“Chocolate Chips” and Champagne

by Tokyo Terrace on February 13, 2010

Oh, Valentine’s Day. I remember vividly celebrating Valentine’s Day in elementary school. We’d take shoe boxes and decorate them in red, pink, and white paper, doily hearts, and glitter. Mom would cut a hole in the top of the box for us so that our classmates could drop in the small Valentine’s with pictures of Scooby Doo, Garfield, or other cartoon characters popular in the 1990’s. It was always so exciting have the Valentine box fill up gradually throughout the day. Suddenly, even the students that aren’t your best friends seem more lovable and the people you are afraid to talk to are a little less scary all because of a Valentine that says something like “I Ruv You! Scooby Dooby Dooooooo!” With this childhood love of Valentine’s Day in mind, these “Chocolate Chips” use a favorite snack of children and adults alike: potato chips. To add a more sophisticated and perhaps gourmet twist, these chips are coated in chocolate and served with Champagne.

You might be wondering if potato chips and chocolate are really a good idea. Trust me when I say that they are meant to be together! Like Bonnie and Clyde, Bert and Ernie, or Garfield and Odie! The salty chips with the rich, sweet chocolate ganache are a match made in Valentine’s Day heaven. Delicate and playful, these “Chocolate Chips” are the perfect way to end a fabulous meal on any special occasion. I made my own potato chips but you can certainly use store bought. I would recommend something a little thicker than the traditional Lays, but if that’s all you’ve got then go for it! I find that the slightly thicker chips make better vessels for the chocolate ganache.The nice part about store bought chips is that this treat will take a mere 10 minutes to prepare. Can’t say no to that, can you?

The champagne is a perfect pairing for these sweet and salty bites. The crispness helps to cleanse the palate and bring a lightness that works beautifully with the rich chocolate and crunchy chips.

Homemade Potato Chips

Makes about 20 chips (when you add the chocolate ganache, this is enough for 5 servings)

1 russet potato

oil for deep frying

salt

Slice the potato using a mandoline (if you have one) at the middle setting, or use a sharp knife, to create slices about 1/4 inch thick. In a wok or skillet, heat 3 inches of oil over medium heat. Test the oil by placing on of the chips carefully in the wok. The color should be a light golden color after about 10 seconds.When you have adjusted to the proper heat, work in batches of about 4 or 5 chips, frying 8-10 seconds, flipping once, frying for another 10 seconds and transferring to a wire cooling rack with paper towels under it. Allow the chips to cool on the rack. If the chips are not crisp enough, you can transfer them on a cookie sheet to a 180F oven for about 8 minutes.

Chocolate Ganache

Makes 1/2 cup

6 oz. dark chocolate

3 Tablespoons milk (at least 1%) or heavy cream

In a double boiler, bring water to a simmer. Add the chocolate in the top of the double boiler along with the milk. Stir constantly until the chocolate is completely melted. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Assembling “Chocolate Chips”

Dip each potato chip in the warm chocolate ganache and place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or wax paper. Place the chips in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden. Serve with champagne or prosecco.

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  • Pat Meyer

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your sweetheart! What a beautiful entry and wonderful recipe for me to try! Sounds delish!

  • http://sophisticatedgourmet.com kamran siddiqi

    Genius! Love it! I’ll definitely put our fleur de sel or maybe even our grey sea salt to good use with these chips! I’ll definitely make them tonight! :)

    Awesome post! :)

  • http://www.thatssoyummy.com ThatsSoYummy

    These look so good I just want a reach out and grab a few…. Yummy!

    Happy valentine’s Day to you too sweetie! :-)

    -Natasha

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  • http://www.debishawcross.com Debi (Table Talk)

    I have always loved Valentine’s Day, and share the same memories of decorating a special box and gluing
    red paper hearts all over it(only it wasn’t the 90’s for me ;/). So much anticipation and excitement.
    —These chocolate chips and champagne are are something I can get excited about today; yum!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • http://www.obviouslyomnivore.com Xai

    these look so good. i would love to do this but i have to be careful with the mandoline to avoid another bloody mess. :) happy valentines day!!!!

