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November 3rd, 2004

I’ve got dirty, dirty chips

I don’t eat potato chips much anymore, except occasionally when they’re served with a meal at a restaurant. But now that I’ve found a chip that tastes significantly better than the average chip that’s a homonym for my nickname, and one that will kill me slightly less slowly, I’ve gotta say I’m infatuated with Dirty Chips. Their lightly salted chips actually taste like potatoes and are kettle cooked in peanut oil and are devoid of any nasty hydrogenated oils.

Has anyone else tried any of their other varieties? Are they as good?

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Arlan June 5, 2007, 11:57 pm

Hey, To ya’ll up North there. I thought it was Devine intervention that “Dirtys” are “Zapps”. Had my first bag of “Dirtys” while in DC last month. There were all kinds of flavors at a buffet sandwich lunch at our union meeting. When I saw the bags of chips I said “God, I wish those were ZAPPS”! When I looked on the back of the bag of “Dirtys” chips there was the P.O. BOX 1533 Gramercy, La 70052 address. The 307 East Airline Hwy (US 61) is not on the Dirty’s bag but; I bet they don’t share the same postbox, yeah
I think the “Dirty’s being the National brand” theroy is for true. I never heard of ’em ’til this year and I see from the blog here they been around for awhile. I find the flavor of the Zapps stronger than the Dirtys and see that Dirt’s are “KOSHER CERTIFIED” and Zapps don’t make that claim. Next time I’m in Gramercy I’m go’na stop and find out, Me. Never had a bad bag of either and just ordered somemore on line.

reid October 12, 2007, 10:03 am

I live in NOLA… I suspected that they were the same, thanks for the info. One comment that I would like to make is that the “Dirty” brand tends to have a better chip (less greasy, more uniform in texture and thickness). Both sometimes suffer from the mentioned under/over seasoning. Also, I think that the Zapps S & V tend to be stronger.

Zapp’s does have the normal and jumbo sized bags, though & down here the dirty are not that common.

The final factor to distinguish the two would be to compare the nutritional values. I may do this or not. Go Saints!

hans December 18, 2008, 3:15 am

I’ve personally never had the over/under flavored chips from Dirty’s but i am very curios about “Zapps” brand chips now, I guess the Zapp’s chips must be the evil sister!!

b-train February 19, 2009, 8:46 pm

just saw and picked up these dirty jalapeno heat chips. the grammercy address is on it by now. didn’t know i was buying zapp’s until i saw that. i’ve enjoyed zapp’s jalapeno for years, and the kettle cooked lay’s jalapeno more recently because they don’t suffer from the consistency problem with zapp’s. funny how everyone agrees on that, it’s a conclusion i’ve accepted by myself for years now. that said, this bag was better than either.

as far as the national markets go, it’s an interesting fact that i noticed zapp’s in the grocery store in a shot from stephen king’s _the mist_, which is set in maine. makes me wonder where the film was shot.

mrsfury March 23, 2009, 7:36 pm

According to the internet, The Mist was filmed in Shreveport.

I love Zapp’s creole tomato chips.

Munchies Blog May 1, 2010, 12:31 pm

I must say that I have eaten many a chip and have not been disappointed by any of their flavors and am glad you can get them in many places around the country. I really enjoyed their Mesquite BBQ chipsbut you cant really go wrong with any choice in my opinion.

Tina October 2, 2010, 5:48 am

OMG!!! MY HUSBAND AND I JUST WENT TO THE LOCAL PLAID PANTRY. HE HAD HEARD HOW AWESOME THESE DIRTY CHIPS ARE….WELL I CHOSE ONE OF MY FAVORITE FLAVORS…PESTO AND PARMESAN CHEESE….NEEDLESS TO SAY THAT WAS THE GROSSEST MOST WORST THING I HAVE EVER PUT IN MY MOUTH….GROSS GROSS GROSS!!…WE WANT OUR 75 CENTS BACK!….SO YA WE WILL NOT BE TRYING ANY OTHER FLAVOR!…WE THINK THEY SHOULD TAKE THEM OFF THE MARKET!….

THANX!!

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