Vending Machine Nirvana

31 Mar

I get a bit stressed out at work from time to time. It’s shocking, I know. I mean, from what I’ve written about myself here, I’m sure you think I’m smart, calm, caring, in-control, and just possibly funny. To one degree or another those are all true, but you should also know, I can be one major-stress puppy.

So yesterday, something went wrong and I found myself in front of the vending machine at work (yes, to deal with stress at work, I eat). I scan the offerings; chicken salad, oreos, potato skins, butter-braid pretzels, pop tarts, candy bars… Damn, no cheetos? (I have a major fake cheeze problem) Oho, but what’s this? Sweet Island style potato chips? For 65¢? Oh yes, this I must try!

I have no idea what Herr’s is going for in this flavor, but good-on-em for trying! They’re tangy, sweet, creamy, a little spicy and packed full of umami. I’d describe them as a cross between the new Spicy Thai Kettle Chips and some chip coated with cheese and spices. These are some serious chips. Coated in a sublime flavor that seems to blithely skip over the ridges of the chips.

Instantly I was taken away from the crapiness of my day… there was a thought tickling the back of my mind… yes, could it be? The flavor of these chips brought a food memory wriggling out of my brain, yes, these chips very closely resemble… The salsa I’ve been trying to recreate for a few years now, One (condiment) That Got Away!

Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to be able to recreate the salsa from the recipe on the back of this bag, but as long as I don’t tell any of my coworkers about this amazing vending machine discovery, I’ll always have these chips (that is until the vending machine man comes to refill it and doesn’t bring these with him).


2 Responses to “Vending Machine Nirvana”

  1. Sher March 31, 2006 at 6:26 pm #

    Well, I love potato chips and often turn to them when I’m feeling sorry for myself or under stress. Don’t know what it is that makes them work their magic. Maybe the combination of salt, grease, and potatoes? Those look like they are very good!

  2. Pamela April 2, 2006 at 7:34 pm #

    Those look really good.

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