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April 28, 2005



Heheh!! nope.. but cute..!


yes. do i win a pack? ;-p


Heh, reminds me of a lame joke I used to like as a kid (or maybe I made it up, or something). What's the heaviest food in the world? Won ton! Ta daaaa. I had no idea companies would be tacky enough to use that name for an actual product, though... =)


Hi MrsT,

The packaging is what makes this fun. The play on words is great. One-ton = Won Ton. These chips are made with thick won ton skins that are deep fried then salted. Yummy!

Hi Santos,

Sure I can send you a bag. =)

Anything else you need/want?

Hi Darkling,

I'm sure that was a funny joke when you were younger. I think it's actually an interesting play on words, especially since these are made from won ton wrappers. The illustration on the package ties it all together IMO.


oooh... they're so addicting! I use them in Chinese Chicken Salad, and I have to buy two bags.... one for the salad, and one to eat by itself!


Hi jezz_jazz,

These are addicting. I was going to open the bag to take photos, but if I did that, I'd eat them all.

I like them on top of Chinese chicken salad too. =)


Yep...these one-ton chips are about as close to legal crack as you can get. So addicting.

The factory that made these was destroyed in a fire last year, and there was concern that the supply of chips would slow down (or even cease), but it's good to see that you can still get them.


One Ton? They must be as big as a house!


I think I'm dating myself but I do remember them advertising their product on the Lucky Luck radio show in the early 50's before going to school in the mornings. The announcer who was "haole" (or non-native Caucasian) used to pronounce it as Won ton "pai" instead of "pee". We used to laugh and laugh...
Thanks for the memories.


Man - These are the original "you can't eat just one" chips. Too bad I can't get them here, well on second thought, it's probably better that I can't get them here! I always pack a few bags of One Ton chips and Taro Chips in my carry-on when I return from the Islands. Talk about great memories - I used to love Yick Lung Potato Chips as well! Thanks for the wonderful post!


yick lung potato chips?! never saw those. *great*. now i have that stupid "i like the flavour of yick lung" jingle in my head....

Greg Wong

One Ton chips, Yick Lung Shrimp Chips, Taro Chips...Bring's back memories of going into the crack seed store in Kaimuki while waiting for The Bus. It's not surprising that all of my fond memories of my childhood in Hawaii involves food in some way, shape, or form.


yummy...yeah they are still the same...they've never changed...too bad they are so expensive *=o( however i think they are on sale at longs this week *=o)


Hi Mr_Me,

I'm glad that they've recovered from the fire. In fact, you couldn't get anything made by Maebo for a couple of months according to friends of mine in Hilo (they love the noodles). These just recently started re-appearing on store shelves.

Hi Anthony,

Hmmmm. Maybe not as big as a house, but how's about as heavy as an elephant? =P

Hi Clinton,

I didn't know about that commercial on the radio! Thanks...I'll ask my mom about it.

Hi Kirk,

If you'd like I can send some to you. No problem. Just let me know.

These are the original "you-can't-eat-just-one" chip.

Hi Santos,

Yick Lung did have chips. I believe maybe barbecue as well as the Shrimp Chips and Nibbits....remember those?

Hi Greg,

I think many of our memories are based on food because so many of them bring back the happy times of our youths. There are many that I'll be bringing back over time.

Thanks for commenting!

Hi Rosie,

Thanks for dropping by!

Yes, they are a little expensive, but since they're so good, I don't mind splurging every now and then. =)

Karen Lee

I have been looking for a source to get those little wonton chips and no one seems to know where i can order some. I am wondering if yours are the same.


Hi Karen,

Thank you for stopping by my blog.

I'm not sure what type of wonton chips you're looking for, but these are pretty good. These are quite thick and crunchy. Are those the type you needed? Send me an e-mail and perhaps I can send you some.


These chips and crack seed were my favorite snacks growing up in Hawaii. :)


Hi Kepi,

Thanks for stopping by.

These and Yick Lung crack seeds were my favorites too. Too bad Yick Lung is gone, and that these are so expensive (!!!). But I guess that's a good thing too right? I shouldn't be eating these too often as they are deep fried and just a little salty.

Lotus Moppet

I recently returned to Hawaii after 16 years away and couldn't remember the name of these - but I could see the image of them in my mind.

I returned to attend a friend's wedding on Kauai, which woefully now has few locals. When I tried to describe the product no one could understand what I was talking about!

I finally found someone in a small market who recalled the chips and sadly told me they were no longer available because of the fire.

I was heartbroken - I lived on these (and Yik Lung products) growing up. They, along with shrinmp chips (which my local store carries, thank goodness)...ooh, and boiled peanuts!

Darn, now I'm hungry! *lol*

Anyway, I heard people were carrying on the tradition and I've been desperate to find a package ever since. If I could find an on-line service where I could order them (I'm in California) I'd be a customer for life!

Thanks for the very pleasant memory.


Hi Lotus Moppet,

Thank you for stopping by and paying my blog a visit.

I'm not sure if you are still in Hawaii, but you can still find Maebo's One Ton Chips around. I've seen them at both Longs Drugs and at Foodland.

If you are not in Hawaii, send me an e-mail and I will be more than happy to send you a few bags.

I love these things too...they are so addictive!

Joyce P. Gohier

I knew they were called that!!!! I so miss having those to much on. My brother & I would flex after we ate them when we were kids and say, look, we look just like the guy on the picture. Like it was a muscle builder kind of chip...das how yeah us small kids make up funny!!!!!


Hi Joyce,

Thanks for stopping by the blog!

You know, what we do as children always bring back memories of happy times, right? I won't even get into what my sister and I used to do while eating these. Just know that it was hilarious!

In fact, these used to be our second favorite thing to eat after Horlicks.

Shelley Young

Aloha! Re: the One-Ton chips...I remember my dad buying them for his Poker nights at our house when we were kids... He'd get all kinds of pupus to feed his friends, and to us kids, the chips were 'Da Best!" Are they not sold anywhere on the mainland?


Hi Shelly,

Welcome to the blog!

My parents used to eat them on poker night too! LOL! Isn't that funny. Are you sure you weren't at my house? haha!

I'm not sure if they are sold on the mainland, but if you send me an e-mail with your mailing address, I can mail some to you.


I moved to Ohio from the Big Island 2 years ago....I miss da kine ono grinds! Really sorry no more Yick Lung too. I would really like to find some of the Red Li Hing Mui..(dry kine, starts out sweet then gets a little sour...and they turn your tongue orange!) used to get them at "Doris' Place, and also from the shop in Kaimuki...can anyone kokua? E-mail me at [email protected] Mahalo!

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