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Taking a Tour of the Cape Cod Potato Chips Factory
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, December 16, 2019


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There's no doubt that your Cape Cod vacation will be full of outstanding activities, but what about slowing things down and taking a quick tour?

The Cape Cod Potato Chips factory in Hyannis provides free, self-guided tours of its operations, allowing you to see how these famous chips are made and to walk away with a free bag to enjoy later.

Tours like this might be a little different from what you expected from your vacation to the Cape, but they're an excellent way to see another side of the area, and to try some local food, as well.

Here's what you need to know about Cape Cod Potato Chips.

The Brand's History

Cape Cod Potato Chips dates back to 1980 when brothers Steve and Jude Bernard found that there was a lack of healthy snack food on the market and decided to begin making kettle-cooked chips. Their original operation was tiny, as they had an 800-square-foot storefront in Hyannis and next to no experience in the industry.

The first year of business was extremely lean, and the brothers had no idea if they'd be able to continue. The following winter, however, a car crashed through their building's front window, and the insurance payment helped keep them afloat until they could find their footing.

The publicity from the car accident helped raise awareness of the brand, and the following summer brought a substantial increase in sales, in addition to some supermarket chains picking up their products.

In 1985, the brothers sold their business to Anheuser-Busch, before Bernard repurchased it in 1996. His second go-round would be a short one, however, as he once again sold the company in 1999, this time to Lance Inc.

Through a series of mergers and acquisitions, Cape Cod Potato Chips is now owned by The Campbell Soup Company, which has led to the brand being available all over North America.

What Cape Cod Potato Chips Has to Offer

We mentioned before that Cape Cod Potato Chips are kettle-cooked, which means that they're made in kettles in small batches using less oil than other methods. This technique creates a healthier snack because the chips aren't dipped in oil and fried like with many other brands.

Starting in 2016, Cape Cod Potato Chips also began the transition to using non-GMO ingredients in their original and reduced-fat original chips.

By using pure, natural ingredients that aren't genetically modified, Cape Cod Potato Chips hopes to create greater transparency in their manufacturing process by letting consumers know exactly what they're eating.

As for the flavors, the company is always coming out with fresh offerings, and when you stop by the factory, you'll have first access to some of their newest products before they hit store shelves.

A Self-Guided Tour

The Cape Cod Potato Chips factory tour is one of the Cape's top attractions, with over 250,000 people visiting every year. The tour allows guests to see how the chips are made, complete with access to the cooking kettles.

You won't need to spend too much time at the factory, as it usually takes about half an hour to walk through the building. The factory was completely renovated in 2019, with the addition of nautical decor, new lighting, and a brand new patio where visitors can enjoy a free taste of Cape Cod's finest chips.

The current factory is located at 100 Breed Hills Road in Hyannis and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. The tour is completely free, and there is plenty of on-site parking, so you won't have to worry about finding a place to leave your vehicle.

A Nice Way to Spend Some Time on Cape Cod

You'll find plenty of great ways to spend your time during your Cape Cod vacation, but stopping by the Cape Cod Potato Chips factory is free and allows you to samples some snacks before carrying on to your next destination.

The venue is easy to access, as it's just off the Mid-Cape Highway in Hyannis and a short distance north of the Cape Cod Mall, making it ideal for a quick stopover.

When friends and family find out that you've visited the Cape, one thing they're sure to ask is if you tried any Cape Cod Potato Chips. And thanks to this tour, you can tell them that you went straight to the source, and it was delicious.



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Taking a Piece of Cape Cod Home This Holiday
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, November 26, 2018


Cape Cod Beach Chair Company

After spending a week or two in your Cape Cod vacation rental, you'll probably want to pick out a souvenir or two to commemorate your time here. But what to choose?

Of course, you could always go with the ever-popular t-shirt or shot glass, if you want to make the obvious choice. You can find these products in souvenir shops, but keep in mind that most of them are made in China and don't have any real connection to the Cape.

Or, if you're looking for something that is unique to Cape Cod, you could have a look at some of the remarkable items that Cape residents produce and sell here.

These items will not only remind you of the great time you had on the Cape, but they’re also things that you can use, or eat, once you return home. And best of all, you might have the chance to visit the place where they were actually made, which is something that you don’t have the opportunity to do every day.

Have a look at the following souvenir ideas so that you can bring a piece of the Cape home with you after this year’s vacation.

 

Cape Cod Beach Chair Company

The Cape Cod Beach Chair Company has been around since 2002 and prides itself on its innovate, comfortable chairs that are made to last. The wooden chair frame construction maximizes their lifespan, while the premium canvas on the rest of the chair allows for the use of a variety of patterns and styles.

The factory and store sits on Old Queen Anne Road in East Harwich, which is right between Route 6 and Route 28. In addition to chairs, you can also purchase beach towels, coolers, beach games, and chair accessories, so even if you're not in the market for a new chair, you can buy something. And if you are flying into Cape Cod and don't have space for a chair, it's possible to order one and have it shipped to your home.

 

Scargo Pottery

The locally produced pottery and artwork found at Scargo Pottery is exceptional, and it's easy to see what this location is so popular with locals and visitors alike. Everything available here is handmade, including the candles, wooden spoons, plates, pots, and jugs, and you'll be blown away when you see the scope of the items found at the storefront on Dr. Lord's Road in Dennis. You'll even see a collection of sculptures here, should you want to invest in some artwork.

The artisans, Kim Holl, Tina Holl, and Meden Parker, have a wealth of experience in creating these items and have a passion for the industry. Custom work is sometimes available, depending on the current workload of the artists and your timeline for getting the articles completed. Stop by if you'd like to remember your vacation with a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

 

Barnstable Bats

What could be more American than picking up a baseball bat as a souvenir? Not much, especially if you're able to head to the actual site where the bat was made. Barnstable Bats are created in Centerville from Ash, Maple, and Birch and with over 500 bats in stock in the showroom, you're sure to find something that you like.

Barnstable Bats dates back to 1992, and by 1994, they were commonly used all over the Cape. By 1996, the bats had reached Major League Baseball, and although they're no longer in use in MLB, college, high school, and men's senior leagues still love them. You can even order a birth bat with your child's name, birth-date, and weight on it if you're looking for something custom to commemorate a special occasion.

 

Cape Cod Chocolatier

Want to bring something edible back from Cape Cod but don't know where to look? Cape Cod Chocolatier on Falmouth Road in Centerville is a great place to start because not only does it have some of the best chocolate you'll ever taste, but it's all made right on the Cape.

Cape Cod Chocolatier dates back to 2002 when Carol and Rob Cronin decided to get into the chocolate business. They only use the finest of ingredients and traditional chocolate-making techniques, such as a wooden paddle and copper kettle, in their goods, so you can be sure that you end up with the purest and tastiest chocolate you’ve ever tried.

 

Other Things to Take Home

This is just a partial list of ways that you can take a piece of Cape Cod home with you, as you could also bring some locally produced Cape Cod Beer, Truro Vineyards wine, or Cape Cod Potato Chips, if you want to go small, or a boat that was made on the Cape by E.M. Crosby Boatworks, if you're looking to go big.

While Cape Cod might not have a reputation as a major producer of goods, you’ll soon learn that there are plenty of things made here by locals with the utmost in care. Once you see the time and effort that goes into keeping these modest operations afloat, you can’t help but support the small businesses the call the Cape home.



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