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Korean Potato Chips: Spicy Hot Honey Butter Chips Recipe

I made this hot honey butter chips recipe over New Year’s. This salty, spicy sweet snack was so popular, I made them again for you!

Over the winter holidays the food section of our paper published a list of easy appetizers that weren’t really recipes-just ideas. 

As my eyes scrolled the list Honey Butter Potato Chips popped up.

 If you know me, you know I love potatoes and potato chips are potatoes, are they not?

I got right to work with a leftover bag of kettle chips and a squeeze bottle of hot honey that was taking up real estate in my pantry.

Alex was home with a friend of his and somehow I felt the urge to have snacks in the house.

And seeing how Feburary is National Snack Month, what better time than now to give you the recipe for totally addictive crispy honey butter potato chips?

However when I looked up National Snack Food Month the articles kept mentioning healthy snacks, and I must say these delicious chips with a beautiful shine, are anything but healthy.

However, they are everything good!

I know everyone loves honey butter on cornbread, but who ever came up with honey butter on potato chips?

Well, leave it to South Korea, where several of my favorite junk food recipes have come from, to come up with another winner.

hot honey butter chips recipe

A little history: Whenever I travel I invaribly find myself at convenience stores.

Sometimes I just want a drink and sometimes I am hungry.

The other reason is that I love looking at grocery stores wherever I go.

They say so much about a country,

The one aisle I always peruse is the snack aisle and it is there that I can always find every variety of potato chip I could ever want.

In Israel, we found oregano potato chips that totally rocked.

In China, we found hot pot flavored chips and lemon chicken chips.

Some are better than others!

And when I go to Asian supermarkets here, I never miss the snack aisle!

hot honey butter chips recipe on baking sheet

Well, a few years ago, South Korea was selling honey butter potato chips.

Apparently someone came up with the idea to pour honey butter on hand fried potato chips.

Then a chef in NYC made homemade potato chips, drizzled them with honey butter, and served them over ice cream for a dessert course, where they quickly became a hit.

So much so that Good Morning America featured Chef Kim.

So Korean food fans, if you missed this trend I am here to help.

Some of my favorite snack foods come from South Korea.

My favorite garlic cream cheese bread came from Korea.

My corn cheese bacon dip came from Korea.

And though I am not a lover of Korean food in general-probably because I don’t eat beef- I must say their snack foods and I have certainly become good friends.

So hold on to your pants. 

In about 15 minutes you can be gorging on these Hot Honey Butter Nashville Hot Chicken seasoned potato chips.

Yes, that title is a mouthful but I’m just getting you ready for the real mouthful!

honey butter chips recipe

Get ready to dive into the world of Spicy Honey Butter Potato Chips. 

With a touch of medium heat and a golden brown crunch, this homemade recipe promises to elevate your snack game to new heights.

I used Kettle fried chips instead of frying my own potato chips.

I have made these with homemade hot honey and made hot honey myself.

There is not a noticeable difference.

I chose to add Nashville hot chicken seasoning, not only because I love the stuff, but because it really adds depth and flavor to this simple potato chip recipe.

In Korea, apparently they make their own potato chips.

Yes, you could.

I couldn’t.

Like I said, I went with a bag of salted kettle chips that were leftover in my pantry.

​I mixed AR’s spicy Southern honey with melted butter. Or use Mike’s spicy honey. Or just use honey and skip the spicy.

I poured it over the potato chips in the bag and shook it up.

I poured the potato chips in a single layer onto a 17 x 13 parchment lined sheet pan and sprinkled with Nashville Hot Chicken seasoning.

I checked to see if they needed more salt and then I baked.

And then I flipped my chips over and baked some more.

After about 15 to 20 minutes my Korean honey butter chips were golden brown and crispy.

As they cooled they became crispier and they were most definitely not sticky.

However they were totally addicting, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

honey butter chips recipe

Hot Honey Butter Chips Recipe Ingredients: 

For the full recipe see the recipe card below.

  • Kettle Cooked salted potato chips
  • Butter
  • Spicy Honey/Hot Honey
  • Nashville Hot Chicken seasoning
  • Sea salt for seasoning

Directions For Making this Hot Honey Butter Chips Recipe:

1. Make the Honey Butter Sauce: In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the honey.  Stir the mixture until it forms a smooth honey-butter glaze.

