15 Classic Chips No Longer Sold in the United States

America has chips for every taste - for plain Janes who prefer a ready salted potato chip, to more adventurous palettes craving Flamin' Hot Cheetos.

But some haven't stuck around on the shelves, even if they did have a massive fanbase.

Here are 15 potato chips that are no longer available to snack on in the States.

Planters Potato Chips

Planters Potato Chips
Planters Potato Chips rivalled another stackable chip. Planters

You'll perhaps know snack food makers Planters best for their nuts and their mascot Peanut Jr. (rest in peace Mr. Peanut). In the 1970s the company also rivaled Pringles.

Planters' potato chips came stacked in a can like Pringles but were ridged, giving a crunchier texture, and its ad campaigns put them head-to-head in taste tests.

One commercial saw a nun saying that 13 out of 14 sisters preferred Planters to the other brand, and that they tasted "more like the potatoes I used to get back in Donegal [northwest Ireland], where they eat potatoes skin and all".

Unfortunately for those sisters, Planters dropped the stackable potato chips and—unlike its Cheez Balls—they have not been brought back (...yet).

Crunch Tators

Crunch Tators in Home Alone
Crunch Tators made an appearance near Macaulay Culkin in "Home Alone". 20th Century Fox

Crunch Tators were a Frito Lays product in the late 1980s and '90s that had a major crunch due to their thickness.

The spicy chips came in two flavours: "Hoppin' Jalapeno" and "Mighty Mesquite BBQ."

You might remember the chips from a bit of product placement in the 1990 Christmas classic Home Alone, where a bag of Crunch Tators sat next to a can of Pepsi in the background while Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) watched Angels With Filthy Souls.

However, despite the big promotion push, Frito Lays discontinued Crunch Tators in the mid-'90s.

Tato Wilds

Tato Wilds
Tato Wilds were marketed as an "extreme" snack. Keebler

Tato Wilds were launched in 1987 by Keebler, with the tagline "Rip into something wild!", making it clear the chips were an attempt at some of the "extreme" brands of the day (see Surge, Vault and Mountain Dew).

However, the waffled chips were discontinued around 1999.


These extra-thick ridged potato chips promised a stronger potato taste than other chips, and came in two flavours: plain and the cheesy au gratin.

O'Grady's were a big hit in the 1980s but were discontinued by the '90s.

Still crave them? Fans often suggest Ruffles Extra Thick cheddar chips are a near duplicate.

Blue Bell Bar-B-Q Potato Chips

Blue Bell Bar-B-Q chips
Blue Bell Bar-B-Q potato chips came in a box. Blue Bell

Popular in the 1960s, Blue Bell Bar-B-Q Potato Chips were so innovative because the bag came sealed inside a cardboard box, meaning you were less likely to crush your chips when out and about.

These retro chips, with bright packaging and smoky flavour, were a favourite throughout the 1960s and '70s, but Blue Bell sadly closed down its factories in 1995 after failing to sell the company.


Lay's Wow Olestra prodicts
Olestra promo "Chips" away at opposition, Los Angeles, CA, March 10, 1998. John Barr/Liaison

Lay's introduced their Wow! range across their Lay's, Tostitos, Doritos and Ruffles brands as a fat-free alternative to their standard chips, containing the ingredient Olestra, in 1998.

It seemed like a runaway success, with $347million in sales in the brand's first year.

Unfortunately, their sales were halved the following year when customers soon realised that Olestra acted like a laxative.

Lay's were inundated with complaints of customers suffering "abdominal cramping, diarrhea, fecal incontinence, and other gastrointestinal symptoms" after eating the chips.

A warning was added to the bags reading: "This Product Contains Olestra. Olestra may cause abdominal cramping and loose stools. Olestra inhibits the absorption of some vitamins and other nutrients."

Not exactly what you want to read while having a snack.

Lay's rebranded Wow! to Light, but the range was dropped in 2016.

Cheetos Cheesy Checkers

Cheetos Cheesy Checkers lasted just three years, being launched in 1995 and being discontinued in 1998.

The cheesy puffs were in a waffle shape and boasted "33% more cheese" on its bag.

