Cappuccino Potato Chip Topped Sundaes
Yes, Cappuccino. I purchased three of these four to try, and to force my family to try. (Our local store didn’t have the Cheddar Bacon Mac n Cheese, but honestly it isn’t much of a stretch to assume that that flavor will taste pretty dang good. It has bacon.)
Just days before this I had seen the flavors at another store and, out of sheer curiosity attempted to purchase the Cappuccino chips. The cashier would not let me buy them!
She talked me as a teacher might talk to a child caught trying to eat a glue-stick, explaining gently and with a touch of horror just how wrong this coffee-flavored chip idea was.
The bag was removed from my hand and hidden away from me. I was soon to learn why.
I sprung the flavors on the family as we were about to start dinner. And now, the results of that taste-test:
- Logan liked the Mango Salsa flavor, and refused to try the Wasabi Ginger or Cappuccino.
- Christian tried the Mango Salsa and Wasabi Ginger, hated them both, and refused to try Cappuccino.
- Haley tried the Mango Salsa and Wasabi Ginger, liked Mango better, and refused to try Cappuccino.
- I tried Mango Salsa and Wasabi Ginger and I love them both. Then I turned to the Cappuccino…
Like Jacob Marley’s ghost the cashier’s face was before me, demanding I right this wrong, run back to the store with the unopened bag and receipt. Yet I could not back down in front of my family of unwilling, weird-chip taste-testers. After all this was my silly idea in the first place. So I tried those Cappuccino chips….
I didn’t like them. At all. A dry dusting of coffee flavor covers the potato chips – they look like dirty chips. There is no sweetness to them and almost no salt – a generous handful of either might have helped. The end taste was pretty disappointing.
Generally speaking I will always vote “yes” for coffee. For these coffee-flavored potato chips I just could not.
That night before tossing them out I tried to figure out if there was anything I could do with them. (I had begun to feel bad for them, those unwanted, dirty chips.) Could some dish be enhanced with Cappuccino chips? Well, we all know that chips and ice cream taste great together. (Everyone knows that, right? Ben & Jerry’s has a great flavor called ‘Late Night Snack‘ that has fudge-covered chips.)
I whipped up two Cappuccino Potato Chip Topped Sundaes using the Cappuccino chips and coffee ice cream: one with chocolate sauce and chocolate chips, and the other with caramel sauce and a sprinkle of sea salt. In this application, I like these dirty chips very much. They add a satisfying crunch to the sundaes. In addition, the coffee taste of the chips is enhanced against the cool ice cream, more bold and less bitter. The sweetness supplied by the ice cream and syrups takes away the dry, dustiness that I think the chips have on their own. The sundae with caramel and sea salt has a smooth, butterscotch-like flavor and a bite from the sea salt crystals mingled with the crumbled coffee chips.
So, if your friendly, neighborhood grocery cashier does not talk you out of buying Lay’s Cappuccino Chips and you find yourself with a bagful, here are my ideas on what to do with them.
Cappuccino Potato Chip Topped Sundaes
- 3 scoops coffee ice cream
- 2 TB chocolate sauce
- 1 TB semisweet chocolate chips
- 7 Cappuccino flavored potato chips, coarsely crushed
- Place the ice cream in a chilled bowl. Drizzle the chocolate sauce over the ice cream. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and crushed chips over the top. Serve immediately.
Caramel Sea Salt Version:
- Substitute 2 TB caramel sauce for the chocolate sauce and omit the chocolate chips.
- After sprinkling the crushed chips over the top, add a pinch of coarse sea salt.