Item – Ketchup Flavoured Potato Chips

This Delicious or Disgusting is for Geenie C, who falls on the righteous side of the debate. First of all, the delicious kinds are these suckers:The story begins as follows: Once upon a time, Hostess used to make potato chips in Canada. And Canadians loved their potato chips and grew an increasingly diverse and adventurous pallette. Flavours like sour cream and bacon, dill pickle, pizza, and ketchup chips abounded. Eventually, Frito-Lay bought out the chip-making division and started distributing Hostess chips as their own, and some of these esoteric flavours made their way to the U.S. Today, many of the best flavours are no longer sold in Canada or the U.S., but ketchup chips persisted.

Why ketchup? First of all, North Americans love ketchup and universally apply to it to their foods. Secondly, many North Americans love the flavour of vinegar with potato-derived products, and Lays Ketchup chips certainly have ample vinegary overtones. It isn’t really zesty, but it cuts into the sweetness, and merges beautifully with the saltiness. Imagine, if you will, a barbecue flavour, without the smokiness but all the tang. Still delicious and different.

Recently, on an excursion to find the best Banh Mi in Boston, I came across these ketchup chips in a small Vietnamese place in Dorchester called Ba Le:
Imagine my hopefulness at finding a brand of ketchup chips here in the U.S., and they sound delicious right? Big ruffles and real Heinz-flavoured ketchup. Well, the shocking thing is that they aren’t really delicious. They’re not disgusting by any means – I mean even liver and onions potato chips would have a certain appeal – but they were just kind of sweet and tomatoe-y and not savoury. I imagine that a light sprinkling of dried vinegar would save them and some, but in the mean time, I shan’t be purchasing them any more. Shame since the good kind of ketchup chips on their own are ….

Verdict – delicious

27 Responses to “Item – Ketchup Flavoured Potato Chips”


  • as much as i like ketchup and chips separately, this post made me throw up in my mouth a little.

  • No way. Somebody get him the vegemite chips.

  • Delicious. My wife’s favorite, along with Dill Pickle. (She grew up in Canada.)

    At least in our neck of the woods, Lay’s Ketchup were NOT available until very recently. One time after one of her childhood friends brought about 10 bags down with them for a visit, we called the Lay’s phone number on the back to ask why, for God’s sake, do they not sell Ketchup chips here, and can we order some?

    They said no, there were no plans to expand the ketchup chips into the US (not sure what the story is with that) and that to import them we’d have to order at LEAST a gross.

    We seriously considered it.

  • I’m with Pop Ren on this one. I threw up while reading it, and more than just a little in my mouth. This is the most barf-tacular bastardization of two foods that, frankly, aren’t even that good on their own. Ketchup? Potato Chips? All that’s missing is the trailer-home with a rusted out car and a toilet turned into a flower planter out front.

  • and some shiny white platters. I call it “Mt. Trashmore”

  • Auguste, where in Canada is your wife from? I suspect there are regional biases in potato chip consumption. In Toronto, we were always more adventurous. I’m surprised that we never had bhabha ganoush flavoured chips.

    They’ll allow importation for a gross? I’m in for half a gross! I can supply Geenie Cola and make a tidy profit at it …

  • I’m gonna go ahead and ignore the fact that Res just called my wife white trash.

    UC, my wife was born in Manhattan but lived in Edmonton from ages 4-12, so it informed a good portion of her personality, including gustatorial preferences.

  • Oh, and I just looked, and we still have some Old Dutch ketchup chips left from the last Canuck visitor. I’m eating them right now. Fantastic. Res, enjoy your “it”, cobag.

    (Get it?) 🙂

  • How could I of missed this post?!?! PP why did you not direct my attention to it?!?! Oh sweet sweet UC. Yes, I admit that UC introduced me to ketchup chips after we had a discussion of how wonderful chips are and ketchup. Since the first day I tasted ketchup I’ve doused everything in it. Is there anything that doesn’t taste better with some ketchup on it? UC brought me back my very own bag of Ketchup chips. I rationed them out to myself as to enjoy them as long as possible. Ketchup chips are the one thing that make me want to become a Canadian.

