Best Salt and Vinegar Chips: Tasted and Reviewed.  - Daring Kitchen (2024)

Pucker up! The product in the hot seat today is a real zinger. It’s none other than salt and vinegar chips! If you ask us, salt and vinegar chip fans are members of an elite group, a collection of those who prefer their snack foods to come served with a side of (minor) suffering in the form of eye watering, tongue burning goodness.

If this sounds like you, we’re right there with you. Despite the lingering acid burn, there’s just something about a good salt and vinegar chip that is just so good. In honor of this assertive little chip, we’re putting our own tongues on the line, tasting and reviewing as many of these tangy delights as we could find in order to proclaim which are the best salt and vinegar chips of all.

What Are Salt & Vinegar Chips?

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Though potato chips have been around for several hundred years, it was not until 1954 that a process for adding seasoning to chips was introduced to the commercial chip market. This simple shift opened the floodgates for flavors such as barbecue, sour cream & onion, cheese & onion, and of course--salt & vinegar.

This was by no means the first time the salt + vinegar + potato trifecta had made an appearance though, as fried fish & chips (known to us as French fries!) doused in vinegar has been a staple of British cuisine for far longer than potato chip companies have dominated the snack aisle of the supermarket.

Types of Salt & Vinegar Chips

Despite there being only 2 key ingredients featured on the name of this flavor, salt and vinegar chips are surprisingly complex.

The vinegar flavor may be achieved by any of several acidic ingredients such citric acid, malic acid, sodium diacetate, or powdered versions of distilled white vinegar and apple cider vinegar.

Some salt and vinegar chips include complementary spices and seasonings while others don’t even qualify as a potato chip. As you’re about to find out, there are salt and vinegar veggies chips, protein chips, and even tortilla chips out there!

Salt and Vinegar Chip Brands: The Test Subjects

We got our tang on with the following 14 brands and varieties of salt and vinegar chips:

  • Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
  • Deep River Snacks Sea Salt & Vinegar Flavored Kettle Cooked Potato Chips
  • Good & Gather Kettle Cooked Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
  • Kettle Brand Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
  • Lay's Kettle Cooked Sea Salt & Vinegar Flavored Chips
  • Lay's Salt & Vinegar Flavored Chips
  • PopChips Original Sea Salt & Vinegar
  • Siete Hint of Serrano + Sea Salt & Vinegar Kettle Cooked Potato Chips
  • Spudlove Sea Salt & Vinegar Thick-Cut Potato Chips
  • Terra Sea Salt & Vinegar Vegetable Chips
  • The Good Crisp Company Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Crisps
  • Utz Salt N' Vinegar Chips
  • Wilde Sea Salt & Vinegar Protein Chips
  • Zapp's New Orleans Kettle Style Salt & Vinegar Voodoo Chips

Ranking the Best Salt & Vinegar Chips

We set out to select the best salt and vinegar chips in each of the following 8 groups:

  • Best Classic Salt & Vinegar Chips
  • Best Kettle Cooked Salt & Vinegar Chips
  • Best Organic Salt & Vinegar Chips
  • Best Keto-Friendly Salt & Vinegar Chips
  • Best Low Fat Salt & Vinegar Chips
  • Best Flavored Salt & Vinegar Chips
  • Best Crisp-Style Salt & Vinegar Chips
  • Best Unconventional Salt & Vinegar Chips

The Methodology

We proceeded to taste each of our salty test subjects, one by one--with plenty of water in between, we might add!

Each salt and vinegar chip variety earned a grade in the following 5 criterial points, which were later used to calculate an overall average score for each contender, thereby giving us our winners.

  1. Taste & Texture: looking for a nice balance of salty and tangy here, as well as evaluating the all-important crunch factor!
  2. Nutrition Content: carefully considering fat and sodium contents, as well as sugars, protein, fiber, vitamins/minerals provided, and general quality of ingredients.
  3. Unique Characteristics: making note of special flavors, interesting preparation styles, or any other unique factors of each chip.
  4. Value: calculated out to a price per ounce.
  5. Production & Packaging: including any specifics from the company itself, how user friendly and/or informative the packaging is, and evaluating how well it serves to protect those precious chips inside.

