I’ve been looking for that niche product that’ll finally get me a chip and a seat at the big table. I think I may have finally found it. It’s hard to believe the answer was right in front of my face the whole time.
Would it surprise you if I said I’m rather chipped off about it?
I’ve decided to invent a new variety of potato chip. Believe it or not, I feel the market is wide open for this sort of thing.
To assist with product design, I’ve identified several key variables: Preparation, Cut, Salt and Flavor.
Santana DVX sparkling wine (aka “champagne”) is the perfect pairing to this post because it is so crisp.
This post is going to require some maths. And here I thought there were lots of varieties of Wheat Thins. Compared to potato chips? Wheat Thins ain’t shit.
Here are the variables our maths will have to take into consideration:
Enumeration Count: 3
Values: Fried, Baked, Kettle (citation needed?)
Enumeration Count: 5
Values: Original, Ridges (crinkles), Lattice, Thick, Deli
Enumeration Count: 4
Values: Original, Sea Salt, Redesigned Salt, Mediterranean Sea Salt
Enumeration Count: 35 (partial list)
Values: Original, Cheddar & Sour Cream, Barbecue, Chile Limon, Classic BLT, Dill Pickle, Flamin’ Hot, Garden Tomato & Basil, Honey Barbecue, Honey Mustard, Light, Lightly Salted, Limon, Salt & Vinegar, Sour Cream & Onion, Sweet Southern Heat Barbecue, Tangy Carolina BBQ, Southwestern Ranch, Cooked Creamy Mediterranean Herb, Spice Rubbed BBQ, Harvest Ranch, Jalapeno, Maui Onion, Mesquite BBQ, Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper, Sharp Cheddar, Spicy Cayenne & Cheese, Cheddar, Hot’n Spicy, Pizza, Wavy Au Gratin, Hickory Barbecue, Ranch, Steak
We punch these numbers into our handy dandy math-o-whizz machine and we get a whopping 2,100 different possible combinations of potato chip products. And that’s with my elite team of scientists deliberately trying to minimize the number of variables and combinations involved. It’s easy to see how, with just a modicum of effort, we could easily rock this thing off the charts, like into the millions or maybe even zillions.
Perhaps my exclusive chip will be something like Kettle Lattice-Cut Spicy Cayenne & Cheese Potato Chips with Mediterranean Sea Salt infused with Haberno. See what I did there? I sneaked in a sea salt variation. Got to keep it fresh. Ask for them by name in your local supermarket.