Local Eats & Treats: Golden Flake Chips

The sis could barely hold all the chips we were given during our tour!

It’s Monday and we are ready for the weekend–again! We hope y’all had a wonderful weekend. A belle spent the weekend snacking on Golden Flake chips (my absolute fave) and looking for the perfect bikes. Some combo, huh?! Ha!

Speaking of chips… when you are bored in your own town what do you normally do? Well, a while back the sis and I headed for a tour of Golden Flake to see what what fun we could get into! This local business has been in Birmingham since 1923 and their products are available all over the South. I can remember visiting the facility as a child, but think I had more fun as an adult!

 

Here’s a partial view of B’ham’s skyline.

During our tour of Golden Flake, the sis and I saw how the chips were made after watching a short video on the company. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures. We got to sample so many products including Maizetos, which are tortilla chips, and they were fresh out of the fryer! Talk about stomp down good.

We also sampled pork skins, cheese puffs (Shermika’s fave) and plain chips. Let me tell y’all…you haven’t had a chip until you’ve had one that is fresh out the grease. To taste all the flavors while they were HOT and FRESH was amazing. The sis and I had a ball and learned so much more about this company.

Even though Golden Flake supply us with the most divine chips, they also do a lot of community work and give back to plenty of organizations. We are proud to have Golden Flake right here in our backyard.

Plan on visiting Golden Flake soon? Well, here are some things to keep in mind:

1. Though the tour is free, call and make an appointment beforehand as they only allow a slim amount of peeps in daily.

2. Stop at the guard gate and sign a waiver before entering. He’s really sweet and has a piece (armed)—don’t be alarmed!

3. You can’t bring any purses and or bags inside the factory. Wear clothes with pockets to hold your keys etc.

4. You can take photos outside/in the room where the video is shown, but not inside the factory.

5. You will have to wear an unfashionable hair net, but food safety is always important in a belle’s book. Even if you have on a hat, you will have to remove it.

These are a slim few of our faves. Hoorah for chips!

Tell us, what do you do when you’re bored? What are some highlights of your city?

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  1. i have never heard of golden flakes, must be a brand only distributed in southern states. I lived in NC once but i haven’t heard of Southern Flakes.

    thefashionistachic on June 4, 2012 Reply
  2. Great info! Have been wanting to take Sweet Pea on this tour since we arrived in the Magic City. We’ll make it a point for this summer.

    I love Vulcan’s museum, 4th Ave district, Ruffner Mountain, and just walking around the streets of city center.

    See you Belles out there!!

    LK on June 4, 2012 Reply
    • Hey LK! Hope those adorable boys of yours are doing well! They are going to have a ball. I plan on taking our nephew this summer as he’s never been too. Making the appt. today! And yea, Vulcan is pretty cool!

      Tamika on June 5, 2012
  3. This sounds yummy! There used to be a Ghiradelli chocolate factory here in San Francisco and we went there thinking it would be like Willy Wonka only to find out they moved the factory a long time ago, booo.

    Eli on June 4, 2012 Reply
    • LOL, Eli. We felt like Willy Wonka getting the behind the scenes look at Golden Flake. Maybe you can visit the new factory? That sounds so divine. Anything with chocolate sounds divine!

      Tamika on June 5, 2012
  4. I always wanted to tour the bread company downtown. Never thought of going to Golden Flake too. Sounds fun!

    Arielle on June 5, 2012 Reply
    • Arielle, doesn’t that bread company make you hungry EVERY time you drive by? Didn’t know they gave tours down there. May have to take the nephew there too.

      Tamika on June 5, 2012
  5. Hi belles! That was an awesome tour. I live in Florida, but I haven’t heard of this brand. Not gonna lie now I wanna go snack on some chips!

    Yami on June 18, 2012 Reply
    • Yami, they actually have a distribution center somewhere in Florida, although I know it’s not Miami. They have great chips. If you ever get your hands on Golden Flake Chips, don’t pass up the opportunity!

      Shermika on June 18, 2012
  6. These chips sound really good! I haven’t heard of the company before but I have also never been to the south so that could be why. Back in Michigan we have a company called Faygo that makes Pop or Soda ;) They have some good stuff can’t go wrong with supporting local business :)

    Ashley on June 18, 2012 Reply
    • Ashley, thanks for stopping by! Girl, I use to LOVE Faygo drinks (we call them drinks here, but I call them “dranks”–I know I am GOOD & country) and they are sold here. When in the south you HAVE to try Golden Flake… Dill Pickle and the Nachos is my fave. MMM mmmmm good!

      Tamika on June 18, 2012
  7. Hey Ashley, we know about Faygo. When I used to drink soda, I would drink Red Pop or the Peach kind. Loved the Kiwi too…Faygo would burn your mouth and it brings back great childhood memories! Girl, you gotta come down south ;-) There’s nothing like it NOWHERE! And we love to support local businesses.

    Shermika on June 18, 2012 Reply
    • That is awesome you guys have had Faygo! I can’t find it anywhere here in Cali :( I will for sure have to make it to the south sometime it sounds lovely!

      Ashley on June 19, 2012
  8. I love this, Tamika! What a great inspiration for when boredom hits. Sometimes this would happen in the ATL, and then Cath and I would go restaurant exploring — so many good eats in the South, aren’t there?
    Cost-of-living is higher here in Edinburgh, so when my husbando and I get bored, we go to some of the free museums and walk the historic streets around town. I’m now going to investigate chip (or crisps, as the say here) factories around town!
    xoxox,
    Lar

    AsianCajuns Lar on June 20, 2012 Reply
  9. Now I’m gonna have to put on my detective hat and find out where I can get my hands on these. It’s funny how I keep coming to this post around lunch time when I am starving. lol

    Yami on July 3, 2012 Reply
  10. Mmm, hot and fresh chips & such sound so delicious! ♥ I’ve never even thought about what a warm chip would taste like!

    Dacy on July 8, 2012 Reply
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    Vinny on November 13, 2013 Reply
    • Thanks for your kind word!

      Tamika on November 14, 2013

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