid was the Better Made Potato Chip factory. I was a geeky little kid who loved potato chips, and you could go to the factory and see the chips being made while you bought a new bag at the sales counter. What could be better? Better was that my dad was night manager at a box manufacturer, and sometimes he delivered boxes to the Better Made factory, and he’d get a free bag. As you can imagine, I have a lot of brand loyalty to the makers of those yellow bags with the wholesome young maid on the front.

They’ve long made regular, rippled, barbecue, and sour cream. At the factory you could get some varieties that you couldn’t get in the stores—no salt added, for one. They even sold a bag of brown chips, the ones that were too brown to put in regular bags because people tend to not like them. If you actually didn’t mind them, you could get a huge bag for about the price of a regular bag. (They’re brown because of sugar content in the potatoes, I think; it’s not because they got burnt.) They’ve also made pretzels, cheese puffs, and popcorn for a long time, too.

Better Made has been branching out a lot lately with some innovative new flavors and textures: Kettle-fried chips, hot barbecue and sweet barbecue to go along with the regular barbecue, salt and vinegar... and salt and pepper.

The first time I saw the salt and pepper chips (in a black and white bag), I thought that was really weird. But my sister said that she loved them. So I picked up a bag, and came to like them a lot too. Maybe a little too salty, but still good. The only problem is, you can’t get them very often.

So now I’ve taken to putting black pepper on potato chips myself. I can’t wait till someone sees me do that to a pile of Ruffles or some other brand. But they taste really good, especially if the pepper is fresh. You have to be careful when you pick up the chips or the pepper falls off, but hey.

By the way, if you can get the no-salt-added chips, you can do anything to them. Maybe I’ll try an oregano flavored chip sometime.

I have managed to write an entire LJ entry on potato chips. How ... unusual. :-) Well, I'm actually reviewing that Christmas compilation CD I mentioned a few entries back. So it's not all geeky fun here.



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Dec. 21st, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
I love potato chips. I never buy them, though because I can't resist eating them. Salt and fat. Not good for me.

Anyway, an interesting fact about potato chips. Some researchers say that they do more to promote tooth decay than sugary soft drinks or candy do. Something about a coating they leave on your teeth. So you should brush well after eating them.
Dec. 21st, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
Teeth? What teeth?
Dec. 22nd, 2005 01:34 am (UTC)
is it true that we in michigan have the most potato chip eatin mofo's inthe entire US?
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