Is there anything as satisfying as the good ol' potato chip? It truly is impossible to just enjoy a few.
Just think of the myriad of creative flavors, the delectable shapes and textures, and the satisfying crunch that some scientists believe is the real reason chips are so addictive.
There's nothing like the anticipatory metallic crinkle of a chip bag or the delightful aromatic pop of delicious chip-air floating from the bag once it's opened for the very first time, doomed to be fully consumed within 20 minutes or less.
People like chips—fact stated. But what people do not seem to like is agreeing on what chips flavors are the best of the best. When one potatophile says barbeque, a sour cream and onion lover reels in disgust. When a salt and vinegar fan raves about the tangy delight of his or her chosen chip, a salt and pepper devotee clutches a bag of Trader Joe's Ridge Cut Salt and Pepper chips to their chest.
While we can certainly agree that chips are tasty, is it possible to ever agree on what flavor is the best? Probably not. And since potato chip discourse can be very intense, it's worth noting that our own list of the top chip brands and flavors is based mostly on this writer's personal opinion and a few common rankings scattered through the internet. Only you can choose the #1 chip flavor... from your heart.
With that being said, check out our Top 30 Chip Flavors, Ranked From 30th To 1st!
30 Lay's Cappuccino
Alright, we get it. This one is polarizing. What could possibly be tasty about coffee flavor mixed with potato?
The cappuccino concoction first came around during Lay’s "Do Us A Flavor" campaign. The result was a chip that was light on the potato flavor but heavy on the chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, and cream flavor with just a hint of salt.
There's a reason why chocolate-covered potato chips are a thing, even if they seem bizarre. The mix of "fried" flavor, crunchiness, and the sweetness of chocolate actually really compliments the overall snack. When it comes to cappuccino chips, you get the same kind of concept.
29 Lay's Wavy Mango Salsa
Another "Do Us a Flavor" finalist, the Mango Salsa chip from Lay's was a surprisingly tasty contender.
Where much of the contest's flavor submissions rested heavily on the meatiest, cheesiest, densest flavors possible, the wavy Mango Salsa was a surprisingly light but delicious break.
This chip has a bit of heat and spice, but it doesn't overwhelm the tasty mango and pepper flavor. It's a great mix of sweet and spicy, perfect for satisfying all cravings. If you're a diehard fan of real mango salsa, though, you'll probably be disappointed. The flowery scent of these chips can also be a bit off-putting.
28 Calbee Baked Shrimp
If you had immigrant parents growing up that frequented international markets, especially Asian markets, you probably were raised on Calbee's french-fry-shaped shrimp chips.
These chips are the real deal. They taste like actual shrimp. But it isn't an overwhelmingly shrimpy or fishy snack. It's light, perfectly salty, and not horribly unhealthy compared to other popular potato chips. It's rare to find any kind of seafood-flavored chip, but this little pink bag from Calbee does it right. They also come in other shrimp flavors, such as wasabi and hot garlic, but there's nothing quite like the pleasant original.
27 Lay's Ketchup
It's very hard to find these Lay's chips outside of Canada, which is a huge bummer for anybody that loves the perfect combination that's ketchup and potatoes.
All the tangy sweetness of tomato ketchup is contained within a subtle yet quite salty and flavorful potato chip. People from the US may not be a huge fan of the flavor, but Canadians go gaga over ketchup-flavored chips. Why wouldn't they? Dipping fries in ketchup is something people in the US do all the time, so what makes ketchup-flavored chips so different? They're perfectly seasoned without being too overbearing with the tomato flavor.
26 Kettle Foods Chili Lime
Kettle cooked chips really exploded in popularity in the last few years or so, and we can get how the extra crunch of a kettle-cooked chip can be even more satisfying than your average fried potato chip.
Kettle's avocado oil-cooked Chili Lime chips are definitely top tier when it comes to kettle-cooked chips. The chips are super thick and crunchy, and the avocado oil has a smoother, more buttery texture than canola oil. The tangy sweetness of lime meshed beautifully with the spiciness of chili, making for a great chip for consumers who can handle a bit of a kick.
25 TGI Fridays Cheddar and Bacon Potato Skins
The family restaurant TGI Fridays is known for their delectable appetizers, including none other than their famous fresh stuffed potato skins. You can buy a chip version of this delicacy in stores, but it's certainly a different flavor experience.These chips are great because they have a certain kind of fresh taste to them that you can't always find in packages and preserved chips. The strong cheese flavor is complimented well by the even stronger bacon flavor. It's an intense chip meant for intense chip lovers. The only downfall is that in recent years, these chips have been difficult to find in stores.
