All the Best Kettle Cooked Chips We’ve Tasted

The best kettle cooked potato chips have a satisfying crunch and rustic flavor you just don’t get from thin, crispy chips that weren’t deep fried in small batches in an old-timey kettle in someone’s woodland cabin (because, clearly, this is how all kettle chips are made). Okay, even if the best kettle cooked chips are made in sterile, totally uncozy factories, they still channel simpler times, when chips were cut thick and fried with care. Most of our potato chip taste tests are either brand or flavor-centric, but kettle chips always perform well. From sour cream and onion kettle chips to BBQ kettle chips to kettle chips that are actually called Kettle Brand chips, these are the best kettle cooked chips we’ve found in our taste tests.

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Best Kettle Brand

Kettle Brand Honey Dijon

Kettle Brand makes some of the best kettle cooked potato chips (no surprise there), but if you haven’t tried their Honey Dijon flavor, you’re really missing out. These things are sweet, savory, and have a nostril-tickling mustard-y tangy that makes them so unique—really, why aren’t more brands making honey mustard chips? These are the best kettle chips to bust out when you want to really spice up the ol’ snack spread.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Cape Cod

Cape Cod Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño

Cape Cod chips are a classic. Honestly, if you’re craving crunch, you can’t go wrong with any flavor of these kettle cooked potato chips. That said, the Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño flavor is a real standout. The pepper gives them a pleasant sweetness, as well as a respectable kick. These are some of the best kettle chips for heat seekers. 

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Rating:

10/10

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best reduced fat potato chips

Best Plain

Cape Cod 40% Less Fat Kettle Cooked Original

Yes, we’re telling you that the best plain kettle cooked potato chips are reduced fat. They’re crispy and light, but still have a very respectable crunch. And, don’t worry—they’re still salty and greasy enough to scratch that kettle chip itch. These are the best kettle chips to pair with dip.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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best sour cream and onion kettle chips

Best Sour Cream & Onion

Cape Cod Sour Cream & Onion

The best sour cream and onion kettle chips don’t taste like straight-up onion powder—they actually taste nuanced and mild like green onion. Plus, they have that signature Cape Cod crunch we can’t get enough of. These are the best kettle chips if you’re craving sour cream and onion but don’t want kickin’ breath for the rest of the day. 

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Rating:

9/10

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best bbq chips

Best BBQ

Zapp’s Mesquite Bar-B-Que

It’s pretty widely accepted that Voodoo is the best flavor of Zapp’s kettle cooked potato chips, but leave it to us to respectfully disagree. If you haven’t had the iconic kettle chip brand’s Mesquite Bar-B-Que flavor, ya gotta. These aren’t just the best Zapp’s chips, they’re also the best BBQ kettle chips period. As Sporked’s Jordan Myrick put it, they give you “a big punch of BBQ straight to the dome.” They’re smoky. They’re sweet. They’re pretty much perfect, especially if you’re craving the crunch of kettle chips.

Read the full ranking of the best BBQ potato chips and the best Zapp’s potato chips

Rating:

10/10

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best pickle chips

Best Dill Pickle

Deep River Snacks New York Spicy Dill Pickle

Pickles are crunchy. So are kettle cooked potato chips. That’s part of the reason these Deep River Dill Pickle chips work so well—they have crunch and tang and lots of dill flavor. What sets these apart from actual pickles? Big potato flavor and plenty of satisfying grease you’ll be licking off your digits as you eat. We’re not totally sure what makes them New York style, but they’re so good we kind of don’t care. 

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Rating:

10/10

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kettle brand salt & vinegar chips

Best Salt & Vinegar

Kettle Brand Sea Salt & Vinegar

The best kettle cooked potato chips should taste freshly fried and pleasantly oily, and you can always rely on Kettle Brand to pull off that particular feat. They reminded us of chips you’d get fresh out of the deep fryer at a better sandwich spot—and they’re bursting with vinegary tang, too. These weren’t the best salt & vinegar chips we tried in our taste test, but they deserve a shoutout for being the best kettle cooked salt & vinegar chips we tried.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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best unsalted potato chips

Best Low Sodium

Kettle Brand Unsalted Potato Chips

When we ranked low sodium potato chips, no one on team Sporked thought totally salt-free chips would land in the top spot, but that’s how good these Kettle brand chips are. They have so much flavor, even without salt. They taste like potato and fresh oil and it doesn’t get better than that. These are the best kettle cooked chips to pair with a dip that’s already super salty. 

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Rating:

10/10

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About the Author

Sporked Staff

The Sporked Staff tastes everything and anything. They are obsessive about groceries and finding the best of any type of food or drink, from frozen fried shrimp to Dijon mustard to gummy candy. And they're always on a hunt for the best new products. When they aren't eating professionally, they're eating recreationally. And often they're browsing grocery store aisles, just for fun.

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