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Top 44 Best Japanese Potato Chips to Buy Online 2019 - Tried and True!

Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping) for the best potato chips. We then chose the 44 most popular products and tested them.


We focused on three things: the strength of its flavor, the texture of the potato, and how hard it was. Then our testers combined their thoughts and scores into a collective overall score of deliciousness.

  • Last updated: 10-30-2019
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Top 44 Best Japanese Potato Chips to Buy Online 2019

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KoikeyaPotato Chips

Rich Consomme

$1.34

Japanese湖池屋 ポテトチップス リッチコンソメ
Amount per bag2.1 oz
Calories per bag337 calories
FlavorConsomme
ShapeRegular
Frying methodRegular
Overall score4.2
2

KoikeyaPotato Chips

Lightly Salted

$1.34

Japanese湖池屋 ポテトチップス うすしお味
Amount per bag2.1 oz
Calories per bag340 calories
FlavorSalt
ShapeRegular
Frying methodRegular
Overall score4.2
3
Japaneseソシオ工房 フラ印 アメリカンポテトチップスうすしお味
Amount per bag5.6 oz
Calories per bag556 calories
FlavorSalt
ShapeRegular
Frying methodRegular
Overall score4.1
4
Calbee Kata-age Potato Chips 1

CalbeeKata-age Potato Chips

Lightly Salted

$2.60

Japaneseカルビー 堅あげポテト うすしお味
Amount per bag2.3 oz
Calories per bag333 calories
FlavorSalt
ShapeRegular
Frying methodKettle-cooked
Overall score4.0
5
Lawson Thick-cut Potato Chips 1

LawsonThick-cut Potato Chips

Consomme

$0.99

Japaneseローソン 厚切りザクッとポテトコンソメ味
Amount per bag2.1 oz
Calories per bag334 calories
FlavorConsomme
ShapeRidged
Frying methodRegular
Overall score4.0
6
Japaneseロイズ ポテトチップチョコレート
Amount per bag6.7 oz
Calories per bag1,144 calories
FlavorChocolate
ShapeRidged
Frying methodRegular
Overall score3.9
7
7 Eleven Japan Thick-cut Potato Chips 1

7 Eleven JapanThick-cut Potato Chips

Seaweed and Salt

$1.96

Japaneseセブンイレブン 厚切りポテト のりしお味
Amount per bag5.2 oz
Calories per bag812 calories (per 3.5 oz)
FlavorSeaweed and salt
ShapeRidged
Frying methodRegular
Overall score3.8
8

CalbeePotato Chips

Honey Butter

$2.66

Japaneseカルビー ポテトチップス しあわせバタ~
Amount per bag2.1 oz
Calories per bag333 calories
FlavorHoney butter
ShapeRegular
Frying methodRegular
Overall score3.8
9

CalbeeKata-age Potato Chips

Black Pepper

$3.00

Japaneseカルビー 堅あげポテト ブラックペッパー
Amount per bag2.3 oz
Calories per bag331 calories
FlavorBlack pepper
ShapeRegular
Frying methodKettle-cooked
Overall score3.8
10
Calbee Kata-age Potato Chips 1

CalbeeKata-age Potato Chips

Seaweed

$3.10

Japaneseカルビー 堅あげポテト のり味
Amount per bag2.3 oz
Calories per bag331 calories
FlavorSeaweed
ShapeRegular
Frying methodKettle-cooked
Overall score3.8
11
Japaneseカルビー ポテトチップス うすしお味
Amount per bag2.1 oz
Calories per bag336 calories
FlavorSalt
ShapeRegular
Frying methodRegular
Overall score3.7
12

YamayoshiHokkaido Rich Butter Chips

$1.22

Japanese山芳製菓 北海道リッチバター味
Amount per bag1.9 oz
Calories per bag302 calories
FlavorButter
ShapeRegular
Frying methodRegular
Overall score3.7
13
Japanese湖池屋 カラムーチョチップス ホットチリ味
Amount per bag1.9 oz
Calories per bag308 calories
FlavorHot chili
ShapeRegular
Frying methodRegular
Overall score3.7
14
Japaneseカルビー ピザポテト
Amount per bag2.2 oz
Calories per bag349 calories
FlavorPizza
ShapeRidged
Frying methodRegular
Overall score3.6
15
Japaneseカルビー ポテトチップス 九州しょうゆ
Amount per bag2 oz
Calories per bag321 calories
FlavorSoy sauce
ShapeRegular
Frying methodRegular
Overall score3.6
16
Yamazaki Biscuits Chip Star Potato Chips 1

