Today is National Potato Chip Day, and we are going to celebrate all things potato chips! I have recipes for chips, recipes for dips, and lots of fun facts and vintage potato chip ads!
Potato chips were an accidental invention. You see, back in 1853, a chef in Saratoga Springs, NY, named George Crum became very irritated. He had a customer that was being a total pain, repeatedly sending his french fries back saying they were too thick. So George figured he’d show him! He cut the potatoes as thin as possible, threw them in the fryer, salted them and sent them out! Ha!
Turns out Mr. Fussy Customer loved them! And potato chips were born!
Spicy Sweet Potato Chips and Cilantro Dip from Taste of Home
Potato chips are now the number one snack food item in the United States! We eat 1.2 billion pounds of potato chips a year!! That’s a lot of chips!
Potato Chips and Caramelized Onion Dip from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
The first potato chip factory was built in 1895 by William Tappenden in Cleveland, OH. He remodeled his barn into a factory with the profits he made by delivering potato chips to grocery stores.
Potato Chip Expert!
Fun Fact: William Lee, an engineering professor at the University of South Florida actually spent six years studying the crunchiness of potato chips! He currently holds a patent in “potato chip technology”.
Homemade BBQ Sweet Potato Chips from How Sweet It Is
Did you know? Potato Chip packaging has changed throughout the years. They have been packaged in cans, paper bags, cellophane, plastic, aluminum foil and cardboard tubes.
Mint flavored chips?
Overseas, potato chips are often called “crisps”. And those around the world have their own versions of flavors too! Some popular, but unusual flavors include: ketchup, roast chicken, paprika, Kebab (Egypt), mint (India), mayonnaise (Japan), and pizza (Serbia).
Small independent companies started flavoring their potato chips in the 1950s. Since then, the sky is the limit on potato chip flavors!
Oven Fried Potato Chip Chicken from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice
The most popular flavors for potato chips in the United States are Regular, Barbecue, and Sour Cream and Onion.
In England, Potato Crisp favorites are Ready Salted, Cheese & Onion and Salt & Vinegar.
Pringles are made a bit differently from regular potato chips. They are made from mashed potatoes that have been dehydrated and reconstituted into a dough.
Sweet and Salty Potato Chip Cookies from Mennonite Girls Can Cook
Did you know? It takes 1,000 pounds of potatoes to make 350 pounds of potato chips. The potato industry definitely depends upon our love of snacks!
Loaded Baked Potato Dip with Kettle Brand Chips from Bless This Mess
Baked BLT Dip from Betty Crocker
So, go grab a bag of chips and celebrate the day! You know you want to!
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