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Product Review: TopChips Chip Maker

by in Product Reviews, January 15, 2012
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Can you get crispy potato chips from the microwave?

Potato chips from the microwave?! Sounds dubious, but I was pleasantly surprised when I gave the TopChip Chip Maker  a test drive.

Our Take
While you won’t fool anyone into believing these chips came from a bag, they are pleasantly crunchy. To make them, thinly slice a potato using the adequately sharp handheld mandoline that comes with the chip maker. Pat pieces dry and spread in a single layer on the dishwasher-safe device. Then zap in the microwave for 3 minutes. Allow to cool for a minute or two and dig in.

You can’t beat the calorie count. Since the only ingredient is potatoes, a 10-ounce spud will yield about 60 chips, each with 4 calories. Since there’s no oil to be found, these chips are also fat-free.

The downsides: First, eat right away or they’ll lose their crunch. They also can’t be seasoned until after they’re cooked (seasoning before hand would make them soggy)– and they definitely need some seasoning. You might have to play with the cooking time or you’ll risk burning the chips (that happened to me a few times).

Serving Suggestions
Both russet and Yukon gold potatoes worked well. Sweet potatoes and apples also made fun and kid-friendly snacks. As for seasoning, sprinkles of curry powder, cinnamon (on the apples) and rosemary salt made these chips extra tasty.

Have you tried the TopChips Maker? Let us know what you think!

5 New Products on the Market

by in Food News, Gluten-Free, Healthy Tips, November 19, 2010

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Dana and I recently attended the Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston, where we were introduced to many products just hitting market shelves. Here are the top 5 we recommend.

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But I Just Want Some Chips!?

by in Healthy Tips, February 9, 2009


If you sometimes long for a salty crunch, don’t beat yourself up — the best of us battle cravings every now and then. So which chips should you choose? Are all chips created equal?

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