The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s DKY facts we will look at Potato Chips.

The Fact: Potato chips are American’s favorite snack food. They are devoured at a rate of 1.2 billion pounds a year.

  • A chef reportedly invented potato chips in 1853, but he wasn’t trying to make the world’s best snack food. Chef George Crum sent the paper-thin potatoes cooked until they were crisp to a customer in his Saratoga Springs restaurant who complained that his fries were too thin. “Saratoga Chips” became a menu favorite, but potato chips didn’t gain widespread popularity until they were mass-produced in the 1920s.
  • March 14th is Potato Chip Day!