Cape Cod Potato Chips
Address: 100 Breed's Hill Road in Hyannis, MA
Cape Cod Potato Chips
Cape Cod Potato Chips began as the dream of two small business owners. They imagined a small operation where they could produce and sell the potato chips they had cooked in their kitchen for years. Then, in 1980 that dream became a reality when they set up shop in a small store front in Hyannis Massacusetts.
The big crunch of the kettle cooked chips soon became a local favorite and news of the kettle brand chips quickly spread as tourists sampled the snack chips and took bags home to share. The business soon grew out of the store-front and a worldwide love affair with their natural snacks began.
They have expanded their snack offerings to include varieties of popular Reduced Fat healthy potato chips as well as half dozen potato chip flavors, and kettle style whole grain chips. No matter what the variety, Cape Cod maintain the tradition of using only the highest quality, all-natural ingredients in all of their snacks.
The public’s love of our snacks inspired Cape Cod to open their factory doors for tours in 1985. Since then the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory Tour has become the area's largest tourist attraction, hosting over 250,000 visitors annually! The next time you visit the Cape, why not stop in, take the tour and say hello.
Cape Cod Kettle Chips are now a part of the Snyder's Lance Group of companies.
Cape Cod Sea Salt & Vinegar 40% Less Fat
There was a heavy vinegar whiff on my Nose Plunge Test. The taste was consistent and strong. The balance between the different salt powders included with the vinegar ingredient leaned more towards vinegar than the full-fat version. Interestingly, the ingredients remained virtually the same as the full-fat version, so they must have used some science to reduce the fat content (Stop Press: Careful reading of the less fat info reveals that the comparison is with regular chips, not Cape Cod's own. Very clever). The acidic vinegary flavour does stand out more, but it is a similar taste with less oil and less salt which would suggest this would make a more sensible purchase with little lost in flavour.
Cape Cod Sweet Mesquite Barbeque 40% Less Fat Kettle Chips
A great smelling chip that emanated barbecue. It matched the smell with a pleasant sweet barbecue taste, that provided some spicy mesquite but not as much as I would have liked. The lack of oiliness did, however, seem to reduce the flavour somewhat. The regular Cape Cod variety of this chip has a whopping five grams of fat, far more than any of Cape Cod's other chips. The reduction here is to 0.5g, which is the same as the rest of the range. So, while the marketing guys have cleverly written that it is forty percent less fat than regular potato chips (not their other variety), they could have admitted the improved benefits compared to their own chips.
Cape Cod Aged Cheddar & Sour Cream 40% Less Fat Chips
For an all-natural chip that is forty percent less fat than, “The Leading Brand,” this little list of ingredients makes it all seem a little scary: Potatoes, canola oil, dairy whey, salt, cheese (Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Swiss [cultured milk, salt, enzymes]), maltodextrin, sour cream (cultured cream, non-fat dry milk), onion powder, buttermilk, high oleic canola oil, non-fat dry milk, dextrose, vinegar powder, natural flavours, whey protein concentrate, disodium phosphate, garlic powder, citric acid, yeast, lactic acid, annatto extract. Having said that, I would pick this pack every time over any full-fat version, simply because the attempt to cram as much creamy cheese flavouring into the taste worked very well. It is a highly cheesy chip.
Cape Cod Original Kettle Cooked Chips
An almost totally potato aroma hit me when the bag was opened. They were warm tasting potatoes with a comfortable plain, not too salty, but a bit over oily taste. A bit bland for my taste-buds but it made for good sandwich company.
Cape Cod Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper
A peppery smell was the aroma that greeted me. This died down a bit as the bag’s contents were consumed. There was a warm, slightly creamy background taste, but the main hit was a bounce from salt to pepper and back again, with pepper being slightly dominant. A very good version of the variety.
Cape Cod Sour Cream & Onion Chips
These featured a more creamy onion flavour than the description on the bag would suggest. I didn't get much of an onion hit, but what was evident is sweetened by the cream. The all-natural claim was stretched a little by the hubble bubble potful of powders and natural additives, but it was still a very good example of the variety.
Cape Cod Original 40% Reduced Fat Chips
These were warm tasting potato slices with a comfortable plain, not too salty, but a bit over oily taste. A bit bland for my tastebuds but they made for great sandwich accompaniment. Again, this is the same write up as you will find on my Original variety review. The difference here is, the taste was slightly different, but not so much that you would notice. I would, therefore, recommend that you pick this pack every time over the full-fat version. Not least because a careful reading of the less fat info reveals that the comparison is with regular chips and not even Cape Cod's own.
Cape Cod Sea Salt & Vinegar Kettle Chips
As soon as I opened the bag a heavy vinegar whiff hit me. The taste was consistent and strong. The balance between the different salt powders included with the vinegar ingredient leaned slightly towards the sour liquid flavouring, but overall, a good chip.
Cape Cod Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Chips
First a Nose Bag Plunge Test - An instant aroma of peppery sweetness. Then the flavour, which has to be said was one of the better jalapeno flavours available. Sweet and spicy adds a certain amount of ambiguity to a flavour like jalapeno pepper, but it was just subtle enough to enhance the potato, sweeten up the jalapeno, but maintain a level of heat that you should expect from a fiery pepper chip. I looked on the bag for a secret ingredient and although there were lots of powders and content, there wasn't one. A great blend of flavours and a great chip.
Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Sweet Mesquite Barbeque
An aromatic chip that smelled of barbecue, if not quite mesquite. It matched the scent with a pleasant sweet barbecue taste that provided more of a hint of spicy mesquite by inference rather than in actual flavour.
Cape Cod Sea Salt Waffle Cut Chips
A warm and rich potato aroma was followed by a mild salty chip taste. With just the canola oil added to the salt and potato slices it was always likely to be fairly plain, with all the fun reserved for the design of the chip.