Route 11 Potato Chips
Address: 11 Edwards Way, Mount Jackson, Virginia 22842, USA
Phone: 540 477 9664
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Route 11 Potato Chips
From the moment we dropped our first batch of chips back in the early days of 1992, we understood our destiny as a high quality chip maker. Instead of succumbing to the frenzy of mass production chip manufacturers, we took advantage of our small size and made chipping our personal art form. The pay off was immediate: an incredible potato chip!
If you’re already a Route 11 fan, thank you for keeping us so busy here in chip land. And, if you’ve never had Route 11 potato chips, it’s about time.
Here at Route 11, we consider ourselves traditionalists when it comes to cooking potato chips. We cook in small batches. This cooking style takes more time, but give us the opportunity to create a chip that is undoable on a larger scale.
Our methods and high quality ingredients make exceptional chips with uncommon character. In our opinion, a great chip has a good crunch, without being too hard. A nice golden color and a body with plenty of curl are a must. With every crunch, potato flavor bursts forth.
With a secret recipe and superior ingredients, our mission is to make an outstanding product in a safe and clean environment. In this world of uncertainty that we live in, we believe comfort food should be just that. Know where your food comes from.
Everyday, our staff works diligently to maintain the high standards of production that we have established for ourselves over the years.
We use only the best ingredients.
We don’t take short cuts. We opt to take our time to produce unique potato chips. Yep, unhurried potatoes.
The owners and staff of Route 11 Potato Chips truly believe there is a big picture. Quality is not just reserved for a potato chip or a bag of potato chips or even an entire truckload of potato chips. We believe we are accountable for insuring quality in every aspect of our existence as a company. We also strive to contribute to the quality of life of our families, friends and community, because if we don’t, what’s the point?
Route 11 Barbeque Potato Chips
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a slightly sweet barbecue smell, but it was not significant enough to reveal what was in the bag. There was certainly a smoky barbecue taste there, but it was all a little overly oily potato, and a bit sweet. There was a salty pepper tang to them, but it didn't all mix together quite correctly.
Route 11 Lightly Salted Potato Chips
As far as standard regular chips go, this made a nice sandwich accompaniment. It is difficult to assess the correct distance between salt and no salt to recommend a lightly salted version, but there was some salt, so I suppose it did the job.
Route 11 Dill Pickle Potato Chips
I do not know why, but Dill appears to be one of few flavours that all chips companies master fairly easily. They are almost always well balanced with flavour popping chips readily identifiable with the pickled herb. I tend to use McClures, who are a New York based pickle specialist, as my standard-bearer, and any company that gets close to their supreme dill flavoured chips will score very highly in my reviews. So, what of Route 11? These chips featured a mild vinegary, almost sweet pickle kick, which was very pleasant, and more than capable of matching up to the proposition. As good, if not better, than most on the market.
Route 11 Sour Cream & Chive Potato Chips
These chips featured less than a quarter of the sodium content of Route 11's Barbecue flavour. You have to wonder why chip companies don't pay closer attention to these things. Chive is a regular constituent of sour cream dip so the taste should have been somewhat familiar. However, it tasted a little oily potato mixed with sour cream in what was a relatively fresh tasting variety that I would describe as chive for no other reason than I liked them more than many of their rivals.
Route 11 Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a tart but mild vinegar aroma. The secret to the variety is a good balance between the salt and the vinegar. Many versions of this flavour have a far too dominant vinegar aspect to the pairing. These were much better balanced. The sodium content was relatively low, so the vinegar extract was not brought along as quickly as some saltier chips manage to. One of the better versions of this variety on the US market.
Route 11 Mama Zuma's Revenge Chips
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a smoky pepper sort of aroma. There was a sweet introduction to the beautiful lady's revenge (see reverse of pack for potato peeler incident). Chips do not generally mix peppers this well while still providing flavour and burn. There was the very slightest sweetness to Mama Zuma's kiss, but she will be far too hot for the vast majority of the chips buying public. One of the best bag designs and one of the best chip varieties.
Route 11 Chesapeake Crab Potato Chips
I took a quick look at the ingredients before trying these, expecting to see Old Bay Seasoning or something similar. Instead, it pretty much read, ‘basic chips with paprika and spices.’ They did not taste like the sea, which was unsurprising considering the relatively low sodium content, but there was an unfamiliar peppery flavour that would be unfair to categorise. It was a fairly original taste and one I would recommend, if just for its unique nature.