Other than popcorn–which is a necessary and always stocked staple–Hal and I don’t really keep snacks in the house. This is a departure from how I grew up, when we almost always had chips and cookies and probably half a bag of peanut M+Ms in the kitchen cupboards. My mother had the kind of willpower that allows a person to eat half a single serving bag of candy and put the rest away (she also had a wonderful habit of having a teeny dish with just one or two dainty little spoonfuls of Breyers chocolate ice cream before bed)…something I did not exactly inherit from her. So, in my own home, I tend to mostly stay away from having snacks hanging around. But sometimes and on some occasions, a really snacky snack is called for. Say, for example, when you’re getting ready to watch the second debate in an increasingly horrifying presidential election, and need comforting treats to get you through. Times like that call for the snacking big guns: chocolate dipped potato chips.
I first had this over the top but oh so perfect combo at a friend’s house. Her then beau had brought over a store-bought bag, and I remember so clearly the way a couple of us just devoured the whole thing, stopping only to say “ohmygod these are GOOD.” They were sweet, salty, crunchy, and totally irresistible. Joy the Baker reminded me of the combo a little over two years ago, and I finally got around to making them myself for Hal and my 2015 Christmas party. To say they were a hit would be a massive understatement. I had also made peppermint crunchies and salted brown butter rice crispy treats, two sweets that I’m used to watching disappear in a blink, and they were most definitely overshadowed by the chocolate dipped chips.
I’ve had them in the back of my mind since then, as a truly fool proof and crowd pleasing treat to pull out as needed. But I hadn’t felt the need until the Sunday I had a few friends over to watch the second presidential debate. I knew I didn’t want to do my usual silliness of spending all day over a dinner menu, especially on a Sunday night before a busy week. I decided to order my favorite pizza, and just make salad and dessert. And since I knew the evening would call for popcorn, I wanted something that would fit happily right alongside my staple snack. The chocolatey chips were the perfect solution to play nicely with the popcorn and to ease our debate watching pain.
As Joy the Baker said in her original post, this is not something you need a recipe for. You just have to melt chocolate–with her genius addition of coconut oil if you like–dip in your chips, lay them out on a wax paper covered baking sheet, and put them in the fridge for a bit to set. Done. You could use any chips and chocolate you like, but I think this is a “recipe” that calls for good ole fashioned Ruffles–you want something really nice and salty. And for the chocolate, I think classing things up with something really dark is a great call. In just a few meditative minutes of melting and dipping, you have the perfect silly snack. Ideal to ease your election seasons pains, or for any time you want to treat yourself really especially right.
For folks like me who prefer a recipe even when they don’t need one, here’s the original post: chocolate-dipper potato chips, from Joy the Baker