Over the past three decades, Kettle Brand Potato Chips has come out with a whopping 40 inventive flavors — everything from Yogurt & Green Onion to Burgundy with Aged Cheddar to Roasted Red Pepper with Goat Cheese.
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Salem, Ore. company has decided to bring back four favorite flavors for a limited time only: Red Chili, Jalapeno Jack, Salsa with Mesquite, and Cheddar Beer.
I had a chance to try samples recently. The Red Chili, introduced in 1982, was ahead of its time with is almost sriracha spicy-tangy flavor. The Jalapeno Jack, devised in 1989, has a creamy note, along with a grassy back note of heat. The Salsa with Mesquite, launched in 1999, actually has the smoky, tomato, lime and garlic flavors of a chunky salsa. And Cheddar Beer, created in 2005, tastes of pungent sharp cheese. Although I didn’t detect the beer as much, this flavor was my hands-down favorite; so much so that I had to keep my husband from inhaling the entire bag so that I could enjoy just a few more of those crisp, substantial, cheesy chips.
The classic flavors come in 5-ounce bags for $2.79 each. They are available in select stores or online at BuyKettleChips.com. The Jalapeno Jack and Red Chili flavors also will be available in 8.5-ounce bags for $3.49 in grocery stores later this fall.
Contest: One lucky Food Gal reader will win 8.5-ounce bags of each of the four classic, limited-edition Kettle Brand Potato Chips. Entries, limited to those in the continental United States, will be accepted through midnight PST July 28. Winner will be announced July 30.
How to win?
Few folks can eat just one potato chip. In that vein, tell me something you have a hard time stopping at just one. Best answer wins.
Here’s my own answer:
“Black shoes. When I started dating the man who would become my husband, I remember him peering into my closet, rolling his eyes, and remarking, ‘How many pairs of black shoes do you need?’ Uh, well, quite a few, actually. After all, they may all be black. But each pair is different. There are sandals. There are pumps. There are Mary Janes. There are boots. Some have high heels, some low heels. And they each have their place and occasion. No doubt, any woman reading this will totally understand. So, I rest my case.”
Last Week’s Contest Winner: In the previous Food Gal contest, I asked you to tell me what goal you’ve been chipping away at. The winner will receive four different bags of the new Granola Chips by Willamette Valley Granola Company.
Linda, who wrote, “I have been ‘chipping’ away at living with less. Less of everything to simplify and make my life easier. I have a large shopping bag by my door that I try to fill and drop off at goodwill at least once a month. I’ve tackled cleaning out my closets (plural ! ), dressers, kitchen cabinets, linen closets, candle drawers, office supplies, shoe collection, scarf collection . . . some months I am on a roll and make more than one drop off; some months I ‘miss’ a drop off. I keep the cycle going as I still have lots of possessions that I do not use regularly; I just have to find the right time to part with them – and I will! I have many conversations with myself about this all the time . . . again, chipping away at having fewer ‘mes’ to have these conversations so that I can live more simply!”