ALLERGEN NOTE: all these chips are certified gluten free--wohoo! Keep an eye out for other allergens though, as commercially produced chip brands are well-known for making use of potentially problematic oils such as peanut oil or soybean oil. We’ll be sure to make note of such oils on products where it pertains.

Best Classic Salt & Vinegar Chips: Lay's Salt & Vinegar Flavored Chips

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Size: 7.75 oz bag

Here is how Lay's Salt & Vinegar Flavored Chips scored in each of our criteria categories:

  • Taste & Texture: 4.8 / 5.0
  • Nutrition Content: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Unique Characteristics: 4.4 / 5.0
  • Value: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Production & Packaging: 4.6 / 5.0
  • Overall Score: 4.7 / 5.0

If your idea of a killer potato chip is one that is as thin and crispy as possible, Lay’s is the bag you want to reach for! The almost melt-your-mouth flaky texture of these chips is as classic as it gets, with no frills, no special flavors or ingredients, just pure potato chip goodness.

We found the salty flavor of these chips to be well balanced by the acidic components--in this case a mixture of malic acid and vinegar--and that these chips somehow had a more savory, potato-y taste than many of the other varieties we tasted.

For a big brand name such as Lay’s we were pleased to find that they were actually among the most affordable of all the varieties, costing us just $0.39 per ounce. And while none of the chips we reviewed were especially nutrient dense, Lay's Salt & Vinegar Flavored Chips came in at the top, providing a small boost of iron per serving as well as 6% DV each of potassium and vitamin C. There is a scannable smart label on the bag for easy info access and every bag of lay’s comes with a freshness guarantee so you can snack worry free!

Visually speaking, these chips are not the best looking as they have way more “eyes”--you know, those dark spots in the potatoes--and other blemishes than any other bag of chips we dumped out. They are also on the high end in both calories and fats, with 160 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving. And sadly, these chips are fried in an oil blend which may or may not contain soybean oil, so if you have food allergies keep an eye on this one!


  • Classically thin, flaky, crispy potato chip texture!
  • Nicely balanced salt & vinegar flavor.
  • Less sharp, more savory than other varieties, with more potato flavor.
  • One of the most affordable chip bags we picked up.
  • Provides some iron, potassium, and vitamin C in each serving.
  • Scannable QR code on the label gives you instant info access.
  • Comes with a fresh-or-your-money-back guarantee.


  • Not as appetizing as other chips, with many more dark spots and blemishes.
  • One of the highest in both calorie and fat content.
  • Frying oil blend may contain soybean oil, a potential allergen.

Best Kettle Cooked Salt & Vinegar Chips: Kettle Brand Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips

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Size: 7.5 oz bag

Here is how Kettle Brand Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips scored in each of our criteria categories:

  • Taste & Texture: 4.4 / 5.0
  • Nutrition Content: 4.6 / 5.0
  • Unique Characteristics: 4.4 / 5.0
  • Value: 4.7 / 5.0
  • Production & Packaging: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Overall Score: 4.6 / 5.0

As opposed to being cooked in a temperature stable deep fryer--like classic potato chips--kettle chips are dropped and pulled from vats of hot oil, slow and steady, one batch at a time. This method ends up causing the temperature of the hot oil to ebb and flow, resulting in potato chips which are crunchier, more irregularly shaped, and veritably “old-fashioned” tasting.

In our search for the best kettle cooked chips, it worked out all too perfectly that we found Kettle Brand Chips to do the style the best justice. They bear the name, and boy did they ever earn it! We found these to have superior crunch and a lovely golden coloring, as a good kettle cooked chip should.

In addition to their nice crunch and appearance, these chips come with a dose of eco-consciousness as well. They are non-GMO project verified and as per the packaging, are manufactured under an initiative that is actively cutting greenhouse gas emissions and plastic waste by reducing packaging by 43%!

They also aim to connect folks with where their food comes from, and each bag of these chips is stamped with a “tater tracker” number, which you can enter on their website and find out all about the exact farm where your potatoes were grown. And, their rustic packaging is a stand out in the snack aisle, both visually speaking as well as in terms of utility. The extra-thick bag works well to protect those precious chips and we found minimal evidence of breakage in our bag.

The flavor of this specific salt and vinegar blend was not the top favorite, however, as it has a bit of an overly chemical, vinegary taste as a result of distilled white vinegar and citric acid being included in the ingredients list. We also noticed that the ingredients panel contains maltodextrin, which is a highly processed food starch that isn’t necessarily the best for you, as it has a high glycemic index. Skip that fake stuff, we say!

