Hawaii Island Gourmet Holiday Gift Baskets

Hawaii Island Gift Baskets

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already September. Halloween is just around the corner and before you know it we will be into Thanksgiving and Christmas! Where did the time go?

It’s been a great year so far and here at Hawaii Island Gourmet and Atebara Chips we are hard at work preparing for the holiday season.

We will be bringing out an new original holiday flavor for our sweet potato chips and one for our chocolate bark. Both items will be announced soon and will only be available for a limited time during the holidays. Please watch this blog and our Facebook page for updates. We will let you know as soon as they are available.

Ginger & Garlic Sweet Potato Chips In Bowl

With only a couple of months before the holiday season, now is a great time to get your shopping done. Don’t wait for the hectic shopping days to get here. We offer a selection of gift baskets that can be matched to any situation. Each basket is full of our delicious, handmade cookies, candies and chips. Each one made with Aloha.

In addition to being handmade, our taro chips and sweet potato chips are also locally grown right here on the Big Island. Using local taro and sweet potatoes means that our chips are made from the freshest product. To read more about how that helps give our chips the incredible taste they are known for, please see the following article: sweet potato chips.

Place your order now and we will have it ready for pickup whenever you need it. Need a large number of gift baskets for your employees or customers? No problem! Just give us a call (808) 969-9600 and we can find you the perfect gift basket and arrange delivery.

You can stop by our gift shop at 717 Manono St, Hilo, HI 96720. Just look for our new signs (pictured below). You can also order from our website: Hawaii Island Gourmet Store. As the sign says, we also have breadfruit chips in stock!

Hawaii Island Gourmet Sign

 

Be sure to samples all of our chocolates, cookies and chip samples while visiting our gift shop. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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.

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!

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.

Hawaiian Made Taro Chips

Hawaii Island Gourmet Taro 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.

Hawaii Island Locally Grown
Crop of taro plants

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 taro logo2

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Basket

Hawaii Island Gourmet Mother's Day Gift Basket

It’s that special time of the year again when we get to show our mother’s how much we really appreciate them. This mother’s day gift basket will give her a piece of Hawaiian Aloha and a lot of sweetness.

Whether it’s chips, cookies or chocolates, this basket has it all. The perfect gift to show your mother how special she is to you.

Click here to place an order: Mother’s Day Gift Basket

It all starts with three bags of our famous chips (sweet potato chips, taro chips, and the original Atebara’s potato chip). Kettle cooked the same way since we started making them in 1936. Each chip has it’s own unique texture and flavor.

In addition, all of our handmade chips are made right here in Hawaii and the taro and sweet potatos are grown by local farmers.

Atebara's Hawaii Island Gourmet Chips

Next, are three tropical flavors (passion fruit, coconut, and Kona coffee) of our handmade chocolate barks. Gourmet dark chocolate sandwiched together with flavored white chocolate, with a little bit of crunchiness thanks to small pieces of our chips.

Hawaii Island gourmet ginger bark

Last, are 3 boxes (ginger, coconut, and dark chocolate) of our handmade taro cookies. The taro gives these cookies a uniquely Hawaiian taste and a great crunch. They go perfectly with tea and coffee.

Hawaii Island Gourmet Coconut Taro Cookies

 


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!

 

 

Hawaii Island Gourmet’s Ginger Taro Cookies

Ginger Taro Cookie

These ginger taro cookies are made using locally grown ingredients (taro and ginger) and are of course made at our kitchen here in Hilo, Hawaii.

There are a lot of cookies around, but taro cookies are  something that are a little more rare. Because of the taro in the cookie, you get a much different texture than you do from a traditional cookie. The taro makes the cookie much more crunchy, which in turn, makes it perfect for tea or coffee.

As always, you can find them here in our store (717 Manano St, Hilo, HI 96720) or you can purchase them from our online store: Hawaii Island Gourmet. While you are here, be sure to pick up some of our Hawaii grown and made taro chips!

Ginger Taro Cookie on Rack

Ultimate Chocolate Cookies

handmade gourmet cookies

 

When we say “handmade gourmet cookies”, we really mean handmade. Here is Andrew whipping up a batch of our delicious Ultimate Chocolate Cookies for First Light Bookstore at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station.

mixing the batter

Our Ultimate Chocolate Cookies are a chocolate cookie with chocolate chips, that are then dipped in different flavors of chocolate. We offer them in dark chocolate, mint chocolate, raspberry and lilikoi (passion fruit).

Chocolate cookies dough ready to be shaped

Come by our store to try some samples. We are located in Hilo, Hawaii at 717 Manono st. You can also purchase the cookies from our online store: Hawaii Island Gourmet.

Chocolate not your thing? We also make taro chips, sweet potato chips, and potato chips, as well as an assortment of shortbread cookies and Hawaiian macadamia nuts.

chocolate cookies shapes into taro leaves

 

Chocolate cookies freshly baked

 

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.

 

 

 

Atebara’s 75th Anniversary

The Atebara Chip Company – Hawai’i Island Gourmet

Proud to Be Hawaii’s First

Chip Company!

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Famous Chips

Kettle Cooked to Perfection!

Hawaii Island Gourmet Taro Chips
Fresh Kettle Cooked Hawaii Island Gourmet Taro Chips

These gourmet chips are light, crispy and bursting with flavor.  Atebara’s irresistible variety of Original Potato, Taro, and Sweet Potato chips bring the exotic flavors of Hawai’i Island to life.  All chips are handmade in Hilo Hawai’i using all natural ingredients and special oil reducing processes to provide you with the most authentic delicious product.

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Hawaii Gourmet Gifts - Handmade Chocolates

Handmade Chocolates

Rich Decadent Chocolates!

Hawaii Island Coffee Crunch Bark

Hawaii Island White & Dark Chocolate Coffee Crunch Bark

Exquisite Milk, Dark and White Chocolate is infused with Island grown delicacies such as candied ginger, coconut, liliko’i, coffee and more to provide chocolate lovers with the most unique handmade all natural chocolates possible.  Try Our famous Atebara Crunch Milk Chocolate with crunchy pieces of potato chips and mac nuts blended into chocolate!

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Hawaiian Gifts & Cases

Beautiful Gift Baskets & Combination Cases!

Hawaii Island Gourmet Holiday Gift Collection
Hawaii Island Gourmet Holiday Gift Collection

Hawai’i Island Gourmet makes a wide variety of different gift sets and baskets that are perfect for any special occasion.  From our Lauhala Travel Packs to our Seasonal baskets, we can personalize gifts to meet your specific needs!  Also check out our wonderful cases and combinations for your favorite products at a discount price.

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