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Tim's Cascade Snacks
Tim's Cascade Style Potato Chips began in 1986 with Tim Kennedy and his family in a 15,000 square foot facility in Auburn Washington. With mostly used equipment, they cooked small batches of thick sliced potatoes in square shaped kettles. The kettle cooked chips were spiced by hand and packaged in Tim's signature red and white striped bag. Then Tim himself went out to local convenience stores and gave them samples to try.
Just two years later, Tim's was named "The best potato chip in Seattle." Since then, Tim's has continued to be recognized with top taste awards from Esquire Magazine and The American Culinary Institute. Tim's has not only been recognized for great taste. Tim's Cascade Snacks was named one of "Washington's Best Companies To Work For" in 2008, and received the 2011 Award for Better Workplace from the Association of Washington Business.
Today, our product line consists of Tim's Cascade Style Potato Chips, Hawaiian Kettle Style Potato Chips and Onion Rings and Erin's All Natural Popcorn. Tim's snacks are produced at their chips manufacturing facility in Algona, Washington by a close knit, diverse workforce of more than 85 employees who take immense pride in making the unique, kettle style chips and quality snacks Tim's is known for.
Tim's Cascade Snacks were part of the Pinnacle Foods Group LLC., a leading packaged foods company based in Parsippany, New Jersey, which is in turn owned by the The Blackstone Group, but they are now operating under the Utz umbrella.
Tim's Cascade Snacks Jalapeno Chips
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a fairly bright and breezy jalapeno aroma. This was matched by the taste. As chips flavours go it always surprises me that jalapeno isn't mixed with something sweet - Maybe sweet peppers or even honey. These chips were hot like jalapeno, which is what it said they would be on the bag. I suppose there was the potato to go with it, but despite a medium to hot fire burning away in my mouth, they just seemed to lack a more rewarding and tasty experience.
Tim's Cascade Style Original Potato Chips
In a sort of face-off with Tim's All Natural Salted chips, these featured a similar nutrition label with a third more fat, (same amount of saturated) but very little else. The taste was, however, somewhat different. These were more oily, salty, plain potato than just plain potato. That was the only discernible taste difference to me.
Tim's Cascade Snacks Sour Cream & Onion
Sour cream is a bit of an odd one in the wonderful world of potato chips. It's not exactly a zinging taste, so it seems like it might almost be a get-out clause for a flavour pairing. However, that said, the onion essence, although dominant, was subtle and not in the slightest bit harsh.
Tim's Cascade Snacks Sea Salt & Vinegar
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a faint vinegar aroma. Add that to the copious amounts of salt in this bag and I was sure to be in for a well-balanced chip, no? These were fairly well balanced, but the vinegar still dominated just a bit more than it maybe should have.
Tim's Cascade Snacks Vlasic Dill Pickle
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a pickle smell. It was not too dissimilar, if slightly tamer, to a jar of Vlasic Dill Pickles. The perfect potato chip is one that balances its flavour combinations, and the salty potato combined well with the unmistakable dill pickle flavour. As this would have been a partnership it is unlikely that Vlasic would have agreed to them if they didn't taste anything like their pickles. Very similar to a stable-mate variety.