We also didn’t love how even after eating just a few of these chips, we were left with a sticky, crumbly residue on our fingertips--kind of reminiscent of cheez doodle dust except without the neon orange.


  • Super satisfying crunch from kettle cooking.
  • Have a very appetizing golden coloring.
  • Non-GMO project verified.
  • Produced under efforts that reduce packaging, greenhouse gas emissions, and plastic waste.
  • Feature a link to connect with the farm where each batch of potatoes is grown.
  • Appealing rustic-style bag with thick walls that protects those chips!


  • Vinegar flavor is sharp and a bit chemical.
  • Contains maltodextrin, a highly processed starch that may have some negative health effects.
  • Leaves a sticky, granular residue on your hands.

Best Organic Salt & Vinegar Chips: Spudlove Sea Salt & Vinegar Thick-Cut Potato Chips

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Size: 5 oz bag

Here is how Spudlove Sea Salt & Vinegar Thick-Cut Potato Chips scored in each of our criteria categories:

  • Taste & Texture: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Nutrition Content: 4.9 / 5.0
  • Unique Characteristics: 4.7 / 5.0
  • Value: 4.2 / 5.0
  • Production & Packaging: 4.8 / 5.0
  • Overall Score: 4.7 / 5.0

While there aren’t too many things that can trump a fried potato, a fried organic potato is surely one of them! The folks at Spudlove are working to ensure that their potato products are as good as possible and we have to agree, they surely succeed here.

It’s evident from the first glance that these are some quality chips, with a toasty, caramelized coloring that points to their flavor. These chips taste more like a roasted potato than a processed potato chip, making them excellent as a standalone snack or to serve as a side dish on burger (or vegan burger!) night.

The thick cut and skin-on nature of these chips gives them a great crunch as well as a handcrafted vibe that our test panel fully appreciated! They have a good vinegar flavor too, getting their punch from a vinegar powder + citric acid combo which is perfectly balanced by a touch of cane sugar and some savory baker’s yeast extract.

Spudlove’s chips are USDA certified organic by Quality Assurance International--an independent certification outfit--and are non-GMO project verified. And, this company is very dedicated to agricultural wellness as their motto “Farmer Owned, Farmer Grown” indicates. In addition to environmentally focused decisions like maintaining organic farming practices and taking longer crop rotations, a portion of Spudlove’s profits are donated to Farmers Ending Hunger, a charitable effort which works to combat food insecurity in the company’s home state of Oregon!

For such a good potato chip, we were disappointed to see how minimal protection their packaging provided against breakage. Despite the heat seal being completely intact, there seemed to be very little air in our package, and there was definitely a lot of crush damage going on.

When it came time to finally rip that sucker open, it was sort of a difficult-to-open disaster. A notch at the top sure would have been nice! Spudlove Sea Salt & Vinegar Thick-Cut Potato Chips are also quite expensive, costing us nearly $1.00 per ounce.


  • Nicely toasted coloring with a deeply roasted potato flavor!
  • Excellent vinegar flavor is well balanced by sweet and savory seasonings as well.
  • USDA organic and non-GMO project verified.
  • Spudlove is a farmer-owned company.
  • Potatoes are grown with farming techniques which improve soil health and sustainable agriculture.
  • A portion of sales are donated to fight against food insecurity.


  • Poorly executed packaging does not protect the chips from crushing or breaking.
  • Not an easy-open bag.
  • One of the most expensive chips we tested.

Best Keto-Friendly Salt & Vinegar Chips: Wilde Sea Salt & Vinegar Protein Chips

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Size: 4 oz bag

Here is how Wilde Sea Salt & Vinegar Protein Chips scored in each of our criteria categories:

  • Taste & Texture: 4.6 / 5.0
  • Nutrition Content: 4.4 / 5.0
  • Unique Characteristics: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Value: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Production & Packaging: 4.7 / 5.0
  • Overall Score: 4.5 / 5.0

You don’t need to have a degree in nutrition science to know that potato chips are carb heavy. The fact that regular potato chips are so packed with carbohydrates often render them off limits to folks who prefer to stick to a low carb eating plan--but not anymore!

