The reviewer has been compensated in the form of two complimentary bags of Tim’s special batch chips.
All opinions are mine alone.
I love when I can buy and eat locally. And, for a crunchy snack fix, that is easy to do with Tim’s Cascade Snacks. This Pacific Northwest brand has been around for over 30 years and Tim’s snacks include potato chips, kettle-style chips, popcorn, ring snacks, and tortilla chips. All are made in Washington and the potato chips are made with local potatoes. Yeah! So, I was thrilled when asked to try Tim’s special batch fall/winter flavors – Tim’s Hawaiian Sweet Chili and Tim’s Maple Bacon.
Tim’s Cascade Snacks: A Little Bit of History
For those not familiar with this West Coast staple, Tim’s Cascade Snacks started in 1986 and are produced in Algona, Washington. In 1988, Tim’s earned the title of “the best potato chip in Seattle” and ten years later was named “Washington’s Best Companies to Work For.” It has also won environmental excellence awards and has been recognized for their outstanding workplace practices which include onsite ESL programs.
Tim’s Cascade Snacks started making special batches in 2016, and it’s important to note these flavors are only available for a limited time, which means if you want to try them, don’t wait too long.
Did I Like Tim’s Cascade Snacks Newest Speical Batch?
I think we can all agree that chips are a great road trip snack, right? So, I decided to take both bags with me on a road trip to the Tri-Cities and the Lewis Clark Valley as I would have very long days of driving and would want some good road trip munchies.
Hawaiin Kettle Style Potato Chips Sweet Chili
When I reached snowy Snoqualmie Pass I decided to try the Hawaiian sweet chili chips. Before I tell you if I liked them, I should tell you that I’m not a fan of super spicy (as in hot) things. I never add extra heat to my meals with jalapenos, and at a Thai restaurant, I only order a zero or one star. The chips are described as having a “tangy sultry chili and a sweet smooth flavor” with “a hint of lemon along with a pleasant bit of ginger” which all sounded good to me, as I liked all those flavors, as long as they are not overpowering with heat.
The verdict? The crispy chips had a great sweet chili flavor with a very mild heat. I liked them so much that they were almost gone by my second day on the road.
Special note: The chips are a little messy as the flavoring rubs off on your hands and coats the bags, so be sure to have some napkins handy when munching on this snack.
Tim’s Potato Chips Maple Bacon
On the second half of my trip, which had me driving through Washington and Idaho wine country, I opened Tim’s maple bacon chips. The chip is described as a “blend of sweet and slightly salty” with “its smokey fall flavors of Maple combined with bacon.”
The verdict? At first bite, I thought it was a little too sweet as the maple flavor stood out more than the bacon flavor. But the more I ate, the more I tasted the bacon. In the end, I decided this was my favorite special batch as it had all the makings of the breakfast flavors I love, plus the crunchiness of a chip.
Where Can You Get These Speical Batch Flavors?
Tim’s snacks are distributed in over 11 western states and exported to Canada, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. If you live on the West Coast you can check out their list of stores here; you’ll probably be familiar with many of the choices like Safeway, Fred Meyer, and Walgreens. For those not on the West Coast, you can order them online.
Have you tried Tim’s special batch flavors? What was your favorite?