I'll admit that when it comes to snack foods, potato chips are my weakness, and while attending the Fancy Foods Show in New York this week, I discovered some that rendered me utterly helpless: William Poll Rosemary Baked Potato Thins.
They're make from Yukon gold potatoes that are sliced thin and baked, with no additives or preservatives. They taste like homemade potato chips, and actually ,they are handmade in small batches by this company. I see no reason to make my own potato chips when I can eat these instead.
The rosemary-flavored thins were my favorites, but they have 12 other hard-to-resist flavors including garlic, herbes de Provence, Moroccan, and Italian. William Poll also has a line of delicious dips, but after I had been at their booth for so long sampling the potato thins, I sort of hated to start back over trying each and every flavor. But I do highly recommend the smoked turkey and sun-dried tomato dips.
William Poll Gourmet Foods is located on Lexington Avenue in New York City, so if you're in the city, run right over there and get yourself some chips. Ask for Stanley. He tells me that the recipe is his 90-year old Mom's recipe. If Mom happens to be in the store that day, you'll want to give her a hug.
If you're more of a crispy-thin potato chip person, my other favorites from the show came from Route 11 Potato Chips. All of their chips are handmade with all-natural ingredients in plant in Mount Jackson, Virginia. Their sweet potato chips won the award at the show for Outstanding Snack Food, and it was certainly well-deserved. Again, I overstayed my welcome at the booth as a munched on these amazing chips. Hey, they're made with sweet potatoes, so they're healthy, right? And, in addition to eating them as a snack, the company owners were giving me all kinds of recipe ideas for using their chips as coatings and toppings. The sweet potato chips were the show winners, but I will say that the other flavors were also pretty darn good.