Wilde Sea Salt & Vinegar Protein Chips have just 6 grams net carbs per serving, as compared to the average salt and vinegar potato chip which comes in around 14 net carbs per serving. This means that Wilde chips are a keto-friendly, paleo-certified option for when those crispy-crunchy snack cravings hit.

These ingenious chip makers are able to achieve such a feat by making their chips from real chicken breast and egg whites, meaning these chips also happen to be loaded with protein, 10 grams per serving in fact!

We love the savory flavor that the chicken breast--which actually does taste just like chicken--and bone broth bring to the base of these chips, and when combined with the tangy coating of vinegar powder, turns into a serious win!These chips are made in the USA from antibiotic and hormone free chicken and packed in a satisfyingly sturdy bag with a scannable QR code on the back.

Seeing as they’re made from real chicken, it shouldn’t be too surprising that these chips are quite expensive, coming in at nearly $8.00 per 4-ounce bag! They also take the crown for high levels of both calorie and fat contents, with 170 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving.

And just what you don’t want to hear about these extra costly chips is that they are extra sensitive as well. Since they’re made from dehydrated animal protein, they are more sensitive to moisture than the usual potato-based chip options and the bag advises you to consume them within 14 days of opening. They are structurally fragile as well, and we sadly found lots of broken pieces in the bottom of our bag.


  • Only 6 net carbs per serving.
  • Keto-friendly and paleo-certified.
  • Made from antibiotic and hormone-free real chicken breast!
  • Contain 10 grams of protein per serving.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Bag has a quick scan QR code for more chip and brand info.


  • Very expensive, costing $2.00 per ounce.
  • Highest levels of both calories and fat in all the chips we tested.
  • Have a much shorter shelf life than regular potato chips.
  • Very thin and prone to breakage.

Best Low Fat Salt & Vinegar Chips: PopChips Original Sea Salt & Vinegar

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Size: 5 oz bag

Here is how PopChips Original Sea Salt & Vinegar scored in each of our criteria categories:

  • Taste & Texture: 4.1 / 5.0
  • Nutrition Content: 4.8 / 5.0
  • Unique Characteristics: 4.9 / 5.0
  • Value: 4.4 / 5.0
  • Production & Packaging: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Overall Score: 4.5 / 5.0

In a sea of salt and vinegar chips that rely on hot oil and frying to create their crisp, the PopChips brand of snacks is doing things a little different. By combining high heat and pressure, they are able to make delightfully crisp, airy chips that are way lighter in both texture and fat as compared to regular potato chips!

Delivering just 4 total grams of fat--and 0 grams saturated fats--per serving, the calorie content is kept low as well. PopChips Original Sea Salt & Vinegar chips have just 130 calories per serving as compared to the 220 in your average pile of potato chips. This is about 40% less! If you’re looking for a healthier snack or are trying to cut down consumption of fats and calories, PopChips are without a doubt the way to go. We also love that these crispy little rounds, which look a lot like pita chips, are free from GMOs and are also certified vegan.

Flavor wise, however, things are a bit less upbeat. These salt and vinegar chips have the strongest taste out of all of the brands and varieties we reviewed and unfortunately, not really in a good way. We found the flavor to be quite sharp and all of the vinegar hits you right in the back of the throat!

For a snack that is healthier in many other respects, we also were disappointed to see that they offered the lowest micronutrient content of all--just a measly 2% DV of potassium here. Nevertheless if you’re looking for a snack with a good crunch that you don’t have to feel as guilty about, PopChips Original Sea Salt & Vinegar are a great choice.


  • Made with dry heat and high pressure as opposed to hot oil.
  • Have a crave-ably crisp, airy texture.
  • Very low fat content, just 4 grams per serving.
  • Have 40% less calories than regular potato chips.
  • GMO free.
  • Certified vegan.


  • Extremely strong and sharp vinegar flavor is overpowering.
  • Have the lowest nutrient content, with only a small amount of potassium.

