Food of the Eighties, Crunch Gators
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Hot and spicy jalapino potato chips with a really hard crunch. My high school had these in the vending machines circa 88-89.
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RussH - May 18, 2007 - Report this comment
DELICIOUS!! They were sorta similar to Lay's Kettle Cooked Jalapeno Chips. Only a LOT Crunchier. And tastier. There was another flavor too I think. Like Mesquite. Hoppin' Jalapeno were more common.
Jacob - January 27, 2008 - Report this comment
The chips were actually called Crunch Taters but used an alligator on the bag. Hoppin Jalapeno and Mesquite BBQ were the 2 flavors.
Missy - February 04, 2008 - Report this comment
I haven't seen those in years until recently I found them in a drug store... I love the mesquite chips.
Jeremy - September 20, 2008 - Report this comment
I use to love these chips.I was partial to the mesquite. Wish I could find them now.
misty - September 21, 2008 - Report this comment
I used to love the mesquite bbq ones soooo much, that I ate a whole bag when I was like 4 and got really, really sick!! I still hear about it til this day. I really still couldn't eat them,
southside - September 22, 2008 - Report this comment
i'm locked up in the county and all I can think about is crunch gators
kevinmccallister - November 07, 2008 - Report this comment
when my parents leave the house i eat these and watch pg-13 movies.
Dave - December 28, 2008 - Report this comment
kevinmccallister, I get it man, I get it. :) For those of you craving this delicacy, Cape Cod makes a similar chip.
RicoS - February 17, 2009 - Report this comment
These were the best ever. I was mad when the discontinued these chips.
Star - March 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I'm excited other people remember these. I loved those things, and nobody else seems to remember them. I would love to have some of those right now.
Crunnchie - April 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Dude those chips were the best EVER!!! can someone post of pic of the bag if they can find it? Didn't the gator have a chip on a stick over a campfire or something like that?
P - July 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Oh man! those were the BEST. I wonder what company made them? We have to write a petition to bring them back!
Bennett - August 11, 2009 - Report this comment
They came in Sour Cream and Onion as well. The Sour Cream and Onion was hard to come by and you had to grab them fast. I worked at Safeway also and would grab them off the shelf as soon as they would hit it.
Anh - September 29, 2009 - Report this comment
Tim's Cascade chips are kinda the same.
alex - October 28, 2009 - Report this comment
They were maid by freto lays. I spotted them when I was watching home alone on tv. I loved those chips. We should all write a leter to lays to bring them back.
joejoe - October 30, 2009 - Report this comment
yes, we should write a letter to lays because thats all i use to bye they were off the chain
Stephanie - October 30, 2009 - Report this comment
That is so funny, I thought I was the only person still looking for these chips. These were a childhood favorite along with Surge Soda. Way better than Vault that replaced it.
Chauncey - December 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I also spotted a bag of these watching home alone. If you look carefully you can see the Frito Lay Logo. I wrote Frito Lay requesting that they continue to make them.
Peter McCallister...The Father - December 25, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow, it's funny that I'm watching Home Alone right now for the 25th time with my brother and he just asked me to find out what happened to those "Gator Chips." A quick google search and here I am. Funny that Chauncey was the newest addition just 3 days ago for a similar reason. By the way, thanks for writing Frito Lay. Wouldn't that be great if they brought them back as a re-release! I loved the Masquite BBQ "Gator Chips" Yum!!! Merry Christmas everyone :D
Kittie - December 25, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved this chips!! I would eat them when I was too small to read the label! I also was watching Home Alone and decided to look it up!
Leon - December 25, 2009 - Report this comment
Lol we all seem to be watching the same movie and had the same idea. I loved these chips.
Big Dumb Face - December 25, 2009 - Report this comment
I never heard of them before. But I'm watching Home Alone, and was all like "what the hell are those?"
phalon mcknight - December 25, 2009 - Report this comment
angela - December 25, 2009 - Report this comment
We were also watching the same movie and my husband made me get online for the same reason as all you guys.
