The new Double Dutch line of potato chips from Old Dutch tries to draw attention away from the whole “chips” thing, choosing instead to bill them as “appetizers.” Flavours include Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders (sampled here), Burstin’ Onion, Calamari and Tzatziki, and Buffalo Wing and Blue Cheese. The calamari flavour is unique in the Canadian chip market, in that I can’t think of another Canadian potato chip with a seafood flavouring. (In the UK, they have Prawn Cocktail chips, but you’ll only find them at specialty import shops here.)
I love Old Dutch Ketchup chips, and their Dutch Gourmet line has some curious flavours in it. Make no mistake; there’s no mercy for the weak in the world of potato chips. Flavours come and go based on sales, so I wanted to snag a bag of these before anything bad happened to them.
The Pitch: “Thick ripple appetizers.” “Ultimate fusion of flavour and crunch. By fusing together thick cut maximum crunch ripple potato chips with the savoury flavour of Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders we created the ultimate appie snack for your next snack attack!” The idea of chips as a classy appetizer is a bit of a stretch. Similarly, calling it a bacon cheeseburger “slider” is also silly. It doesn’t sound as trendy, but plain old bacon cheeseburger is just as accurate.
The Look: Thick-cut ripple chips with a light orange dusting of flavour. Dark packaging with big graphics that goes for a sophisticated look. An image on the front features a restaurant setting, which matches with the whole “appetizers” thing it’s trying to pull off.
The Taste: Smoky fresh-from-the-grill barbecue taste without the “barbecue chip” flavour. A little bit like All Dressed, but with a lot of dill pickle, which I wasn’t expecting. Not sure if I love the texture; they’re crunchy, but not in the way kettle chips are crunchy. The flavouring could stand to be more present, if not more intense. Not bad overall. I’m curious to try the others.
RATINGS AND DETAILS
Cost: $4.19 for a 235 gram bag at Calgary Co-op.
Value for cash money: OK.
Availability: Widespread in Calgary. Possibly elsewhere.
Nutrition?: Per 16 chips (50 grams): 240 calories, 10 grams of fat, 350 mg of sodium, 1 gram of fibre, 3 grams of protein. Also, 20% daily value of vitamin E, and 25% of vitamin C.
The verdict: Not bad. Not really an “appetizer” (nice try), but still decent chips. I like the concept of higher-end chips, but I can’t help but think kettle-style chips are where the premium market resides, and that ripple cut chips may never shake their basement birthday party rep.