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* Better Made gets mention in Better Homes and Garden’s March issue as best chip!

DETROIT, MI – National Potato Chip Day is on Sunday, March 14, the day when people across the country celebrate America’s favorite snack food, the thin, crispy potato chip. And what better way than to celebrate by indulging in the best tasting chips, made right here in Detroit by Better Made Snack Foods! The famous chips are featured in the March 2010 issue of Better Homes and Gardens for being the best chip in a recent Facebook poll.

 Potato Chips were first made in 1853 while Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt was on vacation in New York. While at the Moon’s Lake Lodge, he kept sending his fried potatoes back to the kitchen because he said they were too thick and not crunchy enough.  The chef, Native American George Crum, decided that he would cut them into paper-thin slices, boil them in oil, fry them, and salt them as a joke to the Commodore. It backfired as they became an instant success and the restaurant was well known for them!

“You can find all kinds of chips at just about every supermarket, but we believe that nothing is better than Detroit's own Better Made brand,” says Mike Schena, President of Better Made. “We’ve been perfecting our way of making great tasting chips for nearly 80 years and people love to eat them! We are encouraging people to send a case to a friend or family member, or even a soldier in Iraq in honor of this holiday”

Founded in 1930 in Detroit as Cross and Peters, Better Made Snack Foods has developed and provided a wide variety of high quality award-winning snack foods, including flavored potato chips, popcorn, crunchy chips, pretzels, pork rinds, tortilla chips, beef jerky, chocolate covered potato chips and pretzels, salsas and cheese dips. The family-owned company uses locally grown potatoes and trans fat-free cottonseed oil.

For more information, please visit www.bettermadesnackfoods.com. You may also follow Better Made on Facebook and Twitter.

MEDIA NOTE: For interviews with Mike Schena, please contact LP Marketing at 248/894-9010.


 * The average potato chip is between .04 and .08 of an inch thick.

* Approximately nine out of ten households in the U.S. consume at least one type of salty snack, with potato chips having the highest consumption level at 85%

 * The first recipe for potato chips (called “fried shavings”) appeared in Mary Randolf’s Virginia House-Wife cookbook in 1824.

* Potato chips were declared an unessential food at the outset of World War II and production of them was completely halted for a time. It was only after a manufacturer’s protest that the War Production Board reversed their decision.
* It takes approximately 10,000 pounds of potatoes to make 3,500 pounds of potato chips.
* Prior to mass distribution, potato chips were dispensed in bulk from barrels or glass display cases in grocery stores. Throughout the years, potato chips have been packaged in cans, paper bags, cellophane, plastic, aluminum foil and cardboard tubes. 

* In 2006, sales of potato chips was a whopping $6.5 Billion.

* The average person eats the equivalent of 96 one-ounce bags of potato chips each year. That's equivalent to 6 pounds a year.


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