Friday, October 25, 2013

Clancy's Wavy Potato Chips (Aldi)

A stock photo of Clancy's Wavy Potato Chips.
Can we talk about the price of potato chips for a second?  I don’t know how something made largely of potatoes, something I can buy in multi-pound bags for under $5, can be so damn expensive.  Adding insult to injury are the bags, which seem to just be puffed full of air to give the illusion that you are getting more than you are actually getting.

Enter Clancy’s Wavy Potato Chips from Aldi, which are just what they sound like.  The chips have a satisfactory crunch, a delicious potato flavor, and consist of only three ingredients: potatoes, sunflower oil, and salt.  But best of all?  They’ll only set you back $1.29 for a 10.5 oz. bag.  You usually can’t even find name brand chips for that price on sale!

There is one drawback, though it’s one that seems to effect most chips:  They are pretty darn salty.  You may not notice it if you just pop a few in your mouth as a snack, but the more you eat, the more the taste becomes apparent.  I’m kind of surprised they don’t offer these in a lower-sodium version, as I feel cutting back on the sodium would not only lead to a healthier snack, but also a tastier one.

You can believe what you want about “private labels”, and discount grocers like Aldi, and their inferiority in product quality compared to similar products found in supermarkets, and I definitely agree that there are some national brands that are so good, they cannot be touched.  However with that comes brands, and products, that are marked-up simply because the public purchases them for inflated prices without problem.  Potato chips are one of those categories, and places like Aldi prove you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg just to get a satisfying snack.

Overall: 8/10.  These chips deliver in spades in value and flavor, proving you don’t have to pay inflated prices for some dried, salted potatoes in an over inflated bag, as a 10.5 oz. package is only $1.29.  However, these chips are still pretty salty, something that becomes more and more evident as the snacking session goes on.  They are excellent for dipping, especially in Aldi’s own ranch dip, which I previously reviewed.  If these were to be offered in a reduced-sodium version, I honestly feel this would be pretty close to the perfect chip.

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