This Is the Prettiest (and Easiest) Way to Serve Potato Chips

published Nov 23, 2022
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sweet potato chips in a bowl
Credit: Meleyna Nomura

There are lots of tasty and fancy appetizers and snacks you can serve all year long, but I think we should give it up for the unsung hero of the easy appetizer realm: the potato chip (or, really, any readily available bagged chip).

Whether you prefer a sturdy, kettle-cooked potato chip, sweet potato chips, a lime-seasoned tortilla chip (especially paired with guacamole), or any other type of chip, the only disappointing thing about store-bought chips is opening a bag and realizing that many of the chips are shattered into hundreds of tiny pieces. Although they’re still delicious, they’re definitely not scoop-friendly or equipped for a thick dip.

Instead of being stuck with all of the broken pieces of chips at the top of your bowl when you open the bag and flip it upside-down to pour, try this simple trick that food writer and photographer Meleyna Nomura shared on Instagram: Hold the bag of chips directly over the bowl and use scissors or kitchen shears to cut along the bottom of the bag. Let the chips fall into the bowl — that way, the small broken pieces that are normally at the top of the pile will now be at the bottom.

I tried the trick myself and it worked like a charm. It’s an incredibly simple step, but it means you and your guests can now enjoy the fuller, more dip-friendly chips first!