My Favorite Potato Chips

I haven't done a top 10 list in a while, so I was thinking of doing one for my favorite potato chip flavors. I started making a list and quickly realized that most of the list was made up of very popular flavors. Just ranking them didn't seem that exciting to me. Most top 10 lists suffer from this problem, but I guess I'm more passionate about those things than I am potato chips. I could have added brands, but that seemed like way too much work. Instead, I want to take a moment to recognize my single favorite kind of potato chips. It's been sitting at the top spot for a few years now and nothing has come remotely closed to challenging it.

Before I go any further, I want to make it very clear that I'm only talking about POTATO chips. I'm not comparing my favorite potato chip to tortilla based snacks like Doritos or fried corn snacks like Funyuns or Cheetos. This is strictly potato based, not just anything you might find in the chip aisle at the grocery store. I'm sure if I did a top 10 chip aisle snacks list that this would be on there, but it may not be the top spot. When it comes to potato chips though, this one reigns supreme. Without any further ado, I give you:
Up until we moved to Delaware, I was always a BBQ or Salt and Vinegar guy. Cheese flavored chips were almost always passed over for anything else. Although, I have been known to enjoy a bag of Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream. I just never had much of a connection to a chip with just cheese powder on it for flavor. That was until I stumbled upon Herr's Kettle Cooked Cheddar Horseradish potato chips. We didn't have Herr's, or its regional competitor Utz, back in Syracuse when we lived there. So when we started shopping here, we had a plethora of new options. At some point, I took a chance on these and have loved them ever since.

If you know me or have read my top 10 favorite sandwiches list, you'll know that I love foods with horseradish. It's a sharp, zesty flavor that can really clear the nostrils. Combining that with cheddar and salt makes for a pairing that has yet to be topped. But there is another element to these chips that makes huge difference and it's that they are kettle cooked. Kettle cooked chips have a far superior texture to that of regular chips. They're crunchier and not at all wispy like those that are traditionally fried. If you dip a kettle cooked chip, there's almost not chance it's going to break.

As I've gotten older, I much rather prefer bold flavors and textures. There are other bold chip flavors like jalapeno and different versions of BBQ that I very much enjoy, just not nearly as much as cheddar horseradish. It's the only chip that I will impulse buy. In fact, I did just that on National Pie Day last month when I was there to pick up a pie to celebrate one of the best days of the year and saw the chips on display. The fact that they were on sale swept away any hesitation I would have had because of unnecessary calories or cost.

What is your favorite kind of potato chips? Is it a common flavor or maybe one off the beaten path like mine? Please share in the comments below.

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