Lay’s Kettle Cooked Original
Thick-cut and extra crunchy, these picnic must-haves are basic but not boring.To buy: $3.30 for 8.5 ounces, target.com.
It’s no surprise that this iconic, dip-gripping favorite has been the life of the party since 1958.To buy: $4 for 10 ounces, jet.com.
Lay’s Kettle Cooked Mesquite BBQ
Not too smoky, not too sweet, this winner comes alive with paprika, garlic, and sugar.
To buy: $3.30 for 8.5 ounces, walmart.com.
Dirty Sea Salt & VinegarPucker up: These intensely tangy snacks pack a powerful kick that lingers.To buy: $2.50 for 5.5 ounces.
Dirty Cracked Pepper & Sea SaltA crisp texture and a piquant flavor make these rounds a hit.To buy: $2.50 for 5.5 ounces.
Deep River Zesty Jalapeño
Not for the faint of heart, this fiery winner demands to be paired with a frosty margarita.
To buy: $3 for 5 ounces, heb.com.
Kettle New York Cheddar With Herbs
Cheddar, Romano, Parmesan, and butter all in one bold blend? Yes, please.To buy: $2.90 for 5 ounces, amazon.com.
Cape Cod Sour Cream and Green Onion
Skip the dip and opt for this addictive pick.
To buy: $3.50 for 8 ounces, heb.com.
A pretty good doppelgänger for the original, these have just 30 percent of the fat—meaning no greasy fingers.
To buy: $3.80 for 10 ounces, walmart.com.
Trader Joe’s Reduced GuiltThese delicate, golden spuds have a third less fat and 10 percent less sodium than standard chips.To buy: $2 for 7 ounces.
Boulder Canyon 50% Reduced SaltRich potato flavor makes up for the small amount of sodium (less than half of what’s in standard chips).To buy: $3 for 5 ounces.
Light and puffy, these air-popped (not baked) wafers boast a robust, smoky taste.To buy: $3 for 3 ounces, target.com.
Kettle Baked Aged White CheddarButtermilk and sharp Cheddar marry well in these tangy crowd-pleasers.To buy: $3.80 for 4 ounces.
Popchips Salt & Pepper
Onion and garlic boost the peppery kick of these crackly disks.
To buy: $3 for 3 ounces, iherb.com.
Kettle Baked Sea Salt & Vinegar
With flecks of potato skins on the edges, these thick, hand-cut rounds have zing.
To buy: $3.80 for 4 ounces, plummarket.com.
Route 11 Dill PickleTrust us: This flavor sounds bizarre, but it’s surprisingly delicious. Fans loved the brightness of the dill and the sour finish.To buy: $3 for 6 ounces, at some supermarkets. Special offer for Real Simple readers: $30 for twelve 6-ounce bags, rt11.com (enter code “pickle” at checkout).
Terra Kettles General TsoTamari, toasted-sesame oil, and honey give these chips the same trademark sweet-and-spicy flavor as the dish that inspired them.To buy: $2.50 for 5 ounces.
Jiminy Chips MustardThese delicate crisps from a small Illinois company prove that potato chips and yellow mustard are an improbably brilliant combination.To buy: $3.80 for 6 ounces.
Zapp’s Spicy Creole TomatoA Louisiana purveyor drew upon its southern heritage to dream up this delectable fusion of Tabasco sauce, chipotle peppers, and tomatoes.To buy: $24 for eight 5.5-ounce bags, zapps.com.
Kettle Krinkle Cut Buffalo BleuThese wavy chips marry the heat of Buffalo wings with the coolness of blue cheese for the ultimate game-day snack.To buy: $2.90 for 5 ounces.
Herr’s Kettle Cooked DarkFor the people who seek out the extra-crisp and toasty bronze chips in every batch, here’s a whole bagful.To buy: $3.50 for 8 ounces.Get Daily Finds via e-mailSee all Daily Finds from this month