Calbee Jagabee

Calbee Jagabee Potato Sticks, original (left) and purple potato (right).

Confession: I’m a snack food junkie, with a horrible weakness for anything crunchy and salty, particularly chips/crisps and crackers. One of my favorites is Jagabee Potato Sticks by Japanese snack food company Calbee. Available only in one size (40g), it comes in a handy cup.

Jagabee Purple Potato Sticks (38g)

A few days ago, I came across a new Jagabee flavor. Instead of regular potato, this one is made using purple potato.

Looks yum!

This is what you see when you peel off the lid. The contents fill only about half the cup. One cup can be easily polished off in 3 minutes. But at about S$1.90 a cup, these are really precious, so must go slow!

Don't they look just like fresh French fries?

I really must take my hat off to the ingenious Japanese food engineers who managed to make dehydrated potato sticks taste so addictive! These Jagabee potato sticks are thick and incredibly crispy, but shatter easily and melt in the mouth. They also have a very rich potato taste. Yummy!

Cut from whole purple potatoes.

The purple potato sticks taste very similar to the regular kind, but they seem to be a wee bit less salty and a little sweeter.

I haven’t seen purple potato Jagabee at the FairPrice outlet where I do my usual grocery shopping. Came across this in Meidi-Ya at Liang Court Shopping Centre. Both the regular and purple potato retail for S$1.90 each.

At FairPrice, the normal price for Calbee Jagabee Potato Sticks (40g) is S$1.85, though they frequently have it on promotion at S$3.25 for two cups. It’s still pricey, so I don’t buy it that often. But if you haven’t tried it yet, you really should!