Plus, the brands with the best and the worst air-to-chip ratios.

By Meghan Overdeep
July 23, 2018

We know how disappointing it can be to break open a fresh bag of chips and discover more air than chips inside. Seriously, what's that about?

Well, Kitchen Cabinet Kings, a New York City-based cabinet company, recently endeavored to find out. And thanks to the results of their finger-licking study, which tested the air-to-chip ratio of 14 well-recognized brands of chips, we guarantee you'll never look at snack time the same way again.

First of all, the "air" in snack bags isn't even air. It's actually nitrogen, which is used to preserve chips and keep them from getting squashed before you have a chance to enjoy them. And did you know that the process of stuffing chip bags with nitrogen has a name? Well it does: "snack fill."

But not all snack fills are created equal, which is where the Kitchen Cabinet Kings' study comes in. Their tests found that Cheetos, Ruffles and Stacy's Pita Chips had a larger air-to-snack ratio than other brands. With a depressing 41%-59% chip-to-air ratio, Cheetos was by far the worse offender. Next, with their bags measuring half air and half chip, Ruffles and Stacy's broke even.

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The chips that offered the best chip-to-air ratio were Fritos, Pringles and Tostitos. The percentage of air in a Fritos bag is a staggering 19%, making it far and away the best chip deal out there.

Crazy, right? We told you you would never look at snack time the same way again!

For more chip facts, check out the study in full at