Beer and chips go together just as much any pair.
St. Eriks Brewery in Sweden is known for high-end beers that have been around for more than a century. But, they weren’t satisfied with the snack options to accompany their highly-regarded brews, so they created a small batch of “The World’s Most Expensive Potato Chips.”
The Brewery took their idea to Swedish National Culinary Team (yes, that’s a thing) Chef Pi Le, who helped develop the chip’s recipe. Smakriket business developer Mattias Dernelid sourced the highly sought-after ingredients for the batch. They include: matusake mushrooms, truffle seaweed, crown dill, leeks and onions, Ammarnas potatoes, and St. Erik’s own IPA wort.
Each ingredient is rare in its own way. The seaweed is only found in the cold waters off the coast of the Faroe Islands, while the mushrooms are hand-picked in cotton gloves “to preserve their quality.” The dill, onions, and potatoes come from small Swedish farming areas; the wort (product of the brewing process) is already rare as the brewery produces limited quantities of its IPA each year.
At $56 a box, we had to share this with our readers. You get a five-chip set in snazzy packaging that almost feels like an iPhone box and the 100 sets available sold out almost immediately. According to a company spokesperson, the main buyers were “those who enjoy luxurious snacks” and “chip enthusiasts.” All proceeds went to a Swedish charity.
If you wanted to get your hands on the next high-end concoction, you’re out of luck. The spokesperson said there are no plans for future pricey snacks, so you’re stuck with the Kettle Chips in your pantry.
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