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National Tortilla Chip Day 2014: Bite down this Feb. 24 into a crunchy holiday

Chips to celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day 2014
Chips to celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day 2014
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National Tortilla Chip Day is here this Feb. 24, 2014, and people across the U.S. and beyond are celebrating the unofficial holiday with a salty, crunchy bite of their favorite tortilla chips. A popular snack that is commonly considered to be a Mexican food, these chips are made primarily from corn tortillas. National Whatever Day News shares this Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, why Americans celebrate this day and offers some newly updated, interesting facts to consider before you enjoy this tasty family treat.

With a rich history and unique means of production, one of the best ways for people to recognize National Tortilla Chip Day this 2014 is to consider the food’s origins and production. This yummy holiday is celebrated annually on Feb. 24th year after year, and calls to mind that this snack food is most commonly made from corn tortillas, which are flattened and cut into small wedges. Afterwards, they are fried and later ready to serve (some cooking methods involve corn masa discs that are pressed flat and then baked or fried). Corn tortillas, unsurprisingly, are made of corn, salt, water, and a little vegetable oil.

Although people were biting into this food many, many decades ago, tortilla chips were not actually mass produced here in the U.S. until the late 1940s. The first recorded serial production of these tostada chips — which are still viewed today as a crunchy Mexican food — was at a Los Angeles food plant and distributor following World War II. Since then, fans of National Tortilla Chip Day will no doubt be happy to hear this Feb. 24, 2014, that the food was a major hit, leading to its widespread popularity among families of all backgrounds today.

Tostadas are most commonly made from yellow corn (the attached photo shows this), but tortilla chips can also be pressed and friend from other forms or colorings, including red, blue, or white corn. A number of manufacturers try making the food saltier or better preserved through the use of MSG, sugar, and different wheat products.

Have you ever wondered what gave the tortilla chip its unique angular shape? You have Ms. Rebecca Web Carranza to thank for it, as she initially made the triangle like tostada out of formerly misshapen or denied tortillas!

“When the chips from automated tortilla manufacturing machine that Carranza cooked at their Mexican tortilla factory in LA a number of years ago were being thrown out, the clever woman decided to make use of them. Carranza soon discarded that these discarded tortillas, when instead cut into triangle shapes and later fried, could be sold cheaply and effectively at only 10 cents per bag of chips at the El Zarape Tortilla Factory. A while later, in 1994, Carranza was proudly bestowed with the prestigious Golden Tortilla award for her crunchy offerings to the Mexican food industry.”

So this National Tortilla Chip Day 2014, think about the delicious history behind tostada chips when you reach into the bag and bite down into one of these tasty food items for yourself. Yum!

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