Friday Fun Facts- Potato Chips!

Yes, you read that correctly. I bet you didn’t know there was any interesting information about potato chips! Check this out-potato

  1. The United States potato chip industry employs over 60,000 people. Let’s hear it for crispy jobs!!
  2. There’s a tale that says the lowly potato chip was born out of frustration. A New York chef who worked for Cornelius Vanderbilt was so fed up with the mogul complaining about his potatoes being soggy, or bland, or mushy, he decided to teach him a lesson. He shaved the potato paper thin and then let it fry until it was golden colored and too stiff to eat with a fork and knife. To his surprise, Mr. Vanderbilt loved it and the first potato chip was born. Great story, but there are numerous folks who say that it’s a folk tale.vanderbilt
  3. That may be a great story but Americans do own the chip! We had them around before the UK had their crisps. In 1822, there was a found recipe, but it calls for the potatoes to be 1/4″ thick. Chips really do trace their roots back to Saratoga, New York, but it wasn’t until a man by the name of Herman Lay brought it to his Nashville company that it became a national phenomena.
  4. Frederic Baur, the inventor of Pringles, died in 2008. He was cremated and his ashes were buried in one of their cans.177179_030608124542_pringlesfuneral_455x290_591w
  5. In the UK, numbers show that a ton of crisps are eaten every 3 minutes. A telephone box could be filled with eaten chips every 43 seconds and an OLympic sized pool could be filled every 14 hours………..that’s a lot of crisps!
  6. When the US entered WWII, potato chips were declared non-essential food and production was called to a halt! Manufacturers were not happy and set on a campaign to convince the government chips were necessary. They won (Phew) and chips sold better during and after the war than they ever had before.e26a0e47fde16733b3ae10d501f670c6
  7. You’ve heard of the Hatfields and the McCoys’s feud, right? That was nothing compared to Pringles vs. the potato chip industry. Pringles had the gall to make their product from dried potatoes and not from a slice of fresh potato. After 10 years of fighting they lost the right to call it a chip so it is a crisp. Whoa.hqdefault
  8. Your bag of chips doesn’t just have air in it. It’s pumped full of nitrogen to keep it fresher longer.
  9. The largest single bag of potato chips was 18 ft. tall and had more than 2515 lbs. of potatoes in it- all of which were cooked in a single batch to fulfill the Guiness Book of Records’ requirements! It took over 17 hours to fry.
  10. Flavored chips came to be in the 1950s. We have our usual barbeque, sour cream etc., but there are some unusual flavors for sale! Have you ever tried OLd Bay crab seasoning chips? How about fried pickle flavor? Got to Greece and you might get Oregano, Japan, there’s soy sauce flavor and seaweed. Other countries might sell you mayonnaise, paprika, or mint, but I know you’d really like the hoisin duck or Cajun squirrel ones the best!!!!the-14-strangest-potato-chips-flavours4
  11. Laura Scudder came up with the idea to put chips between 2 pieces of wax paper and ironing the ends shut. Voila! The first bag of chips.70ca0fab03c12bcb51a391d9e23016ae
  12. Some engineer spent 6 years studying the “crunchiness” of chips……….I got nothing…….

One Response to Friday Fun Facts- Potato Chips!

  1. jbrayweber says:

    I’m hungry now.

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