Crunch and Munch
Americans have been snacking on potato chips for a long, long time. Legend has it that potato chips were invented in the 1850s by a chef in Saratoga Springs, New York, although recipes for thin-sliced, fried potatoes appeared in cookbooks earlier in the century. Whatever their origin, potato chips are one of the most popular snacks in America today, available in a dizzying array of flavors and styles. To help you narrow them down next time you’re in the snack aisle at the store, we taste-tested 16 kinds of plain potato chips, including low-fat and low-sodium options, from popular national brands. The results are listed in order from best to worst, with our favorite potato chips singled out for special attention.