March 14th (Sunday) is National Potato Chip Day.  I’m in heaven because rippled potato chips are one of my favorite all-time snacks.  In fact, I’m munching on some right now as this is being written (seriously).

To celebrate, the Lay’s Happiness Truck will be making stops at various locations in NYC to spread happiness by giving out free potato chips at the following locations and times:

Times Square 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Central Park (Columbus Circle) 11:15-11:45 a.m.

FAO Schwarz  12:00-12:30 p.m.

Times Square  1:00-1:30 p.m.

Grand Central Station 1:45-2:15 p.m.

Herald Square  2:30-3:30 p.m.

Bryant Park 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Union Square Park  5:00-5:30 p.m.

Some potato chip history

  • The potato chip was first made by George Crum in Saratoga Springs, NY on August 24, 1853 when a customer complained about his French fries. Crum tried to create an inedible dish, but to his surprise, the customer loved it.
  • The United States is the fourth largest producer of potatoes
  • Americans consume nearly 16.4 tons of the potatoes a year
  • Frito-Lay is the largest potato chip maker in the US, making chips from three simple ingredients – potatoes, healthier oils and salt.
  • Popular flavors vary across the world.  For example, in the UK popular flavors include roast chicken and lamb & mint.  Heading to Japan?  Be sure and try some wasabi or soy sauce & butter flavored potato chips.  In Germany, beer flavored potato chips are sold.  Columbia’s top flavors include mayonnaise and lemon.  Russians enjoy unusual varieties like crab and caviar, and in Egypt consumers can find flavors such as Kebab and stuffed vine leaves on the shelves!

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