Free Atebara Chips Eco Bag

Atebara Chips Eco Bag

The all new Atebara Chips eco bag. We’ve had a number of people request this one and we finally have it. For a limited time, you can get it FREE with any purchase of $30 or more at our 717 Manono St. gift shop (normally priced at $6.50).

Atebara Chips is the first chip company in Hawaii (established in 1936) and people come from all over Hawaii (and even the world) to bring back some of our famous handmade chips.

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The Atebara Chips eco bag is made of durable black fabric and can be reused again and again. Each one contains the traditional “Atebara’s Potato Chips” logo that has been on our potato chip bags for many years. It’s a great bag to give as a gift along with our chips or to use as your daily grocery shopping bag.

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.

 

 

 

Breadfruit Chips (Hawaii Island Ulu Chips)

ulu chips

Breadfruit, or ulu as it is called in Hawaii, is now in full season. Hawaii Island Gourmet has been busy turning all of that breadfruit into delicious breadfruit chips (ulu chips).

We now have breadfruit chips in stock and have added them to our online store. They are ready to be shipped throughout Hawaii and to the rest of the US.

You can purchase ulu chips and our other handmade, gourmet products at the following link: Purchase Ulu Chips Here!

Our ulu chips are made from Hawaii grown breadfruit and handmade right here in Hilo, HI (where we have been making chips since 1936). Breadfruit trees are known for their ability to  produce an amazing amount of fruit. They are a seasonal tree however, and so we only have a limited amount of chips. Get yours before they are all gone!

Click the following link to purchase ulu chips and other delicious, handmade cookies, candies and chips.

Hawaii Island Gourmet Online Store

Click the below link for more information on the amazing breadfruit tree?

Breadfruit Tree

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.

Two Weeks to Christmas

Christmas stocking

The lights are hung, the trees are up and now we are officially just two weeks away from Christmas.

Don’t worry, there is still time to find that perfect gift!

While most stores are now starting to clearance their Christmas decorations, Hawaii Island Gourmet is here to help you find that perfect gift. With our Big Island made cookies, candies, chips and gift baskets, you will have your holiday shopping done in no time.

Whether you are looking for something small or large, we have gourmet products and gift baskets for everyone on your list.

Holiday Gift Baskets

Want to create your own Christmas gift basket? We also do custom baskets. You can choose the products individually or let us know the price, and we will make the basket to your specifications.

Or check out our current gift basket specials, the “Aloha” and “Gourmet” gift baskets are a great deal. Each filled with unique Hawaiian flavors like our Coconut Marbled Bark (dark chocolate marbled with coconut infused white chocolate and pieces of our Hawaii Island taro chips and Atebara potato chips) and our Ultimate Chocolate Cookies: Lilikoi Dipped (dutch chocolate shortbread chocolate chip cookies dipped in lilikoi (passion fruit) infused white chocolate).

Coconut Marbled Bark

Our gift baskets can be ordered online (Holiday Gift Baskets) or by visiting our gift shop at 717 Manono St., Hilo, HI 96720.

For those able to stop by our gift shop, we will soon have some unique, handmade holiday candies. Stay tuned, we will be announcing them as soon as they are available.

Signup to our newsletter  on the right side of page to make sure you get the update. We look forward to seeing you soon. Happy Holidays!

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.

Hawaii Island Taro Chips

Taro Chips

Hawaii Island Gourmet has been making chips since 1936. The founder of the company, Mr. Atebara found a chip making machine in a magazine, and without any experience, purchased it and started the first chip company in Hawaii. Like everyone else at that time, he originally started making potato chips. So how did we end up making sweet potato chips and taro chips?

Ironically, it was actually because of bad events rather than good ones that started the company’s expansion into taro and sweet potato chips. After only being in business for just a couple of years, World War II started. All of the potatoes went to feeding the soldiers and there were very few left for purchase.

Being the entrepreneur that he was, Mr. Atebara began searching Hawaii for an alternative and noticed that there was an abundance of Taro. Unlike russet potatoes, taro thrives in the warmer, wetter climate of Hawaii. In 1941, we became the first company in Hawaii to make taro chips. Adding sweet potato chips to the line (another crop that grows well in Hawaii) just seemed like the next natural step.

Keeping with tradition, Hawaii Island Gourmet still makes our chips the same way. We keep our ingredients simple and local (our taro and sweet potatoes come from local farmers here on the Big Island), with no additional preservatives or artificial flavors. We instead rely on high quality ingredients and time-tested cooking methods to get the perfect chips.

We are currently running a batch of taro chips, so come by the shop (717 Manono Street, Hilo) to grab a bag fresh out of the cooker. The taro chips in the picture were just made today! If you can’t make it to our shop, you can also purchase online from our store: Hawaii island Gourmet. While you are here, be sure to try some of our taro cookies!