Dustin - March 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I want my Mesquite barbecue crunch gator chips back if there is a petition to sign let me know ill sign it
9five83 - March 12, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved those chips too. I was writing a paper on a childhood memory and I remembered eating those chips. LoL we all remember, they were yummy!
lauren - March 28, 2010 - Report this comment
I ate these when I was 10....LOVED THEM. I'm writing frito lays to bring them back.
Eryn - June 26, 2010 - Report this comment
The flavors were: Amazin Cajun & Mighty Mesquite! I absolutely LOVED THOSE CHIPS! You can only fin them in "Home Alone" , so sad these chips were so popular and they stopped making them!
eates - August 27, 2010 - Report this comment
dude how can you forget the best flavor Jalepeno!
Jimmy - September 09, 2010 - Report this comment
You can still get them... kinda. There is a bag of bbq potato chips that taste exactly like them, just not as spicy. They are hawaiian potato chips. I forget the brand name, sorry. But they are just as good if you see them. Bag is orange.
Baby D. - September 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I love the Mesquite BBQ flavor. I first tried them in 199.... at college. They are awesome, but hadn't been able to locate them again. It was apromotional tour at the school when they brought them out. Taste test or something. LOL I was also wathcing Home Alone. I paused the tv and here I am (Thank God for DVR). LOL If someone knows where to find them I'm interested in loading up on the Mesquite BBQ. :)
MR.SMITH - September 26, 2010 - Report this comment
I was eating the cape cod's sea salt and vinegar flavor. My girlfriend asked why did i love those concrete chips so she calls them. I told her of how I feel in love those kettle cooked chips "CRUNCHERS" from when I why i was younger, and myseld decided to see why the discontinued that brand. Its cool to see that people still remember and miss those awesome chips. Priceless moment for me!!!!!!. and oh yeah Eates...Jalepeno were the GREATEST!!!
MR.SMITH - September 26, 2010 - Report this comment
brwneyedjax - October 16, 2010 - Report this comment
Omg this is so hilarious I was watching home alone and was craving my tator chips! Can we find a way to get them??? Best kettle chips ever!
grover95 - January 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Always wondered why they quit making these chips!! And I always talk about them when I see Home Alone!! PLEASE BRING BACK!!
Teresa - February 10, 2011 - Report this comment!/pages/Crunch-Tator-Hoppin-Jalapeno/153442121376697
MLB - May 11, 2011 - Report this comment
The BBQ Chips at Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwhiches are very similar to the Mesquite Crunch Tator. I sometimes buy a second bag for later!
kimnton - August 16, 2011 - Report this comment
We used to get the Crunch Tators called 'Hot Potato'. These were the absolute best Crunch Tators. If anyone can find them let me know.
nancy - August 28, 2011 - Report this comment
i use to love these chips i hope they would bring them back
LaTanya - October 22, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved these. No one I know remember them but the bbq were the bomb.
Boxer SBL - November 12, 2011 - Report this comment
These chips are the best. Lets bring them back!
Crunch Tator Fan - December 19, 2011 - Report this comment
It's really funny how so many ppl remember crunch tators. Those were my favorite chips!! I really hate they discontinued them. I wish they would bring them back!! I'm watchin Home Alone and I seen da chip bag!!!
Erica Maldonado - December 24, 2011 - Report this comment
Wow that's crazy! I too loved these chips, im craving them really bad was watching home alone and decided to google why they discontinued these chips. For those intrested there are some similar from lays, they're called kettle bbq they are crunchy and tasty, but ofcourse crunch gators are the best of all time. Wish they could come back for us fans.
Sgt Itchy - December 25, 2011 - Report this comment
Yeah I'm watching the movie right now and saw them do funny how after so many year we notice the little things in movies the bring back good times! Merry Christmas to all. Semper Fi.
jason - December 25, 2011 - Report this comment
That is so funny I was also watching home alone and thought I would look up crunch tators and landed here. Merry Christmas everyone
amanda - December 25, 2011 - Report this comment
Merry Christmas! I too am watching Home Alone and had to jump online when I saw the bag on the table. Great memories. Love how we are all watching the movie and craving them.
