Five interesting facts about potato chips

March 14, 2019

Taste some on Thursday

National Potato Chip Day comes each March 14. That gives you justification to crunch away this coming Thursday.

Created over a complaint

In 1853, Chef George Crum sent paper-thin potatoes cooked until they were crisp to a customer in his Saratoga Springs, N.Y., restaurant who complained his fries were too thin. “Saratoga Chips” quickly became a menu favorite.

They almost went away during WWII

When the United States entered World War II, potato chips were declared a “nonessential food” that had to halt production immediately. But manufacturers protested and convinced the War Production Board to back down.

Essential air

Potato chip bags are only partially filled for a reason: The additional space adds cushioning to prevent breakage.

We eat them by the pound

Americans eat about 1.85 billion pounds of potato chips, or about 6.6 pounds per person, annually.

Sources: mobile-cuisine.com, mentalfloss.com, factretriever.com