Top 10 Untold Truths of Lay’s Chips

Top 10 Untold Truths of Lay’s Chips

August 16, 2019 100 By Bertrand Dibbert


Lay’s chips are by far one of the most iconic
snack foods in America and the rest of the world. There is no snack chip sold today that is
more famous than those produced by Lay’s. There are many things about the company behind
Lay’s that many may know little about. These surprising facts may make your jaw drop. So we suggest that you keep the munching for
after. The last thing anyone wants to do is lose
a precious chip due to being startled. Time to dip in to the top 10 untold truths
of Lay’s chips. Lay’s chips were sold out of the back of
a car Where do you buy your favorite flavors of
Lay’s chips? Did you answer convenience store or grocery
store? If so, then you don’t share something in
common with the first customers of Lay’s chips. Did you know that the first customers bought
their fix of Lay’s from the back of a car? There aren’t many people in today’s world
who would buy chips from anyone selling them from their vehicle. That wasn’t the case in 1932, when Herman
W. Lay sold his chips in Nashville, Tennessee. Customers were more than happy to flock to
the back of his car to get the crunch they couldn’t resist. The fact that Herman was able to sell his
chips like hotcakes during the Great Depression says something about his product. This was a time when businesses were going
under, and people were flat broke. The success led him to buy the Barrett Food
Company and change its name to the H.W. Lay Lingo & Company. What more can be said about a product that
people were buying when they had no money for anything else? And you thought you were addicted to chips. It goes to show that even in the worst economic
conditions, you can’t eat just one. The Birth of Frito-Lay Have you ever looked at a bag of your favorite
chips and wondered what the Frito-Lay thing was all about? After all, Lay’s potato chips and Fritos
corn chips are different products entirely. Well, there’s a long story behind this merger
and we’ll condense it here. Before Frito-Lay merged into one company,
they sold each other’s products. Lay’s sold Fritos products in the southwest
region of the U.S, while Fritos sold Lay’s products in the southeast U.S. They did so to help each company move their
product lines. Their products were different enough where
they weren’t competing with each other. Plus, the added revenue from selling the other
company’s products helped their bottom line. It wasn’t until 1961 that the two companies
merged and became Frito-Lay. It seemed like a good idea since each company
was so intertwined with each other already. Time has proven that the merge was a good
idea, and now their products are sold worldwide. What started as a means of companies helping
each other turned out to be one of the most important partnerships in the world of snacks. The most shocking thing from the merger is
that Pepsi was also added to the mix. What goes better with Lay’s than an ice
cold Pepsi? Nothing does and that’s why this was a marriage
made in snack heaven. A surprising number of potatoes are in each
bag How many spuds do you think it takes to make
a bag of potato chips? Would you be surprised to learn that each
bag has four to five medium size potatoes in it? It may be surprising considering that a bag
of chips doesn’t seem to weigh all that much. Most of the weight of a potato is water. The cooking process removes much of the water
to leave behind the crispy product we all know and love. Lay’s works with farmers all over the world
to produce their potatoes. As you can imagine, they’re in constant
need of a supply of spuds. There isn’t a time of year when you can’t
find their potato chips on the shelves. This fact alone ensures that farmers will
have plenty of work to do cultivating potatoes. The next time you crunch into your favorite
flavor, take a reflective moment to pay homage to the farmers who made it possible. In the beginning, there were only two flavors Think back for a minute to the last time you
were at the supermarket buying chips. How many varieties of Lay’s did you see? You probably saw more than it’s possible
to count. Today, we have what seems like an endless
variety of chips to choose from. That wasn’t always the case. There was only one flavor of Lay’s chips
until 1965. That’s when they introduced Barbecue. It wouldn’t be until later that Sour Cream
and Onion would be released. Can you imagine a world where there are only
two flavors of Lay’s? Or worse, only one? Just the thought alone has to bring a tear
to your eye. The reasoning behind this may not be what
most people would believe. It’s very difficult for seasonings to be
put on potato chips. This is the reason why many local small-time
potato chip manufacturers only offer plain salty chips. The technology at the time was extremely advanced
even for a company as large as Frito-Lay. This is still true to this day, but the good
folks at Frito-Lay have it down pat. It may be hard for some to imagine walking
into a store and only seeing one flavor of Lay’s. It was that way for quite some time until
Barbecue came about. It wouldn’t be until much later that the
flavors we all know and love existed. Lay’s has regional variations It should come as no surprise that people
in different parts of America prefer different flavors. Anyone who has traveled around the country
knows that the food isn’t the same across the board. Lay’s is the type of company that pays close
attention to regional tastes and does their best to cater to them. It’s great marketing and whoever decided
to go this route is a genius. One of the greatest things about traveling
is that you get to taste the area in which you’re visiting. You can do just that with regional Lay’s
varieties that will make you want to book another trip. The New York Reuben tastes surprisingly like
the famous sandwich. Cajun Spice is a favorite amongst those who
live near the gulf. Lobster Roll is a favorite Lay’s variety
that’s sold in New England. Don’t be surprised if they come up with
even more regional flavors. It’s a great way to connect with the customers
of an area and give them something they’re familiar with. It is a shame though that these flavors aren’t
available all over the country. There’s no doubt plenty of you who wish
you could put a few Cajun Spice chips on a plate along with a sandwich. 50 flavors of Lay’s in the USA Lay’s has a flavor for everyone out there. It doesn’t matter if you’re a boring person
