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Patriotic Candy-Dipped Potato Chips

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 120

An easy dip into melted candy and a quick holiday sprinkle make these potato chips perfectly party ready. ...MORE+ LESS-

TBSP Susan
September 20, 2016


oz. red candy melts
oz. white candy melts
oz. blue candy melts
unbroken medium to large-size wavy potato chips (or triangle corn chips), divided
Patriotic sprinkles for decorating, if desired


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  • 1
    Line 3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or wax paper. Set aside.
  • 2
    Using a double boiler (or a metal bowl over a small pan), add about an inch of water to the bottom pan and heat to boiling, then remove pan from the heat. Place the second pan over the pan of hot water, then pour the first color of candy melts into the top pan.
  • 3
    Stir constantly until candy is melted to a smooth, thin dipping consistency. (This step can be done in the microwave, if you prefer, microwaving in 30-second intervals until the candy is melted and smooth.)
  • 4
    Separate the potato chips into three batches. From the first batch, dip the end of each chip into the melted candy, place onto the parchment-lined baking sheet (making sure the chips do not touch), and repeat. After 5 or 6 chips are dipped, decorate those with patriotic sprinkles while the candy coating is still wet. Repeat with remaining potato chips for that color. Clean the pan and start over with the second and third colors of candy melts until all potato chips are dipped and decorated.
  • 5
    Allow chips to set completely on the parchment-lined pans before serving, about 30 minutes or longer (depending on room temperature and humidity in the room).
  • 6
    Leftover chips can be stored in an airtight container in a cool place for one or two days.

Expert Tips

  • For non-holiday times, coat potato chips in melted chocolate chips (white, milk, semi-sweet or dark).
  • For a nice gift, dip potato chips into melted dark chocolate and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt flakes. Allow to set completely before wrapping in cello bags tied with a colorful ribbon.

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More About This Recipe
  • These festive party bites will be the highlight of the night! 

    I know I have some soulmates out there who love sweet and salty stuff all in the same bite like me. Yes, you with the sophisticated palates—these are for you!

    Salty potato chips dipped into sweet, melted white-chocolate candy, then dressed for holiday success. 

    Want ‘em?

    If you just screamed “YES!” inside your head, then read on and see how easy these little sparklers of patriotic party-ness are to make.

    First, you need some candy melts in three Uncle Sam-ish colors.

    You need some potato chips, too. Choose the wavy ones to nod to the waving flag. (A stretch, perhaps, but work with me here…)

    You also need some fun sprinkles. Look in the cake-decorating aisle at your fave craft place—they usually have a better selection than the grocery store.

    Now, start with an inch or so of water in the bottom of a double-boiler pan (which is a fancy schmancy chef-y term for a pan that fits over another pan).

    If you don’t have one, a metal bowl over the bottom pan of water will work just fine. 

    You can do the melting step in the microwave, too, if you’d rather. I prefer the pan method, though, because you can keep the candy coating nice and soft while you dip away.

    When the water boils, remove the bottom pan from the heat. Add the second pan (or metal bowl) on top, over the hot water, and pour in the first color of candy melts.

    Stir until the candy is completely melted and smooth. This won’t take long—maybe a minute or so.

    Then divide the chips into three batches and start dipping the first batch one chip at a time.

    Dip just the end of the chip, like this, not the whole chip. This makes it easier to dip now and eat later! Wiggle-wiggle-waggle it a bit to coax the excess candy off.

    Put the dipped chip on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Do 5 or 6 chips, then stop to sprinkle them with festiveness while the candy coating is still wet. Then move on.

    It goes really fast once you get in the groove!

    Repeat with the other colors of candy melts until you’ve got all the chips coated and decorated.

    Let them set up until the coating is no longer sticky or soft. (This works faster on a dry day!)

    Do you like tortilla chips better than potato chips? They work great, too. Three corners, three colors. No brainer!

    And if the wavy chips were a nod to the waving flag, these babies nod to the three-cornered patriot’s hat. And I’m not talkin’ about the football team, either.

    A few decors and done!

    Then bowl-‘em up and out they go to exude all that patriotic party-ness.

    Oooooo … Ahhhhhh!

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