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Study Reveals Which Popular Chip Brands Have The Best Chip to Empty Air Ratio

One of the biggest gripes folks have with chips is that almost half the bag is comprised of air. Sure it makes sense for packaging reasons, and you wouldn’t want your chips to be crushed, but large part of us are still salty that there aren’t more chips to occupy all that empty space in the bag.

Which now begs the question, how much air-to-chip ratio is really out there and what brands give you more snack for your money?

Kitchen Cabinet Kings did a recent study to see exactly how much air was inside your favorite bags of chips.

To do so, they purchased 14 different chip brands that ranged from Ruffles to Fritos and measured the air-to-chip ratio for each of them.

For testing, they used the water displacement method to measure air percentage. This is where the bags are submerged to calculate the amount of air left over in the bag versus chip content.

Here are their findings:

As you can see from the image above, some chip containers are filled with as much as 59 percent air. A few, however, only boast about a little more than half.

So what chip brands will give you the most for your money?

They discover that Fritos, Pringles, and Tostitos were the brands lowest in air and highest in snack content. While knowing this probably won’t stop me from crushing a bag of Cheddar Sour Cream Ruffles, I will begrudgingly eat those chips knowing the bag’s about 50 percent empty.

The full infographic can also be seen here.


This Is How Much Air Is Actually In Your Bag Of Doritos

It’s customary to open up a bag of chips, notice that the goods are all the way at the bottom in a crunchy abyss, then complain about the bag being more air than chips.

Doritos is no exception, and a European kitchen appliance company called CDA took the time to find out that Doritos are actually 47 percent air.  That means that almost half of the bag is air. Air and doritos are almost splitting space 50-50.

A lot of popular chips from the U.K. were tested, and the most exaggerated airy bag came from Pop Chips, with an astounding 72 percent air within the packaging. That one should actually get you a little mad, because it’s clearly more air than chip.

It might feel like chip companies are just being dicks by trying to make us think the bags are filled to the tippy-top with chips, but they claim there’s actually a good reason for it.

A Lays rep said the reason there’s so much air inside your favorite chip bags, is to reduce pressure when stacked and shipped, according to Potato Pro.

OK, Lays. If you want to stick with your “reduced pressure” story, go for it, but I know you just want to piss us off.



Airplane Food: Economy Vs. First Class Meals on 19 Airlines


Only those of us who frequently fly international have the pleasure of dining of airline food, but what even fewer people know is the often huge difference between the food they serve in economy and the meals they serve in first class.

Here’s how the food looks on 19 airlines around the world (depending on where you sit in the plane):

1. United Airlines

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2. American Airlines

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3. Delta Air Lines

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4. Emirates

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5. British Airways

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6. Air France

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7. Air Canada

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8. Lufthansa

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9. Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM)

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10. All Nippon Airways (ANA)

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11. Japan Airlines

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12. Korean Air

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13. Singapore Airlines

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14. Thai Airways

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15. Cathay Pacific

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16. Air China

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17. Turkish Airlines

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18. Aegean Airlines

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19. Kenya Airlines

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Written by Editorial Staff, NextShark

Fast Food

McDonald’s Serves Up Hollow Mozzarella Sticks And Issues A Cheesy Apology

A lot of McDonald’s customers have been airing out their grievances lately, and rightly so, since air is all that they’ve been getting in their mozzarella sticks.

According to Consumerist, after enough customers started taking to Twitter to call out the global burger restaurant, McDonald’s responded by giving some lame apologetic response, and began promising a future in which people who purchase mozzarella sticks will get mozzarella sticks, rather than these fried shells of former glory.

The Chicago Tribune received an email from a McDonald’s spokesperson explaining the blunder, saying that, “In these instances, we believe the cheese melted out during the baking process in our kitchens and shouldn’t have been served. We apologize to any customers who may have been affected. We are working to fix this in our restaurants.”

Who knows? Maybe one day fried sticks of air will actually be a thing. Until then, GIVE US OUR CHEESE, DAMMIT!

