- A potato chip is a thin slice of potato that is deep fried or baked until crunchy.
Potato chips are commonly served as an appetizer, side dish, or snack.
Americans consume 1.2 billion pounds of potato chips each year. It’s the nation’s favorite snack food.
Potato chips are a predominant part of the snack food market in the United States. The global potato chip market generates total revenues of about $16.4 billion a year. This accounts for 35.5% of the total savory snacks market in a year, which is about $46.1 billion.
Origin of potato chips
An Irish chef named George Crum invented potato chips in Saratoga Springs, New York on August 24, 1853. The story goes that one day a picky customer kept sending his fried potatoes back to the kitchen, complaining they were too thick and soggy. Crum responded by slicing the potatoes a thin as he could. The customer was so pleased with Crum's crispy creation that they became a regular item on the restaurant's menu. The rest is history, as they say.
In the United States, popular potato chips flavors include original, sour cream and onion, barbecue, ranch, salt and vinegar, cheddar, sour cream and dill.
Even though potato chips are extremely good, a recent long-term study determined that potato chip consumption was the greatest contributor to weight gain.
To celebrate National Potato Chip Day, enjoy some of your favorite potato chips.
As the Lay's potato chips commercial says:
"Bet you can't eat just one."