who just likes the Classic or if you’re someone who likes things Flamin’ Hot. Who knows, you may be the type who likes Dill
Pickle flavored chips. The variety is why many people keep coming
back to Lay’s. You know for a fact that no matter how wild
some of the flavors are, Lay’s is a company who can deliver a quality product. They’ve got the best food scientists who
can come up with unique flavors that you’ve never heard of. A flavor like Honey Barbecue may not seem
so out of the ordinary. Though, Pico De Gallo may be. Lay’s is paying attention to the taste buds
of Americans and understands how they’ve changed over the years. There are many more spicy and Mexican inspired
flavors than there were in the past. It could also be said that they’re focusing
on flavors that may not have the broadest appeal. No one understands like Lay’s how important
it is to cast a big net if you want to reel in as many customers as possible. This number is undoubtedly going to change
in the years to come. Sometimes a flavor gets pulled, and later
put on the back shelf. When that happens, people these days go to
the internet to complain. No one likes to have their favorites disappear. Tastes change over time, and it’s bound
to happen. Sometimes flavors such as Taco Doritos make
a comeback, and everyone is happy. Don’t lose all hope if your favorite flavor
ends up disappearing from the shelf. Who knows, maybe someday it’ll come back
with a vengeance. Lay’s are sold under different brand names
around the world You may be eating a Lay’s product without
even knowing it. If you live in the United Kingdom, then you
might be eating Walker’s brand chips. Those in Australia know them as Smith’s. If you’re in Mexico, than it’s Sabritas
for you. Those in Egypt are familiar with a snack called
Chispy. They too are owned by the company that makes
Lay’s. If you’re a world traveler, then it’s
not surprising to you that Lay’s products are sold in almost 80 countries. People all over the globe are enjoying the
same products that you know and love. Most of the time, they’re being sold under
the Lay’s brand. But as you now know, that’s not always the
case. The stories behind each of the brands are
as unique as the one of Lay’s. While the brands may have different names,
you can rest assured that they all share the same attention to quality that Lay’s is
known for. Lay’s is one of the few brands that deliver
a consistent product regardless of where you are in the world. There can be no other reason why they’ve
grown in popularity and have become a force to reckon with around the globe. Some flavors exist only in certain countries You can travel all over the world and munch
on Lay’s products. That doesn’t mean you’ll have access to
all the flavors that you know and love. You may be surprised to find out that your
favorites aren’t on the shelves in supermarkets in certain countries. The only thing you can guarantee is that the
Classic version of Lay’s is sold. No matter where you are, the plain salt version
seems to be popular. Though, don’t be surprised if you find some
flavors that are only on the shelf in some countries. Have you ever wanted to try a bacon-flavored
chip? If so, you can find them in Russia. The chip itself tastes less like the bacon
that Americans know, and more like ham. You will also find crab flavored chips in
Russia. If you’re looking for oddities, there’s
still more to come. Go to Canada and try yourself some ketchup
flavored chips. You may be shocked to discover that there
are blueberry flavored Lay’s in China. The one thing you wouldn’t find shocking
is the fact that while some of the flavors might be strange, they’re still the high-quality
chips you know and love. Earn a cool million dollars for a new flavor Everyone out there has at some point thought
they could come up with a winning flavor of potato chips. Lay’s has now given a few lucky people the
opportunity to have their own flavor. You may have heard of the popular Do Us A
Flavor campaign. It’s where Lay’s asks the public what
flavor of chips they’d like to have. The person who comes up with the winning flavor
gets a whopping million dollars. That’s not an amount of money to sneeze
at. Just imagine for a second how many bags of
chips you could buy with a million dollars. What do you have to do to compete in the Do
Us A Flavor contest? You need to come up with unique flavor ideas
that the company finds interesting. Past winners were Cheesy Garlic Bread, Wasabi
and Ginger, and Southern Biscuits and Gravy. If you’re going to suggest a flavor, it’s
best to be off the wall. You may even try to come up with a few that
are so crazy no one would believe it. You never know, that may just be what Lay’s
is looking for. It takes thinking outside the box to be able
to compete in this contest. The good news is, the public still gets to
try some of the flavors that don’t win. Every year there are a handful of flavors
that are sure to make you do a double take while at the grocery store. The first snack commercial was for Lay’s
chips What would television be without advertisements
for snacks? How else would we know which new flavors to
run out and buy? It’s hard to believe that there was once
a time without advertisements for our favorite snacks. It took a surprising amount of time for Lay’s
and other potato chip companies to advertise on television. The reason for that is anyone’s guess, but
it had to be a pure delight for anyone seeing their favorite brand being advertised on television
for the first time. Everyone needs a reminder when watching TV
if they aren’t crunching on Lay’s to go out and get some. Television time is the perfect time to eat
a fantastic snack such as potato chips. Are you a fan of the Wizard of Oz? If so, then you already know who Bert Lahr
is. He was the guy who played the Cowardly Lion. He was also in the very first television commercial
for Lay’s. The commercial first aired in 1966 and it
launched a revolution in advertising in the world of snack foods. Television wasn’t a new medium, but advertising
chips on it was. Some of that may have had to do with the fact
that up until then there weren’t any companies that could compete with Lay’s on a national
scale. This was a time when they didn’t have the
widespread competition that they have today. Lay’s decided to squash any local competition
by going national with their advertising in an attempt to dominate the industry even more. Grab another snack and tap on that screen
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