Every year, Chips and Dip Day is celebrated on March 23. Chips and Dip Day celebrates a perfect snack — the combination that is irresistible to everyone. Chips and dip can be put together by anyone! It is a quick and easy dish you can whip up for parties or munch on as a snack. They make great snacks for games, picnics, children’s birthday parties, and more. The best thing about chips and dip is that they are loved by everyone irrespective of their age and the multiple flavor options mean there is something for everyone!
History of Chips and Dip Day
No one really knows how Chips and Dip Day came to be. However, both dips and chips have long been a part of the human diet. This delicious recipe for dips has existed for thousands of years, but humans did not always have dips with chips — it was more common to consume them with bread. The earliest dip to become popular is the Greek tzatziki. The recipe for it remains true to the original — a combination of yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, salt, and olive oil. This type of dip pairs well with meats, citrus fruits, and bread. Guacamole, a dip made with avocados and olive oil, was first made by the Aztecs.
The potato chip emerged thousands of years later. It is believed to have been invented in 1853 by a cook named George Crum. However, it was an invention of accident! A customer who kept returning his potato wedges annoyed Crum, saying that they were too thick. Eventually, Crum served the man potato slices so thin that when fried, he could see through them. He topped the fried potato slices with an excessive amount of salt. The customer, instead of sending back the food, actually loved it and that’s how potato chips were born.
At first, chips were a restaurant delicacy and by the 20th century, they were mass-produced for astonishingly cheap prices. But of course, potato chips are not the only chips that you can enjoy with dips. There are tortilla chips, corn chips, pretzel chips, and chips made from vegetables and fruits. Similarly, dips too can be of various flavors and are usually made with sour cream, cheeses, salsas, and seasonings. The combinations are endless and delicious.
Chips and Dip Day timeline
The first recipe for potato chips is recorded.
The oldest potato chip brand in America opens its doors.
The first flavored potato chips are cheese and onion and salt and vinegar.
These chips make an entrance but are thicker and harder than fried potato chips.
Chips and Dip Day FAQs
How do people celebrate Chips and Dip Day?
The best way to celebrate Chips and Dip Day is by inviting family and friends over for a chip and dip party!
When did chips and dip become popular?
The potato chip was first invented in 1853. Dips for chips first became popular in the 1950s when it was served as finger food.
Who invented French onion dip?
French onion dip, made of sour cream and instant onion soup, was created by an unknown cook in Los Angeles in 1954.
Chips and Dip Day Activities
Make your own dip
Make your own dip on Chips and Dip Day. You can make your favorite dip or try something totally new. Ask your grandmother for the family recipe or look up recipes online. There are so many varieties!
Make your own chips
Take the celebrations of Chips and Dip Day up a notch by making your own chips. While tortilla or nacho chips are rather difficult to make, you can try your hand at potato chips.
Treat yourself to chips and dip
Bring your friends together for a delicious snack of chips and dip on Chips and Dip Day. Lay out chips and a dip tasting tray with all your favorite kinds of chips and dips. What a fun way to celebrate the day!
5 Facts About Potato Chips That Will Blow Your Mind
The air in the bag is nitrogen
Nitrogen ensures that the chips stay fresh and do not break.
They briefly went extinct
This was during WWII when food supplies were difficult to secure.
Americans love plain chips
It’s the most popular flavor, followed by barbeque and sour cream and onions.
Americans consume a lot of chips
Americans consume about 1.85 billion pounds of chips annually.
The world’s "Potato Chip Capital"
Pennsylvania makes more potato chips than anywhere in the world.
Why We Love Chips and Dip Day
It is delicious
We love Chips and Dip Day because it is a delicious snack. Everyone, no matter their age, loves chips and dip. They are easy to eat, quick to make, and there are so many flavors to choose from.
It celebrates innovation
Chips and Dip Day also celebrates innovation in food. Chips were an invention of accident and humans have been inventing and tweaking dip recipes since time immemorial. The day encourages us to experiment with different flavors or ways of making chips and dips.
A day to party
Chips and Dip Day is a day to party. The snack is an essential food at every party and the best way to celebrate the day is by bringing together your loved ones and treating everyone to this delicious snack.
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