Taco Tuesday (Chips or Crisps)

IMG_0767 (2)I thought my previous Taco Tuesday was to be my last post of that category. That’s not the case.

This is about a brand of potato chip (or crisp) that was recommended to me. Before I tell you about the chips…

  1. Americans call them chips; Brits call them crisps.
  2. Potato chips are thinly sliced cooked potatoes. Other ingredients are used for chips, but they’re different (corn chips, Pringles, tortilla chips, etc.). Cooking methods vary, but I’m writing about chips boiled in oil (usually corn or sunflower oil, which are basically the same.)
  3. The world-wide market for potato chips claims approximately $16.5-billion of the total savory snacks revenue of $45+-billion, total per annum.
  4. Previously, I selected chips based on price. That’s now changed.
  5. Potato chips were introduced during the early 19th Century (boiled in lard).
  6. They were once known (in USA) as Saratoga Chips for a humorous reason.
  7. The amount of salt on a serving of commercially prepared chips is probably less than many foods in your cupboard, such as canned items, cereal, and bread (again USA, it’s a big planet).
Tim's Chips showing variety in size, shape, and color

Tim’s Chips showing variety in size, shape, and color

Tim’s Cascade Potato Chips are different. I’m not sure if it’s the thickness or cooking time (their web page doesn’t confess). They’re very crunchy and filling.

One ounce serving

One ounce serving

If you’ve seen the Lay’s TV commercial and slogan ‘betcha can’t eat just one,’ you know that with theirs, it’s true. With Tim’s, I think you could eat just one. If a potato chip can be called robust, these qualify. I suggest limiting intake to a single 1-ounce serving. I tested this and more is not better.

I prefer thick, crispy, and lightly salted chips that are cooked longer. Not so the pale, evenly-boring, normal-fare of many brands. I want to see the various shades of brown and black from cooking. Tim’s delivers. To be fair, my wife was not a big fan, but she’s a corn-chip chick.

 

Chip color variation due to cooking.

Chip color variation due to cooking.

My chips weren’t exceptionally oily. They’re produced in a variety of flavors and the company claims that the Jalapeño flavor is consistently most popular (on my to buy list). If you’re a fan of Tim’s, let us know what you think. Unsalted and reduced fat varieties are in the inventory (may not be available in all stores). But, I have no idea why someone would abuse a chip like that.

 

 

Nutrition Facts from my package of original (per 1 oz. serving): 140 calories; 1.5 grams total fat; 110 mg salt (U.S. FDA recommends max of 2,300 milligrams per day.); 15 grams carbs.

Chips inside the bag

Chips inside the bag

 

Tim’s Chips are available in twelve US states and may be ordered by the case through the company’s web page. My 8-ounce bag cost $2.00 at the grocery store. Buying on line is more expensive ($16.50 for a case of 6). Tim’s was double the price of the cheapest brand in my store. But in my opinion, worth it.

Bon Appetit

Disclaimer: I do not accept payment in any form or gratuities of any kind for my food, drink, or restaurant reviews. Not that anyone has ever offered, but I don’t. I only review things I like and would suggest to a friend.

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