Mar 26, 2020

Review: Kettle Brand - Farmstand Ranch Potato Chips

Kettle Brand's Farmstand Ranch Potato Chips are kettle-cooked potato chips flavored with cream and parsley to provide the "herbaceous, authentic taste of homestyle ranch."

The suggested retail price for an 8.5 oz. bag is $3.79, but I got this courtesy of Kettle Brand.

The potato chips are thick-cut, as is common for the kettle-cooked style, and offer a substantial crunch and heartier texture. Some chips feature a nice air bubble, which provides a best-of-both-world scenario where I got a bit of that airy crispness of a classic potato chip with the big kettle crunch.

Kettle Brand does not specify that the Farmstand Ranch seasoning is supposed to mimic buttermilk ranch dressing, but that's what came to mind when I first tasted the chip. There's a noticeable tang to the seasoning that hits the palate first before it smooths into the creamy mid-note. A glance at the ingredients list informed me that this tang probably comes from the vinegar, but it hit that requisite buttermilk profile for me. It was tangy enough without being overwhelming, and actually tasted more like ranch dressing than typical ranch-flavored snacks.

The herb flavor from the parsley was quite mild and apparent more in the aftertaste of the chip rather than during the actual chewing. As for saltiness, the Farmstand Ranch potato chips were less salted than I would have expected for a ranch-flavored chip. I could definitely taste the actual potato and didn't experience flavor fatigue from it.

Overall, I enjoyed Kettle Brand's Farmstand Ranch Potato Chips. They're a solid option to satisfy a ranch chip craving and offer a hearty crunch and nice potato flavor. The fact that the seasoning is less explosive in flavor lends itself much more easily to overeating, though (at least it does in my case).

Nutritional Info - Kettle Brand Farmstand Ranch Potato Chips
Serving Size - 1 oz (28g/about 13 chips)
Calories - 140 (from Fat - 72)
Fat - 8g (Saturated Fat - 0.5g)
Sodium - 170mg
Carbs - 15g (Sugar - 1g)
Protein - 2g

By Renee.

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