2.Coat the Potato Chips: In a large bowl, or in the bag, toss the potato chips with the honey butter sauce until each chip is generously coated. 

3. Add a Spicy Kick: For those who appreciate a bit more heat, sprinkle the classic chips with the Nashville seasoning or black pepper or even ground Sichuan peppercorns, and more salt if needed. This step adds an extra layer of flavor, turning your homemade honey butter chips into a spicy delight.

4. Serve and Enjoy: Arrange the Spicy Honey Butter Potato Chips on a large plate or in a bowl. These homemade delights can be the perfect centerpiece for any gathering, whether you’re having friends for a movie night or watching the Super Bowl.

Chef’s Note: When making these chips the second time, I didn’t have any more spicy honey, so I made my own. You can find the recipe below. 

How To Make Hot Honey (if you are so inclined!)

Heat raw honey and chile flakes (Italian or Korean, or both) in a medium pot over medium low heat for 4 minutes. Stir together to make a honey/chile emulsion.

After simmering add vinegar and stir over low heat for 1 minute.

Steep 10 minutes off of the burner.

Strain through fine mesh into the jar. (You will have more than you need for this recipe.)

What to do with the chile flakes?

Save the hot chili flakes from the honey mixture and stir them into chili crunch for a new taste sensation. 

I stirred them into my hot chili oil.

This would be divine spooned over vanilla ice cream. Hey! Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

Of course, if you are serving a Korean meal, consider serving this honey butter chips recipe as dessert, alongside a scoop of ice cream. 

The combination of hot and cold, sweet and savory, creates a dessert that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.

Making your own spicy honey butter potato chips allows you to control the level of spiciness and if you want to just use regular honey be my guest! 

hot honey chips recipe

Brian Kim is the chef who made this chip mixture famous in NYC.

I added the hot seasoning and spicy honey to make this Colorado style.

Well, that’s how I cook! 

With February being National Snack Food Month, there’s no better time to jump on this honey butter craze. 

If you or someone you know enjoys a good crunchy snack, these Spicy Honey Butter Potato Chips are bound to become a favorite. 

Make them once, and you’ll find yourself reaching for this recipe time and time again. 

This savory cult phenomenon deserves to be a snack food sensation, and is one of my favorite new recipes.

So much so that these honey butter chips are hidden in airtight containers somewhere in my pantry!

Need Some More:

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Semi-Homemade Garlic Parmesan Potato Chips

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Chili Cheese Potato Chips

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Beer and Honey Potato Chips

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honey butter chips recipe

Hot Honey Butter Potato Chips

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15-20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 6-8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizers/Snacks
  • Cuisine: American


Hot Honey Potato Chips with Nashville hot seasoning are a totally addicting snack. So addicting I try to hide them from myself. Made with spicy honey, butter and potato chips, along with Nashville seasoning, these are so easy to make!


Units Scale

Hot honey:

1 c raw honey

2 T crushed red pepper flakes (I used a combo of Korean and Italian red pepper flakes)

2 t apple cider or white vinegar

Potato Chips:

1o to 13 oz bag Salted Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

1/3 c hot honey from above recipe or use store bought.

3 T melted butter

1 T Nashville Hot Seasoning

Coarse Salt to taste


If you are making your own hot honey, then take 1 cup of honey and add the crushed peppers to it.

Heat on medium low heat, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes.

Add vinegar and stir for 1 minute.

Let steep for 10 minutes, off the burner, then strain through a fine mesh strainer into a jar. You will be left with sticky chile flakes which can be discarded or added to Chinese chili oil for a unique bonus recipe!

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Melt 3 T butter and add the hot honey. Stir to combine.

Cut the top off the bag of potato chips and pour in the honey butter mixture. Shake until chips are covered.

Pour onto a parchment lined 10 x 17 baking sheet and spread into a single layer.

Sprinkle with Nashville hot seasoning.

Bake for 1o minutes on middle rack. Flip chips over and bake 10 minutes more. Chips should be nice and crispy and golden. Do not let them burn!

Remove from oven and sprinkle with more Nashville hot seasoning and salt to taste. Let cool. They should be nice and crisp and not sticky. Enjoy!

Serve to potato chip lovers!


Tip: If you have hot chili oil in your pantry, do not discard the strained chile flakes. Add them to the hot chili oil and you have a sweet and savory oil that is awesome!

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