By Codelia Mantsebo
A Swedish microbrewery, St Erik’s, has created an exclusive range of five potato chips available for $56, designed to be accompanied with the brand’s premium beer.
“A first-class beer deserves a first-class snack, and this is why we made a major effort to produce the world’s most exclusive potato chips. We’re incredibly proud to be able to present such a crispy outcome” brand manager Marcus Friari said in a statement.
Prepared by the talented chefs of the Swedish National Culinary Team, the chips are cooked using some of the most exclusive and rare Nordic ingredients. Among them are Matsutake, one of the world’s most sought-after species of fungi, and a special truffle seaweed from the Faroe Islands that can only be found in cold tides.
Also on the ingredients list is Crown Dill — hand-picked on the Bjäre Peninsula, Leksand Onion — grown on the outskirts of the small Swedish town of Leksand and India Pale Ale Wort, also used to make St. Erik’s Pale Ale beer.
The potatoes reportedly come “from the potato hillside in Ammarnäs, a steep, stony slope in a south-facing location where almond potatoes are cultivated in very limited numbers. The slope is difficult for modern agricultural machines to access, which means that all potatoes are planted and harvested by hand.”
The chips, sold in a limited edition of specially designed box, contain just five individual potato chips, each made by hand. The price per kilogram is a reported $11,000, almost as expensive as Beluga caviar.
A limited number of 100 boxes of St. Erik’s potato chips went on sale earlier last week through a temporary shop and sold out rapidly.
All proceeds from sales are said to be donated to charity.