The Real Kettle Brand Chips™ have been around for longer than I’ve been living. Only by five years, but they still have me beat. They’ve been cooking their chips, batch by batch, for thirty years in Willamette Valley, Oregon. Today, we’re taking them with us on a special picnic. I’ve always been a fan of picnics and may or may not be a secret hoarder when it comes to picnic baskets. Most of them look cute on the outside, but it’s what’s inside that matters… the food! What picnic is complete without chips?
Since I’m a huge fan of dessert, I decided to take this salty snack and turn it into dessert. Say hello to potato chip chocolate chip cookies and chocolate dipped potato chips. Anything’s possible when you have a thick and crunchy chip. The Kettle Brand Chips are real chips made with real ingredients by real people. I love that. Each bag is handmade with a little bit of love from potato lovers. They also only use the finest all-natural, non-GMO ingredients. There are no trans fats, no MSG, no artificial colors or flavors, and best of all, no list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Gluten-free readers can also rejoice because these potato chips are safe to eat. Speaking of non-GMO, did you know that the Kettle Brand is the first potato chip to be verified using non-GMO ingredients by the non-GMO Project? They’re really looking out for your health over there: “Kettle Brand® has used natural, non-GMO ingredients since our founding in 1978. We have been working with the Non-GMO Project since 2009 to verify our products and give our consumers extra reassurance of the steps we take to ensure ingredients with integrity. We started selling the market’s first Non-GMO Project Verified potato chip earlier this year, and will soon have many verified products with the Non-GMO label prominently featured on front of their packages in the marketplace. We are working diligently to achieve verification on all of our products. ”
The flavors that I chose to pack on my trip were: Sea Salt and Vinegar, Jalapeño, and Backyard Barbeque. I used the Sea Salt to make my dessert since they have the perfect amount of salt to balance out the sweet.
Kettle Brand’s Sea Salt and Vinegar chips are unconventionally strong and tangy, just the way it should be. I love the way the vinegar leaves your tongue puckering for more. The Jalapeño chips are probably my favorite. The extra kick is like a fiesta in your mouth. There’s a spicy kick in every single chip– even those little broken pieces at the bottom of the bag when you’ve gone through everything else. The Backyard Barbeque instantly calls for summer. It’s the perfect chip for picnics and taking to the beach. It’s smoky, spicy, tangy, and sweet. How do they do that?
As for the plain ol’ Sea Salt, they’re only made with three ingredients. Yes, you read that right, three: potatoes, oil, and sea salt. Kettle Brand keeps their ingredient list to a minimum while still creating an undeniable flavor and crunch.
As you reach for that bag at the grocery store, just know that there is only one kettle style chip. The Real Kettle Chips have been inspiring knock-offs for thirty years, but none have yet or will ever reach their substance.
Chocolate dipped potato chips are probably the easiest thing to make. Just take some melting chocolate, dip your chips in it, sprinkle with whatever you’d like, and let the chocolate completely dry on some wax paper.
I used regular milk chocolate with heath bar pieces, coconut, and sprinkles for the toppings.
As for the cookies, the sea salt provided all the salt that the cookie needed. They also gave the cookie a surprise and pleasant crunch in every bite.
See if people can guess what’s inside the cookie before you tell them. I bet they’ll be shocked!
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