Chips vs. Crisps

Hands down, the UK has the best selection of chips (or crisps) as they call them here. (“Chips” in the UK = fries in the US. Hence if you order the classic “fish and chips” it’s not going to come with a side of Lay’s or Fritos.) Sure you can argue its all about the same potato and the same kind of crunch but these chips are amazing!

Once upon a time, I came to the UK to hang with amydoug while they were in Oxford…Amy worked and Dougin worked on his scripts of sorts. We had our own advenutures back then visiting Wales and Llandudno…but since then we made it a point to try every Walker’s crisp flavour we came across.

Perhaps a decade later the tradition will continue…but lets just hope the metabolism is even better at this point…about a decade later. :) Time will tell. But it was sure nice to munch on during a wet intermittently thunderstormy summer stroll along the Thames river in the small suburbia type town of Kingston upon Thames with the Sacewicz’. Besides, it’s practically “law” that it’s impossible to gain weight while you’re travelling so you are allowed to eat anything and everything. At least in all my travels over many moons, I’ve eaten to my heart and gut’s content and I’ve stayed pretty much the same size since I was in high school!

Today, I found two at the local Sainsbury’s:
1. Thai Sweet Chilli
2. Caramelised Onion & Balsamic Vinegar

Have you found other interesting flavours? If so, please let me know via a comment below so I can keep an eye out for it!









  1. I don’t think you’ve stayed the same size since high school because there is a “law” to not gaining weight while traveling. I think you are just genetically blessed, and we all hate you for it! (Glad to hear you made it there OK, lets see more food pics!)

    • Amy
    • July 14th, 2012 9:34am

    We were in Cambridge (not Oxford), and the selection of crisps were indeed excellent! My favourite at the time was lamb & mint. That caramelised onion & balsamic vinegar flavour sounds delish! Send me a variety box if you can! :)

    • Carol W.
    • July 14th, 2012 12:49pm

    I’d definitely try the caramelized onion & balsamic vinegar flavor.

    • Jacquelin
    • July 16th, 2012 10:20am

    Celine!! Tell her I said hi

    • Peggy
    • July 23rd, 2012 7:28am

    Other interesting flavors I came across on this trip were: Ready Salted, BBQ Rib, and Roasted Chicken. Not bad either, but Carmelized Onion & Balsamic Vinegar remains the top choice from this trip. Also, some other brand called Hula Hoops which were condensed potato chips into onion rings. Pretty good, just harder on the teeth.

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