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12 Experimental Ways We Tried Embracing Broken Chips

Just because they're broken doesn't mean they're useless.

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Every day we throw away bags upon bags of perfectly good broken chips. Until now.

Using FailChips (bags consisting entirely of broken chips), we attempted to discover new uses for these crispy morsels of potato failures and rated them on ease and effectiveness.

1. A normal snack.

Idea: Create a handy FailChip consumption solution.

Verdict:

Chip bags were basically designed to be mouth funnels. Sure it's a little messy, but messy = fun.

Chip bags were basically designed to be mouth funnels. Sure it's a little messy, but messy = fun.

2. A diorama landscape.

Idea: No access to the beach? Use chips instead!

Idea: No access to the beach? Use chips instead!

Verdict:

If you're in a pinch for a sand substitute then broken chips are the perfect solution.

If you're in a pinch for a sand substitute then broken chips are the perfect solution.

3. An exfoliant.

Idea: Mix up some chips with water for a cost-cutting facial.

Verdict:

Do not, we repeat, do not use broken chips as an exfoliant.

Do not, we repeat, do not use broken chips as an exfoliant.

4. A relaxing zen garden.

Idea: Spread out FailChips in a tray and then rake to get through moments of office stress.

Verdict:

What would make this perfect would be a chip rake. But until science solves that problem, this is definitely a passable solution.

What would make this perfect would be a chip rake. But until science solves that problem, this is definitely a passable solution.

5. Home decor.

Idea: Add a festive angle to decor by making a FailChip votive.

Idea: Add a festive angle to decor by making a FailChip votive.

Verdict:

If this isn't on Pinterest yet, it definitely should be.

If this isn't on Pinterest yet, it definitely should be.

6. Chip-rimmed margarita glass.

Idea: Add a flavor dimension to margaritas with a jalapeño chip rim.

Verdict:

This was supposed to be a joke, but this legit works, and we're patenting it so don't steal it.

This was supposed to be a joke, but this legit works, and we're patenting it so don't steal it.

7. A quick energy boost.

Idea: Re-fuel during a tough workout with FailChips.

Verdict:

Quick carbs + salt = a perfect mid-run snack, right? WRONG. These little chip-shaped shards of glass got in our hair, down our shirts, and somehow in our leggings. Do not attempt.

Quick carbs + salt = a perfect mid-run snack, right? WRONG. These little chip-shaped shards of glass got in our hair, down our shirts, and somehow in our leggings. Do not attempt.

8. A shoe deodorizer.

Idea: Refresh old slip-ons with deodorizing FailChips.

Verdict:

If you like your shoes smelling like potato chips, then this is the tip for you.

If you like your shoes smelling like potato chips, then this is the tip for you.

9. Protection from evil spirits.

Idea: Sprinkle chips in a line in front of your door to ward off evil. Everyone knows evil and chips don't mix.

Idea: Sprinkle chips in a line in front of your door to ward off evil. Everyone knows evil and chips don't mix.

Verdict:

While we can confidently say this house is free of evil spirits, it now has a family of chip-addicted raccoons living under it.

While we can confidently say this house is free of evil spirits, it now has a family of chip-addicted raccoons living under it.

10. A way to spice up hot chocolate.

Idea: Toss some jalapeño-flavored chips in cocoa for a sweet and spicy treat.

Verdict:

This one was actually pretty delicious.

This one was actually pretty delicious.

11. Art.

Idea: Canvas + glue + chips = beauty.

Idea: Canvas + glue + chips = beauty.

Verdict:

Chips as an art medium are pretty ridiculous, except for the potential to one day have someone ask you about your chip art and for you to shake your head at them and wearily reply, "If you have to ask then you'll never understand." And then break a chip off and eat it.

Chips as an art medium are pretty ridiculous, except for the potential to one day have someone ask you about your chip art and for you to shake your head at them and wearily reply, "If you have to ask then you'll never understand." And then break a chip off and eat it.

12. Jewelry.

Verdict:

This necklace is sure to make you the most popular person among all of your friends' dogs.

This necklace is sure to make you the most popular person among all of your friends' dogs.

Final Thoughts?

While some of our experiments weren't totally successful, we definitely had a great time embracing FailChips. And whoever said that failure is always a bad thing?

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