  • Here’s what’s sad: Herr’s (from PA, potato chip capital of North America) makes good chips, especially salt & vinegar; Heinz (also from PA) makes the quintessential ketchup. Yet, you’re right: Herr’s Heinz Ketchup chips suck! So much so that I would never try Lay’s, even with this recommendation.

  • J: Perhaps you should contact Tasty Kakes. Aren’t they from PA. Perhaps they could arrange something.

  • MMmmm I just had some Lays Ketchup chips and a few Dill Pickle and a few Smokey Bacon.. I like to mix it up in the bowl! If you’ve never had Lay’s Ketchup chips, shhhhh because they are AWESOME!!

  • I would like to see fry sauce chips.

  • I have a friend from Canada and he said that Lays Ketchup chips are his favorite chips. At first I thought they would be gross, but he said they were good… So I bought 4 bags on ebay and they turned out to be my favorite chip of all time with UTZ Salt and Pepper being a close second. I would like to buy a bag in person in canada cause these were smashed up a bit. Res, did you even try the chips?

  • I have a friend from Canada and he said that Lays Ketchup chips are his favorite chips. At first I thought they would be gross, but he said they were good… So I bought 4 bags on ebay and they turned out to be my favorite chip of all time with UTZ Salt and Pepper being a close second. I would like to buy a bag in person in canada cause these were smashed up a bit. Res, did you even try the chips?

  • I have a friend from Canada and he said that Lays Ketchup chips are his favorite chips. At first I thought they would be gross, but he said they were good… So I bought 4 bags on ebay and they turned out to be my favorite chip of all time with UTZ Salt and Pepper being a close second. I would like to buy a bag in person in canada cause these were smashed up a bit. Res, did you even try the chips?

  • I recently went to Europe. I tried Ruffle’s Heinz Ketchup chips and Ruffle’s Heinz Mustard chips – I loved both of them – especially the ketchup.

    This is coming from a person that does not like Lays, Old Duch, or Hostess ketchup chips (in canada).

    Heinz Ketchup was a winner. We just need Bullseye barbeque chips now. Then the world will be complete

  • If you`re going to have some Ketchup chips you have to have the Humpty Dumpty brand. They`re my favorite!
    I grew up in Canada. I also love sour cream and bacon.

  • They are sooooooooooooooooooo good. I’m from the States and don’t have them here. A friend of mine in Toronto bought some when I was up there and I fell in love!

  • I’m from Chicago and Ketchup Chips are awesome. I discovered them while on business in the UK an they are my favorite and I’m craving them now!

    I found the Herr’s Ketchup chips online, but I see some of you say they suck! Has anyone tried them and liked them? I was close to ordering a box, but now I’m having second thoughts.

    DirkaDave

  • We think you try them and tell us!

    Some people are pickier than others. we must have a greater sample size!

  • This summer in Europe my friend intoduced me to Ruffle Ketup Potato Chips. At first, I thought they would be disgusting, but after eating one I found them to be quite delicious. Now I am back in the states looking for them on line since they are not sold at the grocery store here.

  • If President Bush knew how good Lay’s ketchup flavored chips are, he’d invade Canada!

  • I LOVE KETCHUP CHIPS. Growing up in Canada and then moving to the States stunk for one major reason: No Ketchup Chips. Pringles tried there hand at the Ketchup chips but to no avail. They had the same disappointing taste as the Heinz ketchup chip invention.

  • The Uncanny Canadian

    Talk about the thread that will never stop. Although I’m disappointed about the long hiatus between August and March. I also wait for Geenie Cola to chime in on her own recent ketchup chip experiences.

  • Mmmmmmm…ketchup chips! I grew up in Syracuse NY and spent all of my summers in Ontario at our cottage in Sydenham. The brand of chips I remember most was Humpty Dumpty. Don’t know if they still exist but they made great ketchup chips! Those of you who think that they are gross, have obviously never tried them! Open your mind and your mouth! Try a ketchup chip!

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