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Chips You Won't Need to Double Dip
America's most popular snack food — the potato chip — is recognized each year on March 14 (aka National Potato Chip Day). But did you know potato chips were developed by accident?
Culinary legend has it that potato chips began in 1853 when a chef, tired of a customer complaining that the restaurant's fried potatoes were too thick, sliced potatoes paper thin, then cooked them until they were too crisp to be eaten with a fork.
Turns out the customer loved these crispy fried potatoes and the rest is history. However, it wasn't until the early 20th century that potato chips expanded from restaurant fare to mass-produced snack.
Today, celebrating the potato chip is as simple as grabbing a bag and chowing down. And a some of the best chips around are produced by brands right here in Detroit!
Better Made is probably Detroit's best-known potato chip brand. Founded in 1930, the company's goal was to make a better potato chip, hence the brand name. Today, Better Made offers 124 flavors and products sold in more than 23,000 stores, including The Detroit Shoppe inside the Somerset Collection. While there's plenty to choose from, the brand's Original Potato Chips are the perfect go-to for parties and get-togethers.
McClure's is known for its crunchy (and super yummy!) pickles and coveted Bloody Mary Mixer — and you can get these same tantalizing flavors in their own brand of kettle-cooked chips. They're available at area grocery stores, but you can also find them at Nest Housewares and Pure Detroit inside the Guardian Building.
Detroit Friends Potato Chips
Founded in 2014 to help revitalize an east side community, Detroit Friends Potato Chips landed on Oprah's Favorite Things list for the 2016 holidays — so you know they're good! Locally, you can find the thick-cut chips at Avalon's Bakehouse Outlet and the Detroit Film Theatre at The DIA. You can also score them on Amazon, where $35 gets you eight bags and a wooden gift crate that can ship anywhere in the country.
Uncle Ray's — the official chip of Minor League Baseball — sells 18 fantastic flavors, including the usual suspects like BBQ, Sour Cream and Onion, and Salt and Vinegar. But there are a few that may surprise you. How does Pepperoni Pizza sound?! Find them at a location near you.
So on March 14, grab a bag of your favorite Detroit-brand potato chips to enjoy — and use #NationalPotatoChipDay to post on social media. No worries if you miss it. Just a few days later you can celebrate National Chip and Dip Day on March 23!
By: Lori Bremerkamp
Photo credit: McClure's, Better Made