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Hot Pockets recalled over potential glass and plastic contamination

Approximately 762,615 pounds of the recalled Hot Pockets were shipped to stores across the country. There are four consumer complaints of extraneous materials inside the Hot Pockets.

Source: CNN (posted January 17, 2021)

I Recommend Eating Chips

That is the great virtue of chips: They are here for us to eat them. So that is what we will do.

Source: The New York Times (posted January 14, 2021)

Why potato chip giant Utz just spent nearly $500 million to get into tortillas and stuffed pretzels

The dealmaking by Utz continues three months into life as a public company. The snacks giant known for its classic Utz potato chips plunked down $480 million to acquire Truco Enterprises, the maker of tortilla chips, salsa and queso under the On the Border brand.

Source: Yahoo Finance (posted November 12, 2020)

McRib returns to McD's nationwide for first time since '12

The limited-time pork sandwich is brought back every year but is notoriously hard to find. McDonald’s even released its own McRib locator app to help customers find restaurants that sold it.

Source: CNBC (posted October 30, 2020)

Cargill is building a House of Chocolate

The 700-sq.-meter complex, which will be built alongside the company’s existing chocolate production plant, will include a state-of-the-art chocolate experience center, a pilot plant, a sensory lab and creative workspace for the company’s European R&D team of chocolate engineers.

Source: Candy Industry (posted September 21, 2020)

Seagull repeatedly steals bags of chips from store

A store in England is owed a "lot of money" from a seagull who visits the shop on the daily, helping himself to a packet of crisps. "He walks in and pinches whichever packet is on the bottom closest to the floor, he's not fussy about the flavour. But he normally goes for the BBQ sauce."

Source: Devon Live (posted August 13, 2020)

Wisconsin family rescues swimming bear with cheese balls container stuck on its head

Like a scene from an A. A. Milne book, a bear was spotted in Wisconsin this weekend with a pot on its head. This time though, it wasn't Pooh stuck in a honey pot but a young black bear wedged into a cheesy puff container.

Source: Newsweek (posted June 30, 2020)

Woman hospitalized after mistaking wasabi for avocado

Mistaking wasabi for avocado can leave you broken-hearted — literally. That's what happened when a 60-year-old woman in Israel ate a spoonful of the spicy condiment at a wedding, thinking it was avocado.

Source: NBC News (posted October 5, 2019)

Food cart spins out of control at Chicago airport

A quick-thinking American Airlines employee managed to stop a catering cart that was spinning out of control, avoiding catastrophe.

Source: CNN (posted October 1, 2019)

Man pulls gun in Texas Popeyes after chicken sandwiches sell out

When a group of about five people went to a Popeyes in Houston to get the buzzed-about fried-chicken sandwich and were told that the restaurant had sold out of the sandwiches, one of the men pulled out a gun and threatened the workers, police said. The suspect did not fire the weapon and left before officers arrived.

Source: NBC News (posted September 3, 2019)

French's created a mustard-flavored ice cream

French's, America's largest manufacturer of mustard, has teamed up with L.A.-based ice cream company Coolhaus to create a mustard ice cream for National Mustard Day.

Source: People Magazine (posted August 1, 2019)

Dodger Stadium renovation will include new food options

The $100 million renovation of Dodger Stadium will provide a new center field plaza with food establishments, a beer garden, two sports bars, a children’s play area, and a space for live pregame and postgame music.

Source: Los Angeles Times (posted July 29, 2019)

Arby's exploring meat-based vegetables

A growing number of restaurants are adding plant-based meat alternatives to their menus. Arby's, on the other hand, is moving in a different direction, recently announcing it is working on creating a new food category: Meat vegetables, also known as "megatables." Arby's created the marrot by taking a whole turkey breast and cutting it into the shape of a carrot.

