What’s the Best Potato Chip?
Salty, crunchy, savory, and crisp—potato chips encapsulate all that is perfect in a snack. They’re effortless and void of nutrition, a true indulgence. Yet despite their recipe for success, not all potato chips are created equal. Some can be overly salty, or worse, not salty enough; others lack a finessed crunch and some suffer from over ambition. We decided to try eight national brands, sticking to plain, salted chips available at major stores on the West Coast, to determine where we should spend our dollars next time a salty-spud hankering hits. Kettle Chips Lightly Salted These were hands down the overall winner, with most of our judges enjoying the both the look—like an actual homemade potato slice—and the slightly smoky, complex flavor. These chips had a perfect balance of salt and a crunchy texture. Lays Classic Almost translucent with oil, these easily identifiable chips are reminiscent of most people’s childhoods. Some found them too greasy compared to other chips in the tastin