This site covers the most interesting and most underreported snack in the world – potato chips.
It’s probably implied from our title, but to be clear: Potato Chip World is solely dedicated to potato chips: no pretzels, cheese puffs, tortilla chips, popcorn or corn chips.
Why Potato Chips?
It seems like a mundane topic on the surface. What is there to cover on potato chips?
A lot, actually.
Here are a few topics that we’d like to tackle at Potato Chip World:
- Flavor choices: how did potato chip flavors evolve? Why does Barbecue have so many different variations? Why do flavors overseas not work here? Does the cooking oil make an impact on the flavor?
- Business: why did some chip brands fail? How did some regional brands become national brands, and why did some stay regional? Why can I buy some Pennsylvania brands in Illinois but not others?
- Packaging: what makes a good bag design? Why don’t they sell tins in grocery stores?
This is only a sampling (or, shall we say a “snack-size bag”) of topics we can cover. The narrower the topic, the more fun you can have taking it in different directions.
When I started research for this project, I noticed there was little centralized knowledge online on potato chips.
Potato Chip World aims to centralize all of this knowledge. Fans of chips will have one stop to learn about the history and whereabouts of potato chip brands. As I learn, you’ll learn. And as I snack, I’ll promise to share.
If you’re a fan of America’s regional snack foods or just looking to buy a bag of Dieffenbach’s for someone in Wyoming, this site is for you.
I want this site to be great. Contact Us with any questions, comments or feedback.
Thanks for visiting, and happy snacking.
– Nick Leggin, publisher and curator