Foie Gras Potato Chips Make Snacking Fancy in Japan

A Japanese company is dusting potato chips with foie gras flakes

Calbee, the Japanese poato chip company, just released a new chip flavor that is covered in flakes of real foie gras.  

Foie gras and potato chips are from two different worlds. Foie gras is posh and fancy and expensive, and also extremely controversial among animal rights supporters. Potato chips are about as inexpensive and universal as a snack food can get. But now one Japanese company has decided to fuse the two and make a fancy new gourmet potato chip that tastes like beef and foie gras.

According to Rocket News 24, Calbee’s new potato chip flavor is beef and foie gras, and the package is decorated with a photo of a giant lobe of fatty duck liver. The chip packaging even boasts that the chips are flavored with real foie gras flakes, not artificial flavorings.

Foie gras is a controversial food. Because foie gras is produced by force-feeding ducks, opponents say its production is inherently cruel to animals.


Foie gras is legal in Japan, and despite the controversy, several Twitter users seem to be a fan of the fancy chips.