We celebrate the mathematical "Pi" (3.14159...) but let us NOT forget another tasty treat on this important day of all days:
-During World War II, potato chips were declared a “nonessential food” – and therefore, production was halted. But the protests that followed convinced the War Production Board to back off. The snack was saved and sold like gangbusters.
-Flavored chips were born in the 1950S by a small independent manufacturer who then sold the concept to the larger corporations.
-Before potato chips were mass-produced, they were sold in bulk in mom-and-pop shops – generally served out of wooden barrels or scooped from behind glass counters. But it was one enterprising California woman who came up with the concept of pre-bagging the chips, for freshness and transportability. The woman in question – Laura Scudder - had opened a potato chip company in 1926, worked hard to perfect her idea. Originally made of waxed paper that was ironed by hand into grease-resistant packets, those first potato chip bags were the forerunners of today’s crinkly foil sacks.
-Pringles are NOT potato chip – they’re potato crisps. Traditional chipmakers went bonkers when Pringles first arrived on stores shelves in 1968. At issue? The facts that they’re made from dried potatoes – as opposed to fresh taters. Taking up the fight? The Potato Chip Institute International, who represented hundreds of chip makers. The “potato chip war” stayed crispy for nearly a decade, with the Institute standing by its definition that a potato chip was a “slice of fresh, raw potato, deep fried in vegetable oil, salted, and packaged.” Eventually Procter & Gamble – who makes Pringles – gave up the fight and started calling Pringles “potato crisps.”