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 […]
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 […]
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 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.
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 […]
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 […]
Who would have thought to make taro chips when everyone else was already making potato chips? While it is becoming more common today, using taro or sweet potatoes to make chips required a bit of ingenuity and some special circumstances. It’s actually quite an interesting story about a new company going through hardships and finding a way to thrive.
In 1936, Hawaii Island Gourmet, or Atebara’s as we were called at the time, became the first chip company in Hawaii. Mr. Atebara was looking through a magazine and came across a chip making machine. Having never even eaten a potato chip, but being the entrepreneur that he was, he purchased the machine and Atebara’s Chip company was started.
The company did well in the early years. Atebara’s kitchen cooked chips grew in popularity, but something was about to happen that would change Atebara’s and the world forever. In 1941, World War II started. As a result, all of the potatoes went toward the war effort and Atebara’s was in danger of having to close it’s doors.
Instead of giving up and shutting down, Mr. Atebara looked for another option for his chips. While potatoes don’t grow in Hawaii, there was an abundance of Taro. Taro thrives in the warmer, wetter climate in Hawaii, and was in much lower demand at the time. In 1941, we became the first chip company to produce taro chips.
Having found taro chips, creating a sweet potato chip, another abundant crop in Hawaii, was just the next logical step.
Hawaii Island Gourmet still makes our chips the same way we have since 1936. Instead of adding lots of additives and preservatives, we rely on quality taro and sweet potatoes grown locally here on the Big Island of Hawaii. Even today, our taro chips (as well as our other chips) contain only three ingredients: premium Hawaii grown taro, canola oil, and salt).
The introduction of the taro chip literally saved the company. It’s for that reason that we use an image of the three taro leaves as our the logo for Hawaii Island Gourmet.
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 […]
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 […]
Hawaii Island Gourmet and Atebara is known for its potato chips, taro 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.
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.