Source: Food Business News (posted July 18, 2019)

Taco Bell has a tortilla shortage

In the future depicted in the 2006 film “Idiocracy,” the U.S. faces crop failures and a chronic shortage of “burrito coverings.” Creator Mike Judge has commented on some apparent similarities between our time and the world predicted by the movie, but even he might be struck by this summer’s tortilla shortage at Taco Bell.

Source: The Wall Street Journal (posted July 5, 2019)

Take 5 bars will take on Reese's branding

Leveraging the strength of the Reese's brand, The Hershey Co. has announced that Reese's is taking over the Take5 bar. Hershey revealed Wednesday Reese’s peanut butter has been a main component of Take5 since the product’s launch in 2004. The treat also features milk chocolate, caramel, pretzels and peanuts.

Source: Candy Industry (posted June 19, 2019)

Taco Bell customer calls cops after eatery runs out of taco shells

A Taco Bell customer in Slidell, La., called the cops to complain about a taco shell shortage. The unsatisfied customer notified the Slidell Police Department that the restaurant was “out of both hard and soft taco shells.”

Source: New York Daily News (posted June 5, 2019)

Vienna Beef recalls more than 2,000 pounds of hot dogs due to possible metal contamination

Vienna Beef Ltd., based out of Chicago, has issued the recall for approximately 2,030 pounds of “skinless beef frankfurters” bearing specific product packaging codes, and which were shipped to Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, according to a USDA product recall notice. No one has reported being injured by the contaminants, which are described as “extraneous materials, specifically metal.”

Source: Fox News (posted May 20, 2019)

Taco Bell to open temporary resort hotel in Palm Springs

Taco Bell’s latest limited-time offer isn’t Nacho Fries — it’s a hotel. The chain is taking over a Palm Springs hotel and resort in its latest move to recognize the brand’s super fans. Reservations will open in June, and guests can start checking in Aug. 9. The Yum Brands unit didn’t specify how long it would operate the hotel. The Bell will feature a gift shop with exclusive Taco Bell-themed apparel and an on-site salon with Taco Bell-inspired nail art and hair styling services.

Source: CNBC (posted May 16, 2019)

San Jose Giants to become San Jose Churros for one game

Churro time! The San Jose Giants are officially rebranding … for one evening. Saturday, June 16, the club will take the field as the San Jose Churros as a tribute to the ballpark's delicious Olimpos Churros made famous by Paul "The Churro Man." The team will wear custom caps and jerseys, and the first 1,000 fans will receive a Churro Man bobblehead

Source: Minor League Baseball (posted May 2, 2019)

How the Pennsylvania Dutch turned a rural town into a snack food empire

Prior to the turn of the 20th century, Hanover, Pennsylvania, was best known as the site of the last skirmish before the Battle of Gettysburg. But thanks to a provident combination of heritage and modernization, York County has exchanged its Civil War identity for a more savory image: "Snack Food Capital of the World."

Source: NPR (posted April 30, 2019)

Not chewy enough: Chewy Chips Ahoy contains "unexpected solidified ingredient" that forces a recall

Bags of chewy Chips Ahoy! chocolate chip cookies are being recalled after an "unexpected solidified ingredient" has been found in some of them. Mondelez has not specified what the solidified ingredient in the cookies is, but said there have been reports of potential adverse health effects.

Source: North Jersey Record (posted April 18, 2019)

Lawsuit says TGI Fridays Potato Skins snacks contain no potato skins

It is acceptable to sell French fries that are not made in France, but a new lawsuit says it is not acceptable to sell potato skin snack chips that are not made from potato skins. A New York City woman sued TGI Fridays, in a proposed class action claiming that the company misleads consumers by selling "Potato Skins" snacks that contain potato flakes and potato starch, but no skins.

Source: Reuters (posted March 29, 2019)

Inventor of Hot Pockets is implicated in college admissions scandal

More than a dozen parents charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme are expected to make initial appearances in federal court in Boston. The parents scheduled to appear include Michelle Janavs, 48, the inventor of "Hot Pockets."

