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(NPR)   Why are there so many different flavors of potato chips? Because their manufacturers are essentially drug pushers trying to get you addicted to endless experimentation   (npr.org) divider line
    More: Interesting, Addiction, Lay's, investigative reporter Michael Moss, Nutrition, Brain, Food Giants, Taste, Potato chip  
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2021-03-03 9:43:54 AM  
My favorite is Zapp's Voodoo flavor -- they basically say on the bag "We just threw all of our shiat together and it's delicious"
 
2021-03-03 10:00:11 AM  
That evolved tendency "makes it difficult for us to say no when we're presented with food that's even just slightly different from what we just ate," as Moss writes.

An incredible insight from "Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions" a new book by the author of "Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us."
 
2021-03-03 10:01:18 AM  

NikolaiFarkoff: My favorite is Zapp's Voodoo flavor -- they basically say on the bag "We just threw all of our shiat together and it's delicious"


I would raid the vending machine in the office just for those chips
 
2021-03-03 10:08:37 AM  
To match all the vodak flavors, of course.
 
2021-03-03 10:14:44 AM  

Petit_Merdeux: To match all the vodak flavors, of course.


It's a potato thing?
 
2021-03-03 10:15:11 AM  
Because a potato chip won't taste right unless it is chemically treated to be a cheesy, siracha, chipotle, ghost pepper, dill pickle, garlic, sour cream and onion, ranch, and seat salt chip, Right?

Now. The greater debate.

Ripples or no?
 
2021-03-03 10:15:31 AM  

NikolaiFarkoff: My favorite is Zapp's Voodoo flavor -- they basically say on the bag "We just threw all of our shiat together and it's delicious"


oh , i repeated
 
2021-03-03 10:18:29 AM  
Hey Lay's!  Make the tzatziki chips again please.  Please?
 
2021-03-03 10:19:00 AM  
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2021-03-03 10:19:37 AM  
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2021-03-03 10:23:44 AM  

NikolaiFarkoff: My favorite is Zapp's Voodoo flavor -- they basically say on the bag "We just threw all of our shiat together and it's delicious"


I haven't had them in a while, but that makes sense; they were kinda savory, kinda spicy, kinda sweet.
 
2021-03-03 10:30:29 AM  

Mztlplx: Hey Lay's!  Make the tzatziki chips again please.  Please?


there's a tzatziki triscuits now. we ent tried 'em yet, but I haz a curious!
 
2021-03-03 10:32:56 AM  

NikolaiFarkoff: My favorite is Zapp's Voodoo flavor -- they basically say on the bag "We just threw all of our shiat together and it's delicious"


Isn't that how they came up with "All Dressed" chips?

/Having an All Dressed chip really blew my mind and made me fall in love with chips again.
//sorry, "crisps" for the UKians
 
2021-03-03 10:34:00 AM  
Just buy different flavors and mixed and crush them together.  A lot of flavors are regionally made and sold at certain stores.
 
2021-03-03 10:36:24 AM  
and Subs, much as I agree with you... several years ago a friend turned us onto these Herr's horseradish cheddar ones, and holy-amazeballs are they ever good. and they don't even pull punches on the horseradish, I was blown away!

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/there's even a Kettle-style version now, from what I hear
//have yet to try, but I sure do WANT (guess I am fulfilling Subs' prophecy there)
///'gratz to vudukungfu for starting the correct foodtab war, I very much approve!
 
2021-03-03 10:43:01 AM  

NikolaiFarkoff: My favorite is Zapp's Voodoo flavor -- they basically say on the bag "We just threw all of our shiat together and it's delicious"


I loved those. Sadly, the office vending machine stopped stocking them. But they did start stocking these, which are surprisingly good for a smoother salt and vinegar tangy flavor.

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2021-03-03 10:50:53 AM  
Plain old Lay's work well around here.  I might sprinkle Valentina Extra Hot on them sometimes.
 
2021-03-03 10:59:18 AM  

mekkab: NikolaiFarkoff: My favorite is Zapp's Voodoo flavor -- they basically say on the bag "We just threw all of our shiat together and it's delicious"

Isn't that how they came up with "All Dressed" chips?

/Having an All Dressed chip really blew my mind and made me fall in love with chips again.
//sorry, "crisps" for the UKians


this. i've loved the voodoo gumbo (as they used to be called) since they came out.
a few years ago i finally tasted the "all dressed" chips i'd been hearing about.
very similar.
 
