Ketchup Chips

We know that the number one vegetable in the US is the French fry, and we eat them with ketchup. By the ton. Potatoes and ketchup are as American as you can get. So why don’t Americans eat ketchup-flavored potato chips? Maybe because they aren’t sold in American grocery stores. They are a well-known Canadian snack.

The best ketchup chips are made by Lay’s and sold only in Canada. They’re a masterpiece of MSG-laden zip and crunch. The beauty of Lay’s ketchup chips is that they don’t taste at all like actual ketchup: They taste like ketchup’s component parts, without the wet. You get the slap of vinegar and citric acid, the sweet, synapse-twerking pull of cooked tomatoes and sugar, the crunch of deep-fried potato starch, and all the lip-sticking salt of a Dead Sea skinny dip. Which is to say they’re snack-time solid gold. Most good Canadians can eat a quarter-kilogram bag in a go.

The A.V. Club tells us what they know about ketchup chips, their origin, and speculation on why Americans don’t demand them. Have you ever eaten ketchup chips? Do you like them?

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Ketchup chips are really good. It surprises me that they aren't a big deal in the the states because we love them in the great white north. I'm not a ketchup fan but I love ketchup chips are fabulous. And even better than Lays Ketchup chips, Doritos Ketchup chips although they only come out every so often.
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The best ketchup chips are made by Herr's out of Pennsylvania and they are available in parts of the US, along with some other (in my opinion) inferior brands. Each brand highlights a different part of the ketchup flavor. Herr's comes closest to replicating the flavor of Heinz in its entirety. In fact, I think I'll go pop open a bag from my stash.
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Figures that they would really taste of vinegar. MrsO, a Canadian native still puts vinegar on her "chips" when she has them.
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