All Dressed Up With Places To Go: Best Chips For Unique Canadian Taste

By Mark Keast
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

It is tough to find a more “Canadian” food item than “all-dressed” potato chips.

Maple syrup? Montreal Smoked Meat? Nanaimo Bars? Okay, so Canada doesn’t exactly capture the world’s imagination when it comes to anything culinary.

However, all-dressed chips, for some reason, are a staple of Canadian snack food culture and have made their mark. It’s a mainstay in Canadian households in the land where legal, regulated Ontario sports betting apps have been operating for just more than a year.

The flavour of all-dressed chips is a combination of salt, vinegar, barbecue, ketchup, sour cream and onion. It seems someone thought it would be a good idea to toss every chip flavour together into a basket. What came out of it was something savory, even tangy. Some Canadians even used these chips as a topping for another Canadian staple food, poutine — the popular dish made with French fries, gravy and cheese curds.

OntarioBets.com took a break from covering Ontario sports betting issues to consult the Newfoundland Times, which judged the best all-dressed chips in Canada. Ratings are on a 5-point scale.

 
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Highest-Rated All Dressed Chip Brands

Brand Rating Price/bag
Walmart/Great Value 4.5/5 $0.97
President’s Choice 4/5 $1.99
Compliments 3.8/5 $2.29
Ruffles 3/5 $3.49
Double Dutch 3/5 $3.49
Old Dutch 2.5/5 $2.49

Best-Selling Chip in Canada

It all comes down to personal taste. But you can’t argue with the numbers. According to Frito-Lay, in 2015, Ruffles All Dressed chips was its best-selling flavour in Canada.

Walmart/Great Value was deemed No. 1 by the Newfoundland Times, with a 4.5/5 (priced at $0.97 per bag — prices listed are in Canadian dollars as of 2021 in Newfoundland). President’s Choice was No. 2, at 4/5 ($1.99 per bag), followed by Compliments at 3.8/5 ($2.29), Ruffles at 3/5 ($3.49), Double Dutch at 3/5 ($3.49) and Old Dutch 2.5/5 ($2.49).

Another reason for their popularity in Canada — they can be found in almost every grocery store and convenience store in Canada, so they are very accessible.

 
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Famous Canadian Actor Enjoys All-Dressed Chips

And what about the fact that some would consider all-dressed chips a cultural icon? Recently, Canadian actor Ryan Gosling said in an interview that, in an effort to educate Australian actress Margot Robbie on his “Canadian-ness,” he introduced her to all-dressed chips. He said Robbie thought it was the “craziest idea.” So there you have it.

Would we go so far as to say they are the “national snack food”? That’s probably a stretch. Still, they are so good in the eyes of some, that all-dressed chips are expanding into the United States. They are sold in some American grocery stores and are becoming a more common sight in American snack food aisles.

What you are also seeing now is these uniquely Canadian chips inspiring other snack foods — some Canadian companies have created all-dressed popcorn and all-dressed flavored nuts.

But that’s a study for another day. In the meantime, stick with OntarioBets as we compare Ontario online casinos and give you features and perks for each one.

 
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Author

Mark Keast has recently covered the sports betting industry in Canada for The Parleh, and is a long-time sportswriter and editor, most notably with the Toronto Sun.

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