Yes, you could eat chips from Big Potato Chip, made in an anonymous factory and shipped in huge container truckloads from one coast to the other. But wouldn’t you rather indulge your guilty pleasure with these handmade potato chips from Charleston-based Andrew Trumbull, Clayton Wynne and Nick Hedges of Lowcountry Kettle Potato Chips? The chips are thick, all the better to survive our Southern humidity. They’re skin-on, as any self-respecting kettle chip would be. They’re fried in canola oil sourced from family-owned farms in the Southeast. They really are handmade. And they come in the most amazing flavors: Spicy Pimento Cheese, Bloody Mary, State Fair Fried Pickle and Mustard BBQ Sauce, with more in the works. Everything about them says “We’re delicious and we are fun, y’all!”
$2 per 2-ounce package. Coming soon to brick-and-mortar locations in Atlanta but for now you can buy them online at http://www.lowcountrykettle.com/.
Red Rock Deli potato chips
Red Rock Deli Chips from Australia
Ok, we love all things local, but when it comes to crunch, we can bend the rules just a little. How about these Red Rock Deli potato chips - known as “crisps” on their native continent of Australia? Thinner than kettle chips, they’re deliciously crisp and flavorful. Our colleagues liked Red Curry Coconut best with its intriguing combination of flavors. But the Lime & Cracked Pepper just might be my favorite. Then again, Himalayan Pink Salt was really delicious. It tastes of potatoes! What a concept. Fingers crossed they’re going to bring over their Sweet Chilli & Sour Cream flavor soon.
$4.29 per 7-ounce package. Available at Publix, Kroger, Target and Australian Body Works on Piedmont Avenue. http://www.redrockdeli.com/
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