Do you enjoy compromise? Few people do, I think. We may fool ourselves in believing that we are happy with a particular situation, but in fact we are not. And this, my friends, extends to our choices of food in general, and snacks in particular. I’m particularly fond of potato chips, and that is one area in which I am loathe to make a compromise. Enter Costco’s Kirkland Signature’s Krinkle Cut Kettle Potato Chips, by far the most delicious plain potato chips ever devised by man – or woman. I say ‘plain’ because they are not covered in a powdery orange substance, not because they taste ‘plain’. Nothing could be further from the truth!
I’m eating some right now. Kirkland Signature Kettle Chips are simply awesome. They are super crunchy, salty and just greasy enough, except when you get to the bottom of the bag, where they are extremely greasy. They taste like every other brand of chips wishes they could taste like. I don’t know how else to say it.
Of course, it gets better! Since these chips are only available at Costco, they come in a huge bag for not too much money. The price varies, but I believe that I got them last for $5.79 (Canadian dollars) for a 907 gram bag. That’s 2 pounds. That’s a great price for premium chips, and cheaper than Ruffles, Cape Cop or any other brand-name. and you’ll be able to taste the difference.
As far as the ingredients go, only quality stuff, as you would expect from Kirkland Signature / Costco:
Potatoes, Safflower and/or Sunflower and/or Canola Oil, and Sea Salt.
That’s it. No unpronounceable chemicals, no preservatives, no MSG, no fake and artificial flavors or color. Nothing. Just potatoes, oil and salt. Hard to beat.
You will not be surprised to hear that there is a downside to accepting no compromises in your potato chips. Kirkland Signature Kettle Brand Krinkle Cut Potato Chips‘ Nutrition Fact sheet needs to be taken seriously . Here are the important facts:
- 210 calories per 40-gram portion (that’s 14 chips!)
- 13 grams of fat per 40-gram portion, including 1 gram of saturated fat
- 160 mg of Sodium, or 7% of the daily recommended intake
There are also some positives:
- 15% of your Vitamin C intake
- 2 grams of fiber per portion
- No sugar
- 3 grams of proteins
To quote the back of the bag, Kirkland Signature Kettle Brand Krinkle Cut Potato Chips are “backed by a commitment to sustainability like wind power, solar power and biodiesel.” I personally could not care less about that stuff, but if YOU do, then you can eat those chips guilt-free, except for all the fat and salt.
These are awesome chips, ideal just like that or with dip. Pick up a bag today, they’re worth the price of the Costco membership all by themselves!
Update 30 April 2015 – As alert reader Ron commented below, the proper translation for Sea Salt in French is ‘Sel de Mer’, not ‘Sel Marin’. ‘Sel Marin’ is the equivalent of ‘Marine Salt’, which means nothing and sounds terribly clunky. I have not contacted Costco or Kirkland Signature to alert them of this terrible translation, although it certainly would not be a bad idea to do so. It’s not like it costs more to print the correct terms.