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45 Responses to “Inside a potato chip factory”

  1. Cicada Mania says:

    They’re made with love.

    • Boundegar says:

      Herr’s chips are pretty damn yummy, and the kettle chips are even better, but you can only buy them in Pennsylvania, I think.  There’s like 10 or 20 small brands there.  It’s potato chip heaven.

      • Nash Rambler says:

        It’s true!  Herr’s is terrific, but Grandma Utz’s Kettle Chips rule my potato-chip universe.

        • TheKaz1969 says:

          I tried them once and noticed an interesting taste to them – checked the bag and found they were made with lard. As a vegetarian, I was not happy.

      • TheKaz1969 says:

        I used to think that, too, but I’ve found some places carry smaller bags here in Connecticut.

  2. royaltrux says:

    Aside from bragging about factory automation there wasn’t much information about how they’re made.

  3. peterkvt80 says:

    The Golden Flake factory tour has more detail. Note that they have less automation. I guess those workers must be cheaper than fancy machines. http://www.goldenflake.com/potatochip/tourchip.html

  4. Chesterfield says:

    I was in the Hostess plant in Ontario before Frito-Lay bought them out. I was working on some of their automation systems. It was pretty amazing and their attention to quality and consistency was impressive. 

    After Frito-Lay bought the factory, they removed lots of the automated systems and went back to using people. Apparently, the accountants determined that minimum wage workers were cheaper than engineers and maintenance people. 

  5. Jon Konrath says:

    Nobody’s left a snarky remark about how all of this automation of the production of empty calories is making us all obese?  Wow.

  6. Fogbert says:

    Growing up, we took a field trip to the Jay’s Potato Chips factory outside Chicago.  The tour went from the semi trailer full of potatoes being tipped empty to the free bag of chips that they gave you at the end of the process.  It was educational, unhealthy, and glorious.

    R.I.P. Jay’s Potato Chip Factory, Chicago, IL.

  7. CLamb says:

    So what happens to the chips which are too dark?  Are they sold as seconds?

  8. MattVolk says:

    Herr’s Old Bay chips are amazing. It’s probably for the best I can’t get them where I live.

    • tom3884 says:

      I’ll clue you in on a little insider tip so that you can try making these at home… The secret ingredient that differentiates those from plain potato chips is…. Old Bay!

  9. pt68 says:

    Here’s how potato chips are  . . . packaged via automation!

  10. Ian McLoud says:

     My favourites are the dark spotty ones… tragic.

  11. James Penrose says:

    When I was a kid you used to get occasional dark/burned ones in the (waxed paper, not plastic) bat.  I loved them.

  12. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    Why do they have to taste so good?  Why!?

  13. Ted Stoffers says:

    Mr. Herr likes his factory. Does he eat his chips?

  14. hopfrog66 says:

     I like potato chips too once in a while so I thought I’d throw this out here (Sam Gaillard and His Bakers Dozen, 1952, “Potato Chips”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFpztcGHAog

  15. Bob Cruse says:

    A little over a year ago I stumbled onto Herr’s website.  Being a “tester” at heart (I wasn’t testing any online games at the moment), I found many bugs/missing/miss-linked content.  So I sent them a note with about 20 things I found with a promise to find more if I had the time.

    They thanked my efforts and asked if I would like a bag or two as samples since I never tasted their product.  They sent a box of 40(!!!) bags of assorted chips! -)

    Many months later I sent a long text file with additional errors.  Herrs said they were updating their website soon.  No, I don’t want any more samples… the store across the street from me sells them now! -)

    Great products!  And they keep expanding their market…now serving cookies and nuts! -)


    Dolnor Numbwit
    Eternal Testing Newbie

  16. Manyhappyreruns says:

    Good ‘ol Idaho Dirtknuckles.


  17. I once took a visiter tour at Zweifel Pomy-Chips in Switzerland. They gave us some chips fresh out of the oven, without any spices on them. They were incredibly delicious. Apparently they lose most of the flavor after being wrapped. 

  18. TheKaz1969 says:

    A co-worker and I are still dreaming of the day we can open a potato chip factory and sell bags of only “foldies” … those folded over chips are always the best tasting… the more folds, the better!

  19. CrackWilding says:

    Too bad there’s not a machine at the exit that eats the chips and spits out Boing Boing comments. Oh, wait…