24 Utz Crab Potato Chips
Utz's crab-flavored chips are one of the few seafood-flavored chips out there that are good enough to make this list. These New England favorites are definitely a treat, albeit a rare one for anyone who lives outside of that region. The traditional Old Bay flavor mixed with a surprisingly tasty and fresh crab flavor is really delicious. You wouldn't find a ton of suspicious chemicals in these bad boys either—mostly just potatoes, cottonseed oil, salt, and New England crab spices. It's a great chip flavor to try if you're ever in the area or just really love good ol' fashioned seafood in chip form.
23 Lay's Dill Pickle
Who doesn't love a good pickle? The idea of pickle-flavored chips may be a bit weird at first, but these classics from Lay's are surprisingly flavorful. If you're a fan of the tanginess of salt and vinegar chips but don't appreciate the burn that usually accompanies them, it may be worth trying these little delights. There's a hint of sweetness there akin to bread and butter sweet pickles that one would put on a good homemade burger or dice up into a relish for a well-grilled hot dog. Pickle lovers will definitely not be disappointed by these addicting chips.
22 Ruffles Loaded Bacon and Cheddar Potato Skins
Ah, the loaded baked potato. Sour cream, salt, pepper, bacon, cheddar cheese, chives, and anything else you'd like to throw onto a potato. A delicious and heart-clogging delight.
It's no wonder that Ruffles Loaded Bacon and Cheddar Potato Skins were such a hit when they came out. They really do taste like a loaded baked potato. There's a familiar cheddar taste that's very similar to Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream-flavored chip but with a distinct bacon and chive flavor mixed in.
Unfortunately, this flavor has since been discontinued, but who knows? Maybe Ruffles will bring them back someday and treat us all over again.
21 Trader Joe's Ridge Cut Salt and Pepper
If you don't live near a Trader Joe's, we feel for you. The flashy blue and yellow bag that contains this absolutely addicting potato chip is the first thing that would catch your eye when you walked in. And once you tried them, they would end up in your cart every time you returned to the ol' Joe.
These chips are incredibly crispy and thick, complete with a texture that's somewhere between baked and kettle cooked. Each and every chip in the bag has an impossibly perfect amount of salt and tangy cracked pepper, so satisfying that you'll seriously struggle to put the bag down.
20 Lay's Cheese Onion
You'll only be able to get your paws on these Lay's chips if you live in Holland or can find them online. If you can, scoop them up! They're really delicious and not totally unlike America's beloved Cheddar and Sour Cream chips. The only real difference is a powerful kick of sweet onion, which compliments the cheesiness perfectly.
Cheese and onion is a popular flavor combination all around Europe, but you won't find it anywhere else easily. Different cultures definitely love different flavors, but anybody who gives this tasty European flavor a shot will mutually fall in love with it.
19 Lay's Fried Pickles with Ranch
Fried pickles are a popular US delicacy that may sound a bit over the top. However, a delicious crispy batter engulfing a tangy warm pickle is nothing short of magic. Pair it with a ranch dipping sauce, and you've got yourself a plate of deliciousness.
When Lay's put this dish into chip form, they did something right. While nothing can really capture the taste of the real deal, these chips come pretty close. Expect a ranch-flavored chip with a hint of pickle brine. Fried pickle lovers will absolutely love these, and everyone else may be surprised at how addicting they are.
18 Dirty Kettle-Cooked Sea-Salted Potato Chips
Sometimes, plain is just fine. And sometimes, plain is better than fine. There's a fine line between a good and a not-so-good classic potato chip, but these "dirty" kettle-cooked chips from Utz are a prime example of plain done perfectly.
Since there isn't any additional flavor dusting these chips, you really get to taste the subtle details. One notable detail is the smooth, luscious peanut oil blend mixed with just the right amount of sea salt. Other than that, you won't find a bunch of extra chemical ingredients. These chips are certainly not your usual boring old potato chip.
17 Lay's Wavy Ranch
It's alright to be a simple person who loves a simple ranch dressing. The classic salad dressing is perfect for pairing with everything from pizza to fried pickles to pretty much anything else that's dippable. Lay's put the ranch flavor to good use with their wavy ridged rendition of a potato dipped in this signature dressing. The ranch flavor is very bold and accurate, and the texture is crispy and addicting. This is definitely one of those chips that will kill you—you'll buy a party-sized bag for your family and find yourself shaking the crumbs into your mouth an hour later. They're just that good.