2021-03-03 11:12:00 AM  
Ruffles, cheddar and sour cream, was my addiction. I only eat two bags a year now.
 
2021-03-03 11:20:06 AM  

MaxMorgan: Ruffles, cheddar and sour cream, was my addiction. I only eat two bags a year now.


The Queso version knocked the cheese up a notch
 
2021-03-03 11:20:55 AM  

tintar: Herr's horseradish cheddar ones, and holy-amazeballs are they ever good. and they don't even pull punches on the horseradish, I was blown away!


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2021-03-03 11:22:27 AM  
Walker's Salt and Vinegar. OM NOM NOM NOM.
Close second is Lay's S&V.
 
2021-03-03 11:22:52 AM  
Hello, my name is Henry and I'm a tater-chip addict. I got my dog Tedders addicted to them as well.
If he's outside and hears the crinkle of a chip bag he'll dive head-first through a plate glass window to get to them.
/ I'm sorry.
// I feel bad.
/// I'm tired of the sanctimonious lectures from my vet & window repair-person.
 
2021-03-03 11:47:11 AM  

vudukungfu: NikolaiFarkoff: My favorite is Zapp's Voodoo flavor -- they basically say on the bag "We just threw all of our shiat together and it's delicious"

oh , i repeated


Around superbowl time, the local grocery had these and the evil eye flavor on sale - 2 bags, $5. Think I went through 5-8 bags that week.

And just as quickly, the sales display was gone...
 
2021-03-03 11:57:17 AM  

drogg: tintar: Herr's horseradish cheddar ones, and holy-amazeballs are they ever good. and they don't even pull punches on the horseradish, I was blown away!

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cheapskate that I am... our supermarche has them 'bout tree-fitty sometimes up to five bucks. our beloved Dollar Tree, while having a wonderfully entirely-beyond-stupid array of Herr's flavors, still never carries it. however, "one dollar zone" does. well, sometimes (probably because I buy out the entire shelf, ha)
 
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2021-03-03 12:26:35 PM  
Better made, original.
Sucks if you can't get em in your locale.
 
2021-03-03 12:29:05 PM  
I don't like flavored chips. If I'm feeling adventurous I'll go for unsalted.

Most people agree with me.
https://www.mashed.com/296285/the-mos​t​-popular-potato-chip-flavor-in-the-us-​isnt-what-you-think/
according to research from market and consumer data company Statista, the most popular potato chip flavor is actually plain.
According to the data that Statista drew from the U.S. Census data and from Simmons National Consumer Survey (NHCS), 191.19 million Americans consumed plain potato chips in 2020. The runner-up flavor wasn't even close - 86.95 million Americans consumed barbecue-flavored potato chips, making it less than half as popular as plain.


However that report counts people not quantities of chips. I'm not a big chip consumer. Maybe those who are are addicted to flavored chips and are the bulk of consumers in the market and the most profitable.

I couldn't find anything about potato chip sales broken down by flavor.
 
2021-03-03 12:33:57 PM  

mekkab: NikolaiFarkoff: My favorite is Zapp's Voodoo flavor -- they basically say on the bag "We just threw all of our shiat together and it's delicious"

Isn't that how they came up with "All Dressed" chips?

/Having an All Dressed chip really blew my mind and made me fall in love with chips again.
//sorry, "crisps" for the UKians


So Zapp's Voodoo is like slightly spicier all dressed and Zapp's Evil Eye are similar to ketchup chips, to extent that I'm convinced the person who started Zapps was a Canadian who moved to New Orleans.
 
2021-03-03 12:37:40 PM  
That applies to pretty much every processed food, not just potato chips.  Crackers, cookies, cereal, even things like prepared pasta sauces.  They want you to buy more and more and more.
 
2021-03-03 12:40:47 PM  

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I think those translate as the "Gaetz Gas Pedal" flavor.
 
2021-03-03 12:43:43 PM  
I don't go out of my way looking for weird chips, but last time I was in the UK, Walker's "Prawn Cocktail" crisps were consumed. Regularly.

No, I don't want to know the ingredients.
 
2021-03-03 12:45:48 PM  

151: Better made, original.
Sucks if you can't get em in your locale.


Ah, crap, forgot their S&V. They're better than Lays. Better Made ships chips across the country....so I get a big box of them every couple of months.
 
2021-03-03 12:49:28 PM  
Worked for Kit Kats, so why not everyone else?
 
