Chips, Crisps and a big Starbucks/ La Boulange Potato Chips Conversation.
Currently, as part of the lunch food test happening right now in select locations, some Starbucks stores offer a new kind of potato chips. A La Boulange version of potato chips is available in the lunch test locations.
Just as a reminder, the current nationally-offered potato chips at Starbucks comes in two flavors: Smokey Sweet Barbecue and Perfectly Salted. Usually, you’ll find these two flavors of chips in a basket, somewhere close to the pastry case:
Phoenix, Arizona Starbucks offer three flavors of La Boulange potato chips. (1) Cracked Pepper Popped Potato Crisps, (2) Smoked Barbecue Potato Chips and (3) Sea Salt Potato Chips:
I’ve heard it said that the standard potato chips (the first photo in this article) sell quite well at Starbucks. It’s interesting that they’re testing revamping them. The test locations which offer the three La Boulange flavors, do not offer the Starbucks popcorn.
I myself have a weakness for a great potato chip. I’ve heard it said that potato chips are a platform to put salt and butter into your body, but every now and then, I’ll gladly indulge in that. Interestingly, when I visited the Palo Alto La Boulange Cafe store in May this year, I only saw these “Provencal” potato chips available.
The Provencal La Boulange Potato Chips were delicious. They were very much a classic potato chip – they tasted fried, with a light dusting of salt. I noticed that they weren’t too heavily salted.
Do you have a favorite potato chips? Some people take their potato chips very seriously! Have you tried any of these in this article? Which was your favorite?
Feel free to discuss any Starbucks food-related topic in this thread.
My store sells a case of each chip a week, which is pretty substantial given that they are potato chips in a coffee shop. They’re perfect grab and go for sandwiches and paninis and grilled cheese, so it is no wonder they are doing well with the focus on lunchtime offerings.
Hey Melody, thanks again for stopping by 83rd+Aurora. I enjoyed our conversation and enjoyed my bag of chips today! It’ll be interesting to see if the new potato chips reach Seattle.
We go through about 2 cases of each every week, and I love them! We recently launched La Boulange in Hawaii and am totally excited to see what the future will bring in terms of our food line.
@Devin – 2 cases a week sounds like a lot! This is why I’m surprised that Starbucks would change the potato chips. They’re pretty popular! Thank you for commenting.
@Rachel – It was great talking to you at your new store! Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment!
@Purple1 – Maybe since you’re not a fan of potato chips, the new “crisps” version are intended to entice customers like yourself. We’ll have to see how they do in testing.
@Dylan – Yeah, they do go perfectly with the paninis! A case a week sounds like a lof of chips.
I’m not so much a fan of “flavored” potato chips. I’m all about the “classic” chip. But over-all, I’m not so much a chip person. It’s no surprise that there is a demand for chips as part of our lunch offering, with all those tasty sandwich options!
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I am not a particular fan of potato chips except for the blue chips or the very boring veggie chips. I continue to find it interesting how SB decides which market to test new food products in. I rarely find them testing anything new around here.