Part of the fun of camping with the homeschool group is the various activities that go on over the 4 days. Our family loves taste tests, and this year Theo and I decided his favorite potato chips should be verified.
We bought 4 brands of salt and vinegar chips: Lays, Kettle, Tim's and Trader Joe's with a bag of corn chips as palate cleaners. After a shark frenzy of little kids tasting, their associated adults and a stealth batch of teens, we recorded 25 tasters, though I'm sure we had more.
Here's how the numbers broke out:
Lays - 5
Kettle - 16
Tim's - 2
Trader Joes - 0
Corn chips - 2
Obviously Kettle stomped out the competition.
Interestingly, all of the Lays votes came from people under the age of 8. The Tim's were for the most part rejected as too sweet (and were the only brand including sugar as an ingredient). Somehow, TJ's just plain missed the boat - too crunchy, too bitter, too vinegary. Both corn chip votes came from kids under 5.