8. Carolina BBQ
Carolina might still be the all-time champion of taking your shirt off and spinning it ‘round your head like a helicopter, but they’re still they unsung heroes of the BBQ world. For those of us who don’t like BBQ sauce, the combination of mustard and vinegar is the perfect contrast, and here the potato brings them together beautifully. Not as good as pulled pork, but whatever. Kettle Chips are vegetarian.
7. Red Curry
I don’t know what possessed Kettle to make a red curry chip, but we’re lucky it did. Because holy crap, is this unexpectedly delightful. It’s like a chunk of potato floating in a bowl of red Thai curry. Except that the potato has been deep fried. And you can eat it in the car without spilling curry all over your lap.
6. New York Cheddar
I’m not sure what makes the cheddar New York (especially since Kettle is located within an hour of Tillamook, home of the best cheddar west of the Wisconsin Dells), but the thing that makes these chips really unique is the fact that they’re unsalted. That’s right. White cheddar powder subs in for saline. And it’s magnificent. If I could just fill a salt shaker with this stuff, I’d put it on everything. Not as a substitute for salt. In addition to salt. Because that’s how I roll.