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Sunday, November 25, 2007

FOR THE POTATO CHIP FIEND


Several years ago, our friends the Hudsons told us about Rt. 11 Potato Chips right off Rt. 81, a road we frequently travel. They guaranteed that we would love these chips. We just never seemed to pass by Middletown, Virginia when the factory was open UNTIL this last trip.

Good things happen to those who wait, and we were able to hit Rt. 11 Potato Chips on a Friday. What a great time. We got the tour and saw how these kettle chips are made. We met Sarah Cohen the owner and sampled everything that wasn’t nailed down. We filled the remaining nooks and crannies of our car with our and our traveling companions’ purchases. Who knew you can freeze potato chips. I attest to the fact that you can. We just had to keep our purchases in the trunk because they’d be too tempting if they were with us during the ride home.

You can buy Rt.11 Potato Chips on line. They’re reasonably priced, and there is enough variety to please everyone. I can tell you, every flavor is superb. Sarah matches purchases sent to military addresses, and I think that’s a wonderful quality. Her generosity is laudable. You can bet Michael will be getting some in Iraq.

Sarah is doing so well that she is moving the factory to a bigger location and retaining this spot as a retail outlet. Thus far she has refuses to allow her chips to be packaged in other names—a store brand, for instance.

I thank the Hudsons for the suggestion, and I thank Sarah for the good chips. If you’re traveling Rt. 81, Middletown, VA is a hop off, hop on stop just above Rt. 66. Don’t miss this hidden treasure.
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