Source: USA Today (posted March 29, 2019)

Baseball is back with new munchies

When the gates at Fenway Park swing wide on April 9, new edibles for this baseball season will include a Banana Splitter sundae, Brownie sundae, Buffalo chicken topped tater tots, King's Hawaiian pulled pork sandwich and a Lobster BLT.

Source: Boston Globe (posted March 26, 2019)

Mitt Romney likes Twinkies

Mitt Romney was surprised with a special cake to celebrate his 72nd birthday, made from what he said is his "favorite snack." Twinkies.

Source: Boston Globe (posted March 12, 2019)

Amy Klobuchar ate her salad with a comb

An aide to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, joining her on a trip to in 2008, had procured a salad in the airport, but once onboard, he delivered the grim news: He had fumbled the utensils before reaching the gate, and the crew did not have any forks. Klobuchar berated her aide for the slip-up. Then she pulled a comb from her bag and began eating the salad with it, according to four people familiar with the episode.

Source: New York Times (posted February 26, 2019)

KFC testing Cheetos fried chicken sandwich in fortunate Southern states

In the admittedly narrow world of Cheetos-fast food mashups, Burger King’s Mac-And-Cheetos and Taco Bell’s Cheetos Quesadillas have some new competition. KFC announced it is testing a new Cheetos Sandwich in selected restaurants at locations in North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia.

Source: The Takeout (posted February 1, 2019)

Harvard students discuss admissions policies while eating Double Stuf Oreos

On a recent weeknight, five Harvard freshmen sat down with The New York Times to talk about a lawsuit challenging the university’s use of affirmative action and how it had made them reflect on their admission to Harvard. As they talked, the students, all 18 years old, passed around a package of Double Stuf Oreos.

Source: New York Times (posted November 1, 2018)

Brock Holt loves Chipotle, has harsh words for Taco Bell

You won't catch Red Sox utility man Brock Holt at Taco Bell on Nov. 1. The fast-food chain will be dishing out free Doritos Locos Tacos between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. that day, as part of their "Steal a base, steal a taco" promotion — right fielder Mookie Betts stole second in the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday — but Holt has no interest in reaping the rewards of his teammate’s speed.

Source: Boston Globe (posted October 24, 2018)

Mookie Betts on why he stole base as 1st batter of 1st inning of 1st game of World Series: "I just wanted some tacos."

While everyone busied themselves trying to decide whether the Red Sox or Dodgers would emerge from the next four-to-seven baseball games as World Series champions, there was an equally important matter decided in the very first inning of Game 1. We're of course talking about the all-important "Steal a Base, Steal a Taco."

Source: MLB.com (posted October 24, 2018)

Surf and turf burger, pulled pork, and totchos debut on Fenway Park menu for World Series

Italian sausage, clam chowder, poutine — Fenway Park already has a solid food lineup, but there’s nothing like the World Series as an excuse to kick things up a notch.

Source: Boston Globe (posted October 22, 2018)

Truck crash coats I-495 in Ken's Steakhouse salad dressings

I-495 was covered in salad dressing Tuesday morning after a Ken's truck smashed into a bridge abutment on the highway in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

Source: Patch (posted October 9, 2018)

Taco Bell debuts Diablo Tortilla Chips at 7-Eleven

Earlier this year, Taco Bell introduced tortilla chips, giving fans a new way to enjoy the brand’s beloved flavors. Now, Taco Bell is debuting new, limited-edition Diablo Tortilla Chips available exclusively at participating 7-Eleven stores through October 31, then available at additional grocery and convenience stores through November.

Source: QSR (posted October 3, 2018)

Hershey's buys Pirate's Booty to double down on healthy snacks

The chocolate maker announced on Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire Pirate Brands, which makes Pirate's Booty, Smart Puffs and Original Tings, in order to expand its healthier snacks portfolio. B&G Foods will sell the suite of snacks for $420 million.