When they were dropped, they were replaced with Cheetos Zig Zags, which lasted four years.

Cheetos Crunchy Salsa con Queso

Cheetos Salsa con Queso
The Salsa con Queso flavor had a lot of fans. Frito-Lay

Another much-missed member of the Cheetos family, their Salsa con Queso variety was inspired by the flavor of chips and dips.

The potato chips were launched in 2012, before seemingly vanishing, and although Cheetos insisted they were still available, Cheetos Crunchy Salsa con Queso was officially discontinued by 2015.

Joey Chips

Joey Chips
Joey Chips were part potato, part corn. General Mills

In 1967, General Mills introduced a hybrid chip to its stable of products; Joey Chips, which were half potato chip, half corn chip.

While other General Mills snacks like Bugles went the distance, Joey Chips weren't meant to be, and the trademark expired in 1992.

Daddy Crisp

In the 1960s and '70s, Daddy Crisp boasted about two things: one, they were audibly crunchier than your average chip; and two, they were entirely natural.

The bag read: "There's only one thing to start with when you're making real potato chips... You got it - Real Potatoes. The Daddy Crisps promise.. We Promise: Daddy Crisps is 100% natural. There's no preservatives added, nothing artificial. We Promise: Daddy Crisps is made from the finest fresh potatoes, cooked in vegetable oil and sealed airtight while they're still warm. You can't buy a fresher potato chip than Daddy Crisps. We promise."

The product was ditched by the '80s, which is probably for the best, considering the weirdly sexual commercial for the chips featured the tagline: "Love your daddy."

Fiery Habanero Doritos

Fiery Habanero Doritos
Fiery Habanero was Doritos' spiciest flavor. Frito-Lay

In 2005, Doritos introduced its spiciest flavor yet, with Fiery Habanero blowing the tastebuds off snack fans everywhere.

However, they were discontinued around 2012 and many are still peeved about it.

There are numerous Facebook groups and even a Change.org petition begging Frito Lay's to bring back the Fiery Habanero Doritos. But after nearly a decade off the shelves, it might be a lost cause.

Jumpin' Jack Cheese Doritos

Jay Leno promotes Doritos
Jay Leno promoted Jumpin' Jack Cheese Doritos. Frito Lay

Jay Leno advertised this new Doritos flavour when it was launched in 1990.

In the commercial, the stand-up "gathered the youth of America" to ask them what they liked best about the new tortilla chips - with all of them announcing "cheese."

Leno said: "Could millions of American kids be wrong? Hey, we're not taking brain cells here, we're talking tastebuds."

However, the chips lasted just a few years, although they were briefly brought back in 2013 as a limited edition pack.


O'Boisies commerical
The Keebler Elves thought O'Boisies were "o'boisterous". Keebler

Another snack from the Keebler Company, O'Boisies are probably best remembered for the commercial, with the Keebler Elves singing about how "o'boisterous" the chips were.

The baked potato chips came in three flavors—original, BBQ and sour cream and onion—and had a big fanbase in the 1970s, but were later discontinued.

It seems there's still major love out there for O'Boisies, though, as Keebler replied to requests to reinstate the brand in 2017 on Twitter, writing: "Thanks for your request to see O'Boises back on store shelves in the future! We love hearing from our fans!"


Pizzarias commercial
Pizzarias were a huge hit. Keebler

Launched in 1991, Pizzarias were made from pizza dough and, as the Keebler Elves said, "tasted like real pizza, only louder."

The round chips were a huge hit and were one of Keebler's biggest successes, but they were discontinued in the late 1990s after the company was sold and broken up.

Pizzarias still have a cult following online, and the snacks got a shout-out on the Netflix series Everything Sucks!


In the 1970s and '80s, General Mills sold Chipos, a crunchy waffle-shaped chip that boasted of being less greasy and oily than other chips—something it tried to prove with a napkin blot test in the commercials.

However, the chips did come under some criticism in 1969, when there were attempts to stop them calling the snack a potato chip.

In fact, Chipos were "made from potatoes cooked, mashed and dehydrated, resulting in potato granules which are later moistened, rolled out, cut into pieces and fried".

They managed to keep the name, but were discontinued in the '80s.

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