It seems like more and more food companies are attempting to make healthier versions of our favorite snack foods, and the best ones on the market actually taste like the original. San Nicasio, a potato chip company in Spain, began with a wholesome recipe, which just happened to deliver a delicious chip—and it seems some of the big food brands could learn a thing or two about how to make a healthier chip taste like, well, something we’d want to eat.
San Nicasio’s Extra Virgin Chips are produced naturally from only Spanish potatoes, Spanish extra virgin olive oil, and salt. But not just any salt—Himalayan pink salt, no less, for a delicate, truly gourmet touch. Light, airy, yet offering a pleasing crunch, these might be the best healthy-tasting potato chips we’ve ever snacked on. And as any chef knows, the fewer ingredients in a recipe, the more essential it is that each be of the highest quality. The Extra Virgin Chips are made from a cold-pressed olive oil that’s naturally full of good-for-you monounsaturated fats, high-quality Spanish potatoes, and of course that pink salt.
Interestingly, San Nicasio chips, unlike most big-brand potato chips, are the product of the “low and slow” cooking method: they’re fried at a low temperature to ensure a consistent flavor and texture, and the result is a bag of perfectly golden crisps. It is for all these reasons, and more, that they won two consecutive gold medals in 2008 and 2009 at the Brussels World Selection of Quality.
While your favorite spinach or onion dips will no doubt pair excellently with these chips, we recommend some tapas-style accompaniments to try. Set out a bowl of San Nicasio chips with some Serrano ham and Spanish olives at your next gathering, and your guests will surely appreciate the salty snack. Add some sparkling cava or apple-based cidre and you’ve got yourself a party!