Find out what Miss Vickie’s Chips are, what they’re made of, what flavors and varieties they come in, and if they’re gluten-free.
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If you’ve been down the chip aisle at the grocery store lately, you may have seen Miss Vickie’s brand of potato chips. Or if you’ve ordered a sandwich or salad from Subway, Jersey Mike’s, or Firehouse Subs lately, you’ve probably seen them on the chip display inside the restaurant.
This popular potato chip brand can be found in stores and some sandwich shops all around the US and Canada. If you’ve been wondering about Miss Vickie’s Chips and how they can fit into your gluten-free diet, you’re in the right place.
In this post, we’re talking about what sets Miss Vickie’s Chips apart from other brands of potato chips, what flavors and varieties they come in, and the ingredients you’ll find in each bag.
We’ll also go over the most important question – are Miss Vickie’s Chips gluten-free? And what you need to know about gluten and this brand before you pick up a bag next time you’re at the store.
Let’s talk about Miss Vickie’s Chips!
What are Miss Vickie’s Chips?
Miss Vickie’s Chips are a brand name of potato chips. The brand is owned by Frito Lay, the same parent company of many other chip brands, like Doritos, Cheetos, and Lay’s.
This brand of chips is said to be “kettle cooked,” meaning they have been batch cooked in smaller batches instead of in a big assembly line fryer, like you’d find many chips manufactured.
Aside from purchasing them at the grocery store, you can find them at a few popular sandwich shops, like Firehouse Subs, Jersey Mike’s, and Subway.
What flavors and varieties do Miss Vickie’s Chips come in?
When you’re shopping for this brand of chips, you’ll find that Miss Vickie’s Chips come in four flavors
- Sea Salt
- Sea Salt & Vinegar
- Smokehouse BBQ
These four flavors are sold in the US, though there are others that are sold only in Canada, like Sweet & Spicy Ketchup, Spicy Dill Pickle, Honey Dijon, Sour Cream & Caramelized Onion, and a few different BBQ varieties.
Ingredients in Miss Vickie’s Chips
According to the brand’s website, Miss Vickie’s Sea Salt Potato Chips contain the following ingredients:
“Potatoes,Vegetable Oil /Sunflower Oil And/Or Corn Oil And/Or Canola Oil, Sea Salt”
The Jalapeno flavor has these ingredients:
“Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Sunflower, Corn, and/or Canola Oil), Maltodextrin (Made from Corn), Salt, Dextrose, Onion Powder, Torula Yeast, Spices, Whey, Paprika, Natural Flavors, Garlic Powder, Jalapeño Pepper Powder, and Yeast Extract.”
Miss Vickie’s Sea Salt & Vinegar Chips have these ingredients:
“Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Sunflower, Corn, and/or Canola Oil), Maltodextrin (Made from Corn), Sea Salt, Vinegar, Buttermilk, Lactose, Sugar, Dextrose, Yeast Extract, and Citric Acid.”
The Smokehouse BBQ flavor of Miss Vickie’s Chips contain these ingredients:
“Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Sunflower, Corn, and/or Canola Oil), Sugar, Dextrose, Salt, Spices, Tomato Powder, Onion Powder, Maltodextrin (Made from Corn), Natural Flavors, Lactose, Yeast Extract, Torula Yeast, Gum Acacia, Garlic Powder, Corn Starch, Paprika Extracts, Malted Barley Flour, Skim Milk, Buttermilk, and Citric Acid.”
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in most wheat products, and acts as the “glue” that helps to hold wheat, barley, kamut, spelt, farro, durum, bulgur, rye, and semolina together to maintain their shape.
Gluten is naturally occurring, and therefore is impossible to strip away from the grain. If a grain naturally has gluten in it, there’s no way to make that food gluten-free.
Gluten or other wheat derivatives are sometimes added to foods as a flavoring or binder.
Are Miss Vickie’s Chips gluten-free?
The Miss Vickie’s website does not share information about gluten, there are no gluten ingredients in any of their products.
None of the flavors have a gluten-free label on their packaging, so we know that this brand either does not test this brand of chips for gluten or they know there is some cross contamination happening during manufacturing and they cannot use a gluten-free label.
We can see on the Frito Lay website that Miss Vickie’s Chips is listed as a “Product Not Containing Gluten Ingredients.” This is what they say about these products:
“The Frito-Lay products listed below do not contain wheat, rye, barley or oat ingredients (we include oats in this list as a precaution as oats are often commingled with gluten-containing grains).
Please note however, some of the products listed below may be manufactured on the same lines as products that contain gluten. Although our lines are cleaned between production runs, Frito-Lay has not tested these products for gluten content and the ingredients in these products may have come into contact with gluten-containing products prior to manufacturing.
Individuals who are sensitive to gluten should take these factors into consideration in consuming these products.”
Keep this in mind before purchasing this brand of potato chips, knowing that you know your body best, what your level of gluten sensitivity is, and how your body reacts when you consume gluten.
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If you’ve been curious about Miss Vickie’s Chips and wondering how this brand of potato chips can fit into your gluten-free diet, I hope this information is helpful for you. While all four flavors of Miss Vickie’s Chips contain no gluten ingredients, none of them are considered gluten-free by the brand.
Know how your body reacts to gluten – even at the trace level – to help you make a decision as to whether or not this is a good option for you.