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National Potato Chip Day (March 14)
Check out the weird holiday National Potato Chip Day on March 14. Learn the history of potato chips, and get ideas on how to celebrate.
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History of National Potato Chip Day
Potato chips were invented in the 1800s, but the exact date of invention is undetermined.
Legend has it that on August 24, 1853, a customer at a restaurant kept sending his potatos back to the kitchen because they were too thick and soggy. The chef George Crum sliced them as thin as possible, then fried them and added salt. He thought the customer would reject them, but instead he loved them! They were called “Saratoga Chips.”
Some cookbooks from earlier in the 19th century have recipes of potatoes being sliced and fried in grease. No one knows if these slices were baked until cripy, however.
Potato chips were first referenced in literature in “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens in 1859.
Regardless of their origin story, potato chips were known as Saratoga Chips throughout the country by the late 1870s.
Two different companies claim to be the first potato chip manufacturer. The first is Tri-Sum Potato Chips, which was established in 1908 in Leominster, Massachusetts. The second is Mike-sell’s Potato Chip Company, founded in 1910 in Dayton, Ohio.
Later, the Hanover Home Potato Chip Company was established in 1921. A few years later, Laura Scudder began putting chips in wax paper bags instead of barrels or glass containers.
Frito-Lay introduced their potato chips in 1932. The company was founded by Herman Lay in Nashville, Tennessee.
Flavored potato chips began to be manufactured in the 1950s.
Today, potato chips are a $15 billion per year industry. What’s your favorite potato chip? Let us know in the comments!
Irish Nachos are the perfect appetizer for National Potato Chip Day or St. Patrick’s Day. Kettle potato chips are loaded with two cheeses, bacon, tomatoes, sour cream, and green onions. These nachos are sure to put a jig in your step and a smile on your face.
Simple tuna noodle casserole with potato chip crust - made from scratch with no "cream of" soup, yet is easy to make and more delicious than the original! The perfect National Potato Chip Day casserole!
Honey Chili Potatoes is a delicious restaurant style Chinese starter for National Potato Chip Day. This is vegetarian appetizer which is crispy and tasty. Potatoes are fried and mixed in a sauce which is sweet and spicy.
Crispy air fryer potato chips are a healthy, homemade alternative to greasy chips found at the store. Since they use a fraction of the oil and salt of traditional potato chips, you can feel good serving these to your kids on National Potato Chip Day or any day of the week.
Chocolate Dipped Potato Chip Cookies are loaded with crunchy and buttery goodness to enjoy on National Potato Chip Day. With a perfect blend of sweet and salty, these cookies take the traditional pecan sandie to a new level with their light and flaky texture. One bite and you’ll be hooked on these addictive treats!
Hot potato chip chicken salad casserole is a cozy way to warm up this lunch time classic for National Potato Chip Day. Creamy chicken salad gets topped with crunchy potato chips and baked for a comforting warm lunch or dinner any chilly day.
Sweet and Salty Brownies combine pretzels, potato chips and dark chocolate together to make the perfect National Potato Chip Day brownies! If you love that sweet & salty combination , then you are going to love this epic brownie recipe!
Grandma’s potato chip cookies are perfect for National Potato Chip Day and only take 5 simple ingredients to make. The buttery shortbread cookies have an extra bit of salt and crunch from the potato chips. They are fabulous on their own or dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with some extra bits of potato chip.
These potato chip crusted chicken tenders are just perfect for dinner on National Potato Chip Day. They're both super crispy and incredibly juicy. I've also included the recipe for easy, homemade honey mustard but you can serve them with whatever sauce your heart desires!
These white chocolate potato chips with pecans are the gluten-free treats you are looking for. Not only can these no bake treats be prepared quickly, but they are great for sharing on National Potato Chip Day.
These PMS Brownies have a little bit of chocolate and a little bit of salty crunch. They’re the perfect treat for National Potato Chip Day or to get you through that time of the month … or any time you’re craving a sweet-salty combo!
Have you ever had potato chip cookies? Try them out on National Potato Chip Day! They have a delicious buttery shortbread-esque flavor but with a lighter texture, and it’s a great way to use up the potato chip crumbs at the bottom of the bag!
Crispy Homemade BBQ Chips (Barbecue Chips) tossed in a spicy barbeque seasoning are easier to make at home than you think on National Potato Chip Day! Recipes for baked potato chips and fried potato chips provided.
These loaded chips are the best shareable appetizer for National Potato Chip Day. Crispy kettle chips are baked with layers of creamy blue cheese and crispy bacon pieces. Topped with scallions and drizzled with hot sauce, these crispy and melty chips are a tasty snack!