Saturday, February 10, 2007

Ugh

I found some "ketchup flavored" potato chips.
I'm about to try them for the very first time.
My first reaction, when I saw the bag, was a combination of two things:
(1) EEW, that sounds horrible!!
(2)
Huh... I DO really love ketchup on french fries, maybe this is sorta like that. Let's try it!
So, with half my psyche screaming "No, no, you idiot!!" and the other half rubbing its hands together in childlike glee, I bought the 99-cent bag-- and here I am getting ready to blog about it.
So, here goes. I'm opening the bag....
Peering inside...
They look like ordinary barbecue chips, but they smell like ketchup.
Reaching inside and selecting a chip... Eating the chip....
...Trying a few more....
Hmmm.
Utterly bizarre, in a 'run-of-the-mill', 'plain-jane', 'why-did-I-bother' kind of way.
Not all that great.
Super-mild, no seasoning to speak of whatsoever.
Just... tomato ketchup. That's about it. Plain simple bland tomato ketchup, made into a powder and sprayed onto simple unsuspecting potato chips who will never be quite the same afterward.
I will probably not buy these again. Ever.
But still I'm glad I got to try them.

While Google-searching for a picture to use, I found (to my amazement) that actually there are LOTS of brands that make ketchup-flavored chips.
There's Uncle Ray's (the brand I bought... see picture above), but there's also Old Dutch, Wachusett, Herr's, Chiparama, Humpty Dumpty, Lay's, Safeway, Mr. Chips, and Crunchips. (Click on each for picture)
How strange!

Have any of you ever heard of these or tried these before?

7 comments:

MXI said...

Old Dutch is a Canadian brand, and they've had ketchup chips for at least 30 years, I know because I got puking sick on them 30 years ago and haven't touched one since!

Travis said...

Ketchup on eggs or fries or hash browns - I get that. In fact, I do that.

Oh - it's perfect for hot dogs or bologna sammiches, and on little mini corn dogs.

But on potato chips? I have never heard of this. Thank you for the review. Now I never have to try it for myself should I come across this oddity.

Aisby said...

These sound like some sort of TORTURE DEVICE!! I think I'd rather eat my own big toe.

Morgen said...

mxi: puking up ketchup chips - thanks for sharing that image with us...

travis: I could have written that comment! EXACTLY! I'm beginning to think we were separated at birth...

aisby: I was gonna say earwax, but big toe works, too....

janna: in all fairness to uncle ray -- he didn't claim them to be anything other than just plain old ketchup potato chips. not hot n spicey to enticey janna chips or anything. just disgusting ketchup chips. blech. they sound gross. give me salt & vinegar any day!

oh, and I saw a delivery truck the other day, that had been partially re-painted, so some of the logo was now covered in plain white. the truck now read "new potato chi"
is that like fung-shui through root vegetables? potato chi.
or maybe couch potato chi.
that's when I have to stretch my legs because my ass has fallen asleep during a Buffy DVD marathon, that is. but I digress...

Janna said...

MXI: Thirty years! Really? And to think I went all this time without knowing about them! Sorry about the puking.

Travis: I agree with you 90%. (I don't do ketchup on eggs, and I'm not fond of bologna sandwiches). Other than that, YES, preach on!

Aisby: I was hoping you'd read this post. :) I thought of you when I wrote it, knowing how much you positively despise ketchup!

Morgen: I know Uncle Ray never claimed they'd be hot and spicy; I wasn't expecting hot and spicy, but I was hoping for some kind of better FLAVOR!
I could use some couch potato chi myself...

PARLANCHEQ said...

Haven't seen or tried them, but it sort of makes sense...given French fries + ketchup and all.

Crankster said...

When I was in Poland, I got addicted to Polish potato chips. They had olive flavor, sauerkraut flavor, and even raw chicken flavor. The raw chicken ones were kind of gross.