Perhaps one of the most frequent laments of the expat, is one of dietary significance. Where can a Canadian living abroad find the gastronomical delights of the Motherland? It certainly is not easy. That is why when there is a sighting of a beloved Canuck food, it is cause for celebration!
Yesterday, as I ventured into the local Squall-Mart (so called because of the choir of raucous cries from every child under the age of ten), I was delighted to see a giant display of ketchup chips! Some may remember that last year Pringles briefly entered the ketchup chip market, but the cans were clearly marked "only for a limit period of time". In other words, the plan was to remind all of the ketchup chip deprived U.S. based Canucks of what they were missing, and then pull the product, thereby leaving a gaping hole in the market.
This time is different (or at least I hope so!). These chips are made by a Pennsylvania company called Herr's
who have teamed up with the good folks over at Heinz. From the look of Herr's website, they are into unusual flavours
such as Bacon & Horseradish (!) and Steak & Worcestershire (!!). Not feeling terribly adventurous, we limited ourselves to buying multiple bags of ketchup chips
due to the horrendous Pringles trauma of last year). The chips were priced just short of a dollar for a 5 once bag, which is a steal of a deal according to the prices that are listed on the Herr's website.
The chips are not too greasy and their rippled surface packs a decent amount of crunch. I am sorry to report, however, that they are really lacking in the ketchup powder arena. Eating ketchup chips should leave one with a red stained tongue matched by red stained fingers, and if you are lucky, there should be a few chips in the bag that are so covered with ketchup powder that they stain your clothing when you accidentally drop them onto your shirt. In short, people should be able to tell that you have eaten ketchup chips, days after you have had the last chip. These chips, unfortunately, are entirely too naked to commit any degree of decent staining action.
Still, finding ketchup chips in our neck of the woods is an incredible feat and there is always hope that *maybe* Herr's will adjust their recipe so as to stain the clothing of their eager customers in the future.