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Blanco Niño Tortilla Chips To Expand In The UK In The Coming Weeks

August 27, 2023: 12:00 AM EST
Blanco Niño is a fried tortilla chip brand produced in Clonmel in the Republic of Ireland and established by Philip Nolan, inspired by his time living in California. He wanted to produce the chip by starting from the seed, but the Irish climate proved unsuitable for high-quality dried corn, and so the brand imports organically grown corn from Illinois. Each chip goes through a three-day process: the dried corn is cooked and soaked overnight in water containing calcium hydroxide, mined from the earth, using an Aztec technique. It’s then rinsed, the hulls removed and the corn ground. It’s then kneaded into a thick masa dough, thinly rolled and stretched, cut into circles and baked. About half are sold to restaurants as fresh tortillas; the rest are left overnight before being cut up and fried. Blanco Niño tortilla chips are available across Europe and are launching in Marks and Spencer and the Co-op in the UK in the Fall.
Russ Parsons, "These are not just any tortilla chips. These are the real thing, made from scratch in Clonmel", Irish Times, August 27, 2023, © The Irish Times DAC
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