Sunday, February 04, 2018

TGI Friday's Potato Skins from Dollar Tree - Santa Ana

Here’s a guilty pleasure of mine: TGI Friday’s Potato Skins. No, not the dish from the actual restaurant. I’m talking about the bag of ultra-processed chips that, so far, I’ve only been able to find at Dollar Tree discount stores.

Some of you might remember them as Keebler’s Tato Skins, which were available at all the major grocery stores in the late 80s and early 90s. Then something happened and they disappeared. I had previously assumed they were spending eternity with Sizzlean and Crystal Pepsi in Discontinued Products Valhalla. But over the past couple of years, I started noticing they'd been reincarnated under the TGI Friday’s label and available at all my local Dollar Trees. I've been buying them ever since.

They’re everything I remembered them to be. Looking like miniature shoe horns--with a white side that’s supposed to be the potato side, and a dark side that’s supposed to represent the skin--they're thicker and much more substantial than Pringles, with pronounced potato flavor when you get past all the caked on seasoning. If Kate Moss were Pringles, these were Anna Nicole Smith.

I should note that TGI Friday's Potato Skins are produced with genetic engineering. It says so right on the bag, right underneath the certifications that they're gluten free and Kosher. But let's be honest, if you're shopping at Dollar Tree, the last thing you should be doing is reading nutrition labels.

Dollar Tree
3309 S Bristol St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

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