Food of the Eighties, Charles Chips
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I remember my best friend had these at her house. You had to order them from a catalog and they came in a 5 pound can. They were lighter than Lay's Potato Chips but had a lot more flavor. Wonderful!!
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Charlie - September 07, 2007 - Report this comment
In Brooklyn you could buy normal-sized bags of these in the supermarket.
Wesley - October 16, 2007 - Report this comment
Charles Chips were available back in the early 60's. They also had pretzels and cookies in cans too. They are still the best chips I have ever eaten Thanks for the memories.
ACJ - January 31, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh, how I loved chips in a tin. The empty tins were always good for storing crayons or toys. Occasionally, I'd find crumbs sticking to my brick-red or burnt-sienna crayolas.
disneysworld - May 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I ordered the chips and the pretzels in 16oz tins at hometownfavorites.com - they have a grocery section that has all sorts of stuff!!! Now I can add these tins to my cookie tin!
pnutbutterprincess82 - July 08, 2008 - Report this comment
we weren't rich at all and we had these delivered to the house, the guy would pull up and his truck looked just like the can and he would sale the chips,cookies,and pretzels, the chips came in sour cream and onion,BBQ,Plain,Cheese,and Pickle was the last I remembered but didn't go to well at out house,the cookies were chocolate chip,sugar,and sniker doodle, the chip man still lives in out town but not our neighborhood can you imagine with gas prices how much it would cost to have them delivered
rob - August 09, 2008 - Report this comment
used to be delivered to the house back in the 60's and early 70's in the tin containers. the best chips ever..BBQ was good but the Onion and Garlic ruled.
mel - September 24, 2008 - Report this comment
u can buy them in the store "the fresh market"
Melissa Bragg - November 22, 2008 - Report this comment
My best friend had these every day in her lunch box. It was like a mystery to us where they came from, because neither of us had ever seen them at any store. They had the best burnt chips in those little bags!!!
Albert Dziennik, Jr. - December 17, 2008 - Report this comment
Back in Baltimore in the late 50's we had an egg man who delivered eggs and other things each Friday night. He had these chips and around Christmas he had Noel Chips probably made by the same company that were super special and good. Ahh, those were the days. No one worried about cholesterol or being overweight. People lived longer too. Go figure.
phil - December 23, 2008 - Report this comment
I used to babysit my next door neighbor for free because they would get charles chips... one night I almost ate the whole can... they were the best.
david - December 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Wow... these bring back some really cool memories of my child hood! These were the best chips!
Bobbie - April 05, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved the chocolate Chip cookies.. God they were good. Memories of all us riding in the back sit of the car heading to pop pops house then on the way home I would sit in between my brother and sister holding a BIG Charlie Chips can and we would all be munching.. LOVED IT and wish they were still around. They were the best.. Herrs can eat that haha.
Cage - April 14, 2009 - Report this comment
A lady at work used to know a guy who distributed these. Jalapeno was the absolute best. I would LOVE some of these. Best chip ever.
chipgirl - April 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Back in the early 80's this guy would come to our office once a week selling the chips, pretzels and candy, IT WAS THE BEST
Mary - May 13, 2009 - Report this comment
You're right Cage - Jalapeno was the bomb! My grandmother ALWAYS had the monster can of plain but if was over and he was stopping by for his delivery, she would always buy a can of the Jalapeno for me. What memories!
Arabella - May 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I have a S.T.Musser potatoe chip can.I know that the creater of Charles Chips knew S.T.Musser.Can anyone out there tell me anything about these chips and the year of their origin?Also the value on this old can from Mountville in Lancaster Co.?
AvvyBlues - June 02, 2009 - Report this comment
You can get Charles Chips AND Charles Pretzels on the Vermont Country Store website!
Carolyn - July 12, 2009 - Report this comment
The other day I was thinking about Charlies Chips, they were delivered to my job and we never shared, everyone took their's home, they are the best in the world, i never dreamed that they are still being sold, i am going to order today. thank you
RJ - July 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Carolyn, I had the same scenario at my workplace! We'd try new flavors such as jalepeno, ketchup, honey mustard, garlic, and even hot dog! The Charles Chip man came to take orders every two weeks.
