Chumpies: The Original Philadelphia Potato Chip

I was browsing through some old things around the crib, and oh snap! — look what I found: A bag of Chumpies!

Chumpies is a brand of potato chips started in Philadelphia in 1991. They were still around when I left Philadelphia and you could pick them up in bodegas and the like. They were fairly common and I took them for granted as a Philly thang (in other words, I assumed they were available nationwide which is not quite the case).

Chumpies, aside from having the flyest graphics on a bag of chips ever (not to mention the dopest name ever), were also positively-inspired: each bag has anti-drug messages, as well as no pork byproducts (non-cipher, kid). You should definitely check for them in your local markets.

UPDATE: I scanned the back of the bag in too, but the shiny packaging didn’t take well to the scanner, making it rather unreadable. But I wanted to transcribe the literature on the back of the product as well. It’s represented below:

Home Boys (H-Boys)

This product is an acknowledgement of our American urban experience, and culture. This experience can be found in the term “Home Boys”.

Many youth today are unaware that this term has been used in our community for over 25 years. And many of our “Home Boys” have gone on to become the pride of their neighborhood.

A lot of the time we weren’t the best kids on the block, but many of us went on to become Doctors, Lawyers, Judges, Ministers, and even Police. We salute the “Home Boys” of the past and dedicate ourselves to taking back the corner of today, from the dealers of drugs. We have to make the corners drug free again.

Also, be sure to check out my latest article about Rap Sancks, another Philly-born potato chip brand.

11 comments for “Chumpies: The Original Philadelphia Potato Chip

  1. jay
    October 19, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    i used to buy like 4 of these at a time, with a quarter water at the korean store in my old neighborhood. could eat like a king for like 2 bucks

    i miss philly

  2. February 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    pretty cool – do you still have these – Im trying to put together a collection of chip bags – they are pretty hard to find after a couple years go by….

  3. Chellz
    September 10, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    These were my jawns! I be tryna tell people about these!!!

  4. pat friess
    January 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Can you still buy chumpie chips i loved themand if so where can i get them

  5. Sharon
    February 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    You can get Chumpies at 9th ans Susquehanna

  6. Tia
    March 6, 2012 at 10:31 am

    you can still find these chips all over the hoods in philly. im eating a bag right now matter of fact 🙂

  7. Fanboy g.
    July 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Funny growin up in the hood took these for granted….can’t find me nowhere at say an Acme now lol…ahhh the simple days……

  8. richard
    February 19, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Are these still available in 2014? What is the phone number?

  9. Ronopoly
    March 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Chumpies potato chips York food distribution incorporated.

    I’m grubbing on a bag now… (crunch!)

    Copped a bag on 15th and Master in North Philadelphia at the Poppi’s.

  10. Luis
    May 12, 2015 at 1:11 am

    I havent seen them around in a long while. I remembered they disappeared for a bit. Then one day they popped up again in some stores. Its been a while since i saw them around.

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