National Potato Chip Day: A Brief History

March 14th is Potato Chip Day and wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to celebrate.

The next time you bite into one of these salty treasures (and we hope that will be today!) be sure to thank inventor George Crum. Legend has it Crum was working as a chef in the summer of 1853 when a patron who ordered a plate of French-fried potatoes sent them back to Crum’s kitchen because he felt they were too thick and soft.

To teach the picky patron a lesson, Crum sliced a new batch of potatoes as thin as he possibly could, and then fried them until they were hard and crunchy. Finally, to top them off, he added a generous heaping of salt. Much to his surprise, the dish ended up being a hit with the customer and, apparently, the rest of the world.

Potato chips are in fact American’s favorite snack food and are devoured at a rate of 1.2 billion pounds a year.

But don’t get too carried away with your consumption of these crispy delights. Turns out farmers actually feed them to their pigs to fatten them up. Two Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute researchers found it doesn’t matter if it’s barbecue, sour cream and onion, or plain – potato chips are the snack of choice for pigs.