TC - August 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I tried looking them up at the Vermont Country store and I couldn't find them...I was so looking forward to getting some!! Any other suggestions???
Ang - August 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I found these(in the bag) at Cracker Barrel!!! OMG! I was so excited to find them! I can remember my parents buying the big tin from the Charles Chips guy! Ahh... memories...
KC - September 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved those cookies & chips. I was wanting some right now and googled them only to find this website. I miss those tasty chips. Great childhood memories. We were so excited to get the deliveries. Does anyone remember those flat chips that looked like guitar picks that you put into the frying pan & they inflated upon cooking? Were those from the Charles Chip Co. or some other? They were neat.
Scott - November 10, 2009 - Report this comment
Does anybody remember the chocolate covered rabbits with white sprinkles --looked forward to them every Spring
Poe - November 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I can't believe it!!! It must have been around 1975 when I was in the Super Market in Wayne, New Jersey and some old pitch man would shout out: "Charles Chips ... the more I eat the thiner I get!" He repeted that same montra over and over. Then you could walk up a take a few chips. I think my mom actually bought them for me because we both laughted at that rediculous sales pitch! Even at 11 years old I knew potato chips wouldn't make you thin! Everyone new that, but I guess that's what made it so funny. You guys want to see antoher good site, go to: Dutchmill Dontus on the inthe80s.com/ page! They have got some terrific banter on that site. The folks there are also trying to bring back this extincted product. Pretty Cool!!! And I, Poe, am there, too. Poe
Jab - November 15, 2009 - Report this comment
My parents are having their 50th wedding anniversary and I was trying to think of something to get them - perfect gift would be a monthly delivery or at least one delivery - they have never stopped talking about - can anybody help? - thanks
jean stecher - January 07, 2010 - Report this comment
i would like to know if they still sell charlie chips,,and if so, where can we get them..contact me jcsmax219@aol.com
DAWN SOTO - January 17, 2010 - Report this comment
CAN YOU STILL BUT A FRANCHISE OR A DELIVERY ROUTE FOR CHARLES CHIPS! IF SO, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT rubyharp@comcast.net THANK YOU
ksxsage - January 20, 2010 - Report this comment
My favorite flavor was dill, but their salt and vinegar rocked almost as much.
Richard Dockery - January 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I use to love the reg. with deans french onion dip in the early eighties. There was no better chip on the market at that time!
rebecca jessie - March 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Charlie Chips were great. Are these still around? Our friends are looking for these? Any Help would be appreciated
John Hook - March 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I would like to buy some of the chips that my mom bought for us kids they were really good Please let me know where to get them.
A Orndorff - March 17, 2010 - Report this comment
You can buy Charles Chips in the original design metal can from Vermont Country Store online.
Lmao - March 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I just looked on the Vermont site and there are no charles chips, what are u talking about?
RUKIDDING - March 23, 2010 - Report this comment
well Charles Chips is out of buisiness...so is the parent company...sad to say...you can't but them any more.
Ron - April 04, 2010 - Report this comment
The original Charles Chips was sold by the Musser's in the early 90's. It has changed hands several times and now the only thing remaining is the name.
matt - April 06, 2010 - Report this comment
charles chips did a great business in delco pa
Marianne - May 15, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember my mom getting Charlie Chips & Cookies. They were so good, and i agree the best chips ever! Brings bk many memories from the 70's. Wish you could still purchase, but as i read your comments, all is lost but not forgotten!!
Charlene H. Summers - July 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I would like to order the chocolate chip cookies. Will you let me know how I can place and order for these cookies. I'll even take the potato chips. My email address is charlenehsummers@bellsouth.com
Jennie Winkler - July 28, 2010 - Report this comment
I would like to know where I can buy the chips. Please let me know. jl.winkler@verizon.net
LadyDamn - August 02, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG! Say it isnt so!! gone?!!! I was hoping to find them online. So many wonderful memories of My Mom and I waiting for the truck. Id give anything to have them just 1 more time. drats!! :[
Jerry Z - September 17, 2010 - Report this comment
My Mother worked there in the late 70's Sorry hear they are gone!
