Why Sweet Potato Chips?

Purple Sweet Potato Chips

Of course sweet potato chips are tasty. The sweeter taste of a Hawaii grown purple sweet potato goes perfectly with a light salting. In addition to the great taste, sweet potato chips are also healthier than their white potato counter parts.

Purple Sweet Potatoes are high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin A, B-6 and C to name a few. Sweet potatoes also rate lower on the glycemic index meaning your have less of a spike in your blood sugar which is better for your pancreas. 

In addition to the above health benefits, purple sweet potatoes contain high levels of antioxidants which may help prevent cancer. These antioxidants come from anthocyanins, which occur naturally in purple sweet potatoes and give them their deep purple color.

Now that we know how healthy the sweet potato can be, let’s talk about what makes our sweet potato chips so special. Hawaii Island Gourmet was first started in 1936 and has always focused on using quality ingredients. The process starts with premium purple sweet potatoes. Our sweet potatoes come from local farmers here on the Big Island. The farmers deliver the sweet potatoes right to our factory, where they are turned into delicious chips. Short delivery times means that we use the freshest sweet potatoes possible.

We use only three ingredients to make our sweet potato chips (sweet potatoes, oil, and salt). We don’t use any additional preservatives or additives, but instead rely on the quality of our ingredients and our time proven cooking methods. The resulting sweet potato chips are some of the best made today.

Give our sweet potato chips a try today to see the difference for yourself. You can find them on the shelves here in Hawaii or can purchase them from our online store: Hawaii Island Gourmet.

 

 

 

Sweet Potato Chips Bag

Sweet Potato Chips Grown and Made in Hawaii

Sweet Potato Chips Bag

Hawaii Island Gourmet and Atebara Chips has been making chips locally here in Hawaii since 1936. We are Hawaii’s first chip company and are also responsible for producing the first Taro Chip (a smart business decision by the the company founder, Mr. Atebara, when all of the potatoes disappeared due to WWII). We began making sweet potato chips soon after.

Local Sweet Potato Field

Over the years we have always focused on being local and sustainable. Our methods in dealing local  help support our community and farmers, and are also responsible for the freshness and delicious quality of our chips. Today, I would like to explain this process by introducing you to one of our sweet potato farmers, Tom.

Big Island Sweet Potato Farmer Tom

Tom (in the picture above with Hawaii Island Gourmet Manager, Avis) and his family have been farming here on the Big Island for over 6 years. His company, Big Island Ag Products LLC primarily grows sweet potatoes and ginger. When I ask him what he likes about farming he states, “Our family loves farming. The thought of growing something that people like is just fantastic.”

Tom’s love of farming produces great sweet potatoes. The first important step in delicious sweet potato chips.

The second step is to make sure that the sweet potatoes are as fresh as possible. We work with Tom on a weekly basis so that his delicious sweet potatoes are brought to our shop as soon as they are pulled from the ground.

Picking the best sweet potatoes

Once they are pulled, they also have a very short trip. Tom’s farm is located just 20 minutes from our factory.

Our sweet potato “cookings” are scheduled with Tom’s deliveries to create the freshest sweet potato chips. We begin turning sweet potatoes into sweet potato chips when the sweet potatoes are the freshest. The final step.

Big Island Sweet Potato

The ability to go from farm to factory in the same day has two great outcomes.

  • The freshest sweet potatoes make the best tasting chips.
  • Our chips don’t require any additives or preservatives, making them a healthier choice.

Sweet potato chips

Our relationship with Tom and our “Farm to Factory” process allows our chips to be fresher, better tasting and more healthy.

We are proud to support our community by making our sweet potato chips and taro chips from locally farmed produce.

Give our locally made chips a try and taste the difference.

Click here to access our store: Hawaii Island Gourmet Store.

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July 4th Sweet Potato Chips Sale

Sweet potato chips

July 4th is just around the corner. Are you looking for that perfect party snack that is both unique and local? We can help.

