Thursday, January 28, 2010

Product of the Week - Utz Potato Chips

Although I don't eat them very often (once every 10 days or so), I am a fan of the potato chip. Particularly the Utz brand, from Hanover, PA. There's just something perfect about those golden brown slices of crisply-fried potato that I haven't tasted in other brands.

Because they were on sale, we recently bought Herr's; the plain version tasted too strongly of cooking oil and the barbecue flavor was too salty/savory. When I was a kid, Wise was the only brand of chip available at my school. I found the plain flavor to be repugnant, but the barbecue was pretty good. Still, if I had my druthers, I preferred to eat Utz over all.

Today, my favorite Utz chips are the Honey BBQ, which, despite the name, don't seem to be as sweet as the standard Bar-B-Q flavor. Plain Utz are next, followed by the Salt and Pepper. The Kettle Classic chips are also good, particularly the Sweet Potato chips. Additionally, I *love* Utz BBQ Corn Chips - they are sweet and savory and not half as salty as Fritos. Oh, and their pretzels are decent, too.

Utz can basically do no wrong. :)


  1. I love Utz chips, but our current standard is the Utz Natural (sold in the organic/health food aisle in our local supermarket), preferably the reduced fat version. They've got 40 percent less fat, are only lightly salted, and still taste great.

    Then there's my all-time favorite snack food, Utz cheese curls. Sigh...haven't had one in over a year.

  2. We WERE separated at birth. Utz absolutely can do no wrong.

    I can find the BBQ Corn Chips (YUM!) here in NYC. You might need to bring me a bag when you visit in April :)


  3. I hadn't been able to find the corn chips without a bunch of Party Mix surrounding them until recently. The UM hospital gift shop sells them so I treated myself to a couple of bags. I'll have to make myself a note to remember to get some for you in April. :)

  4. Ah ha!

    Some great news for you, then.
    I happen to know that...

    Utz does mail order!

    Ta da!... ;-)

  5. Oooooh, how I miss Utz chips! When we lived in PA they were almost the only brand we saw, and the BBQ flavor is one of the best of its ilk.

    I'm a little ashamed to say I also miss Tasty Kake Peanut Butter Candy Cakes, too. Ugh.

  6. I haven't had Kandy Kakes in a while. Tastykake cupcakes have changed (for the worse), so I'm betting the PB KKs aren't as good as they used to be.

  7. My sympathies to those who can't find Utz products in their local supermarket.

    As for me...I live a few miles from the factory. And the factory store. :D

  8. I recall reading that Utz and Snyder's merged last fall. Hopefully they don't mess with a good thing and change the chips.

  9. Actually, Wendi, that merger didn't go through. Thankfully. :)

  10. Thanks for the kind words! Have you tried the Utz Crab Chips? They're definitely a unique snack!

  11. Hi Little Utz Girl - yes, I have tried the Crab Chips and have found them to be the best version of that flavor.


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