Maple syrup, round bacon and poutine may be the best known Canadian exports, but our neighbors to the north are keeping more than national health care and Justin Trudeau all to themselves.
Ketchup potato chips have long been the national snack of Canada, but we can’t get them in the United States widely. Yet we love ketchup and we love potato chips. So what’s the story, eh?
“In the ’70s, we were trying to mimic the taste of french fries and ketchup, and put it on a potato chip,” said Katie Ceclan, senior director of marketing at Lay’s in the U.S. “It’s almost a sweeter barbecue.”
The origin story of ketchup chips remains disputed, but Lay’s does make one of the best-selling brands. “It has become an iconic flavor in Canada,” said Ceclan.
So what are the chances we’ll get ketchup chips in this country?
“It has been on the list for many years,” said Ceclan. “We just need something to push it over the edge, from our fans requesting it. If we hear it, we usually respond.”
Meanwhile, like just about anything, you can find them on Amazon, where Canadian ketchup chips are resold at a premium price. They currently range from around $9 for a snack-sized bag of Old Dutch, including shipping, to $255 for a 15-pack of standard-sized bags of Hardbite. You can order Herr’s Heinz ketchup chips from Pennsylvania too, one of the few American brands.