I try hundreds of new snacks every year, but have failed to mention the exalted of all potato chips: good ol' TJ's. While I don't want to call out other chip brands directly . . . let's just say, there's no reason to buy greasy, flat chip crumbs other than to get a hefty dose of addictive MSG and sugar. After trying just about every potato chip that Trader Joe's offers, I'm convinced it's the best chip brand on the market. Here's why:
- The MASSIVE chip size. You'll wonder why you ever settled for small shards when you bust open a bag of TJ's chips and discover that each one is about the size of a potato. Whether ridged, as pictured or traditionally cut, Trader Joe's chips come in one size: russet potato length.
- The sturdiest on the market. The chips are thicker than anything we've seen — like 1/8-inch. This makes for quite possibly the most satisfying crunchy snack, plus TJ's chips do not crack under pressure when dipped.
- The cost per bag. The chips are cheap. $3 for a giant bag stuffed to the gills. You aren't paying for air, folks, like you do with some competitor brands.
- The honest ingredients. There's no weird, unpronounceable list of "ingredients." Potatoes, sunflower oil, and sea salt are the only items listed in these preservative-free chips. You're paying for "handcrafted" potatoes fried and seasoned in "small batches." Thank you TJ's for making me feel a little less bad about eating the whole bag. At least, it wasn't a whole bag of chemicals.
- Every damn flavor is good. I have yet to meet a TJ's potato chip I didn't like, I mean LOVE, even the weird flavors like honey butter and spicy dill pickle.
What's your all-time favorite Trader Joe's potato chip? Let me know so I can proceed to follow up this story with the definitive ranking of the best potato chips at TJ's.