Home Alone - January 10, 2012 - Report this comment
I was eating a bag of Tim's Potato Chips for the longest time and I kept saying to myself "What were those chips called that had the alligator on it"?! Then I saw Home Alone and I jumped online asap to look it up. I also noticed the bag said Frito Lay on it. Bring them back. Jalapeno!!!
Home Alone - January 10, 2012 - Report this comment
Oh ya..i can't forget....Eating a bag of Jalapeno Crunch Gators with a Vanilla New York Seltzer. Best s**t ever! Bring them both back!
80 addict - April 18, 2012 - Report this comment
Crunch Taters!!!!,please bring em back. For the meanwhile tims Hawaiian bbq chips and kettle cooked backyard bbq is a worthy substitute.
martin - April 27, 2012 - Report this comment
I too have been looking for the crunch Gator potato chips they were "hypnotically" awesome!!!!!It does my heart good to know others enjoyed them as much as I did!!
Kristi - October 03, 2012 - Report this comment
Crunch Taters... best chips ever! LOVED the BBQ
susan - December 25, 2012 - Report this comment
I'm watching home alone and saw the bag too. Wish they would bring them back!!!
calvin - February 10, 2013 - Report this comment
I'm glad so many peoples enjoy these crunch gator chip as much as I do. These chip bring back old memory. I miss eating these chip so long,I hope Frito lay see all these comments and make it for the sake of the consumers. Cross my fingers
Bonnie - June 09, 2013 - Report this comment
I hate potato chips. I love crunch tators though. Bring them back!
Russ - August 04, 2013 - Report this comment
I was thinking about things that are no longer around from my childhood and all I could remember was the cartoon Gator on the bag and they were BBQ, damn this were the only BBQ chips I could eat and unfortunately eat the whole bag haha, damn can we buy the recipe from whoever and bring them back?
bex - December 07, 2013 - Report this comment
Seems everyone who watches Home Alone us reminded of these & does a search :)
dmav - December 10, 2013 - Report this comment
Awesome chips!!! I was a huge fan of them back in my childhood. I would beg my father to get a bag of the mesquite everyday after school. I was absolutely obsessed with them. I would kill for Frito lay to bring these back. These along with the surge soda lol. Anyone know exactly why they discontinued them?
Charlie - January 07, 2014 - Report this comment
Were they Crunch Gators or Crunch Tators?
Charlie - January 07, 2014 - Report this comment
Nevermind, I found a 1990 Crunch Tators commercial on youtube!
LadyStro - February 23, 2014 - Report this comment
Omg these were the best chips n the world all i ate as a kiandmy kids laugh aboutthe alligator chips haven't found a chip to replace then please please please please being them back took my snack mix away too so heart broken bring them both back!!!!! #bringbackthegatorchips and #snackmix
Brian - February 27, 2014 - Report this comment
Those Gator chips were the best chips ever. I use to eat them all the time. I hope that Frito Lay will bring them back. I would even do the commerical for them and advertsie them on my car.
BootyCrunch - May 21, 2014 - Report this comment
I used to eat these
A.Gore - December 03, 2014 - Report this comment
Best chips ever. Why do companies, stop production of things that work and items that are enjoyed?? Bring them back!!
Mitch D - December 16, 2014 - Report this comment
I am laughing my a** off. I totally want to grab like 5 bags of them. I think it's so funny how we all saw the bag in home alone and are all now craving for them. Frito lay. Bring us some tators!!!!! Merry Christmas to all. I love Home Alone. One of greatest ever.
Derrick J. - December 21, 2014 - Report this comment
They should just bring them out during Christmas when they are showing Home Alone they would make millions.
Bob W. - December 23, 2014 - Report this comment
I am watching home alone, and never noticed the gator chips before. We never had them on the east coast. Merry Christmas all.
McCally is wrong spelling - December 26, 2014 - Report this comment
Home Alone was truly a bad movie. And who sold their soul to the devil to make it the most money grossing film of all time up to that point. Do you good people know that McCally Culkin (Totally misspelled that) is now strung out and in a band that uses a "Glockenspiel" and only sings songs about pizza? True story, look it up. Never had these chips. How are they compared to other top brands? And, just to test y'all, anyone ever had Cape Cod chips?? They "totally rule" to use a phrase from the '80's
JC - December 30, 2014 - Report this comment
Are yall talking about Zapps potato chips? It sounds a lot like them.
