While every day at Frito-Lay feels like National Potato Chip Day, this Thursday, March 14, is the day the rest of the United States officially celebrates the holiday. As a bit of a history geek, it's fun for me to go through our archives to learn more about the history of our company and our snacks. Below are just a few snack-sized factoids about our most famous potato chips you can use to impress your friends on National Potato Chip Day:
- Lay's potato chips were introduced in 1938.
- H.W. Lay & Company was one of the first snack food companies to advertise on television in 1944. The ads featured "Oscar, the happy potato."
- In 1958, the Frito Company introduced Ruffles potato chips.
- In 1965, Lay's potato chips became the first brand of potato chips to be sold nationally.
- In 2000, Lay's Kettle Cooked potato chips were introduced. The potato chips are thicker cut compared to other potato chips and cooked in a unique manner to create a hard-bite, extra crunchy snack.
Now that you have a little background on Lay's, Lay's Kettle and Ruffles potato chips, stay tuned to the Frito-Lay Facebook and Twitter accounts this Thursday for a chance to win a potato chips snack pack to help extend the holiday.
Do you have a favorite flavor of Frito-Lay potato chips you plan to enjoy on National Potato Chip Day? Let me know in the comments!