2021-03-03 1:04:00 PM  
I wish I could find these in the US. Had them in the Ireland on a trip.  They are addictive.

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2021-03-03 1:25:04 PM  
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2021-03-03 1:29:47 PM  
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2021-03-03 2:17:23 PM  

NikolaiFarkoff: I don't go out of my way looking for weird chips, but last time I was in the UK, Walker's "Prawn Cocktail" crisps were consumed. Regularly.

No, I don't want to know the ingredients.


Yes.  They are farking great.
 
2021-03-03 2:28:29 PM  

NikolaiFarkoff: My favorite is Zapp's Voodoo flavor -- they basically say on the bag "We just threw all of our shiat together and it's delicious"


Whenever I'd order lunch for my team (back in the day), the Zapp's Voodoos were always the first to go. Always. And the plain Baked Lays were always to the last to go.
 
2021-03-03 2:46:23 PM  

farkregurgitator: NikolaiFarkoff: I don't go out of my way looking for weird chips, but last time I was in the UK, Walker's "Prawn Cocktail" crisps were consumed. Regularly.

No, I don't want to know the ingredients.

Yes.  They are farking great.


If you're in San Diego, Shakespeare's shop has them.
 
2021-03-03 3:29:11 PM  
Snyder of Berlin BBQ flavor FTW.
 
2021-03-03 4:26:39 PM  

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Gas pedal chips?
 
2021-03-03 4:28:54 PM  

HairBolus: I don't like flavored chips. If I'm feeling adventurous I'll go for unsalted.

Most people agree with me.
https://www.mashed.com/296285/the-most​-popular-potato-chip-flavor-in-the-us-​isnt-what-you-think/
according to research from market and consumer data company Statista, the most popular potato chip flavor is actually plain.
According to the data that Statista drew from the U.S. Census data and from Simmons National Consumer Survey (NHCS), 191.19 million Americans consumed plain potato chips in 2020. The runner-up flavor wasn't even close - 86.95 million Americans consumed barbecue-flavored potato chips, making it less than half as popular as plain.

However that report counts people not quantities of chips. I'm not a big chip consumer. Maybe those who are are addicted to flavored chips and are the bulk of consumers in the market and the most profitable.

I couldn't find anything about potato chip sales broken down by flavor.


Plain is better with dips.
 
2021-03-03 5:58:11 PM  
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Best chips ever. Everyone whose tried em in Montana and Texas loved em. My buddy and I would get 1 pound boxes from my family on our birthdays.

They actually sell the powder in a shaker now.

Magical sodium laced powder.

/yes I did get mail on my birthday consisting of skyline and gold star chili cans and a pound of potato chips.

//my family is amazing.

///i really want to put the grippos powder on the chili on a coney.
 
2021-03-03 6:05:57 PM  
Canada must have ten times as many flavors of chips as the US and I suspect Japan has ten times that many.
 
2021-03-03 8:42:51 PM  
Just bring these damn things back locally, or better yet Lay's version -- start selling them all around the US instead of just across the border from Windsor.

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It's the one guilty pleasure that I miss about living in Canada.
 
2021-03-03 9:00:08 PM  

Kronnyj: I wish I could find these in the US. Had them in the Ireland on a trip.  They are addictive.

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if you have an ALDI, these are brown-rice rather than potato, but they're not turribul.

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2021-03-04 9:50:14 AM  
Kroger had prime rib and horseradish chips, don't know if they still do. Gods help me, they were delicious.
 
2021-03-04 11:03:10 AM  
Of I think about Kettle Chips Salt and Vinegar chips, I start salivating.

Ruffles All Dressed are my new favorite find.
 
2021-03-04 7:46:37 PM  
Been on keto for a while, so chips are right out.  Salty crunchy fat is my Achilles heel, so I simply don't buy chips of any sort, and substitute in nuts and chicharrons.   Those are starting to come out in a variety of flavors now, too.

But no salt and vinegar.   I would kill for a salt and vinegar almond or macadamia nut.
 
2021-03-04 10:10:37 PM  

Rent Party: Been on keto for a while, so chips are right out.  Salty crunchy fat is my Achilles heel, so I simply don't buy chips of any sort, and substitute in nuts and chicharrons.   Those are starting to come out in a variety of flavors now, too.

But no salt and vinegar.   I would kill for a salt and vinegar almond or macadamia nut.


Hot and spicy pork rinds are one of my go-to snacks, as well.
 
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