Today is national CORN CHIP day that started all on account of the small crunchy snack that was originally the “beach snack” created from frying masa into a funky chip.
In 1932 (during the Great Depression) C.E. Doolin, a tinkerer, invented the Frito, “little fried things,” when he bought a recipe from a vendor frying corn dough at a gas station. After perfecting the ingredients, the famous corn chip Frito was born.
A few years back, National Public Radio did an episode on The Birth of the Frito (http://www.npr.org/2007/10/18/15377830/the-birth-of-the-frito). This show details the rise of the main ingredient in Frito Pies, Frito Casseroles, Chicken Frito Pie and Frito Jets (chocolate dipped Frito corn chips).
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