You know your obsession with potatoes has gotten slightly out of hand when your editor points out potato dishes—the way a mother points out everyday objects to help her toddler learn words.
“Look, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf rosti; look, Shake Shake Fries.” And, like a toddler, you gaze at these stuff with the rapt fascination babies usually reserve for balloons and toes.
The final proof of potato addiction? When an entrepreneur finds you and sends a Facebook message asking permission to send potato chips to try out.
But hey, we’re not complaining. A job that pays you to try out potato chips? We couldn’t have dreamed it better.
Spud Buds is the brainchild of fellow potato addicts Leonard Co and Harry Ong. Their product lineup is lean but mean: two kinds of sea salt-laced kettle-cooked potatoes in the form of chips and shoestrings; and three different kinds of chocolate-covered, kettle-cooked potato chips in dark, milk and white.
The potatoes are sourced from Benguet farmers, and each slice is hand-cut and cooked to the brand’s satisfaction.
The chips and shoestring potatoes have the right balance of crunch and saltiness, while the chocolate-covered ones are deadly delicious that you’ll end up inhaling the entire bag, something Co designed on purpose.
“We made sure that the taste and flavor were just right that you’ll want to finish the entire bag,” says Co, a self-confessed potato chip connoisseur.
Spud Buds is currently working on a strawberry-chocolate-covered potato chip. It also has savory potato dishes when it sets up a Spud Buds booth during parties and weddings—like Ultimate Potato Skins with toppings like bacon and cheese, Texas chili, or Mexican picadillo; flavored versions of their shoestring potatoes (white cheese, sour cream, buffalo bleu, chipotle); Potacos (baked and fried potato shells topped with bacon and cheese); and Bacon Bombs (potato balls wrapped with bacon).
Spud Buds are currently available at Bo’s Coffee shops in Metro Manila and at the Power Plant Mall Cinema snack bar. They will also be available soon at select Ayala Malls cinemas. Book them for your next party, wedding, or just a Friday night when you feel like showering yourself with potato love. —CONTRIBUTED