I went on a chip-ordering journey a few days ago. This time, it was Old Dutch Foods, in Minnesota. If you follow this blog you know that I love trying chips from other areas of the US. Many chip makers have been around for years and years, and are either family-owned or can trace their roots to family beginnings. Old Dutch Foods has been around since 1934. You don’t survive that long without turning out great foods, and these chips are definitely great. In fact, they’re at least tied as my favorite chips.
Although I ordered two cases (yes!) of assorted chips, I had to start by sampling the Dutch Crunch Kettle chips. These chips have a fantastic crunch. Not a hard, ouch-kind-of-crunch, but just the right crunch. Honestly, the perfect crunch. And their not oily, and my absolutely criteria, you can still taste potato. Look at how pretty they are!
I started with the Jalapeno Cheddar chips. They are not hot, they have a hint of jalapeno flavor and kick. Not just kick like you get with some jalapeno chips. You can taste the jalapeno. The cheddar mellows it out and adds a nice creaminess. Excellent!
Next, I tried the Mesquite Barbecue. I was very happy with these chips. They have a nice, smoky BBQ sauce flavor to them. It’s sweet, but not overly sweet. Very pleasant, I’d say.
The Parmesan and Garlic chips are crazy good. Nice creamy cheese flavor with a good garlic kick. Somewhat like the jalapeno cheddar chips, these chips have a contrast between a stronger (but not strong) flavor, such as garlic, and a nice smooth cheese flavor.
The Hot Buffalo wings were also outstanding. If you’re expecting super-spicy hot sauce sorta flavors, that’s not what you’re going to get. These chips have a great (light) vinegar hot sauce flavor, with very smooth and creamy blue cheese to back it up. They are delicious. I could eat these chips all day. I could eat them all all day, come to think of it.
Finally, the Salt and Cracked Black Pepper chips. These chips are fairly salty, but have a really great (very fresh) black pepper flavor. They are excellent with a smooth lightly-flavored sour cream dip. Pepper on chips (and fries for that matter) is a wonderful thing.
So in summary, I think Dutch Crunch Kettle chips are fantastic (in case you didn’t already catch that I love them). They have outstanding crunch, texture, potato flavor, and aren’t oily. The flavor combinations are fantastic – none are overpowering. Every chip was seasoned evenly and perfectly.
So, on the ‘Mater Rater these chips rank as high as you can get! Also check out Old Dutch Food’s Rippled chips.