I Tried These First-of-Their Kind Potato Chips and Was Blown Away

These grease-free chips took nine years to develop, and about nine seconds for my family to devour.

<p>Dotdash Meredith / Janet Maples</p>

Dotdash Meredith / Janet Maples

When it comes to variety, potato chips aren't what they used to be. For the longest time, there were salted potato chips and maybe a few flavors, such as sour cream and onion or barbecue. That's no longer the case. New chip flavors pop up all the time.

Lay's just brought back four flavors that chip lovers probably couldn't have imagined a few decades ago: BLT, Crispy Taco, Fried Pickles with Ranch, and Lime and Cracked Pepper. Last year, Kettle Brand debuted 7-Layer Dip potato chips, modeled after the wonder appetizer of the '90s, also called 7-Layer Dip.

We now have pizza-flavored chips, honey mustard-flavored chips, and even grilled cheese and tomato soup-flavored chips. When it comes to flavors, the possibilities are endless.

But when it comes to making potato chips, the methods aren't endless. The brands we buy in the supermarket are almost all either fried in oil or baked. Yes, there are other methods, but most of our potato chips are cooked in one of those ways.

However, now there's a new type of chip on the market. My family got an early taste of them, and we're glad we did.

Go Free Pure Crisp Potato Chips

When the box of samples of Go Free chips landed on my dining room table, my son and I dug right in. He grabbed a bag of Sour Cream and Onion, and I grabbed a bag of Sea Salt Mini Fries like potato sticks but thicker.

My son took a bite. I could hear the crunch. He smiled with his eyes.

“These are so good,” he said. And he was right. The chips and the mini fries were flavorful and incredibly crispy, similar to the crispness of a kettle chip.

<p>Go Free</p>

Go Free

We also received samples of Barbecue Potato Chips (they have good barbecue flavor), Sweet Potato Chips (my favorite of the whole bunch—they have excellent sweet potato flavor), Sea Salt Chips (a good, basic chip), and Cheesy Mini Fries (the only variety that didn’t wow me—I didn’t taste much cheese).

While all the chips were super crispy, like kettle chips, they weren’t produced like kettle chips. They’re produced using a new proprietary method, and while the company couldn’t share all its secrets with me, it did share a bit.

Go Free Chips Pure Crisp Technology

Go Free employs Pure Crisp Technology, a method that uses water and air to cook the chips instead of oil, although there is some oil in the ingredients. Whole fresh potatoes are at the base of all the varieties, plus sunflower oil and whatever seasonings are needed to flavor the snacks. To get the snacks crispy without deep frying, the company created processes for drying, dehydration, and oil application, but for proprietary reasons, it's keeping those processes under wraps.

The result is super crispy, tasty chips and mini fries that aren’t greasy. Aside from not leaving you reaching for a napkin, the process has an additional benefit. While chips are never going to be a health food, Go Free’s snacks have fewer calories and fat per ounce than traditional deep-fried chips.

Currently, Go Free is available at Albertsons and Safeway Stores, with plans to launch at Sprouts and on Amazon very soon.

Read the original article on All Recipes.