16 Lay's Southern Biscuits and Gravy
When Lay's Southern Biscuits and Gravy chips first came out, there was quite a polarized reaction. On one hand, you're mixing one delicious US dish with a tasty potato chip. What could go wrong? On the other hand, critics thought that Lay's had finally gone too far with the ultra-specific flavor choices.
We think this was one of Lay's better choices, albeit a bit of a strange one. They really taste like biscuits and gravy. If you don't like biscuits and gravy, you won't like this chip. If you do like biscuits and gravy, you'll appreciate the creamy chicken gravy flavor that's both accurate and satisfying.
15 Kettle-Brand Honey Dijon
Honey mustard is a perfect condiment for those of us who love sweet flavors. Dijon mustard is perfect for those of us who love a bit of a smokey kick. When you bring them both together, you've got some mustardy goodness that satisfies any craving.
Kettle Brand Honey Dijon chips take it a step further by tossing in the crunch-tastic texture of kettle-cooked chips. The texture of these chips paired with this particular mustard flavor is unique and the perfect level of spiciness—not too hot, not too sweet, not too salty. For many readers out there, this is probably the true #1.
14 Lay's Chile Limon
True spice fans don't have a lot of options in the chips world. Flamin' Hot Cheetos are about the only truly spicy delight available out there. (And we didn't include them on this list because they're a corn puff snack, not a potato chip. We aren't haters—we promise!)
Luckily, Lay's Chile Limon chips came along and finally added some real kick to potato chips. The bold and quite spicy chile flavor pairs perfectly with the subtle lime tang. The crispness and lightness of this chip set it apart from the rest. You might find your lips hurting about halfway through the bag, but you'll be alright with it.
13 Deep River Aged Cheddar Horseradish
Horseradish root frightens a lot of people. We get it. It's a very particular, very spicy flavor that chip manufacturers tend to not get right in the worst way possible.
Not these bad boys, though. Deep River Aged Cheddar Horseradish is absolutely divine.
The kettle-cooked texture is the only chip texture sturdy enough to handle horseradish, and the aged cheddar pairing was a good complimentary choice to add to it. The horseradish flavor is on point and only burns for a moment before fading away—no lingering burn that affects whatever you may be eating these chips with.
12 Doritos Cool Ranch
A lot of rookies and newbies litter this list, so we had to throw in a longtime favorite of '90s brown-bagging kids and the mothers who packed them alike. You get the crunchy, bumpy texture of a Doritos tortilla chip tossed in ranch flavor with just a hint of the traditional cheddar Doritos flavor. The combination is somehow perfect. We suggest pairing this junk food delicacy with the classic gourmet Coke Classic and a hand-crafted PB&J.
It makes sense that this chip is so high on the list and has been around for over 32 years. Long live Cool Ranch Doritos!
11 Pringles Pizza
We all probably went through the same process the first time we saw this Pringles flavor hit the shelves—confusion, attraction, aversion, then acceptance. And after tasting that first curved chip—delight.
These chips taste pretty close to pizza but definitely aren't the most accurate representation. However, even without the "pizza" label, they're a darn fine chip—possibly one of the best Pringles flavors to ever exist even. The super-seasoned tomato sauce flavor isn't overdone, and Pringles are known for not being slathered in oil, so you could probably eat the whole can without feeling queasy. And you probably will.
10 Pringles French Onion Dip
French onion dip is to chips like pasta sauce is to pasta. They just feel so right together. So, why not make a potato chip flavor that carries the sweet onion-y flavor of a party-favorite combination?
To quote Pringles themselves: "This is not just repackaged Sour Cream & Onion. We promise. It’s a whole different deal. We suggest you do a side-by-side comparison to truly get it." So, we did. And the difference is surprisingly stark. You get more of that thick cream cheese flavor with the French Onion Dip and a slightly muted onion aftertaste. It's perfectly salty and satisfying for anybody who craves Midwestern party food. What's next, a green bean casserole Pringle?
9 Hawaiian Sweet Maui Onion
This chip flavor is somewhat rare, but once you get a taste, you'll probably have a new favorite—especially if you're an onion lover.
These kettle-cooked dream bites perfectly mimic the particular sweet onion flavor popular in Hawaii. There's just a hint of garlic and cheese there, but they don't overpower the sweetness of the onion. This particular brand goes light on the seasoning so you can truly appreciate the flavor and texture combinations going on. If you live in the States, you might be able to find these at your local dollar store. You'd probably have better luck online, though.