Our sweet potato chips are both grown and made right here on the Big Island of Hawaii. In fact, we are the first chip company in Hawaii and have been making our chips here in Hawaii since 1936!

To celebrate the 4th of July, we are running a special on our sweet potato chips from now through July 4th. Buy three 4oz bags of sweet potato chips and get the 4th bag for free. That’s a $5 value!

Not only is this a great deal, but you are helping to support the local community and farmers in Hawaii. In addition, our chips are healthier because they are made fresh with the best produce. We don’t use any additional additives or preservatives. Just delicious, premium sweet potatoes.

This offer is only available through our 717 Manono St. Gift Shop.

Not in the area? Give us a call at 808-969-9600 and we will be happy to ship it to you.

Please check out our online store to see our other delicious products.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Happy Thanksgiving from Hawaii Island Gourmet

Aloha Gift Basket Starting tomorrow, the Holiday Season is officially here.

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

While you begin your Holiday shopping, we ask that you please consider your local community and stores.

Our products and gift baskets are made by local members of the community using as many local products as possible. Our taro chips and sweet potato chips are made using Hawaii grown taro and sweet potatoes from local farmers.

Each dollar spent with us is supporting not only the artists who handcraft our cookies, candies, chips and gift baskets, but also the local companies and farmers who supply the materials.

Thank you for all of your support. We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you!

Purple Sweet Potatoes: Superfood

Sweet Potato Chips with Sweet Potatoes

Whether it is baked potatoes, mashed potatoes or sweet potato chips, you should probably be eating more purple sweet potatoes. Listed #1 on Dr. Oz’s “5 Superfoods To Eat Now” in 2010, the purple sweet potato has health benefits that you just can’t get from other types of potatoes.

To start with, the purple sweet potato gets its vibrant color from the high level of naturally occurring antioxidants. Blueberries are known for their high level of antioxidants and purple sweet potatoes contain over 150% more of them than blueberries do. Antioxidants are known to help prevent cancer.

They are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese and fiber, as well as vitamin b6, potassium and iron. As mentioned in the Dr. Oz article, they are also rich in beta-carotine. Test have been done showing that purple sweet potatoes have the ability to help regulate blood sugar and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

You can find a short video containing a number of documented benefits of the purple sweet potato here: Purple sweet potato.

Originally native to the Americas, the Purple Sweet Potato found it’s way to Japan where it is used in everything from main dishes to sweets to ice cream. Also called the Okinawan Sweet Potato, it eventually made its way to Hawaii where it thrives in the volcanic soil.

Hawaii Island Gourmet has been using premium Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes to make our sweet potato chips since the first sweet potato chips were produced shortly after the company started in 1936. We still make them the same way using our time-tested techniques.

We don’t use any additives or preservatives in our chips. The great taste comes from quality Hawaiian grown purple sweet potatoes made to perfection.

Regardless of how you eat them, incorporating more purple sweet potatoes into your meals will give you a boost to your daily nutrition.

Health Benefits of Purple Sweet Potatoes

There are a lot of chips available these days. As we are all considering healthy options, there has been an increase in healthy chips made from vegetables and sweet potatoes. Sweet potato chips in particular have become a popular option because they are naturally sweet, healthier than regular potatoes, and are allowed as part of the paleo diet.

As it turns out, sweet potatoes are not all the same. As mentioned in the video from Nutritionfacts.org, only purple sweet potatoes have been shown to decrease inflammation and increase anti-oxidant capacity.

In addition, hypertensive subjects who consumed 6-8 small purple sweet potatoes a day showed a decrease in blood sugar and inflammation and a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.

It also matters where the purple sweet potatoes come from. Because purple sweet potatoes grow well in a warmer, slightly more tropical environment, many purple sweet potatoes come from Asia where they don’t have the same regulations on pesticides and chemical use.

Our purple sweet potato chips are only made from select, Hawaii grown sweet potatoes. Our sweet potato chips are made here in Hawaii and don’t contain any additives or preservatives. The great flavor comes from the high quality ingredients and our time tested methods.

