Ruffles "All Dressed"


It wasn't until recently that I discovered that All Dressed potato chips were a Canadian thing. I'd always assumed that they were a standard flavour all over the world, or in North America at least. Then I came across a list of strange Canadian snacks on the Internet, and All Dressed potato chips were on it. I don't blame the writers of this list for considering them to be a strange snack; I was just surprised that it was something unknown to the rest of the world. Canada is well known for creating strange flavours of potato chips, but All Dressed is strange for a very specific reason.

The biggest mystery is exactly what flavour these are supposed to be. Some people assume that they're a combination of all of the popular chip flavours, such as salt and vinegar, ketchup, BBQ, and sour cream and onion. The package implies that there is a range of flavours, however they appear to be vinegar, onion, and some kind of red pepper (or paprika). The one thing that's unmistakable in each bite is that there is a strange mix of flavours. It starts off with a sour vinegar flavour, then it tastes a little like BBQ, and it finishes with something kind of onion like. I could easily see the flavour of paprika and BBQ getting confused, particularly since they may use a smoked paprika for these Ruffles.

I've never considered All Dressed chips to be my favourite flavour of chips, and my opinion hasn't changed. I'm guessing since it's considered a standard flavour of chips here in Canada that many people do like them. I don't hate them, but I've never craved them either. It's not that the flavours are bad; they're just too many flavours competing with each bite.