I have what one could call an obsession, maybe even bordering a full-blown addiction. I have a virtually insatiable desire for Kettle Brand Sea Salt and Vinegar potato chips. Really, it’s a problem.
All through childhood, I was never a huge fan of potato chips. And then I grew up and stumbled upon Kettle Brand. Their chips are the perfect thickness for a truly satisfying crunch and do not have the same greasiness that is characteristic of so many other brands. I used to love the Cheddar Beer flavor, which has been discontinued and would now be off limits anyway (barley malt, anyone?). The Backyard Barbeque: delicious. The krinkle-cut Salt and Pepper: tasty. The Sea Salt and Vinegar, though? My absolute favorite. Ever.
If you love the intense, biting tang of a salt and vinegar chip, try these. I will warn you, however, they will ruin you for any other. All I have to do now is open the bag to know that a chip will not compare. When you open a bag of Kettle Brand’s, your senses are instantly assaulted with that sharp, stinging vinegar scent. And the salty, tongue-eroding flavor leaves my taste buds literally aching for more.
I can’t not eat a whole bag. I’ve resigned myself to the impossibility of it. Were I not concerned for the nutritional ramifications related to the fact that I’m eating potato chips, I could easily put away two whole bags. Probably three. I could go on. In fact, to be perfectly honest, I dream of the day when someone ponies up some money or a shiny prize to test just how many bags I can consume. I can put caloric concerns on the back burner for cash and prizes.
And the caloric concerns are an issue. This is largely because I get stuck in a cycle every so often and (this is where the addiction part comes in), for an entire week or more, I will sit down with a bag every night. I am not exaggerating, and this is something that my twice-a-week Pilates sessions just can’t stand up against.
But I think I have found a solution: baked potato chips from Kettle Brand.
The baked version is a great alternative and a bit more practical for casual snacking. They’re paper-thin, crisp, and very tasty. The Sea Salt and Vinegar is sill more potent than any other out there, and the Hickory Honey Barbeque and Aged White Cheddar flavors are also quite good. I have to concede, though, that on a tough day when that craving really kicks in, the real deal is the only way to go. But with bathing suit season right around the corner, I will gladly indulge in my perfectly delicious baked salt and vinegars.
65% less fat, fewer calories per serving, fewer servings per bag, and still gluten-free. I like.