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Celebrate National Potato Chip Day with These Fun Potato Chip Facts!

 National Potato Chip day is celebrated every year on March 14, so of course, this is a momentous day for us at Shearer’s! Help us celebrate this delicious day with these 10 fun facts about the almighty potato chip!

  • The potato chip was invented in 1853 as a joke when a chef was tired of a customer complaining that the restaurant’s fried potatoes were too soggy. To get back at the customer, the chef sliced the potatoes as thinly as possible, then deep fried them. The joke was on the chef, though…the customer loved these crispy fried potatoes, and they were added as a regular feature to the menu. source
  • The potato chip has only risen in popularity since 1853. They are now America’s number one snack food! source
  • It takes 10,000 pounds of potatoes to make 3,500 pounds of potato chips. source
  • The average person eats about 6 pounds of potato chips a year. source
  • How do we get all those potatoes for all those chips? The states of Idaho and Washington produce about half of America’s potatoes, but North Dakota and Minnesota are also both huge potato growing states, producing 5 billion pounds of potatoes annually. Other states getting in on the spud action are Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Colorado. source
  • A Californian businesswoman, Laura Scudder, invented the potato chip bag in the early 20th century by packaging chips in wax paper and sealing both ends with an iron. source
  • The first ever potato chip flavor was Salt and Vinegar. source
  • Chip flavors often match the region of the world where they are sold. For example, in Germany, snackers love Paprika flavored chips, while Oregano is a popular flavor in Greece. source
  • Potato chip sales account for one third of all savory snacks. source
  • With its popularity, could the potato chip become something other-worldly? It’s possible…the potato was the first vegetable to be grown in space! source

Stock up on your favorite Shearer’s flavors for National Potato Chip Day!