Source: CNN (posted September 13, 2018)

Mexico City restaurant busted over tarantula tacos

Fancy a tarantula taco for a cool $27? Not so fast, Mexican authorities say. The only problem: The Mexican red rump tarantula is a protected species.

Source: Associated Press (posted August 17, 2018)

Maine restaurant has faced ‘disturbing and hostile customers’ over a switch to straight-cut French fries

Leslie Parsons, owner of Bolley’s Famous Franks in Waterville, said in a statement on Thursday that while there is an understanding that the crinkly, deep-fried potatoes were “the long standing traditional fry” of the restaurant, the decision to change up the menu was financial.

Source: Boston Globe (posted August 15, 2018)

Teacher paid for man's gas station snacks because he was short on cash, didn't realize he was Keith Urban

A New Jersey woman who thought she was helping a down-and-out man pay for his gas station food ended up footing the bill for country music star Keith Urban.

Source: Money Magazine (posted August 7, 2018)

Hot Cheetos and Takis under fire after snacking teen needs gallbladder removal

A teen regularly ate bags of snacks such as Hot Cheetos and Takis before stomach pains led to a surgery removing her gallbladder. Now her mom wants such snacks put on notice. Hot Cheetos and Takis burned up the snack world in 2012, with schools in several states banning the foods as unhealthy and disruptive while confiscating them on site. That sparked a black market at some schools, with Takis becoming an underground currency.

Source: USA Today (posted July 25, 2018)

Planters is bringing back Cheez Balls

We thought that Planters’ Cheez Balls had been discontinued and gone to snack heaven in 2006, but after 12-years of pining for the perfect crunchy cheesy bites — they are making a triumphant return.

Source: The Daily Meal (posted June 26, 2018)

Singapore restaurants offering Trump and Kim-themed tacos

Singapore may be paying $15 million to host the historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, but at least the city-state’s hospitality and food industries stand to benefit from the big event. Lucha Loco, a Mexican restaurant, is offering two special tacos from June 4-16. The Rocket Man Taco, representing Kim, is made of Korean fried chicken, spicy dressing, pickled white radish and sesame. The El Trumpo Taco features a beef patty, melted cheese, lettuce, chipotle ketchup, secret sauce and pickle

Source: Yahoo Finance (posted June 11, 2018)

Moe's Southwest Grill names a Chief Taco Officer

Fans voted for their favorite candidate on Moe’s social channels, and after more than 5,000 total votes, the fans selected Kate Munoz as Moe’s Chief Taco Officer.

Source: QSR (posted May 24, 2018)

Man eats his 30,000th Big Mac

Don Gorske gobbled down his 30,000th Big Mac at the same Wisconsin McDonald’s where he got his first taste of the beefed-up burger in 1972.

Source: FDL Reporter (posted May 5, 2018)

A factory makes 14 million Junior Mints a day. Why is no one allowed inside?

On the walk from Kendall Square into Central Square, you’ll pass the last remaining candy factory in Cambridge. It’s a boxy cream-colored building, with opaque windows. A small sign out front whispers that the facility, Cambridge Brands, is owned by Tootsie Roll Industries. You need sharp eyes to read it from the far side of Main Street.

Source: Boston Globe (posted May 4, 2018)

Naked burglar found in the tub eating Cheetos

Upon returning home from work, a Louisiana resident discovered a woman "naked in her bathtub and eating her Cheetos," police report.

Source: The Smoking Gun (posted April 19, 2018)

Dunkin' Donuts "Snacking Menu" includes fries, pretzels and chicken tenders

Dunkin' Donuts is selling Donut Fries along with other non-traditional products as part of a new $2 snacking menu at a small number of its stores in the Boston area.

Source: Associated Press (posted April 15, 2018)

Fenway Park adds Pulled Chicken Tacos to the menu this season

Tacos, French toast and fancy tater tots are among the new foods being offered to Red Sox fans in 2018.

