Friday, April 11, 2008


A bad bad thing has happened to me. I found a good Dill Pickle chip. I have been on an eating better kick for the last few months and it has certainly done my body some good but I seem to have hit a plateau. I actually don’t mind plateaus, I mind backtracking. I really can’t complain. This morning I stopped by Dominick’s on my way to work to raid the salad bar and thought I might want something more than a mere salad. By the deli there were many chips, I love a salty snack. Then I saw Dill Pickle flavored chips and I got excited.

Let me tell you a little about the Dill Pickle chip. When I first saw them I thought it was so incredibly disgusting that I had to try it. I believe this happened sometime during the mid 90s. Old Dutch (a very popular brand over in good old Minnesota) was the maker and I couldn’t wait to eat the nastiness that I was sure would come out of the bag. Why I was excited to eat nasty food I do not know, but I was. However, the chip was far from disgusting. In fact it was quite possibly the most delicious chip I had ever tasted. It was a regular potato chip and was dusted with these dill pickle flavored specks, similar to what you might see on a sour cream and onion chip. I was hooked.

When I went off to college I had my mom send me a bag of Dill Pickle chips in a care package. It got completely pulverized. Friend and I ate the entire crumbly bag in about 30 seconds. She had been wary but they were a hit with her too. Over the years there have been a few other attempts at dill pickle chips. Lays has one but there are no flecks on it and, therefore, I feel it doesn’t have the charm. It tastes a little too much like a salt and vinegar chip to me, like they just dunked them in pickle juice. Lays are also notoriously greasy.

The bag I saw today was of the Kettle Classics brand. A kettle cooked chip is generally a good thing so I figured even if the pickling wasn’t right on I would still enjoy the chip. When I opened the bag (it was actually the hardest to open chip bag I have come across in a long time) I was greeted with crunchy kettle chips, pickle flakes, and a light pickle taste on the chip itself. I bit into it with anticipation and I was disgusted. The chip was so damn good. I’ll have to stop myself from eating them all the time. I haven’t had a dill pickle chip craving in years because there haven’t been any good ones to crave. It may all fall apart. For shame.

And now for something completely different. I watched Sweeny Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street last night. It was absolutely wonderful. I loved the whole look of the film and was thoroughly entertained. Unless you hate incredibly bloody and stylized musicals I suggest that you watch it as soon as possible.

1. Well they say that birds do it/ Bees do it/ Time the freak Money B gets to it

2. If the music make you move/ Cause you can dig the groove/ Groove on/ Groove on

3. Went down to the mountain I was drinking some wine/ Looked up in the heaven lord I saw a mighty sign

4. What’s the matter/ Why don’t you answer/ What’s the matter with me

5. Tie yourself to me/ No one else knows you’re not rid of me/ No you’re not rid of me. Rid of Me, PJ Harvey. Identified by Brooke.


Woozie said...

Pickles are an automatic Do Not Want for me, end of discussion. B.L.E.C.H.

Brooke said...

Dude, were those cheddar pickle chips, or just straight up pickle? I am on a constant quest for the addictive pickle chip, and became excited when I found cheddar dill kettle chips in Oregon. But they were pretty disgusting. The chips you found sound like the same brand, though, which gives me hope. Mmmmm, I would love me some pickle chips.

P.S. Yeah, wasn't Sweeney Todd great?

5. Rid of Me - PJ Harvey

Blog Antagonist said...

There is nothing like Old Dutch. You can't get them here, so I had no idea they had pickle chips now. I'll have to get my mom to bring 70 or 80 bags when they visit next month.

Natalie said...

Woozie- A pickle and a pickle chip are not the same thing. But I respect your decision.

Brooke- As much as I love cheddar and pickle chips I think mixing them together is a little scary. These are in a purple and green bag that looks like The Joker. Good luck on the pickle quest.

BA- I'm not actually sure if Old Dutch still makes them. They were everywhere from like 93-00 but I don't think I've seen them for a while.

Chatty Knitter said...

I made yesterday sandwiches for lunch today and yesterday.

I thought of you.


The Doc said...

I have a hard time believing you about the dill pickle chips (shudder), but yes, Sweeny Todd was pretty good all right. Saw it in the theater, and I don't think there's a better way to do it than that!

Anonymous said...

I love dill pickles (and sweet pickles), but I don't like kettle chips so I'm not so sure those would work for me.

dmarks said...

" Old Dutch (a very popular brand over in good old Minnesota)"

I remember their jingle, which went something like "Chipped off the real potato. Made from the real potato. Old Dutch... Potato Chips". I've had some pickle chips and have not liked them. I'd try Old Dutch, however.

"I watched Sweeny Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street last night"

Now, imagine what flavor of chips Sweeney's girlfriend would sell....

Urban Chick said...

dill chips rule. i discovered them in high school and have had a secret place in my heart for them ever since.

actually, it was the tangy salty dill chip that led me to salt and vinegar potato chips, which are also good - but don't hold a candle to a really good dill chip

terry said...

these songs are driving me crazy, because two sound very familiar but i can't place them.

i have a terrible feeling they'll come to me at the worst possible time... like, when i'm trying to sleep...!

Colleen Snell said...

I tagged you in a post along or ignore me, it's up to you. Have a great Monday, if there is such a thing!

Natalie said...

Chatty Knitter- A yesterday sandwich sounds mighty fine right about now.

Doc- I would have loved to see it in the theater but it just wasn't to be.

Citizen of the World- If you don't like kettle chips these are not for you. You'll have to order up some Old Dutch from the good old Midwest.

Dmarks- Probably some disgusting ones. Just about anything is tasty fried into chip formation though.

Urban Chick- You are so right. Did someone hijack your blog?

Terry- I'll soon reveal them don't worry your sleepy little head.

Colleen- I'll get to it later this week for sure!

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