Chips are the holy grail of snack foods. Whether you go for classic salt or more unique flavors, there are so many ways to enjoy the savory crunch only chips can offer. Heck, they’re even good in ice cream. For a while there, it really seemed like there was no wrong way to eat a chip. That is, until a TikTok user named Morgan introduced us to her dad.
Morgan’s dad loves chips, and as we see in her video, he’s more of a tortilla chip kinda guy. No problem, all chip lovers are welcome here. Good old dad, sitting in his recliner watching TV with his bowl of chips. Solid night. But, hold on – what’s in his hand? Is that a – THAT’S NOT WHAT PAINTBRUSHES ARE FOR. Holding a chip in one hand and his trusty paintbrush (saltbrush?) in the other, Morgan’s dad proceeds to brush the salt off of each chip with the intensity of an archeologist uncovering a rare fossil.
Though we never actually see him eat the violated chips in Morgan’s TikTok, the short clip features five different occasions on which this crime against snacks occurred. In about two weeks, the video has accumulated over 1.2 million views, and TikTok users are torn.
@backomosAm I really the only one with a dad who brushes the salt off his tortilla chips 👁
“He does realize he can buy them unsalted right,” one user validly pointed out. Other users praised this bizarre habit as a healthy one, with comments like, “he said we maintaining heart health in this house,” and “he said HYPERTENSION WHO?”
While the comments range from supportive to disgusted, a lot of questions remain unanswered. How many salt-removal methods did he go through before settling on a paintbrush? Does it go in the dishwasher like a utensil, or does he wash it in the basement sink like a paintbrush? Do any other foods get the brush treatment, or is it strictly reserved for chips? And perhaps the most pressing question, why?
I guess we all have our unconventional snack habits, but most of us succumb to the shame and reserve our strangest foods for times when we’re completely alone. But dads have a special way of throwing caution to the wind – a dad’s fear of judgment, especially around family, is pretty much nonexistent (horrified reactions from the kids are often an added bonus). We could all stand to learn something from paintbrush dad about the merits of embracing our weirdest food habits. At least for now though, I’m leaving the paintbrush in the garage.