Photo Credit: Consumerist, Delish


This Restaurant In China Was Caught Charging Customers For CLEAN AIR


It seems a restaurant in Zhangjiagang city, one of China’s most heavily polluted cities, was caught charging its diners a “air cleaning fee.” BBC reports that the patrons were charged one yuan (15 cents US) as a fee for purifying the air since the establishment.

The owners had bought an air filtration system. Unfortunately, they decided not to give customers any warning when they added the charges to their bills. When patrons did find out, they were more than happy to express their dissatisfaction with the local government.

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Because it was an illegal charge, the owners of the restaurant had to stop charging patrons for the air-cleansing fee.

Chinese social media users caught wind of the fee and expressed their delight over eating in clean air. The problem, however, wasn’t the how small the fee was. It was the restaurant’s owners decision to charge patrons without telling them.



This Chef Brilliantly Found A Way To Save Water During California’s Massive Drought


The California drought has caused its residents to make some serious changes when it comes to water. Recently, a new rule stated that restaurants would not be allowed to serve water unless requested by the customers. This is all in an effort to conserve the resource, until more rain arrives.

One chef, John Cox, decided to push the rule even further in his Big Sur-based restaurant Sierra Mar. Cox began using an air compressor to clean his restaurant’s dirty dishes and other things that normally would require the use of water. This change has resulted in Sierra Mar using 80 percent less water than before.

Cox has also convinced five other restaurants to implement the same change. It’s said that if all the restaurants in the state would begin using air compressors instead of water, California could save anywhere from 5-10 billion gallons of water each year.

That’s definitely a noticeable difference.


This Bike Accessory Converts Air to Water and Fills a Water Bottle


Exercise and water go hand-in-hand. However, when you’re venturing out into the great unknown, sometimes it can be difficult to fill up on water. Design student Kristof Retezar has come up with the concept for a self-filling water bottle that’s powered via bicycle.

Called the Fontus, the bicycle attachment utilizes the idea of thermoelectric cooling, passing humid air through solar cells and condensing moisture from the air into droplets of water. While in motion, the device captures up to a half liter of water an hour, depending on the climate.

Although it’s just a prototype, Retezar plans to refine the device to include a purification system for heavily polluted cities.

This thing could either change the world or be something hybrid owners brag about when waiting in line for coffee.

The Fontus is currently looking for crowd-funding and investors for mass production.

H/T Design Taxi


Introducing New Air, Alcoholic Water in a Can

Move over Mac, this Air is set to steal the hearts and wallets of hipsters nationwide.

New Air “Alcohol Inspired Refresher,” created by the Mckenzie River Corporation (MCR), is something like a vodka soda, only not, having gone through a “patented process” which leaves it “virtually odorless, colorless, and tasteless,” like vodka, but being malt-based rather than distilled. The result is a carbonated, mildly alcoholic (only 4% ABV) water-soda-malt-vodka hybrid that is touted to be the “first” of its kind.

According to Drink Spirits, Air comes in berry, citrus and club flavors; is highly carbonated; and is best served chilled, which helps to mask the already minimal malt-based flavoring. Best of all, since it is malt-based and each can only holds about .48 ounces of booze, you can buy it in your local grocery store right next to the beer.

In order to promote its shiny new product, MCR and Vice Magazine have been hosting a series of nightclub launch parties up and down the west coast, asking partygoers to submit photos of themselves for a chance to win a trip to the final shindig in San Francisco on August 2.

“Our audience for Air is young, smart and very savvy,” MCR CEO Minott Wessinger says. “We’re a small company, so in launching any new product we try to engage our audience in fun, innovative and compelling ways.”

Your very own can of Air will be available for purchase soon in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle, with plans for expansion to the rest of the country—4 for $6.99 or individually for $1.74.

See the promotional “launch” video here:

[Via Huffington Post, Drink SpiritsSF Gate]

What do you think of this lofty new invention? Would you buy alcoholic air in a can?