Best Flavored Salt & Vinegar Chips: Siete Hint of Serrano + Sea Salt & Vinegar Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

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Size: 5.5 oz bag

Here is how Siete Hint of Serrano + Sea Salt & Vinegar Kettle Cooked Potato Chips scored in each of our criteria categories:

  • Taste & Texture: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Nutrition Content: 4.7 / 5.0
  • Unique Characteristics: 4.8 / 5.0
  • Value: 4.6 / 5.0
  • Production & Packaging: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Overall Score: 4.8 / 5.0

Looking to give your taste buds an even bigger surprise? Flavored salt and vinegar chips are the way to go! This bag of Mexican Style papitas from the family-operated Siete brand takes things to a whole other level with the introduction of a bit of spice.

The pleasant tang of vinegar is nicely balanced with a sprinkling of real serrano chile powder, offering a touch of heat and plenty of earthiness to these crunchy chips. In fact, these were actually our favorite salt and vinegar potato chips in the flavor department, as after the taste tests were said and done, these were the chips we wanted to keep munching on.

Siete Hint of Serrano + Sea Salt & Vinegar Kettle Cooked Potato Chips are fried in 100% avocado oil--a healthier alternative to some frying oil blends--and provide 10% your DV of potassium and 4% DV iron! They are also certified vegan, non-GMO project verified, and perhaps most importantly, are “Abuela-approved”.

We also adore the family-centric packaging of this brand, with a lovely history of the company on the back, including an “embarrassing family photo” of all 7--siete!--members of the Garza family, looking fab in 90's era fashion.

There actually weren’t many things we didn’t like about these chips, as they were delicious, well-crafted, and excellently presented through and through! The only thing worth noting is that of course that spicy-sweet serrano powder may not be to everyone’s tastes, and that the spice level varies a bit from one chip to the next.


  • Seasoned with real powdered serrano pepper.
  • Level of spice is nicely balanced with the tangy, salty flavors of these chips--our favorite tasting chips across the board.
  • Fried in 100% pure avocado oil.
  • Provides better micronutrient quantities than other potato chips.
  • Certified vegan and non-GMO project verified.
  • Made by a close-knit and family focused company!


  • Heat of the chili powder may not be suitable for all folks' palates.

Best Crisp-Style Salt & Vinegar Chips: The Good Crisp Company Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Crisps

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Size: 5.6 oz can

Here is how The Good Crisp Company Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Crisps scored in each of our criteria categories:

  • Taste & Texture: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Nutrition Content: 4.8 / 5.0
  • Unique Characteristics: 4.7 / 5.0
  • Value: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Production & Packaging: 4.8 / 5.0
  • Overall Score: 4.6 / 5.0

These crisp-style potato chips from The Good Crisp Company may still have that ideal shape for putting on a pretend duck bill, but aside from the fun and games, these snacks have a few other more grown-up characteristics to them!

Unlike other brands of stacked chips, these crisps are free from allergens like soy and gluten, and have far fewer processed ingredients! One serving of these airy snacks provides 6% your DV of potassium and The Good Crisp Company only uses non-GMO ingredients.

One major benefit to being stacked and packed in a canister like this is that it minimizes the number of broken chips, and we were happy to find most of the crisps in our tube to be full-sized! The lovely crispy texture is a result of being lightly fried, and on the ingredients panel we are happy to see that this company makes use of sustainably sourced palm oil.

Despite being loaded with four different acidic components--vinegar powder, citric acid, lactic acid, and tartaric acid--the flavor of these seems to pale in comparison to other chips we tasted. They don’t have a very strong vinegar flavor and tend to come across more sweet than savory or tangy.

Also, though the package features a tagline “all taste, no guilt”, we find this to be a bit misleading as in contrast to the relatively low calorie count, each serving still contains 3 grams of saturated fats per serving--the highest of all chips we reviewed--and a very high 280 milligrams of sodium per serving!


  • Comes in that classic, curvy, potato crisp shape!
  • Free from soy and gluten ingredients that are commonly found in other potato crisps.
  • Non-GMO.
  • Each tubular canister effectively protects chips from breakage.
  • Lightly fried, making these chips less greasy and ultra crispy.
  • Uses certified sustainable palm oil.


  • Not the most vinegar forward salt and vinegar chips, with a flavor that is more sweet as opposed to tangy.
  • Is advertised as being healthy, but actually contains the highest saturated fat content and a significant amount of sodium.