  • http://www.thescootabaker.blogspotcom Scootabaker

    Whoa!
    I would never have thought to dip chips in chocolate, and I dip every-darn-thing in chocolate! My banana, my chicken sandwich, even my toothbrush.
    Unfortunately, I never have chips around long enough to do anything unique or creative with them but stuff ‘em in my mouth. Good Job!

    Heather

  • http://www.craftynatalie.com natalie

    chocolate covered potato chips are AWESOME!!! had some for the first time a few years back- had gotten the neiman marcus ones as a gift when i was a teacher. when i first got them i thought, how bizzarre and insanely overpriced! but they turned out to be DELISH and i crave them all the time now!

  • tokyoterrace

    Pat: Happy Valentine’s Day to you too! Hope you get to enjoy some time with your Valentine!

    Kamran: Fleur de Sel would certainly add a twist to the chip recipe. Hope you enjoy them!

    Natasha: Happy Valentine’s Day, dear!

    Xai: Yes, PLEASE be careful with the mandoline! Scary stuff sometimes…

    Heather: Brad and I were both laughing out loud at your comment! I like the toothbrush dipped in chocolate idea…haha!

  • http://www.kitchenkarate.blogspot.com Jordan

    THOSE LOOK DIVINE!
    IT SEEMS SO OBVIOUS BUT I WOULD NEVER THOUGHT OF IT!
    THANK YOU :)

    http://www.kitchenkarate.blogspot.com

  • http://www.kitchenkarate.blogspot.com Jordan

    THOSE LOOK DIVINE!
    IT SEEMS SO OBVIOUS BUT I WOULD NEVER HAVE THOUGHT OF IT!
    THANK YOU!!

    http://www.kitchenkarate.blogspot.com

  • http://www.chanteusedesigns.com Kathleen

    OMG………now THAT is a day with all of my favorites in one small setting. What a great idea!! May your Valentines Day be awesome……and filled with shoe boxes!

  • http://thelacquerspoon.blogspot.com the lacquer spoon

    That’s an edible form of, what Japanese says, “Ama-kara (sweet and savoury) Mix” ;) Delish!

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com wasabi prime

    You are always an inspiration to me! As Scooby would say, “I ruv these!” This is a great idea, totally embracing the wonderful combination of sweet and savory. Have you tried this with caramel and sea salt yet? I may give this a try; got a small bit of salt made by Salty Seattle, who collects her own seawater and dries it out for her own salt supply! How awesome/gangsta is that? Hope you and Mr. Tokyo have a beautiful Valentine’s and the Wasabis send you champagne *cheers* your way!

  • http://play-with-food.blogspot.com Deborah Dowd

    Seriously, my daughter is totally vindicated now- she has been telling me for years that the chip-chocolate combination is great! I am going to have to see for myself!!

  • http://www.laspicyvita.blogspot.com LaSpicyVita

    salty-sweet goodness, yum! :)

  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com Divina

    Potato chips never looked this good. Must try this one. I usually though of strawberries dipped in chocolate but you’ve made this one very classy and elegant.

  • http://www.honeyandjam.com Hannah

    This is genius! I love sweet/salty, and this looks perfect.

  • http://www.lafujimama.com Fuji Mama

    I LOVE the potato/chocolate pairing! These look wonderful. I know I’d love them because they’re totally like my guilty secret love of dipping French fries in chocolate milkshakes! LOL

  • http://www.eatlivetravelwrite.com Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite

    What a simple, yet genius idea! I love the sweet/salty combination.

  • http://neverturndownacupcake.blogspot.com K

    Oh yum! Love this flavor combo! Sounds like it’d be a good chance to try out flavored sea salts :o )

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    I remember the first time I saw “chocolate chips” I had to do a double take!

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