January 29: National Corn Chip Day


When I read that today was corn chip day, I thought for a while (a few seconds) about whether that meant any chip that was made of corn (tortilla chips) or thicker, Frito-type chips. I quickly decided it meant Frito-type chips, and it looks like Wikipedia agrees with me:


While American-style corn chips and tortilla chips are both made from corn, the corn in tortilla chips is subjected to the nixtamalization process, resulting in a milder flavor and aroma, and a less rigid texture. Tortilla chips also tend to be larger, thinner, and less salty than American-style corn chips.


And, in case you’re ever on Jeopardy!, nixtamalization is ” a process for the preparation of maize (corn), or other grain, in which the grain is soaked and cooked in an alkaline solution, usually limewater, and hulled”.
Now we know!


I decided to celebrate with the superior Frito flavor, the Chili Cheese Frito:

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Tomorrow: National Croissant Day