Last Updated on March 8, 2022
Potato chips are a staple of American cookouts, and no small number of lunches. Tasty — if not nutritious — they are made to complement whatever burger, hot dog, or sandwich you want to pair with them.
If you want to know how popular potato chips are in the United States, just consider who sells them. You can find chips at gas stations and convenience stores, at big box stores and grocery stores. And you can find them at dollar stores. Like Dollar Tree.
The extreme discounter sells its own house brand of potato chips. We decided to try out the two styles we found in stores: wavy and barbecue. Both of them came in 5-ounce bags and cost $1.25, or 25 cents an ounce. That may seem like a cheap bottom line price, but the price per ounce is twice what I typically get at Aldi and about 30% more than what I’d pay at Trader Joe’s. Given that I can get Lay’s regular chips for 26-30 cents an ounce at my larger inventory grocery store, it’s not the bargain I wish it was.
Let’s talk, then, about quality.
Home Style Select Wavy Potato Chips
DT’s wavy chips taste more or less like what I’d expect. They’re crunchy and salty, with a baseline potato flavor that doesn’t try to add too much. They’re also crisp and hold together well, a must if you’re talking about dipping them in French onion dip or the like. They do have some oil to them, but no more than what I’m used to in a typical potato chip.
Nutritionally, the chips have their fair share of calories (150), fat (10g), carbs (15g), and sodium (180mg) per 1-ounce serving. On the positive side, the chips have just three ingredients: potatoes, oil, and salt. The bag notes that it contains a bioengineered food ingredient, but it otherwise does not indicate who makes these chips.
Home Style Select Barbecue Chips
Dollar Tree BBQ chips are good. They have that familiar barbecue flavor — something I was not sure they would have — along with the crisp chip taste. In my opinion, they taste and feel pretty much like name brand chips. They’re a little flakier than the wavy chips and have a bit of that barbecue dust, but they’re consistent in thickness with other BBQ chips I’ve had elsewhere.
The nutrition is similar to the wavy chips, with fairly high amounts of calories (150), fat (9g), sodium (250mg), and carbs (15g). As you would expect, the ingredients list is longer than regular potato chips.
Dollar Tree sells legitimately decent potato chips in both wavy and barbecue varieties. The texture and taste are both what you’d expect. The price is closer to name brand, though, so if you’re looking to save money, you’re better off with a grocery store generic or just springing for Lay’s or the like.