Best Unconventional Salt & Vinegar Chips: Terra Sea Salt & Vinegar Vegetable Chips

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Size: 5 oz bag

Here is how Terra Sea Salt & Vinegar Vegetable Chips scored in each of our criteria categories:

  • Taste & Texture: 4.2 / 5.0
  • Nutrition Content: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Unique Characteristics: 4.8 / 5.0
  • Value: 4.2 / 5.0
  • Production & Packaging: 4.6 / 5.0
  • Overall Score: 4.4 / 5.0

Some of our favorite chips were not made from potatoes at all, and instead were crafted from alternative ingredients. In the case of Terra Chips, it’s all about vegetal goodness.

In addition to featuring a beautiful rainbow of autumnal hues, these chips also come with a super tasty underlying sweetness, almost like a bag of dehydrated fruit strips! It may not be the first flavor profile that comes to mind when you picture a salt and vinegar chip, but it is a tasty one nonetheless.

Inside the shiny black package--with a handy easy-open notch we might add--you’ll find a number of different root veggies, including taro, sweet potatoes, batatas (white sweet potatoes!), and parsnips. Some of these veggie chips are even colored with a bit of beet juice, adding a brilliant ruby coloring into the mix.

The salt and vinegar concept is a new flavor for this company, but the fact that these chips are both certified vegan and non-GMO verified are facts that have been around since the initial Terra chips were launched nearly 20 years ago. Need even more goodness? Terra proudly supports the Seed Saver Exchange Program, a non-profit which works to preserve the beautifully diverse world of heirloom fruit and vegetable varieties!

Sadly, these chips were broken into many little pieces by the time they made their way onto our taste test table and boy, oh boy, are those broken edges sharp! We also had a tough time scoring a bag of these in the first place, and after searching several locations, finally found them at Whole Foods.

Interestingly, even Terra’s home website does not include this flavor in their product list, leaving us to wonder is it just a temporary flavor or is the website in dire need of updates? And for another point of confusion: though these chips are made from nutrient dense veggies like sweet potato, there is zero micronutrient information on the nutrition panel. Perhaps this is an omission, but strikes us as odd. We want to know all about the goodness in these chips please!


  • Vibrantly colored chips in many hues are extra beautiful!
  • Flavor has a nice sweetness which complements the tang of vinegar.
  • Attractive and distinct black packaging has an easy-open top.
  • Chips made from several different root veggies.
  • Certified vegan and non-GMO.
  • New flavor option from this 20 year old snack company!
  • Each purchase helps to support food crop diversity preservation efforts.


  • Slightly fruity flavor of the chips may not be what you’re looking for to satisfy a classic salt and vinegar chip craving.
  • Many chips in the bag were broken into tons of sharp little pieces.
  • Not the most widely available.
  • Nutrition panel doesn’t offer any info as to what vitamins and mineral content.

Salt and Vinegar Chip FAQs

Are Salt and Vinegar Chips Healthy?

Sadly, no, salt and vinegar chips are one snack that aren’t that great for you! As discussed in the reviews above, some varieties are certainly better than others, but all in all, chips are just junk food.

All things in moderation though we say, and if you choose to indulge your salt and vinegar tooth (hey, we have one too!) just exercise good portion control.

What Goes Good With Salt and Vinegar Chips?

So. Many. Things!

We love pairing salt and vinegar chips with sandwiches like our Favorite Vegan BLT or one of these Best Wrap Recipes. They also are a great side to these Beet Burgers, if you don’t have time (or energy!) to whip up a batch of the Parsnip Fries that are included in the recipe.

And, since fish + chips + vinegar is a classic equation, try your tangy snacks alongside some seafood options like a platter of our homemade White Fish Cakes with Salsa Verde and Citrus or with a hearty bowl of the Best Canned Clam Chowder

Why Do Some Salt and Vinegar Chips Have Green?

That green tinge that you sometimes see on a potato or potato chip is the sign of a compound known as solanine, which accumulates when these darkness-loving tubers end up getting too much sun exposure. This stuff may have toxic effects when consumed in large quantities so exercise caution around any verdant chips!

Do Salt and Vinegar Chips Actually Have Vinegar?

Yes! While the creation of a salt and vinegar chip is not as straightforward as dipping a chip in liquid vinegar, real vinegar is indeed used in powdered or spray form to get that characteristically tangy taste onto the surface of your chips.

