Anyone remember these Potato Chips?

Potato Chips have been around since turn of the 20th century.  Initially sold in eating establishments, then packaged as snack foods.  These chips were advertised and sold in SE Wisconsin from the 1950s to the 1970s.   People that ate chips in this era claim the chips tasted much different than the chips of today.  I was surprised that chips were flavored chips in the 1950s in addition to the plain.  Best flavor of potato chips: Salt and Vinegar, no question.   Best new flavor:  Hot Dog Pringles.

Blue Star potato chips

Blue Star Potato Chips.  This company was founded in Madison and moved to Rockford Illinois in the 1940s.   Blue Star potato chips were manufactured until 1977 when the company was sold to Vintner’s.

Jane Parker

Jane Parker Potato Chips.   This was a A&P store brand of potato chips.   The name Jane Parker was recently up for sale by A&P as part of a liquidation process.


Geiser’s Potato Chips – Frank and August Geiser immigrated to Milwaukee and in 1931 and set up a potato chip business in a garage on Wright and 2nd Street in Milwaukee.  The company grew and moved to Burleigh Street, eventually selling out to Borden Foods in 1983.  Source: Frank Geiser Obituary, Milwaukee Journal, March 13, 1990.

Scott's Super Tuber

Scott’s Super Tuber Potato Chips – Manufactured by Potato Products Corp. of Grand Forks, North Dakota.  Ad from Moravian Union, September 2, 1948.

Mrs. Drenk's

Mrs. Drenk’s Potato Chips – Manufactured in Milwaukee, 1523 N. 9th Street, starting in the 1920s, this brand faded out in the 1970s.

Red Dot Madison Chips

Red Dot Potato Chips.   Made by Red Dot Foods in Madison, founded in 1938 and by the early 1960s the company had become the leading snack food manufacturer in the Midwest.  In 1961, the founder, Frederick Meyer, sold to out to Frito Lay.   Three days after the sale, he shot himself.   Red Dot potato chips were last made in 1973.


Silver Buckle Potato Chips.  (no photo) Silver Buckle was the brand created by E.R. Godfrey and Sons in Milwaukee, a wholesale grocer, in the early 1900s.  In 1960, the company formed its own grocery stores, Sentry Foods.



Pringles are popular to this day but in the 1970’s the packaging actually used the word “newfangled.”   Delightful.


Chipos from what I can tell were a 1970s precursor to Munchos.  Can anyone confirm this?




Products We Fell in Love with at the 2015 Sweets & Snacks Expo

On Tuesday, May 19th, we attended the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago, IL. It was a virtual “Halloween for adults”, and these are some of our favorite things.

Enstrom Almond Toffee – “Like a Heath bar on crack, but in a good way.” This buttery, rich toffee with almond pieces is slathered in chocolate – like really, really GOOD chocolate. Although not available in local retail stores, you can order it online at Enstrom’s website.     Deep River Chips – Ninja Ginger – Where have these chips been all my life?? Deep River does make several flavors of kettle chips, popcorn and tortilla chips; I was lucky enough to sample this flavor. The Ninja Ginger (say that 5 times fast) is a little sweet, a little savory, a little spicy with ginger, chili pepper and cilantro. These aren’t available locally yet, but can be purchased on their website.  Deep River also donates a part of every sale to various charities – another reason I like this company.     Bark Thins Snacking Chocolate – The name pretty much says it all.  Thin, dark chocolate bark with almond pieces, sprinkled with sea salt. Salty and sweet? YES, please!  Other varieties available include dark chocolate and pretzel or dark chocolate with toasted coconut and almonds. This is available at, as well as Target and Barnes & Noble stores.    Snak Stash – Salted Caramel – Developed by folks who love snacks (my kind of people)… The Salted Caramel version includes roasted, salted peanuts, chocolate covered salted caramel bites, toffee peanuts, almonds, chocolate covered raisins and cashews. The pouch is also resealable, which I love. There are many different flavor combinations available for sale, but nothing locally. Purchases can be made on their website.    GoGo Squeez – Apple Peach – Initally, I thought “What a great idea for parents with younger kids.” – it’s 100% fruit in a very easy to carry pouch – but in addition to that, this would be great to add to your packs for hiking or long bike rides too.  There are 12 flavors of applesauce – apple peach, apple mango, apple berry, etc – as well as fruit/veggie combos like Pedal Pedal Peach (apple, peach, sweet potato).  Locally, you can find GoGo Squeez products at CVS, Shopko, Target and Walmart stores.    Bauducco Chocolate Wafers – I’ve always been a fan of chocolate and vanilla cream wafer cookies. It seemed like my grandma always had them at her house when I would come to visit.  Bauducco took the wafer cookie up a notch. The chocolate cream was very nice, but I really liked the wafer as well – it had a nice almond-like flavor to it. A great snack if you’re looking for something chocolatey, but light. Bauducco products can be found locally at Woodman’s, CVS, Target and Walmart stores.    Zapp’s New Orleans Kettle Style Chips – Voodoo – My entire family loved these chips. Thick cut with so many levels of flavor – sweet, smoky barbecue, onion, salt and vinegar. They were delicious. Unfortunately, these are not available locally, but can be purchased on Zapp’s website and     And finally…  Stuff’n Mallows – Imagine marshmallows with chocolate already inside! Genius, right?  Stuff’n Mallos puts yummy goodness in their mallows which gets ooey-gooey melty as the mallow gets toasted over a fire. Available in chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate chip and mint chocolate chip, Stuff’n Mallows can be purchased on their website.   If you are going camping and want to impress your friends, please order some of these; they are beyond delicious.


Have you ever tried any of these products? Let us know what you think. 🙂