A friend told me that Mike-sell’s potato chips are considered some of the best in the country. They are fromOHIO, and have been around forever. I tried something from their Kettle-cooked line – a moniker which raises expectation of a harder, denser chip with a strong crunch. I got the Bold Bahama Barbeque flavor at a gas station in Bloomington, Indiana. The crunch was a satisfying kettle-cooked chomp, but the flavoring was odd. It was too intense to want to eat a whole bag; after a few chips I was left for want of water. There was no subtlety in the flavoring and although it implies some Carribbean connection, I couldn’t figure out what made it thus. These chips didn’t taste like the tropics!

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