11 Things You Didn't Know About Potato Chips

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11 Things You Didn't Know About Potato Chips

Read on for more facts about potato chips.

Originally called Saratoga chips, potato chips were invented by George Crum in 1853.

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The story goes that a disgruntled customer sent his potatoes back to the kitchen for being too thick. Crum, the chef, sliced the potatoes so that they were unusually thin. Then he fried and salted them. They were a hit!

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Potato chips have been available in grocery stores since 1895 when William Tappenden started delivering his homemade potato chips to his stores in Cleveland via horse-drawn wagon. Tappenden then opened one of the first potato chip factories in his barn.

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Now Americans eat about 1.2 billion pounds of potato chips each year!

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To make 3,500 pounds of potato chips you need 10,000 pounds of potatoes!

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The average person eats about 6 pounds of potato chips a year. That's 96 one-ounce bags!

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During the Super Bowl about 12 million potato chips are consumed!

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Chipping potatoes are the most common variety for potato chips. These mostly come from North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Florida.

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Americans spend over $7 billion dollars a year on potato chips.

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In England 'chips' are French fries and 'crisps' are potato chips.

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Potato chips are one of the most popular snacks in the world beating out tortilla chips.

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Is there a more satisfying crunch than that of a potato chip?

The popular snack food has been around since the 19th century, and it's as beloved as ever! A truly American food, the potato chip has popped into lunch boxes and sandwiches throughout America.

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