Give our sweet potato chips a try and you will be hooked on the healthy, natural taste. You can find our sweet potato chips and all of our other products at our online store.

You can find the original article at the link below:

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/anti-inflammatory-effects-of-purple-potatoes/

Hawaii Island Gourmet 4th of July Special

Hawaii Island Gourmet Chips (taro, potato, Sweet potato)

 

To celebrate this 4th of of July, Hawaii Island Gourmet is offering a special at our Hilo, Hawaii shop. Through July 5th, buy any 4-4oz bags of chips and get the 5th one for free. It’s a great value

It’s a perfect chance to try the original Atebara’s Chips (the first chips in Hawaii), our Sweet Potato Chips, and our Taro Chips. We also have two unique flavors: Furikake Potato Chips and Ginger & Garlic Sweet Potato Chips. Try them all!

Happy 4th of July from all of us here at Hawaii Island Gourmet and Atebara Chips.

The Hawaii Island Gourmet shop will be closed on July 4th and will reopen on July 5th with regular business hours.

Healthy Chips

Atebara's Hawaii Island Gourmet Chips

What are healthy chips? There are a lot of diets out there that limit what you can and can’t eat. They all vary on what is okay, but what they do mostly agree on is that fewer ingredients is better. You also want to try and keep those ingredients as basic as possible. If there is something on the label that you can’t pronounce, it probably isn’t going to fall into the health category. Keeping ingredients in there most basic forms is better for your body. So let’s start with the ingredients that make Hawaii Island Gourmets chips healthy. Three. All of our salted chips contain only three ingredients as listed below.

  • Taro Chips: Premium Hawaii Island grown taro, canola oil, salt
  • Sweet Potato Chips: Premium Hawaii Island grown sweet potatoes, canola oil, salt
  • Original Atebara’s Potato Chips: Premium russet potatoes, canola oil, salt

In addition to keeping our chips to only three ingredients, we only use premium, freshly grown produce. Our sweet potato chips and taro chips are made from sweet potatoes and taro grown locally here on the Big Island of Hawaii. Because our produce comes from local farmers, we are able to get the freshest sweet potatoes and taro possible. The produce is then selected by hand and only the best potatoes and taro are used to make our chips. We start with great produce and turn it into a chips using the minimal amount of ingredients. All of the above leads to a chip that has:

  • No Cholesterol
  • No Trans Fat
  • No Preservatives or Additives

Furthermore, sweet potatoes and taro are both allowed as part of the peleo diet. Sweet potato chips especially make a naturally sweet and crunchy snack that can be difficult to get when on the paleo diet. Purple sweet potatoes also have a number of health benefits over other types of potatoes. You can find more about that here: Why Sweet Potato Chips. You can also find more helpful tips on eating healthy here.

If you are looking for healthy chips, give Hawaii Island Gourmet chips a try. Once you taste the difference, you won’t want to eat anything else.

Paleo Salsas for your Sweet Potato Chips

Paleo Diet Salsa

In the last post we discussed why sweet potato chips are a good snack for those on the paleo diet. The purple sweet potato has a number of health properties that make it a great choice. You can find that article here: Paleo Diet Snack-Sweet Potato Chips. Shortly after writing that article, I came across another article on the paleo diet that complimented it so well I just had to write another post. It’s titled 19 Homemade Paleo Salsas, and like the title suggests, it’s 19 salsas that will meet the paleo diet. So grab yourself a bag of sweet potato chips and then choose your favorite paleo salsa. 19 Paleo Salsas.

Paleo Diet Snack-Sweet Potato Chips

Purple Sweet Potato Chips

If you are on the Paleo Diet then you aren’t allowed to eat potatoes or corn. You can’t eat potato chips or corn chips. However, just because you are on a paleo diet doesn’t mean you can’t have something sweet and salty. Sweet Potato chips are not only healthier than potato chips, they are also allowed as part of the paleo diet.