Gates - September 19, 2010 - Report this comment
It was around 1978 and my mom and I (thing I was about 11 years old) were in a super market and an old pitch man well selling these chips barking out: "Charles Chips ... the more I eat the thinner I get!" Even as a kid I knew it was a stupid sales pitch, but my mom and I bought a "Tin" anyway because it was SO FUNNY! Too bad they're gone. Where was the plant, Jerry Z? Was it in Pennsylvaina?
Jane - October 28, 2010 - Report this comment
They were absolutely the best. I work with younger co-workers and they never heard of Charles chips. Gates: the original plant was in Mountville, PA.
Gates - October 28, 2010 - Report this comment
Hey Jane, Do you remember with your mom a guy saying, "Charles Chips ... the more I eat the thinker I get?" That's cool
Gates - October 30, 2010 - Report this comment
Hey, Jane, you got your ears on?
tnt - November 06, 2010 - Report this comment
does any one know any thing about a stuffed charles chip bear. I have one with the tag on its ear and the C C sweater on it.
Joe Rightmyer - January 26, 2011 - Report this comment
When I think of Charles Chips, I think of home. I grew up in Calhoun Kentucky and as far as we knew there was no other potato chip. Sure wish they were still around. Charles Chips History 1942- Effie Musser began making potato chips as a means of creating additional income for her family. Her husband, Si, was a farmer. Effie took her chips to Central Market, Lancaster, PA on Tuesday and Friday mornings to sell at stall 151. A snack distributor in Baltimore, MD heard about Effie’s good tasting chips and contracted with her to supply bulk chips delivered to him. He repacked the bulk chips into his branded tin can, Charles Chips, named after Charles St, Baltimore, MD. He had financial issues and since Effie was his largest creditor and he chose to sell his assets to her rather than go bankrupt. At this point, the potato chip business was generating more revenue than the farm was, so Si joined Effie in the business and hired a tenant farmer to do the farm chores. By 1946, production had grown from their small residential kitchen to a 50 foot by 250 foot cement block building. At the time, Si and Effie were producing private label potato chips for Frito and A&P Markets while building the home delivery concept with Charles Chips. In the late 50’s Si and Effie expanded the Charles Chips brand to include Charles Pretzels and Charles Cookies and in the years ahead developed a Christmas Holiday Gift program. In 1962, a new plant was built in Calhoun, KY to service the mid-west and south. In 1974, the business model of home delivery became more challenging. The company made a strategic move to develop retail packaging and market their products into grocery and convenience stores. In 1979, Charles Chips began distribution into the California market from the Calhoun, KY plant. In 1984, Charles Chips completed construction of a state of the art pretzel and corn based snack production facility in Mountville, PA. In 1990, the company had wholesale revenue in excess of $45 million. In 1991, the Mussers sold Charles Chips to a group of investors from Philadelphia. This new company went bankrupt 18 months later.
Cynthia - February 04, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved Charles Chips! My all time favorite were the golden candies which tasted like butterfingers! I can't remember what they were called... Help!
Lesley - February 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I gained about 10 lbs. in high school from these delicious chips! I have looking for their cinnamon crisp type cookies for years! I think they called them "sandies" or something! Where could I get these? I can't even find a recipe for crisp, cinnamon cookies on line. HELP!
Albert Dziennik, Roby, TX - February 17, 2011 - Report this comment
It is because of these things why I now weight 697 lbs. and divorced. Thank god for Bay Watch reruns and a jar of vasaline.
Debi - April 05, 2011 - Report this comment
The cinnamon sugar cookies were called "Sand Tarts" & they were the best cookies in the world. We had those and the chips where I worked in Mississippi in the early 70's. Yum !
