Review: Private Selection General Tso’s Chicken Ripple-Cut Kettle Chips

My wife told me ahead of time how horrible these chips are. She wasn’t wrong.

Chip scorecard (all scores out of 10):

Flavor accuracy: 5

Flavor quality: 3

Aftertaste: 2

Bag quality: 7

Overall: 3.5

Sure, maybe we shouldn’t expect much out of a store brand line of chips. But the flavor was so fascinating. And this wasn’t a “Kroger” chip, it was their fancy “Private Selection.” I can hear your “ooohs” and “ahhhhs” from here.

General Tso’s chicken is probably a must when ordering Chinese food, but we’re a hard pass on trying to recreate that flavor on a chip. We’re not sure even the finest of artisan chip makers could make a great chip under this flavor profile, it just doesn’t seem possible. Certainly Kroger wasn’t up to the challenge.

The first thing we noticed, a pretty terrible smell when opening the bag. Not a good start, BUT, sometimes with these bags, that initial whiff being putrid doesn’t mean a bad chip is about to be consumed.

Instead, the first bite, it felt like we had just shoved a small hurricane in our mouths. A whirlwind of flavor and different tastes roaring through our mouths. Experimentation and a shifting flavor profile is always welcome, but in this case, it was overwhelming. The taste wasn’t as bad as the smell of the initial bag opening, but still a pretty low quality experience here.

Did it taste like General Tso’s chicken? Sure, at times, especially once the initial roar of flavor finished doing whatever it was doing to our taste buds. The aftertaste though, something we wish would have passed on sooner, it was obvious hours after consumption that we had eaten these chips.

The one upside – great bag quality, tons of chips in this store brand bag. It was one of the tallest/skinniest bags of chips we had ever seen.

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10 thoughts on “Review: Private Selection General Tso’s Chicken Ripple-Cut Kettle Chips

  1. My favorite flavor in the Kroger Private Selection Kettle chips is Smoked Gouda and Garlic. The last two times I’ve done my bi-weekly shopping they have been out of this flavor. I noticed that they had added this new flavor (did they replace my fave with this?) so I thought I’d give it a try…..

    NASTIEST CHIPS EVER!!!!!!!! I ate one chip and refused to eat anymore! Don’t waste your money!!!!!!

    I even had several people taste test one to see if it was just me…..NOOOO! They all immediately ran to the trash can to spit it out!

  2. My favorite Kroger Private Selection ripple chip is Smoked Gouda and Garlic. The last two times I have gone to do my bi-monthly shopping they have been out of this flavor. I noticed this new flavor (have they replaced my fave with General Tsao’s chicken?) so I decided to give it a try. I like a good General Tsao’s chicken.


    I even had a few people at work take a taste test so I could see if it was just me. They went running to spit them into the trash and grab a drink of water!

    In short, DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!! Did they not taste them before they started packaging and selling them?????

  3. The General Tso potato chip is literally the worst tasting chip I have ever almost eaten. I had to spit it out. It has the flavor of spoiled shrimp pasta. They really need to rethink this. Maybe it’s a joke like dirt flavored jelly beans. Dont buy these.

  4. So my mom bought these and I was kind of excited at first, but then I tried them. They are sooooo bad, and everyday my mom tries to force me to eat them in my lunches. And every day I try to give them to to my friend who will literally eat anything and he completely rejects them. These are so bad I would use them keep my enemies away.

  5. These are the worst chips that we have ever tried. My husband ate one and closed the bag. I chewed one but refused to swallow it. They taste rotten.

  6. Worst chip I have ever put in my mouth!!! I wasted my money on this one!! The first bite was such a strong sickening taste of soy sauce with a horrible after taste!! It tasted as if I had drank soy sauce straight from the bottle!! YUCK!!!!! 🤢Blah!! They taste TERRIBLE!! No General Tso’s flavor at all!! I had them for a get together and NOBODY ate them!! They are THAT bad!!!

    I believe Lays needs to rethink this recipe!!!! Or maybe they need to retest them after they have sat in the bag for a while…..that might have something to do with the breakdown of flavors and AWFUL TASTE!! Whatever the case, they should probably do away with this General Tso flavor until they have perfected it!!🤮

    1. You know these aren’t Lays, right?

      Anyway, I guess I’m the only one who found these at least palatable, but the initial slam of flavor is too much. The bag mentions ginger but you can only get the slightest hint of ginger in the aftertaste or if you chew it for a while. I might give it a 4.5 or 5 but not too much higher than this review. They could be better.

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