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Purple Potato Chips

Okinawa sweet potatoes – Photo via Melissa’s Produce

Purple potato chips? Sure!

If you think potatoes only come in white and orange, you’re missing out on a big segment of the world’s potato population. Your regular white potatoes are probably used to playing a supporting role on the side of the plate at dinnertime. But what would happen if you added a punch of color to your meal with, say, purple potatoes? Suddenly your potatoes would be the star of the show.

We had a chance to try some of these Okinawa sweet potatoes from Melissa’s Produce and we were completely wowed by the color. On the outside, they’re a nondescript beige. Slice them up and you’ll get a hint of purple. But once you cook them – pow! – the bright purple color practically explodes in your kitchen.

Last week, we got a chance to try some tasty mashed purple potatoes from Melissa’s (here’s a beautiful version made by Valentina of Cooking on the Weekends). But once we got our hands on some of these beauties, we were in a potato chip sort of mood.

purple potato chips


To make purple potato chips, you don’t need to peel these potatoes but you may need to trim them down so that they fit into your food processor easily for slicing.  Two additional tips for super-crispy chips:  One, slice them super-thin, about 1/16th of an inch; and two, get the potato slices as dry as possible by salting them and letting them drain first.

purple potato chips

purple potato chips

One of our favorite things about these bright purple spuds is the surprised look you get on your face when you pull them out of your lunch bag. They are truly purple!

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Purple potato chips are a brilliant purple hue, as made from Okinawa sweet potatoes.

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11 Responses to Purple Potato Chips

  1. Valentina October 1, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    beautiful! i just love how the color becomes even more vibrant when they cook! 🙂

    • Jeanne October 1, 2012 at 9:48 am #

      Thanks! Yes – Love that color!

  2. Ricki October 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Those are *such* a beautiful color! The recipe couldn’t be simpler–and I bet they taste awesome. I’ve got to find some purple potatoes! 🙂

    • Jeanne October 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by, Ricki!

  3. Greg Geilman October 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE these. This vibrant purple doesn’t exist much in nature. And they taste delicious.

    • Jeanne October 17, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

      Agreed – the color is amazing! Thanks for stopping by, Greg!

  4. AG August 3, 2020 at 12:12 pm #

    This is sooo Amazing! The color is beautiful and fun! Can’t wait to show the kiddos ☺️

    • Jeanne August 3, 2020 at 1:29 pm #

      Thank you so much! Yes, the color is amazing! Love those purple potatoes! : ) Thanks again for stopping by!

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