Stacy - April 06, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember these, God how I loved them. I was only 4yrs old at the time, in the 80s, but I would know when he was coming with those chips and I called the delivery guy "Charlie the Chip Man" those were the good ol' days. Nothing like em. It was amazing at what you could get delivered to your house way back when. I have an 8yr old son now and he just looks at me with a puzzled face when I talk about "Charlie the Chip Man" LOL, he can't fathum someone delivering chips.
Albert Dziennik - April 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I wish I knew then what I know now. Eating all those great chips caused me to gain 678 lbs. and have a wife who left me for my boss. It just is not fair.....I did not choose to be born gay.:( Albert Dziennik Roby, TX
Briar - May 28, 2011 - Report this comment
Dang, such memories, growing up that's the only chips we ever ate. Too bad they aren't around anymore...and say progress is good. Somethings should never change when you have a product that was that good...especially every time you eat someone's else's product and they don't even come close to tasting like charlie chips...
rod austin - September 12, 2011 - Report this comment
great memories of living in the town that made such great snacks, THANK YOU.
Rosanne, Long Island, NY NY - November 02, 2011 - Report this comment
They were to best chips ever. I lived on Long Island in NY and my parents had the chips and pretzels delivered all the time in the 60's and early 70's. Forgot all about them until a friend at work reminded me. Good memories.
Barbara Riley - January 14, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember Charles Chips and their Cookie selection at Christmas and Easter. I loved the green Christmas Trees and the chocolate bunnies with white spects on them... they were so good and I wish I had some now !
Beth James - January 21, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember the Christmas tins and I also loved the green Christmas trees. My grandparents gave them to us every year. I see tins like that one at Christmas time and always look to see if they have been brought back. I would be so thrilled, but am always disappointed. Still hoping one day they do.
Donna - February 27, 2012 - Report this comment
I also grew up eating these, they were the best. I couldn't wait for the delivery guy to come every week. You will all be happy to know that if you type their name in and go on their website they are now selling them again!!!!!!!!!!!! They don't have all of the flavors yet but more products are coming! This is great news for all of us that grew up eating these. I know I will be getting my order in.
Scott - June 01, 2012 - Report this comment
I grew up on charles chips. My dad was the Charles Chips delivery man in our area. Any time i needed a snack i just when to the truck an got a can of what chips i wanted. When i was 8 i would go with my father never other saturday on the truck. They were some great times. I am so glad they are making Charles Chips again.
Free your mind - June 01, 2012 - Report this comment
Great post, scott! I remeber with my mom in Wayne, N.J. some pitch man was selling these circa 1978 and he'd say: "Charles Chips ... the more I eat the thinnner I get." So funny because we knew it was junk, but we bought it anyway and loved them.
Tracy - June 04, 2012 - Report this comment
Nobody was making Charles Chips for a while, but the plain chips and pretzels are available once again at The Vermont Country Store.
Leslie Kaley - June 13, 2012 - Report this comment
Man< I remember these in the early 80's being delivered to the office. I want those iced chocalate graham cracker bunnies and wreaths!
Chris - July 11, 2012 - Report this comment
While attending college 1968-1972 I worked for Charles Chips 2 days a week, driving their truck on a home delivery route on Long Island NY.The warehouse I worked out of had a dozen trucks all of which were acquired from the New York Worlds Fair which closed in 1964. I was amazed at how many families had them delivered to their home. On some blocks it was virtually every house. I got a can or two a week to take home and to this day still remember how great they were.
Life Change - December 26, 2012 - Report this comment
Great comments everyone. This is one of the better pages for inthe80s.com. Very good input. Take for example the last post before mine. Chris did a great job. Also, love the sayings and the post from January 26, 2011 by Joe Rightmyer. Excellent history lesson, Joe.
Christopher Cook - August 24, 2014 - Report this comment
I miss having Charles Chips delivered to our home Tempe Arizona 86 the 80s. I remember the cookies and the butter mints were my favorite. Then we moved and the delivery service stopped Every once in a while I would see an old CC delivery van. Brings back great memories of childhood.
Stacey - September 03, 2014 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember Charles Chips cheese doodles? The we're the cheesiest, softest cheese doodles ever made. Can't find them anywhere to purchase.Brings me back to my childhood..

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