Over the years, I have tried countless varieties of "cracked pepper" flavor potato chips. I love the taste and smell of coarsely cracked black peppercorns, and it has long been a quest of mine to find a truly good Cracked Pepper potato chip. But for some reason, not a single one of the major chip brands I've tried - and that includes Cape Cod, Utz, Herr's, Boulder, you name it - not one makes a black pepper chip that isn't loaded up with a bunch of other crap. There's always whey powder, or garlic flavoring, or torula yeast, or who knows what else along with the pepper. And the other flavors always overwhelm the pepper flavor and make the chips taste like some kind of bastardized dried soup mix. I had almost given up on finding the ideal cracked pepper chip.
But then, at Ocean State Job Lot, I found Good Health brand Olive Oil Potato Chips in cracked pepper flavor, and finally found the chip I had been looking for. Potatoes kettle-cooked in 100% olive oil, salt, and cracked black pepper, and that's it.
Hot damn, these chips are incredible. I kind of expected an olive-oil-fried chip to be kind of heavy, but they're not. They've got just the right amount of salt and they're generously seasoned with black pepper. When you open the bag, the rich and fruity smell of cracked pepper rises to your nose completely unhindered by unwanted odors. The chips are fresh-tasting with lots of kettle-cooked crunch and bold black pepper flavor accompanied by black pepper burn.
Seriously, there is only one question here: GREAT potato chip or GREATEST potato chip?