Yamazaki BiscuitsChip Star Potato Chips

Lightly Salted

$1.22

Japaneseヤマザキビスケット チップスターS うすしお味
Amount per bag1.8 oz
Calories per bag266 calories
FlavorSalt
ShapeMolded
Frying methodRegular
Overall score3.6
17

7 ElevenPotato Chips

Lightly Salted

$1.96

Japaneseセブンイレブン ポテトチップス うすしお味
Amount per bag6.2 oz
Calories per bag563 calories (per 3.5 oz)
FlavorSalt
ShapeRegular
Frying methodRegular
Overall score3.5
18

7 ElevenPotato Chips

Rich Consomme

$1.96

Japaneseセブンイレブン 濃いコンソメ味のポテトチップス
Amount per bag5.7 oz
Calories per bag540 calories (per 3.5 oz)
FlavorConsomme
ShapeRegular
Frying methodRegular
Overall score3.5
19

Family MartWavy Thick-cut Potato Chips

Savory Chicken and Sweet Onion

$1.88

Japaneseファミリーマート 波型厚切りポテトチップス 旨みチキン×甘み玉ねぎ
Amount per bag4.2 oz
Calories per bag554 calories (per 3.5 oz)
FlavorConsomme
ShapeRidged
Frying methodRegular
Overall score3.5
20
Japanese湖池屋 KOIKEYA PRIDE POTATO 本格コンソメ
Amount per bag2.1 oz
Calories per bag321 calories
FlavorConsomme
ShapeRegular
Frying methodRegular
Overall score3.5

Compare the Best Japanese Potato Chips

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Koikeya Potato Chips 1

Koikeya

2
Koikeya Potato Chips 1

Koikeya

3
Hula's American Potato Chips 1

Hula's

4
Calbee Kata-age Potato Chips 1

Calbee

5
Lawson Thick-cut Potato Chips 1

Lawson

6
Royce' Chocolate Potato Chips 1

Royce'

