While out shopping for groceries a few days ago, my daughter picked up a bag of Hawaiian Kettle Style Luau BBQ Potato Chips made by Tim’s Cascade Snacks for a Super Bowl party. We had both first sampled these tasty chips at a neighborhood potluck a couple of years ago, and remembered that they were quite different than the usual run-of-the-mill potato chips. Were these Hawaiian Kettle Style BBQ Potato Chips by Tim’s worth the $2.99 we paid for an 18 ounce bag or was our memory playing tricks on us? Keep reading and find out for yourself!
Chips aren’t known to be a health food and calorie wise, these really aren’t any different than most other potato chips.
A serving size of Hawaiian Kettle Style BBQ Potato Chips is about 13 chips, weighing in at 140 calories per serving. There’s 9 grams of fat, which includes 2 grams of saturated fat, 120 mg of sodium, and 15 grams of carbohydrates.
As far as the ingredients, this where these chips make a surprising departure from your normal fare. In addition to potatoes and vegetable oil (either peanut, sunflower or corn oil), salt, and sugar, the Hawaiian Kettle Style BBQ Potato Chips also contained torula yeast, spice, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, natural flavors (including smoke), wheat flour, citric acid, and extractives of paprika.
So what’s the deal with kettle chips?
Kettle chips are different than ordinary potato chips because they are cooked in individual batches, rather than a continue flow machine. Many people feel that the potato chips cooked in this method have a superior taste, and because they require less preservatives allow the taste of the chip to come through. Kettle chips do tend to be a little thicker and browner than a standard chip, and are able to hold much more dip than those wimpy chips.
When we opened the bag of Tim’s Hawaiian Luau BBQ Kettle Style Potato Chips, the first thing that caught our eye was how different the chips looked from regular potato chips. These chips were thicker and deeper in color, and had the look of “homemade.” The biggest surprise was the taste which was that of a spicy sweet, barbecued potato flavor with a 3 second time-delayed paprika kick. These chips tasted fantastic, and were great both by themselves and with a nice, cool sour cream dip.
Tim’s Hawaiian Kettle Style BBQ Potato Chips is definitely a premium chip at a non-premium price, and one that we’ll be buying again. For more information about Tim’s Chips and the Hawaiian Kettle Style Potato Chips, check out Tim’s homepage.