Posts tagged potato chips

Potato chip brownie sundaes

Here’s the set-up: my daughter “had” to have brownies for an activity and I found out about an hour before. That’s when I reach for the nearest box of brownies. Nothing fancy, but it comes together quickly.

Once she got to the activity, someone else had already brought the treat. We had a pan full of lackluster brownies that needed a little enlivening. Enter potato chips.

I’ve been noticing the trend toward adding saltiness to add depth and interest to desserts. I like it. Have you noticed the ‘in’ flavor right now for ice cream is salted caramel?

That was in the back of my mind when I created a rich chocolate sauce–bittersweet chocolate, a touch of semi-sweet melted into heavy cream (it was slightly bitter to compensate for the sweet brownies). I made a swath of the chocolate sauce on each person’s plate, followed with a brownie, topped with vanilla ice cream and crushed potato chips. The crunchy, saltiness of the potato chips pulled all the dish together. Yum.

If I were to do it again, and trust me, my kids are making requests, I think I’d process the potato chips in a food processor until the were fine and then roll the ice cream in the pieces.

Your turn–have you noticed sea salt making an appearance in desserts? Have you tried adding a hint of salt to chocolate to bring out its flavor?

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Why aren’t you eating…Lime Potato Chips

An empty bag of my kids' fav chipsLay’s Lime Potato chips are a fav for my crew. Do they really taste all that different from the standard chips? Oh yeah. But that’s the fun part about eating them–when you take a bite expecting to taste potato you’re treated to a Froot Loops version instead. In fact when my nine-year-old takes a stash to school in her lunch bag she likes to play a game with friends where she has them close their eyes. She hollers “Froot Loops,” as they chomp on their chips. When they open their eyes what they’re seeing and what they’re tasting don’t match. I know, I know, you have to be a 3rd grader to have that be really funny. But she assures me that she entertains crowds with this little experiment at lunchtime.

My husband, who lived in Mexico for two years, and is a sucker for south of the border flavors introduced our crew to lime chips. In Mexico, lime is the flavor–from lime mayo to limeade (limonada) and yes, potato chips. Lime is everywhere. So if you’re ready to have your crew try something new, pick up a bag.

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