Potatochip Bob - April 23, 2015 - Report this comment
A little history for those wondering about these chips. They were chips produced during the late 80's. Jalapeno, BBQ and Plain. Sadly their popularity was their undoing. They began to gain so much popularity that Lay's actually bought out the Tator company, and essentially destroyed the brand, and the chip you knew is now called "Kettle Cooked". RIP Crunch Tators- you were loved by millions.
Jason - June 15, 2015 - Report this comment
have you tried Poore Brothers brand kettle Chips? Habenero, Jalepeno, Mauhi Onion
80s flashback girl - November 28, 2015 - Report this comment
coming to a conclusion everyone who wayches Home Alone also loves Gator Crunch . Loved them as a kid.
Kesha - November 30, 2015 - Report this comment
I so loved them chips! As of now I eat Cape Cope very similar......
Elisha - February 26, 2016 - Report this comment
I sooooo loved Hoppin Jalapeño Crunch Taters they were the only hot food I could take and they were very tasty; I asked people about these all the time for years but nobody seemed to know what I was talking about; I am so glad I found this site and learned that I am not alone; at work I was thinking about these chips and we had some "Miss Vickies" Jalapeño flavored kettle cooked chips,and I only tried them to see if they were close to Hoppin Jalapeno Crunch Taters and OMG they are almost identical. Now I have to watch home alone to see the chips because I never noticed them before; thanks all for Memory Lane.
Jasmine - May 10, 2016 - Report this comment
I had my dad run all around town sometimes to get these chips I was just talking with him about it and looked them up and came here sooo happy all of us got the chance to injoy them.
Someguy - November 30, 2016 - Report this comment
I loved these cruncy munchy delicious chips when I was a kid. I see alot of people saying you can find similar tasting chips from other companies but for me the appeal aside from the taste was the bag itself. I loved the artwork with the gator and a big smile by the campfire. I hope Frito Lay brings these back.
Merrick - December 25, 2016 - Report this comment
Back in the day when I was a lil youngsta living In the hood. I would walk across the street To the liquor store and buy those Chips whenever it was on deck. Now that I'm a lot older and got my Things together, wish I had some Of that
Marquita Temple - January 14, 2017 - Report this comment
PLEASE PLEASE bring the delicious crunch taters BBQ flavored chips back they will sale hugely!!!! Oh how I wish you would I really love these chips!!!
Jai - March 15, 2017 - Report this comment
I want my measure BBQ Crunch Tators!!! Been looking for them since the 80's!!! I'm in Texas now!Where are they?!
Jai - March 15, 2017 - Report this comment
I want my Mesquite Crunch Tators back!!! Where are they? I'm in Texas. What store? I thought I was the only one who missed them!!!
Robby - July 12, 2017 - Report this comment
Yeah i remember those chips they were delicious. They really should consider bringing those back they would sell i ga-ron-tee!!
Zlp - January 21, 2018 - Report this comment
High school favorite. Bring hem back! The 'Kettle' jalapeño are a good match.
MissPrissy - May 09, 2018 - Report this comment
Crunch taters were the best sold them at a sub shop I worked at....ate a bag every wonder I’m fat LOL
Matt - May 30, 2018 - Report this comment
I seriously just started crying reading this! Over a freaking bag of chips! I haven’t seen these chops in over 20 years and NO ONE I know remembers them. It was to the point where I thought I may be delusional. The Mesquite BBQ chips were the only chips I ate as a kid and I seriously am just so damn happy to know that I’m not crazy and that all of you love them as much as I did! It’s the little things!
Kevin McCallister - December 23, 2018 - Report this comment
I’m home alone and all I want is a bag of Crunch Gators
Traci - June 01, 2019 - Report this comment
I found some jalapeno chips, WinCo brand, and they remind me of the tator crunch. I always called them Gator Crunch LOL... I could eat a whole bag of them.
Peter McCallister the Father - December 11, 2020 - Report this comment
I think we forgot something at home. My bag of Crunch Gators

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