7
7 Eleven Japan Thick-cut Potato Chips 1

7 Eleven Japan

8
Calbee Potato Chips 1

Calbee

9
Calbee Kata-age Potato Chips 1

Calbee

10
Calbee Kata-age Potato Chips 1

Calbee

11
Calbee Potato Chips 1

Calbee

12
Yamayoshi Hokkaido Rich Butter Chips 1

Yamayoshi

13
Koikeya Karamucho Potato Chips 1

Koikeya

14
Calbee Pizza Potato Chips 1

Calbee

15
Calbee Potato Chips 1

Calbee

16
Yamazaki Biscuits Chip Star Potato Chips 1

Yamazaki Biscuits

17
7 Eleven Potato Chips 1

7 Eleven

18
7 Eleven Potato Chips 1

7 Eleven

19
Family Mart Wavy Thick-cut Potato Chips 1

Family Mart

20
Koikeya Koikeya Pride Potato 1

Koikeya

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Potato Chips

Potato Chips

American Potato Chips

Kata-age Potato Chips

Thick-cut Potato Chips

Chocolate Potato Chips

Thick-cut Potato Chips

Potato Chips

Kata-age Potato Chips

Kata-age Potato Chips

Potato Chips

Hokkaido Rich Butter Chips

Karamucho Potato Chips

Pizza Potato Chips

Potato Chips

Chip Star Potato Chips

Potato Chips

Potato Chips

Wavy Thick-cut Potato Chips

Koikeya Pride Potato

FeaturesThe Very Best Japanese Pota...The Best Salt-flavored Pota...The Best Salty Potato Chips...The Best Kettle-cooked Pota...The Best Ridged Potato ChipsThe Best Sweet-flavored Pot...The Best Seaweed-flavored P...An Excellent Blend of Sweet...The Best Potato Chips to Pa...A Potato Chip with a Great ...A Long-selling Chip with a ...A Succulent Mix of Butter a...The Best Spicy Potato ChipChips with a Rich and Uniqu...A Great Chip with a Unique ...A Light Chip That Melts in ...A Chip That Emphasizes the ...A Crispy Concoction of Chic...A Unique but Refreshing FlavorThe Perfect Chip for Consom...
Price$1.34$1.34$2.98$2.60$0.99$7.16$1.96$2.66$3.00$3.10$1.47$1.22$1.57$1.56$1.25$1.22$1.96$1.96$1.88$1.20
Japanese湖池屋 ポテトチップス リッチコンソメ湖池屋 ポテトチップス うすしお味ソシオ工房 フラ印 アメリカンポテトチップスうすしお味カルビー 堅あげポテト うすしお味ローソン 厚切りザクッとポテトコンソメ味ロイズ ポテトチップチョコレートセブンイレブン 厚切りポテト のりしお味カルビー ポテトチップス しあわせバタ~カルビー 堅あげポテト ブラックペッパーカルビー 堅あげポテト のり味カルビー ポテトチップス うすしお味山芳製菓 北海道リッチバター味湖池屋 カラムーチョチップス ホットチリ味カルビー ピザポテトカルビー ポテトチップス 九州しょうゆヤマザキビスケット チップスターS うすしお味セブンイレブン ポテトチップス うすしお味セブンイレブン 濃いコンソメ味のポテトチップスファミリーマート 波型厚切りポテトチップス 旨みチキン×甘み玉ねぎ湖池屋 KOIKEYA PRIDE POTATO 本格コンソメ
Amount per bag2.1 oz2.1 oz5.6 oz2.3 oz2.1 oz6.7 oz5.2 oz2.1 oz2.3 oz2.3 oz2.1 oz1.9 oz1.9 oz2.2 oz2 oz1.8 oz6.2 oz5.7 oz4.2 oz2.1 oz
Calories per bag337 calories340 calories556 calories333 calories334 calories1,144 calories812 calories (per 3.5 oz)333 calories331 calories331 calories336 calories302 calories308 calories349 calories321 calories266 calories563 calories (per 3.5 oz)540 calories (per 3.5 oz)554 calories (per 3.5 oz)321 calories
FlavorConsommeSaltSaltSaltConsommeChocolateSeaweed and saltHoney butterBlack pepperSeaweedSaltButterHot chiliPizzaSoy sauceSaltSaltConsommeConsommeConsomme
ShapeRegularRegularRegularRegularRidgedRidgedRidgedRegularRegularRegularRegularRegularRegularRidgedRegularMoldedRegularRegularRidgedRegular
Frying methodRegularRegularRegularKettle-cookedRegularRegularRegularRegularKettle-cookedKettle-cookedRegularRegularRegularRegularRegularRegularRegularRegularRegularRegular
Overall score4.24.24.14.04.03.93.83.83.83.83.73.73.73.63.63.63.53.53.53.5
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Products That Didn't Make the Cut

And why they didn't quite make it.

Not Great, but Not Outstanding Either

Not Great, but Not Outstanding Either

While we weren't necessarily disappointed with Calbee's Soy Sauce and Mayo Potato Chips, we weren't blown away by them either. They'd be better eaten paired with a drink or another snack rather than be enjoyed on its own. 


Considering how fancy the package for Koikeya Pride Potato's Lightly Salted chips looked, we expected an equally high-class flavor, but we just tasted average potato chips. And though we loved the texture of Family Mart's Wavy Thick-cut Salt Potato Chips, we couldn't find much else to rave about.

Unique Flavors That You'll Either Love or Hate

Unique Flavors That You'll Either Love or Hate

While some of our testers loved these flavors, we only gave high scores to potato chips that were universally liked. That included O'Zack's Lightly Salted Chips, which also happen to be seasoned with other spices. It was a bit powdery, but still good, according to a few testers.


Koikeya's Suppamucho Ume flavored chips taste like pickled plums (umeboshi), which means it's on the sour side of flavor. While some liked it, others said that the taste of umeboshi and potatoes didn't blend well. 


What we found with Muji's French Potato Chips (Salt) was that its taste was focused more on the potato itself than the salt flavor. If you love the taste of potatoes, though, you should enjoy it.

Not Quite the Flavor They Were Going for

Not Quite the Flavor They Were Going for

Many of the chips that scored lowest in our test were chips that didn't quite match the flavor they were advertising. For example, we definitely tasted double amounts of spice in Calbee's Consomme Double Punch Potato Chips, but we didn't taste double amounts of consomme. We also didn't taste the consomme part of Sokensha's Vegetable Consomme Potato Chips, but we did taste the veggies.


We didn't really understand the reasoning behind Calbee's French Salad Potato Chips; they were tasty, but the flavor seemed a bit too high class to be on a potato chip. And we thought Terra Foods' Grilled Potato Chips (Salt) were so soft and melty that they almost tasted like rice crackers. 

A Little Too Heavy to Snack on

A Little Too Heavy to Snack on

Calbee's Ridged Salt Potato Chips are thick and rich to the point where we were satisfied with the taste but weren't sure if we'd be able to finish a whole bag. Its flavor is great, though, so we'd recommend this as a snack that you eat slowly and savor.

Where's the Potato Part of the Potato Chip?

Where's the Potato Part of the Potato Chip?

