Sampling the iconic snack of Canada in Memphis
A Snack Stack expert investigation
Hello, Snackers. Welcome to the first audio edition of Snack Stack.
I’m in Memphis for a travel writing conference and I've been eating a LOT of barbecue (recommendation: Elwood's Shack, in the parking lot of a Lowe’s big-box store) and fried chicken (Gus's lives up to the hype).
Also on the menu: ketchup chips, a Canadian delicacy brought down from Québec by my friend Pamela MacNaughtan. She thought it would be fun to do a tasting with some other travel writers—and she was, of course, correct.
And so it was that on Friday, we convened a panel of experts/friends at a table tucked under the long escalators inside the soaring lobby of our conference Sheraton. In attendance:
Pamela MacNaughten, freelancer and creator of Urban Guide Québec
Kae Lani Palmisano, Emmy-Winning TV Host of WHYY’s ‘Check, Please!”
Joseph Hernandez, Deputy Food Editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer
Jason Cochran, Editor in Chief of Frommers.com
We've covered the history of ketchup chips previously on Snack Stack, and you'll hear a summary in the recording. But the main goal this time was simply to taste a few varieties and compare notes.
We tried four flavors of ketchup chips (Yum Yum, Old Dutch, Lay’s, and Miss Vickie's), one ketchup cracker (Crispers), and one bag of limited edition ketchup Cheetos, which came in a maple leaf shape and packaging that featured Chester Cheetah in a red bucket hat with a white maple leaf because CANADA.
Listen to our conversation to find out what we thought of the various snacks and hear some tasting notes.
(Also: Annemarie Dooling of McClatchy newspapers joined us late and decreed the last entry in our taste test—you’ll see—to be her favorite.)
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