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Patriotic SnackingIndependence Day is coming up this weekend and what better way to show your American pride than by enjoying one of America’s favorite snacks. Here’s a quick look at the history of these tasty treats.

Popcorn

The origins of popcorn stretch so far back, it’s nearly impossible to find a time or country of origin for invention. However, it is a little known fact that popcorn machines specially designed for mass production and sale were invented in 1885 in Chicago, Illinois, by Charles Cretors.

Another great fact about popcorn is that it can actually be a better-for-you snack option! Popcorn is low in calories, full of fiber, and satisfies hunger between meals.

Potato Chips

Potato chips were invented in 1853 in Saratoga Springs, NY by George Crum. Today, these thin, fried potato slices are global hits, but are called different names all over. Chips, crisps… even chippies. The potato chip turns 162 years old this year. That’s a lot of years of savoring salty, crunchy goodies!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Though it is questionable whether these delightful desserts were created on purpose or not, Ruth Wakefield is without a doubt, the original chocolate chip cookie creator! Invented in New England in the 1930’s, this treat is adored all over. Did you know that both Massachusetts and Pennsylvania have dubbed the chocolate cookie as the official state cookie? It is official, these cookies are here to stay!

“United We Stand” … in our love for snacks! While celebrating Independence Day, be sure to stop by your local vending machine and enjoy an American delicacy.

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