What Makes a Great Kettle Chip?

We all crave salty snacks from time to time and potato chips can hit the spot! High quality kettle chips are crunchy and crispy with a fatty mouth feel. They have a salty, toasty potato flavor with fresh tasting oil. Specifically, they are golden brown slices of potato and may have some skin. The aroma and flavor profile is toasty potato and fresh oil. An earthy flavor is present if there are potato skins. The chips are salty. The potato is sweet and there’s low bitterness. The chips are crunchy to bite and have a crisp, delicate shattering when chewed. They leave a moderately fatty mouthfeel.

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Tasting terms

  • flavor

    A combination of a food's basic taste and its accompanying aroma, flavor is the distinctive taste of a food or ingredient while it is in the mouth. Along with aroma, appearance, texture and taste, flavor is one of the five dimensions considered by ChefsBest Master Tasters. Example: Chocolate chip cookies should have a moderate chocolate flavor accompanied by a slightly lower level of complex dough flavor that includes egg, flour, vanilla and brown sugar notes.

  • mouthfeel

    The texture experienced while food is being eaten. Examples include smooth, chalky, grainy or greasy. Example: Super premium ice cream is often described as having a rich and smooth mouthfeel.

  • aroma

    The smell that emanates from food. Along with appearance, texture, flavor and taste, aroma is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate a product. Example: Brownies should have an aroma that includes chocolate as well as egg, toasty and sweet notes.

  • sweet

    One of the basic tastes; often considered pleasing while exhibiting characteristics of sugar. Example: Honey, ripe fruits and syrup all have a pronounced sweet component.