The crisp was born in 1853 when a Saratoga Springs, New York chef decided to serve fussy restaurant clients paper-thin, fried potatoes, states Kitchen Project. Potato chips grew in popularity and were soon packaged and marketed. Today, numerous types and brands of chips are sold at supermarkets and health food stores nationwide.
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Lay's chips are known for a light colour and a crispy, salty flavour. Lay's brightly coloured packaging and familiar logo make the brand hard to miss. Lay's crisps come in an array of flavours including sour cream, balsamic sweet onion and Cajun. Fried Lay's brand categories include lightly salted, wavy and kettle cooked. Baked Lay's crisps were introduced in the late 1990s and are available in cheese, sour cream and barbecue flavours.
Kettle Foods was founded in 1982 "to create a great-tasting, wholesome product," according to the company website. The company, which originally sold roasted nuts, first marketed salted, fried crisps, and then developed other flavours. Kettle later developed crinkled, tortilla and baked chip lines. The chips are made with natural ingredients and are free of trans fats and other additives.
Hawaiian Chip Company
Hawaiian Chip Company, in business since 1999, is known for sweet potato and taro chips. The chips are made with locally grown produce and do not contain trans fats. Lightly salted, garlic and barbecue taro and sweet crisp varieties can be found in speciality and health food stores.
Garden of Eatin'
Garden of Eatin' chips are made from organic corn. The company produces fried yellow, blue, white and red corn chip varieties. Garden of Eatin' also markets black bean, veggie and jalapeño corn chips. Baked corn chip varieties include multigrain, yellow and blue corn.
Lundberg Family Farms
California's Lundberg Family Farms began producing rice chips in the year 2000. Lundberg rice chips provide an alternative to potato and corn chips. The gluten-free, baked chips come in lime, barbecue, sesame and wasabi flavours. The pico de gallo flavour chips contain black beans. The chips are made with brown rice, white rice flour and corn flour.
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