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National Corn Chip Day

Corn Chips

When is National Corn Chip Day? This holiday is always observed on January 29

National Corn Chip Day is today, a January 29 holiday. Fifty years ago, few Americans knew what corn chips were. Today, most of us cannot imagine life without this tasty, crunchy holder of salsa, cheese, and (mostly) Mexican dips. In addition to using them with dips, these chops are an important ingredient in a wide variety of Tex-Mex recipes. They are also sprinkled atop salads.

On National Corn Chip Day, enjoy eating one of your favorite snacks. And, take our corn chip challenge. Eat corn chips for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks today! I don’t know about you. But, I will find that easy to do.

Did You Know? Fritos Corn Chips were first marketed in 1961.

Corn Chips Versus Tortilla Chips

Many of us think corn chips and tortilla chips are one and the same. Actually, they are different.  Both of them are made of the same ingredients: cornmeal, salt, and water. The difference is how they are cooked and prepared.

How to Make Corn Chips

  • Mix cornmeal, salt, and water into a dough.
  • The dough is shaped and pressed through a die, similar to how is made.
  • Then, fry the chips in a heavy skillet. 

How to Make Tortilla Chips

  • Cornmeal, salt, and water are mixed into a dough.
  • Next, the dough is made into a round shape.
  • Cook the dough in a skillet or a cast iron pot.
  • Finally, cut it into triangles and then fried.

Corn Chip Trivia

In the 1930s, Fritos becomes the first corn chip to reach the market.

  • Charles Elmer Doolin bought the patent for “Fritos” from a Mexican man for $100.
  • In 1991, Fritos created the current logo. But, it wasn’t patented until 2002!
  • Ignacio Anaya, a maitre’d from Piedra Negras, Mexico invented Nachos in 1943.
  • Corn, the main ingredient in corn chips is gluten-free.
  • Salsa can be traced back to the Aztecs and Mayans.
  • Chips and salsa is the official state snack of Texas.
  •  May is National Salsa month.

Ways to Celebrate National Corn Chip Day

  • Buy a bag of corn chips. Make sure you get corn chips and not tortilla chips.
  • Eat them and enjoy!
  • Make homemade corn chips.
  • Bring a bag of chisp to your work to share with your co-workers. And, don’t forget the salsa or con queso.
  • Get a small bag of chips and and salsa, or chili. Then, eat it from the bag. Scots and other youth groups like it this way.
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National Corn Chip Day

History and Origin of National Corn Chip Day

Who created this day and when remains a crunchy question. It could be a corn chip manufacturer. Or, perhaps it was someone who just loves corn chips and wants to celebrate and recognize this great snack. Our extensive research has not yet uncovered the creator of this day. Needless to day, our research is ongoing.

There is no evidence to suggest that this is truly a “National” day, which requires an act of congress. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation about this special day.

Definition of “National” Days – and why it is important to distinguish true National days.

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