Source: Boston Globe (posted March 26, 2018)

No Soup for You: Merger with Snyder's-Lance creates Campbell Snack Company

"We’re no longer just a canned soup company," Campbell CEO and President Denise Morrison told a recent meeting of consumer analysts. "Snacking is a big deal."

Source: Camden Courier-Post (posted March 26, 2018)

Taco Bell sauce-flavored tortilla chips hitting grocery stores in May

Beginning this May, Taco Bell tortilla chips are rolling out to grocery and convenience stores around the country. Available in Fire and Mild sauce packet flavors, as well as Classic, the brand's latest launch gives fans the chance to enjoy the taste of Taco Bell in tortilla chip form.

Source: QSR (posted March 23, 2018)

Massive Frito-Lay snack shortage in NYC bodegas

Scores of Big Apple convenience stores have run out of Doritos, Cheetos and other Frito-Lay products — and snack fans can blame PepsiCo chief executive Indra Nooyi for their less crunchy lunches. Frito-Lay, a unit of PepsiCo, started to cut the pay of its drivers last year by as much as 33 percent, or $30,000, prompting dozens to quit.

Source: New York Post (posted March 21, 2018)

Several snacks = meal, say 1/4 consumers

One-quarter of consumers believe that several snacks can make a meal, according to Mintel's research. Fresh fruit and corn or potato chips are the most popular snacks being incorporated in a larger dinner.

Source: Specialty Food Association (posted February 8, 2018)

DUI suspect thought bank drive-through was a Taco Bell

Authorities say a Florida man was charged with driving under the influence after mistaking a bank drive-thru for a Taco Bell. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office says bank employees spotted a 38-year-old man passed out in the bank's drive-up lane. After the workers banged on his car for some time, deputies say Francisco finally woke up and tried to order a burrito.

Source: Associated Press (posted January 23, 2018)

Cheetos thief threatens bodega clerk

An armed man threatened to blow a bodega clerk’s head off while robbing a Brooklyn store of Cheetos, police said.

Source: NBC 4 New York (posted January 15, 2018)

Burger King settles lawsuit over Croissan'wich deal

A settlement has been reached with Burger King in a class action lawsuit alleging that certain Burger King restaurants charged a higher price for two modified Croissan’wich breakfast sandwiches when consumers redeemed a buy-one-get-one-free coupon than they would have if the consumer had purchased a single unmodified Croissan’wich without a BOGO coupon.

Source: QSR (posted January 15, 2018)

Taco Cabana launches all-day breakfast tacos with the new year

Starting January 2, the great tastes of Taco Cabana Breakfast is available any time of day with select All-Day Breakfast Tacos. Enjoy four tried-and-true TC Breakfast favorites like the Bean & Cheese Taco for $1.19, the Bacon, Egg and Cheese and Chorizo, Egg and Cheese Tacos for $1.69 as well the Steak, Egg & Cheese Taco for $2.89.

Source: QSR (posted January 3, 2018)

Chipotle changes queso recipe after negative feedback

You've heard the reviews. Chipotle’s queso didn't exactly receive the kindest feedback from customers. Perhaps the biggest complaint was its grainy texture. The fast casual burrito chain is already reworking the recipe in hopes of salvaging one of its most anticipated product launches in company history.

Source: QSR (posted December 6, 2017)

Waffle House customer made his own meal while sole employee slept

When nobody was there to take his order, the man took matters into his own hands.

Source: The Daily Meal (posted December 2, 2017)

McNugget fight in Indianapolis called 'shocking'

All Monique McNeely wanted was a morning cup of coffee and some fast food for her daughter. Instead, she found herself shooting video through the window of her car at about 2:30 a.m. in the drive-through lane of an Indianapolis McDonald's. She had watched as customers in front of her climbed through the drive-through window to shout and throw punches at the restaurant's manager in an argument over Chicken McNuggets.

