Jones Sour Cream and Onion Potato Stix (Big Lots)

A perforated bag of Jones Sour Cream and Onion Potato Stix, from Big Lots
Much better than their barbecue bag o' salt.

Previously, we took a look at Jones’ overly-salty barbecue offering, and were pretty underwhelmed.  The other version they had available at Big Lots, was for sour cream and onion, so I sucked it up and opted to give it a shot.  Knowing the ridiculously over-inflated sodium content contained in their BBQ potato snacks, I made sure to compare the label here to see if this had similar amounts.  To my surprise, it wasn’t even close.

Salt is listed twice as an ingredient here, just as it was in the BBQ (once in the actual ingredients of the potatoes, then again as an ingredient in the seasoning), but even taking that double mention into consideration, a 1 oz. serving of these has a mere 9% of your recommended daily sodium intake.  While that’s certainly still high (especially for just 1 ounce of junk food) it’s over half less than the 20% contained in the barbecue (on the same one ounce serving portion).  When I saw that, it made it a lot easier for me to pick it up to give it a chance.

And I’m glad I did, because these are infinitely better than their barbecue counterparts.  The flavor is much more mild, without the dominating salt taste, but there’s still a ton of flavor to go around.  The sour cream helps to “cool” things down, while the onion flavor still peeks through noticeably.  It’s pretty much a standard sour cream and onion flavor, so if you’ve ever had sour cream and onion potato chips you know what you’re in for, but for only $1 (for a 4.5 oz. bag), there is a substantial amount to go around.

Overall: 7/10.  It’s nothing to write home about, but Jones Sour Cream and Onion Potato Sticks are infinitely better (and less sodium-filled) than their barbecue counterparts.  It’s honestly just a straightforward sour cream and onion flavor, so if you’ve ever had similar potato chips, then you know exactly what you’re getting into, but for only $1 (per each 4.5 ounce bag) there is some good value to be had.  Worth a look if you catch them in your local Big Lots store, as I did.