Snack Review: Ketchup Flavored Potato Chips from Herr’s
As someone who routinely takes
flack constructive criticism on this website for my enjoyment of ketchup, I was not only dismayed by such a pronouncement, but my heart instantly went out to the French kids. No, not because they’ll be denied the ability to slather their hamburgers and fries with an ketchup, but because they’ll likely never get to understand the amazing snackability of Herr’s Ketchup flavored potato chips.
I’ve said good things about Herr’s in the past, but all in all, I still prefer UTZ Kettle Chips to all others, and haven’t had a bag of “regular” Herr’s in a while. Truth be told, ‘regular’ chips have sort of fallen out of favor in the last few years, and with the company not playing up the whole “all natural” marketing slogan Lay’s has capitalized on, Herr’s chips have fallen off my snacking radar. But with the kinds of flavors and chip bag artwork you’d expect to find in a mid-atlantic gas station, Herr’s chips inevitably call the serial snacker back to his/her roots. So when I saw a bag of the Ketchup flavored chips on a recent trip back home, I couldn’t help but jump at the chance to see if a packaged snack could replicate the classic and unbeatable combination of fried potatoes and sweet and tangy tomato product.
If you’re a ketchup lover, these really are the perfect chips to snack on. For starters, they’re ruffled in texture, which allows the very liberally applied seasoning blend to adhere and stay on the chips. That seasoning has the unmistakable, classic, and trademarked Heinz ketchup taste in powder form. It’s sweet and salty tang mirror not just ketchup, but Heinz ketchup perfectly, sticking to your fingers in a messy, oily red hue that begs to be licked. I’ve always found Herr’s chips to be slightly more crunchy and oilier than most brands, and while the taste of the potato isn’t the star of the show here, they make an addictive and welcomed addition to a tailgate. Take my word for it, you don’t even need to be the kind of ketchup fiend who squirts Heinz on your Filet-o-Fish’s to appreciate the snackability of these chips. Just make sure you go with the 4 oz. bag instead of the 8 oz. bag if you’re one of those snackers out there with weak will power. Because you will be downing an entire bag in one sitting.
Pros: Lick-your-fingers Heinz ketchup and fried potato taste. None of this Hunts nonsense. Abundant seasoning. Ruffles and ridges. Salt doesn't overwhelm because of the sweetness and tang.
Cons: A little heavier than most chips. Messy as all get out. Can't replicate physical sensation of hot french fries with cool ketchup. A one-trick pony.
Price: 99 cents for an 8 oz. bag (clearance)
Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10
More Info: Herrs.com
Herr's Ketchup flavored chips (1 oz.)
Total Fat: 10 grams
Saturated Fat: 2.5 grams
Total Carbs: 15 grams
Fiber: 1 gram
Sugars: 3 gram
Protein: 2 grams