Final Thoughts on Reviewing the Best Salt and Vinegar Chips

For those who like our snacks to be a little exciting, slightly unpredictable, and a little bit daring, salt and vinegar potato chips are a well-loved option. And who knew there were so many different variations within such a niche category!

From keto-friendly or low fat to specially flavored and good ol' classic, there are a ton of salt and vinegar chip choices out there to be made. As always, it has been our honor to try them each in the hopes of helping you, our readers, carry out your snack shopping armed with knowledge!

Now if you'll excuse us, we're off to ice down our tuckered out taste buds.

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What does liking salt and vinegar chips say about you? ›

A sway towards salt and vinegar also suggests workaholic traits and a tenancy to struggle more with stress. Those with more adventurous taste buds may go for sweet chilli flavoured crisps - a sure sign of a “zest for life”.

Why salt and vinegar chips are the best? ›

In terms of the flavor, there is something to be said for salt and acid coming together. And that is exactly what you get with salt and vinegar, the perfect mix of acidity and saltiness to satisfy our cravings. And last but not least, it really does feel like this is a flavor that packs a punch.

What is the saltiest chip brand? ›

The specs: Herr's chips were tied for the highest sodium level in our taste test, which, for our tasters, meant they were too salty.

Why are salt and vinegar chips being discontinued? ›

We did our research and sometimes flavours do not perform - and we had to discontinue the flavour. We have to listen to our customers and we made the decision, said Chetty.

What are the ingredients in better made salt and vinegar chips? ›

Ingredients: potatoes, vegetable oil (contains one or more of the following: cottonseed, palm), salt. Seasoning (Maltodextrin, Sodium Diacetate, Sugar, Salt, Malic Acid, Canola Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Acetic Acid, Calcium Phosphate, Silicon Dioxide).

What is the green stuff on salt and vinegar chips? ›

Those green spots are actually places where solanine, a neurotoxin, has formed, according to Medical News Today. That means anyone who ingests too much of the toxin runs the risk of becoming nauseous or experiencing headaches. Potatoes or potato chips that have more than 0.1% of solanine are not safe for consumption.

How many people actually like salt and vinegar chips? ›

41% named regular old potato chips as their favorite type.

24% like kettle cooked chips. 21% like cheddar flavored chips. 16% enjoy salt and vinegar. And 7% named other favorite flavors like spicy, onion and garlic or dill pickle.

Do Americans eat salt and vinegar chips? ›

Even within the U.S., there are regional preferences: Limón on the West Coast, salt and vinegar on the East Coast, and spicy flavors in the South.

Why do people like vinegar on chips? ›

Condiment – Of course, it goes without saying that splashing malt vinegar on fish and chips helps to add flavour and cut the greasiness of the dish.

Are salt and vinegar chips bad for your teeth? ›

Salt and vinegar chips, while unbelievably addictive, chafe your teeth and make them vulnerable to staining.

Why does vinegar taste so good? ›

The acidity or sourness of vinegar brightens the flavor of food and adds balance to a rich dish. It is found in popular kitchen staples like salad dressings, marinades, sauces, mayonnaise, and ketchup. Vinegar can change the texture of foods.

What is the #1 chip brand in America? ›

Major Players in the Potato Chip Market

Lay's, Miss Vickie's, Red Rock Deli, Ruffles, and Munchos are the company's top-selling potato chip brands. In 2021-2022, Lay's was by far the most popular potato chip brand in America. It represented over 41% of the market for potato chips.

What are the number 1 chips in America? ›

Iconic in every sense of the word, Lay's is by far one of the most popular brands of chips, worldwide! Selected as the official USA Snack at the 2022 FIFA World Cup; Frito-Lay products including Lay's Chips rank #1 in every category including quality, flavor, and preference!

Which is the No 1 brand of chips? ›

Based on our research, the top five chips are Lays, Bingo, Uncle chip, Doritos, and Pringles.

What can I put salt and vinegar on? ›

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Do salt and vinegar chips go bad? ›

If the chips were not opened, they will last just about indefinitely. They may taste a bit stale after several months of sitting around. but they will still be safe to eat. If they have been opened, it will depend on how much moisture got into the package and how much time has passed.

How long do salt and vinegar chips last? ›

Sprinkle with vinegar and salt mixture. Line baking sheets with a single layer of chips and bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow chips to cool completely. These homemade chips will keep for up to two weeks (if you can keep them around that long!


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