Source: USA Today (posted November 11, 2017)

Little Debbie may discontinue one of its snack cakes

With just one image and four ominous words — “One gotta go forever” — the Tennessee-based cake and cookie company sparked a snack debate on Twitter.

Source: Miami Herald (posted November 10, 2017)

Texas official admits to stealing $1.2 million in fajitas

Texas officials have arrested a county employee and charged him with stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over a nine-year period. The Cameron County District Attorney’s office booked an employee of the local Juvenile Justice Department, for first degree felony theft. A search of his home found packets of fajitas in his refrigerator.

Source: Fortune (posted October 17, 2017)

7-Eleven patron busted in nacho cheese attack

A Florida woman is facing a battery charge after allegedly throwing a “cup full of hot nacho cheese” at a 7-Eleven worker with whom the accused had quarreled, police report.

Source: The Smoking Gun (posted October 17, 2017)

Frito-Lay and Snyder's-Lance face off over 'Pretzel Crisps' trademark

Snyde's-Lance subsidiary Princeton Vanguard and PepsiCo's Frito-Lay have once again faced off in court over a dispute whether the phrase 'Pretzel Crisps' can be registered as a trademark.

Source: Bakery and Snacks (posted October 10, 2017)

Amazon exploring shelf-stable, prepared meals

Amazon is exploring a technology to produce prepared meals that do not need refrigeration. The food-prep technology, known as microwave assisted thermal sterilization (MATS), involves placing sealed packages of food in pressurized water and heating them with microwaves for several minutes, making them shelf stable for a year. The retailer has reportedly discussed selling ready-to-eat dishes as soon as next year.

Source: Specialty Food Association (posted August 15, 2017)

Cheetos-themed pop-up restaurant to open in NYC

An unapologetically Cheetos-themed restaurant is about to open in New York City, and Cheetos tacos, Cheetos fried pickles and Cheetos cheesecake are all on the menu. The Spotted Cheetah pop-up restaurant will only be open for three days, though, from August 15 through August 17, so Cheetos fans will have to hurry if they want the dine-in experience at 211 West Broadway in Tribeca.

Source: NBC 4 New York (posted August 8, 2017)

Lyft drivers go loco about service adding a Taco Bell drive-through stop option

Taco Bell is launching a new feature that allows customers of the ride-sharing app Lyft to make a pit stop at Taco Bell on their way home, and perhaps needless to say, Lyft drivers aren't happy. After all, who really wants their car to smell like a Doritos Locos Taco?

Source: USA Today (posted July 26, 2017)

Schumer calls for FDA to investigate snortable chocolate

Sen. Charles Schumer has written a letter to the Food and Drug Administration asking it to investigate Coco Loko, a snortable chocolate. According to Schumer, the raw cacao powder infused with a “special energy blend” has no clear health benefit and should be regulated because it is being marketed like a drug.

Source: Specialty Food Association (posted July 11, 2017)

Robot Colonel Sanders comes to KFC for Fried Chicken Day

To celebrate National Fried Chicken Day, Kentucky Fried Chicken is bringing founder Colonel Harland Sanders to the drive-thru experience as robot chicken-expert H.A.R.L.A.N.D. (Human Assisted Robotic Linguistic Animatronic Networked Device).

Source: QSR (posted July 7, 2017)

Dunkin’ Donuts steak-and-egg sandwiches don't contain steak, lawsuit claims

Queens resident accuses Dunkin’ Donuts of a “false, deceptive and misleading” advertising campaign for repeatedly claiming its steak-and-egg sandwiches contain steak, when they are actually made of ground beef.

Source: Boston Globe (posted June 28, 2017)

Woman sues Jelly Belly, claiming she didn't know the beans contain sugar

The plaintiff, Jessica Gomez of San Bernardino County, first filed the case against the Fairfield-based company in February, according to Legal NewsLine, alleging Jelly Belly encouraged her to buy its Sports Beans by falsely advertising them as an energy source for athletes.

