Australian Oddities: Potato Chips

For those of you who know me well, you know that I’m a potato chip connossieur – of sorts.  When you live off potato chips for a few years of your life as a small child, the love of a good potato chip doesn’t just go away like “that.”  The potato chip is still one of my favorite foods – a comfort food, if you will (which probably isn’t the best comfort food, but who has a healthy comfort food anyway?) – and while there are numerous different flavors to choose from, I still prefer good ‘ole original potato chip.  Every once in a while, I’ll go for a bag of BBQ or the “crab potato chips” they have at the Cheese Shop, which means they’re smothered in Old Bay, but that’s about as crazy as it gets with my potato chip enjoyment.

Anyways, how does this have anything to do with Australia?  And Australian Oddities, at that?  Well.  On a trip to the grocery store, convenience store, general store, or the vending machine, you will notice that the Ozzies have done something a little wierd with their potato chip varieties.  Their flavors are bizarre.  Yeah, they have plain potato chip, BBQ, sour cream and chive, and salt and vinegar, but they also have a number of surprisingly popular flavors that include: lime and pepper, chili, sweet chili sauce and sour cream, honey soy chicken, Ceasar salad, and…get ready…roast chicken flavor.  Now, tell me, how in the world do you infuse a potato chip with the flavor of a roasted chicken?  It’s beyond me, but the Australians have done it.

2 Responses to “Australian Oddities: Potato Chips”
  1. Lenys says:

    Did you try them? Are they any good?

  2. Maritza says:

    Haha that sounds awesome! And you’ve tried it? Love it? Bringing some back? (if you don’t, Brunito: please do.) When I studied abroad in Spain there was a weird flavor that on the bag looked like garlic, olive oil, tomato basil, but the aftertaste was barbecue. It was bizarre and delicious. Miss you guys… can’t wait to see you soon!

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