8 Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream
Ah, another classic. Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream chips have been a staple in family pantries and school cafeterias for many years now, and the formula doesn't seem to have changed much. It's a simple ridged fried potato chip with a generous (and overwhelming to some) dusting of bright orange cheddar and sour cream flavoring. There's something so viscerally satisfying about the combination of cheddar and sour cream, and nobody hasn't gotten it right quite like Ruffles. Prepare for stained fingers and a full stomach, because you can't put these chips down. They're just that addicting and delicious, perfect for any cheese lover.
7 Lay's Roasted Chicken
Why are so many good Lay's flavors only available in Canada?! Share the love already! Still, residents of literally anywhere else may be able to find this particularly mouth-watering flavor online.
Lay's Roasted Chicken chips taste exactly like roasted chicken. You even get that smokey aftertaste, not unlike a bite of freshly roasted white meat at dinnertime. The still-present flavor of potato almost makes one feel like he or she's enjoying a roasted chicken with mashed potatoes on the side. These chips are an experience, so either visit eastern Canada and raid a Walmart or hit up Amazon to get these in bulk.
6 Kettle Chips Sea Salt and Crushed Black Pepper
Who doesn't love a good, clean, simple and delicious chip? Kettle Chips Sea Salt and Crushed Black Pepper chips make this list because they're a prime example of simplicity in potato chips done right. These kettle-cooked chips have a very particular amount of slick and creamy oil, fine-grain sea salt, and crushed black pepper coating every chip. The flavor's so mild and the crunch is so satisfying between the teeth that we dare you to not consume a whole bag in one sitting. These are like the fine wine of chips, but they (luckily) aren't quite as expensive.
5 Lay's Flamin’ Hot
You heard of Lay's Chili Limon; now, get out of the way for the best spicy chip around. Enter Lay's Flamin' Hot, a potato chip experience that spice lovers have been waiting for. Not a fan of corn puff but love the flavor of Flamin' Hot Cheets? These chips were made for you. The thin and crispiness of the potato chip combined with the light (but still generous) coating of flamin' hot flavor is so dang good. There's also an interesting note of sweetness to these chips that offset the intense burn of the spice, giving it a well-rounded flavor rather than an over-spiced acidic one.
4 Cape Cod Sweet and Spicy Jalapeno
Cape Cod makes a darn good bag of chips, and their Sweet and Spicy Jalapeno flavor is probably the best they've come up with. Jalapeno is a flavor that, like horseradish root, chip manufacturers don't really capture all that well. Which is a shame because the sweet and very spicy flavor of a fresh jalapeno is delicious. Cape Cod managed to make something not only accurate to taste but also addicting. There isn't an acidic aftertaste to these,m and while they're hot, they aren't too hot. The lack of grease and kettle-cooked texture make these one of the best spicy chips ever.
3 Ruffles Sour Cream and Onion
Ah, the crème de la crème of onion-y chips... Ruffles Sour Cream and Onion chips are so popular that you're probably eating fistfuls of it straight out of the bag as you're reading this. We won't judge—we're eating them as we're writing this, too.
What's to say about these? They're just really good chips. The onion flavor isn't too overpowering, the sour cream flavor is just right, there isn't too much or too little powder flavoring, and the ridge cut is satisfying to munch on. These chips are a staple at Super Bowl get-togethers, birthday parties, and heck, even weddings! Who wouldn't go straight for these classics?
2 Miss Vicky's Salt and Vinegar
Salt and vinegar chips weren't always so popular. Miss Vicky's Sea Salt and Malt Vinegar kettle cooked chips are what made them popular. Thes were probably the first salt and vinegar potato chip you tried, and you certainly wouldn't be alone. The texture of kettle-cooked goodness slathered in the painful but still really tasty tang of vinegar make these chips weirdly uncomfortable and delectable all at once. Nothing brings out the flavor of a sub sandwich quite like Miss Vicky's Sea Salt and Malt Vinegar, so it makes sense that they're pretty much nearby in every sandwich shop you could find.
1 Kettle Backyard Barbeque
Bum-bum-bummm! We have our winner, baby! Barbeque-flavored chips are about as USA as apple pie. Barbeque sauce flavor almost tastes like it was made for potato chips rather than grilled meats. Still, not all barbeque chips are created equal. Some are alright, and others are downright offensive to the taste buds. But these chips, these are the real deal. These are the chips you take to the cookout. Kettle Brand Backyard Barbeque chips have a mildly sweet Mesquite flavor and a smoky aftertaste that you won't even be able to experience because you'll already be shoving more of these into your mouth—a true king among men.