The signature snacks in Nigeria are arguably plantain chips and sweet potato chips. Whilst plantain chips have an endless list of creative versions and flavours—salt, pepper, onion, ginger—sweet potato chips are yet to catchup. Nothing has really been done to evolve the snack from its basic state until recently.
I stumbled across a new range of chips called Potato King Sweet Potato Chips. From the packaging, I could tell a lot of effort has been put into this and decided to give it a try. At first I thought these chips were from some other country. It was good to find out that they are made in Nigeria. They come in three flavours; Classic which is salted, Barbecue and Ketchup. I settled on trying Classic and Barbecue as I wasn’t sold on Ketchup flavoured chips.
The foil packaging keeps the chips fresh and opens up easily. Important to mention, as some Nigerian foil packaging turns into a wrestling match when you’re trying to open it. Thankfully, this was not the case. When opened, a light fresh scent of toasted sweet potato chips invites you to taste. The chips are crinkle-cut and crunchy to perfection. Each pack goes for N120 and contains 65 grams of chips with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, B-carotene, Potassium and has low Glycemic Index which is said to be good for diabetics.
Between the Classic and Barbecue flavour, Classic is the best. It has just the right amount of salt without leaving an aftertaste. The Barbecue on the other hand is not quite there. It’s not bad, but the light barbecue flavor doesn’t have the tang of what makes it barbecue. I feel they should have been more generous with the flavour. Something for them to revisit.
Let’s hope they will be consistent with the quality and quantity over time.
Would you snack on these chips?