June 25, 2012
Blast from the Past: First Annual bookofjoe Potato Chip Contest — The Winner: Billy Goat Chips
This post originally appeared on November 1, 2010.
Reader Paul Biba has been beating on me for the past few months to show it again, so readers who've since then come on board could enjoy it.
Paul, your wish is my demand — wait a sec, that's not right.
Without further ado, the original post.
The much anticipated judging of the contest, whose entrants were introduced here last week, is now complete.
To Michelle at Billy Goat Chips in St. Louis, Missouri, our hearty congratulations on creating the perfect chip.
As you read these words the Golden Chip Trophy is being designed for you, the first recipient of this much-sought honor.
A formal presentation is in the works, details to follow.
It should be noted that the winner was chosen only after an extended debate between Cary and me over the merits of Billy Goat vs. Rusty's, out of Hawaii.
In fact, my first choice after the tasting was Rusty's, Billy Goat coming a close second.
Cary and I had an extended discussion and another round or 10 of tasting these two two extraordinarily good chips, with me finally coming around to his observation that the thing I most liked about Rusty's — their thickness, easily twice or three times that of the next thickest chip — was in fact not a benefit if one were going to eat a large bag of them, for the simple reason that it took some effort to bite into and crunch Rusty's chips, which over 10 or 15 minutes or a half hour might well become a bit tiring.
To the finalists who couldn't quite ascend to the top of the chip heap, our congratulations for making it to the final 15.
Preparations for next year's contest are already well along, with the first of what will be a new field of 15 contenders already identified.
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