5. Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper
My trip to the Kettle factory dispelled my fantasy that each bag had a little waiter in a white shirt and black tie grinding pepper into each bag of these. It was a stupid fantasy, but it was mine, dammit. It doesn’t happen. But it tastes like it does.
4. Roasted Garlic
If you love garlic, take this as a ringing endorsement: My wife could tell what I was eating from her second-floor office. These things could clear a Twilight convention in a heartbeat. A sparkling, loving heartbeat. They stick with you, too. Especially when you house the whole bag.
3. Sea Salt
The thing about the Kettle Chip, what makes it really stand out, is that the chip just stands on its own. It’s oily. It’s crispy. It’s slightly thick. And it’s inspired a bajillion knockoffs. With all these great flavors, there’s something still magical about a simple chip hit with just the right amount of salt. Sure, it’s the missionary of the potato chip world. But there’s a reason people like missionary so much.