When we ate Yamayoshi's Wasabeef chips, we certainly enjoyed the beefy taste with its spicy wasabi kick, but we weren't able to tell that we were eating a potato chip because the flavor was so dominant. O'Zack's Seaweed and Salt chips were heavy on the salt, but its powdery texture took away from the texture of the potato.

A Little Too Generous with the Salt

A Little Too Generous with the Salt

Some chips, like Lawson's Thick-cut Potato Chips (Lightly Salted) went a little too heavy on the salt. Another thing we found prevalent among our tested chips is that "seaweed and salt" flavors tended to put way more emphasis on the "salt" part.


This includes Koikeya Pride Potato Rich Seaweed and Salt chips and Family Mart's Rich Seaweed and Salt Potato Chips, which weren't entirely unpleasant in the end. However, once it got to Calbee's Seaweed and Salt Potato Chips and Koikeya's Seaweed and Salt Potato Chips, it got to be just a bit too much. 

Not Enough Crunch and/or Flavor

Not Enough Crunch and/or Flavor

With these chips, we didn't get the satisfying flavor or crunch that we were expecting from a great potato chip. For instance, we didn't get nearly the crispy potato texture we wanted from Calbee's Thick-cut Chicken Consomme chips.


As for flavor, we tasted a distinct lack of it in Calbee's Consomme Punch Potato Chips. We found that if we stacked 2 or 3 Chip Star's Seaweed and Salt or Consomme chips we could get the amount of flavor we wanted, but not with just one. 


Also, many of our testers wanted to add some extra salt to Fukugawa Oil & Fat Co., Ltd.'s Non-chemically seasoned Potato Chips and Kikusuido's Fresh Potato Chips.

How We Tested the Potato Chips

How We Tested the Potato Chips

How we tested the potato chips is pretty simple: we ate them. After researching which chips to buy and purchasing them, we gathered 5 of our editors to score each chip's level of deliciousness. 

How We Tested the Potato Chips

 Chips that had a good flavor balance, texture, and that sense of "I am eating a potato," got the highest scores.

How to Choose Potato Chips - Buying Guide

Here are five big things to look out for.

① Choose a Flavor That Fits Your Tastes and Situation

① Choose a Flavor That Fits Your Tastes and Situation

"Choose a flavor you like" is stating the obvious, but we also recommend thinking about the situation in which you'll be eating chips. Are you going to eat them by themselves? Are you going to enjoy them with a nice cup of tea? Or are they going to be a drinking snack?


We recommend sweeter flavors for tea and spicier flavors if being paired with alcohol. We also recommend trying some unique flavors once in a while (like pizza!) so you have a good conversation starter.

① Choose a Flavor That Fits Your Tastes and Situation

By the way, the chips that rated lowest in our test were the "healthy" ones. If you're looking for good flavor and texture, you may want to steer clear of these.

② Get to Know the Characteristics of Different Chip Makers

② Get to Know the Characteristics of Different Chip Makers

As you probably know, all salt-flavored potato chips are not made the same. Factors like sodium content, texture, and oiliness can vary widely among different chip makers, because that's what makes them stand out from each other. Trying a variety of flavors from different makers will help you figure out your perfect chip.


For us, we trust Calbee's salt-flavored chips, but we prefer Koikeya's seaweed and salt chips. Yamayoshi and Hula's chips tend to have unique flavorings as well, so we recommend giving them a taste.

③ Try Different Cuts for Different Textures

③ Try Different Cuts for Different Textures

We added texture to our deliciousness rating for a reason; the potato matters just as much as the flavor. We've discovered 4 main cuts of chips as pictured above: regular (top-left), ridged (top-right), kettle-cooked (bottom-left), and non-fried (bottom-right). 


Ridged chips tend to have stronger flavors and provide a better crunch, which make them great for serious snacking. Kettle-cooked chips are best for enjoying that pure potato flavor, and while non-fried chips don't have a ton of texture, they're great if you're on a diet. Choose a chip cut that fits your mood when browsing.

④ Don't Forget to Consider Shape

④ Don't Forget to Consider Shape

Regular potato chips are made by slicing potatoes and frying them, but molded chips are made by creating a powder of the potatoes and mixing them with ingredients. They are then hardened and molded to their final shape. Think Pringles; in Japan, they would be Chip Star brand chips.


These chips are best enjoyed stacked up and crunched in bunches, and they're also pretty compact. That means you can take them on the go for some light snacking. 

⑤ Consider Area-limited Chips as Gifts

⑤ Consider Area-limited Chips as Gifts

If there's one thing Japan loves, it's area-limited editions of food, and this includes potato chips. Flavors like Calbee's Kyushu Soy Sauce or even Royce' Chocolate Potato Chips are not only a great way to let people know where you've been; it will also give them the opportunity to experience your travels in a sensory way.


