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. :)

11 comments:

  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.

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  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 :)

    XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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  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. :)

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  4. Ah ha!

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

    Utz does mail order!

    Ta da!... ;-)

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  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.

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  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.

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  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

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  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.

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

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

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  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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