January 29th is National Corn Chip Day.
The corn chip is a thick, crunchy snack made from fried cornmeal. It has a robust flavor and aroma.
Corn chips differ from tortilla chips in a couple of ways. First, the corn in tortilla chips goes through a nixtamalization process which results in a milder, less rigid product. Tortilla chips tend to be larger, thinner, and less salty than corn chips.
Fritos is one of the oldest and most recognized brands of corn chips. In the 1930s, Elmer Doolin invented a brand of corn chips made from a deep-fried extrusion of masa. Fritos have been in production since 1959.
Corn chips are most often eaten out-of-hand or as an accompaniment to a sandwich. Some people like them with chili or dip. At parties they make their way into party mixes. And in the Southwestern United States, they made there way into a casserole called a Frito pie (a combination of Fritos, chili, and cheese).
How do you like your corn chips?
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