What makes Hawaii Island Gourmet sweet potato chips special is that we use purple sweet potatoes grown right here on the Big Island of Hawaii. Getting our purple sweet potatoes from local farmers means they have higher regulations on the uses of pesticides and chemicals than those coming from overseas. It also means that our chips our made from the freshest purple sweet potatoes possible.

The purple sweet potato has some unique properties that make it a great part of your diet. They are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron. Studies have been done that show that sweet potatoes may improve blood sugar and may be good for diabetes . However, the most important health benefit of the purple sweet potato may be their high level of antioxidants 1.

Thanks to the naturally occurring anthocyanins (antioxidants), which gives the sweet potato its dark, vibrant color, the purple sweet potato has a number of health benefits which may include anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory, and cancer prevention properties 2, 3.

To keep our sweet potato chips as natural and healthy as possible, we use only three ingredients (sweet potatoes, oil, and salt). We don’t use any additives or preservatives in our chips. What you taste is the flavor of locally grown, premium sweet potatoes made with Aloha. Because our sweet potatoes are grown by local farmers here in Hawaii, they are as fresh as possible. They come straight from the farmers and are turned into chips in our Big Island factory.

You end up with healthy chips that you can enjoy as part of your paleo diet.

Click the below link to have some of our exquisite chips delivered directly to your home:

Sweet Potato Chips

 

A New Batch of Sweet Potato Chips

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While everyone was preparing for this last weekend, Hawaiian Island Gourmet and Atebara Chips was busy making a new batch of sweet potato chips. To make sure that the chips are as fresh as possible, they are sliced, cooked, and bagged all on the same day.

The chips in the picture above have just been cooked and will next go into the spinner. A device that is used to remove any excess oil. Our sweet potato chips are made from sweet potatoes grown by local farmers right here on the Big Island. This ensure that we use the best, most sustainable products and that you get the freshest chips.

Come by the store (717 Manono Street, Hilo, HI 96720) to grab yourself a bag. If you aren’t in the area, you can also purchase online! Hawaii Island Gourmet Store

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Taro Chip and Potato Chip Cookies

Potato Chip Cookies

 

Fresh and hot out of the oven, Hawaiian Island Gourmet cookies are more than just cookies. To give them that something extra, we take our hand-made shortbread cookie batter, and add pieces of our potato chips (above) and our taro chips (below). This gives the cookie a sweet soft side with small bits of salty crunchiness. We also have cookies that contain our sweet potato chips.

If you live on the Big Island, or if you will be visiting, come by our shop to try a sample. We are located at: 717 Manono St in Hilo.

If you are located outside of the Big Island, you can find our cookies in our online store. I also recommend you check out our chocolate dipped cookies.

Taro Chip Cookies

Gourmet taro chips, sweet potato chips, potato chips, and chocolate

Hawaii Island Gourmet at Hilo Trading Comany

 

Hawaii Island Gourmet and Atebara is known for its potato chipstaro chips and sweet potato chips. We have been making healthy chips (using only three ingredients: potatoes or taro, salt and canola oil) since 1936. Our chips are kitchen cooked and handmade. To keep them as healthy as possible, we use a special spinning process to remove any extra oil.

This weekend, however, we were at the grand opening of the Hilo Trading Company sampling our hand-made, Hawaii Island Gourmet chocolates. The event was a success with local companies coming from all over the greater Hilo area to promote their products. Whether it be chocolates, chips, macadamia nuts, or coffee; The Hilo Trading Company is a one stop shop for products made in Hilo, Hawaii.

To make our chocolates special, we incorporate our potato chips and taro chips right into the chocolate. You get a unique mixture of melt in your mouth creaminess mixed with a tasty crunch. A taste that you can only get from Hawaiian Island Gourmet Products.

You can visit our online store here: Hawaii Island Gourmet Products

The event at the Hilo Trading Company ended on Saturday, but you can still go by their store (located at the corner of Kamehameha and Mamalahoa Highway) to try some of our samples and purchase our chocolates and chips. You can also come by our store. The address and contact information is listed on our contact page here: Hawaii Island Gourmet. We look forward to seeing you soon.