While we've only included Japanese chips in this list, chips made by international makers would also make great gifts for friends or loved ones if it symbolizes that area.

Summary

We rounded up members from our editing department, purchased the 44 most popular Japanese potato chips, and tested them all.


We learned that the best of the best potato chips balance flavor, texture, and hardness in a way that can be enjoyed by all ages and tastes. We also recommend trying different makers and unique flavors once in a while; maybe you'll discover a new taste you like, or it could help reaffirm your love for your current favorite brand of chips.

Author: Rio Sasaki/Translation: Shannon McNaught/Photos: Kazuya Ota and Yasuhiro Shimoya

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    Barbecue sauce has a history that stretches as far back as the 1800s and is a common ingredient in many American foods today. From Sweet Chuck’s All Natural Barbecue Sauce to Annie’s Original Original BBQ Sauce, choosing the right sauce that’s healthy and that also complements your food can be a tough choice.In this article, we’ll show you how to choose the right healthy barbecue sauce, tell you which ingredients to avoid, and recommend some delicious, healthy barbecue sauces. Whether you’re looking something sweet and subtle or something bold and spicy, there’s a healthy barbecue sauce out there for you; here are our top picks for the best healthy barbecue sauces that you can buy online today.
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  • Top 10 Best Decaf Black Teas to Buy Online 2019
    Top 10 Best Decaf Black Teas to Buy Online 2019
    Stressed? A cup of hot tea is perfect for relaxing your body and mind. Whether you’re caffeine-sensitive, pregnant, or just want a nice hot drink in the evening, you’d probably appreciate a good cup of decaffeinated tea.So, you want to cut down on caffeine intake but worry that decaf teas don’t taste the same as their caffeinated counterparts? Don’t worry; you don’t need to compromise on taste. In this article, we’ll introduce you to the 10 best decaf black teas that actually taste like “real tea.” Enjoy your teatime.
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  • Top 9 Best Japanese Soy Sauces to Buy Online 2019 - Tried and True!
    Top 9 Best Japanese Soy Sauces to Buy Online 2019 - Tried and True!
    Soy sauce※1 is the driving force behind flavor in a number of famous Asian dishes, be it stirfry, soup, or cold seaweed salad. That’s why there’s so many different kinds–each with a different color, depth, and flavor profile, some best when heated in a pan, some best when poured straight into a little sauce dish. Depending on the kind of soy sauce you use, you could completely rework a flavor.And whether it’s because you love Japanese cuisine and want to be as authentic as possible or you live in Japan and need help navigating the supermarket, you’re interested in finding the ultimate Japanese soy sauce. Well, this time around, we ordered the 9 most popular bottles of soy sauce available in Japanese supermarkets and on e-commerce sites and tested them all.We also invited three certified seasoning sommeliers and asked them to taste each product. (For those that are unfamiliar with seasoning sommeliers, they are professionals that have passed an exam proctored by the Japan Seasoning Meisters Association.) The three experts then compared the following:1. Savoriness※22. Sweetness3. Fragrance4. Umami (or Fullness of Flavor)※35. Utility and Compatible FoodsThis is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese soy sauces.※1 醤油: soy sauce※2 塩味: savoriness (here, used to indicate saltiness and flavors opposed to sweetness)※3 旨味: umami (while often translated as savoriness, here we use it to mean a lush layering of flavors, like what you would find in a full-bodied wine)
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  • Top 10 Best Salts to Buy Online 2019
    Top 10 Best Salts to Buy Online 2019
    No spice rack is complete without salt. But there are so many kinds: processed salt, sea salt, table salt, himalayan salt, and so on. How are you supposed to figure which’ll suit your palate?Well, it’s important to know what features to consider when purchasing salt. Find out where it’s from, how it tastes, what it costs, what’s inside, and what people have said about it. Then flip through your recipe book, and figure out just how you use salt.
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  • Top 10 Best Sushi Making Kits to Buy Online 2019
    Top 10 Best Sushi Making Kits to Buy Online 2019
    It’s summer, it’s hot, and you don’t want to turn on the stove to make dinner. Sushi sounds great, but that can be expensive. Not to fear! You can make your own sushi at home, and pretty easily too, thanks to sushi making kits that come with all of the tools you’ll need.Granted, there are a number of different types of sushi and seemingly just as many kits. But don’t let that stop you. This guide will help you comb through the options and figure out exactly what you’ll need to look for when choosing a kit. And if that’s not enough, we’ve also got 10 of our favorites for you to look through as well.
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