National Potato Chip Day: Nine Things to Know

chocolate covered potato chips

In honor of National Potato Chip Day, we’ve got some wild and weird facts about America’s favorite snack food. Enjoy!

-To start, President Thomas Jefferson introduced fried potatoes to America first. He did this after trying the delicacy in France.

-Potato chips lovers originally called them “Saratoga Chips”

-Favorite chip flavors vary around the world: spaghetti (France), seaweed (Hong Kong), roast chicken (Ireland), oregano (Greece), mayonnaise (Japan), and mint (India).

-Yukon Gold potatoes make the very best potato chips.

-The British often call potato chips “crisps” and French fries “chips”. Got that?

-During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, high Vitamin C content made potatoes highly valued. Consequently, miners traded gold for potatoes.

-After death, the man who invented the Pringles can was cremated. Additionally, his family buried his ashes in a Pringles can.

-Manufacturers slice regular potato chips to less than 1/10 of an inch. Ridged chips, like those used in our Chocolate Covered Potato Chips, are four times thicker than regular potato chips.

-Interestingly, the potato was the first vegetable Astronauts grew in space.

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