Source: sfgate.com (posted May 25, 2017)

Botulism outbreak linked to nacho cheese sauce from gas station

A rare outbreak of botulism has hospitalized nine people and killed one man in northern California, health officials say. The outbreak began early last month when several people fell ill after eating nacho cheese sauce bought at a gas station in Walnut Grove, Calif., just outside Sacramento.

Source: NPR (posted May 23, 2017)

Apple patents a redesigned pizza box that stops crusts from getting soggy

The Apple pizza box bears all the hallmarks of the brand’s signature style, with the boxy cardboard container replaced by a shiny white, circular pizza pod, complete with eight holes to let out steam, preventing the snack from getting soggy.

Source: designboom (posted May 17, 2017)

Nestle fails to trademark four-fingered KitKat shape

Court of Appeal judges in London have stuck two fingers up to Nestle's attempts to trademark the shape of its famous four-fingered KitKat bar. The ruling is the latest twist in a decade-long UK chocolate wars saga between Nestle and Cadbury.

Source: BBC (posted May 17, 2017)

Avocado popularity spawns rise in hand injuries

Avocados are very healthy for you, but they may not be great for your hands if you're not careful. Doctors in the U.K. are reporting a surge in hand injuries suffered while people cut avocados.

Source: WPVI (posted May 15, 2017)

McDonald's introduces utensil made of French fries

Thanks to McDonald’s, the world now has a utensil that is half fork, half French fries. Or perhaps it’s 70-30. Either way, the fast food chain is introducing what it calls an "unnecessarily superfluous utensil" Frork that features French fries as the prongs, which, of course, are meant to scoop up any of the ingredients that fall during the meal.

Source: QSR (posted May 4, 2017)

Frito-Lay's volume sputters in troubling sign for PepsiCo

The company’s Frito-Lay division — long seen as a growth engine for a company dealing with a soft-drink slump — saw volume drop last quarter in North America. Though price increases helped the business generate a sales gain in the period, the volume dip is "noteworthy," said an analyst. The 1.5 percent decrease marks the first time in about five years that volumes have been negative for the business.

Source: Bloomberg (posted April 27, 2017)

Lay's, Miss Vickie's jalapeno potato chips recalled for possible salmonella contamination

The jalapeño powder used in a seasoning blend for some of Lay’s Kettle-Cooked potato chips and Miss Vickie’s Kettle-Cooked potato chips was recalled due to potential salmonella. No salmonella was actually found in the Frito-Lay seasoning, but the company is voluntarily recalling the chips.

Source: Chicago Tribune (posted April 24, 2017)

Frozen hash browns recalled because they may contains golf balls

Harris Teeter Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns have been recalled because they may be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials. Yes, golf balls.

Source: WRAL (posted April 23, 2017)

Cheetos arsonist gets jail time for trying to torch ex-girlfriend's house

A Massachusetts man who authorities say attempted to use Cheetos to accelerate a fire at his ex-girlfriend’s home while she was inside has been convicted of malicious destruction of property.

Source: Taunton Gazette (posted November 17, 2016)

Man leading police on car chase stops at In-N-Out for food

Police tried to arrest the man on an outstanding warrant and then kept tabs on him with a helicopter as he drove through parts of Phoenix and two suburbs, including his stop at an In-N-Out Burger to get food

Source: Los Angeles Times (posted October 28, 2016)

Thief stops for candy bar after robbing store

Police are looking for two thieves who stole lottery tickets, cigarettes and $1,500 from a Malden store during an unarmed robbery. Surveillance video shows one thief also grabbed a candy bar on the way out.

Source: Boston Globe (posted June 2, 2016)

Missouri McDonald's will offer all-you-can-eat fries

Hardcore French fry fans might want to think about booking a summer vacation to St. Joseph, Missouri. The McDonald's restaurant there is offering an all-you-can-eat fries option on its menu.

