Zapp’s New Orleans Kettle Cajun Dill Chips

Last updated date: March 20, 2020

DWYM Score
9.7


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Overall Take

Zapp's New Orleans Kettle Cajun Dill Chips add a bit of spice to the welcome bite of pickle flavor. The heat doesn't overwhelm the full vinegar taste, though, and the hint of dill comes through clearly. The texture stays thick and crunchy throughout the bag. In our analysis of 19 expert reviews, the Zapp’s Zapp’s New Orleans Kettle Cajun Dill Chips placed 1st when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 20, 2020:
Checkout The Best Pickle Chips for a detailed review of all the top pickle chips.

Expert Summarized Score
8.8
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
702 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Uh... I liked these so much that I ate them on the plane and completely forgot to take a photo of the bag. 'Doh! Anyhow... Dill pickle chips are not that common around these parts, but when I see a bag, I'll snatch 'em up as quick as I can. They combine the vinegary tang of salt and vinegar chips with a hint of dill. Zapp's goes the extra mile by adding a bit of chili spice to theirs as well for some real Cajun kick.
- Serious Eats
These Chips had a particularly firm crunch that sustained itself throughout the eating process. Each individual Chip felt like a meal.
- Chips & Crisps
We are really big fans of Dill / Pickle flavored chips at Chip Review. In fact, it is probably fair to say that it is consistently among our Top 5 favorite chip flavors. That being said, we are always extremely happy when we find a brand that elevates the flavor, or at least executes it impeccably. Well, that just happens to be the case with these Cajun Dill Gator-Tators, along with many of Zapp’s potato chips. Zapp’s has composed a wonderful combination of flavors that includes an herbaceous dill aroma with a sour-vinegary pickle, plenty of salt and some spicy Cajun heat. These chips remind us a bit of Deep River Snack’s New York Spicy Dill, that we recently reviewed, except for Zapp’s Gator-Tators are a bit creamier, or fatty, or rich. Basically, their flavor just felt more developed and natural.
- Chip Review
What experts didn't like
There was seasoning visible, but it was unevenly spread.
- Chips & Crisps

From The Manufacturer

What’s better than a dill pickle to go along with your favorite sandwich? Zapp’s New Orleans Kettle-Style Potato Chips in Cajun Dill Gator-Tators flavor, of course! Our dill pickle chips have a hint of dill with the tang of salt and vinegar chips and chili spice for a Cajun kick, all packed into one single bite-sized chip. And when you open a bag of Zapp’s chips, you’ll never worry about a soggy or not crunchy chip. All our chips are kettle cooked, one batch at a time. This process, combined with our premium ingredients, results in a crunchier, tastier potato chip that has a cult following! This pack of 25, 2 oz. chip bags are perfect for school or lunch boxes, to bring with you while on the go or just keep in your pantry for when a craving strikes. Trust us, a sandwich for lunch or dinner just isn’t the same without a bag of chips on the side. Plus, you can enjoy these delicious, crunchy potato chips without any of the guilt. They’re cooked in a peanut oil blend, and are gluten, cholesterol and trans fat free. Zapp’s chips are also shipped directly from the manufacturer, so they arrive at your doorstep fresh! Add some spice and excitement to your next snack or meal! Since 1985, Zapp’s Chips has been delivering the flavor and spirit of Mardi Gras right to your door, complete with authentic Cajun seasonings and unique New Orleans style. Make every day a celebration with our New Orleans Kettle‐Style Potato Chips! For over 30 years, we’ve given our chips maverick soul by selecting only the best potatoes, slicing them thicker, and cooking them in our blend of peanut oil. Naming them with a touch of Cajun flare, we believe our process gives our kettle‐style potato chips a louder crunch, a heartier potato taste, and embodies the flavors, sights, and sounds of New Orleans. Enjoy, and laissez les bon temps rouler!

Overall Product Rankings

1. Zapp’s New Orleans Kettle Cajun Dill Chips
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 3
2. Route 11 Dill Pickle Potato Chips
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 3
3. UTZ Ripples Fried Dill Pickle Potato Chips
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 2
4. Herr’s Creamy Dill Pickle Potato Chips
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 1
5. Tim’s Cascade Dill Pickle Kettle Chips
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 3
6. Deep River New York Spicy Dill Pickle Kettle Chips
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 2
7. Lay’s Dill Pickle Potato Chips
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 1
8. Jay’s Kettle Cooked Dill Chips
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Pickle Chips

As technology marches on and tastes evolve, we’ve seen a staggering number of flavors added on to the reliable, crunchy potato chip. There’s been grilled cheese and ketchup chips, wasabi ginger chips and even margarita-flavored chips — and that’s just counting the flavors that have shown up on store shelves in the United States. But for fans of its signature salty-sour kick, there’s nothing like pickle-flavored chips.

The combo is a natural one, since both snacks are crunchy and salty. In the case of those “bread and butter” sandwich pickle slices, they can even look the same. But there’s actually quite a bit of variety out there, and the flavor of a particular pickle chip might not match the taste of the pickles you’re used to. With that in mind, it helps to know your pickle-making methods.

The most common pickle (and pickle flavor) is the classic dill pickle. It’s generally made by soaking cucumbers in a vinegar/saltwater mixture that includes a generous amount of dill. The ideal result is a good balance of salty and sour, with a discernible taste of dill.

Another common flavor is the “New York” style dill pickle. The authentic recipe for making these can vary wildly depending on which deli is making them, but you can expect a bit of garlic in the mix, along with possibly a peppery kick.

A more adventurous flavor (especially for chips) is sweet pickles. As you might expect, these pickles are made in a brine that contains plenty of sugar. Well made ones can have a great balance of sweetness and saltiness, and that can translate well to the right chip.

What’s your favorite? You’ll never know until you try them all, so start snacking!

DYWM Fun Fact

For many, the joy of opening a potato chip bag is muted by finding it halfway full. Reclaim your zen, chip eaters: Turns out there’s a very good reason for all that space, and it’s not (entirely) so snack manufacturers can make more money. Chip bags are slightly inflated with nitrogen so that the chips stay fresher and less prone to breakage.

The Pickle Chip Buying Guide

Need to watch those trans fats? Whether you’re eating pickle chips or any other kind of flavor, seek out varieties made with sunflower oil. They contain no trans fats, which takes one cause of guilt out of your snacking pleasure.