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18 Interesting Facts About Potato Chips

Here are 18 Potato Chip facts.

1-5 Potato Chip Facts

1. We only taste 20% of the salt on potato chips. In response, Lay’s developed a new shape of salt that delivered the same taste but allowed them to use 25% less salt. – Source

2. Potato chips are labelled “ready salted” because old-fashioned crisps came with a little bag of salt, which the consumer could choose whether or not to use. –Source

3. The potato chip was believed to have originated in 1853 when a chef had his fried potatoes sent back by an annoyed customer multiple times because the potatoes were too thick. He was fed up, cut the potatoes razor thin, and put extra salt on them. The customer, to his surprise, loved it. – Source

4. You would get a larger dose of radiation from eating a bag of potato chips every day than you would if you lived next to a nuclear power plant. – Source

5. All the air in potato chip bags we complain about is actually Nitrogen and serves a purpose. It preserves the crispiness and provides a cushion for shipping. – Source

6-10 Potato Chip Facts

6. Pringles are technically not potato chips but a slurry of rice, wheat, corn, and some potato flakes. – Source

7. You can make potato chips in the microwave. – Source

8. 70 percent of all potatoes grown in Michigan, become potato chips, making them the No. 1 state for chipping production. – Source

9. When potato chips are made they are sorted in such a manner that big ones go in the family size and small ones go in the school size ones. – Source

10. “The Whole Shabang” is a brand of potato chips once sold only in jails and prisons. It’s extremely popular among inmates. – Source

11-15 Potato Chip Facts

11. Flavoured Potato Chips were invented in Ireland. – Source

12. There are Cajun Squirrel flavored potato chips. – Source

13. Potato chips marketers in the 1950s and ’60s made an effort to show chips as part of meals in ads, to convince people they were a real, healthy food. – Source

14. In 2005, CapeCod Potato Chip’s Robust Russet flavor was taken off the market when it was found to contain 25 times the acceptable amount of acrylamide, a cancer-causing chemical. – Source

15. During harvest, season potatoes can be dug up, fried, packed and on the shelf as potato chips in less than 24 hours. – Source

16-18 Potato Chip Facts

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16. Lay’s potato chips have different names around the world: Walkers in the UK and Ireland, Smith’s in Australia, Chipsy in Egypt, Poca in Vietnam, Tapuchips in Israel, Margarita in Colombia and Sabritas in Mexico. – Source

17. Stale potato chips appear to be fresh when eaten with earplugs or by otherwise amplifying the crunching sound. – Source

18. Gibble’s potato chips are made with prime processed pork lard. – Source

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