Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Part of the fun of this blogging stuff is sharing the regional differences and treats that still exist in this increasingly homogenized world. I got such a kick from the huge response to the "peanuts in your coke" post a while back. It was literally a transcontinental discussion of a simple snack tradition.
I love it that we still have some regional differences and unique foods. To that end, let me introduce you to Bulls Chips potato chips.
They come in a variety of flavors, but they are all kettle fried and wonderfully crunchy. I photographed the Minorcan Datil flavored chips since I am always making a big deal out of my Minorcan ancestors and that wonderful Datil pepper. These chips are made on the Bulls-hit Ranch...Yes, that is the name of the ranch. No, I did not swear on my family friendly site. Notice the hyphen. As you enter the town of Hastings, Florida on the west side, a huge blue Department of Transportation sign says, BULLS-HIT RANCH with an arrow pointing at the ranch entrance. I love it. I also love the fact that a family farm is cleverly staying alive by direct marketing a good product. As a teenager I worked on a Hastings farm so I feel an attachment to these farmers.
Disclaimer: The people at Bulls Chips don't know me from Adam's cat, I am promoting them simply because they are a good regional product.
I like these Bulls Chips, but I should warn you the Minorcan flavored ones are really hot. Not a strong datil flavor, but the heat is there. You will need a cold beverage nearby. Personally, I prefer their regular flavor.
Give 'em a try. It's a little bit of Florida in a bag.
Posted by R.Powers at 6:08 AM