Potato Chips are a staple in every South African household. They fit well with every braai, family gathering and let’s not forget family movie night. So it’s only fitting that we celebrate these versatile snacks. Potato Chips can be bought or made and whichever way you enjoy them make sure you share (or don’t, we won’t tell).

The Potato Chip Legend

Legend has it that the humble potato chip was created by a chef trying to spite a picky customer. According to the myth, the customer found restaurant chips unsatisfactory and kept returning them to the kitchen. To teach the customer a lesson the chef sliced the potato so thin that it would dry up when fried. The customer loved it and so was born the potato chip. Okay so while we cannot confirm if that’s how it all went down, we sure are happy that they were created.

Making your own Chips

Potato chips are not like slap chips. They’re crunchy and tasty and incredibly easy to make at home too.

You’ll need

  • 8 peeled potatoes
  • 1 large bowl of ice-cold water
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Pepper
  • Oil for frying


  1. Cut your potatoes into thin slices.
  2. Put the slices in the cold water and soak them for 30min.
  3. Drain the potatoes and place them on a paper towel to dry.
  4. Mix together a small amount of garlic powder, salt and pepper. You’ll use this as your seasoning so set it aside until you’re done.
  5. Hear oil and fry potato slices until they are golden. Remember to stir them frequently.
  6. Once done, remove potato slices from the oil and place on paper towels.
  7. Sprinkle with seasoning mix.
  8. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.

Chip Tips

  • You cannot go wrong with a dip, ever!
  • Make sure your oil is hot. Remember, when you add the potato slices your oil will cool down and no one wants soggy chips.
  • Placing your chips on a clean paper towel after you fried them will keep them crisp.
  • For a healthier option, pop your potato slices in an air-fryer.
  • To get extra thin slices be sure to use a mandolin.

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