January 29, 2012

National Corn Chip Day

“I believe in a benevolent God not because He created the Grand Canyon or Michelangelo, but because He gave us snacks.” - Paul Rudnick, “I Shudder and Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey”

It's National Corn Chip Day!

According to their website, Fritos - one of the oldest and most widely recognized brands of corn chips in the States - started in in 1932 after a fella named C.E. Doolin purchased the recipe for some corn chips he particularly liked from a small business eager to sell out. Doolin then began to sell his Fritos out of his Model T Ford. In 1961, the Frito Company would merge with H.W. Lay – a potato chip company to become Frito-Lay, Inc. Today, they account for 59% of the U.S. snack chip industry.

Now, eating a bag of corn chips seemed altogether too boring for me. After all, it's the official holiday of the corn chip! Surely there had to be something more exciting, more celebratory to do with them then simply chow down by the fistful with a diet soda while playing video games and screaming at n00bz on my headset (because, seriously, that's the image I get when I think of, or say the words, "corn chips.")

So I made Fritos topped with chocolate and peanut butter... it seemed altogether worthy of such an obviously monumental day in the National Food Holiday calendar!

Happy National Corn Chip Day!