Source: CNBC (posted April 20, 2016)

Angry that Taco Bell was closed, man rams car into ATM vestibule

A man was knocked unconscious when he rammed his car into an unused ATM vestibule after becoming upset that the nearby Taco Bell was closed.

Source: Berkshire Eagle (posted March 26, 2016)

Beer and chips all over I-95 after Florida crash

Two trucks hauling a couch potato's dream of beer and chips collided in an accident that shut down southbound lanes on Interstate 95 for nearly four hours and sent snack food and drinks spilling out on the highway.

Source: WTLV (posted March 24, 2016)

McDonald's will sell chocolate covered fries

“McChoco Potato” will be sold in Japan and features McDonald’s fries topped with “chocolate with cacao flavor and white milk chocolate” sauces.

Source: Fortune (posted January 20, 2016)

United bringing back free stroopwafels for economy fliers

Months after announcing a new CEO who pledged to hear customer feedback, United Airlines has responded: free “stroopwafels” starting in February. These breakfast snacks, which United calls “a little bit of caramel heaven between crisp wafers,” are among the free munchies that United will provide economy fliers. United hasn’t served free snacks since 2008. Continental Airlines, which merged with United in 2010, quit offering this service shortly after their union.

Source: Miami Herald (posted December 9, 2015)

Corn Puffs in oven cause fire at Northeastern University dorm

The Northeastern University Police Department responded to a fire alarm, with flames in an oven and the stove smoking. The fire was caused by a bag of Corn Puffs cereal placed in the oven.

Source: The Huntington News (posted November 19, 2015)

Chinese buffet has French fries

Source: The Onion (posted November 5, 2015)

Despite the snacks, San Francisco's Leap Transit failed

The first thing you notice when hanging around technology start-ups is the cultural importance that Silicon Valley ascribes to snacking. A company’s snack bar often stands as a rough proxy for the scope of its ambitions.

Source: New York Times (posted October 25, 2015)

Belligerent UConn student demands bacon-jalapeño mac and cheese, gets arrested

An unruly student walked into the University of Connecticut’s student union and demanded bacon-jalapeño mac and cheese. Now, 19-year-old Luke Gatti has gained viral fame after a 9-minute video of his tirade, and subsequent arrest, was posted on YouTube.

Source: Boston Globe (posted October 6, 2015)

Man shot in fight over bag of potato chips while walking down Detroit street

A man is recovering after being shot in the groin over a bag of potato chips. He was walking down the street when a man walked up and demanded the chips. The victim refused. That's when the gunman shot the victim.

Source: WXYZ (posted September 3, 2015)

Carl's Jr., Hardee's add hot dog, chips to burger

Hardee's is cramming a summer cookout into one burger. The upcoming menu item is made with a beef patty that is topped with a split hot dog. The meaty duo sits on a layer of Lay's potato chips between hamburger buns.

Source: Associated Press (posted May 15, 2015)

Man robs phone store while eating Lay’s salt and vinegar, Funyuns

Police in Gwinnett County, Georgia, asked the public’s help identifying a man accused of robbing a Metro PCS on Jimmy Carter Boulevard in unincorporated Norcross, while munching on Lay’s salt and vinegar potato chips. The hungry gunman reportedly also had a hankering for Funyuns and snacked on them during the robbery.

Source: Gwinnett Daily Post (posted April 9, 2015)

More scientists doubt salt is as bad for you as the government says

“There is no longer any valid basis for the current salt guidelines,” said Andrew Mente, a professor at McMaster University in Ontario and one of the researchers involved in a major study published last year by the New England Journal of Medicine. “So why are we still scaring people about salt?”

Source: The Washington Post (posted April 7, 2015)

Will Ferrell isn't Little Debbie's new spokesman

Will Ferrell boasted a new job — Little Debbie's spokesperson — during a weird yet charming segment on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. As it turns out, the brand was just as surprised as anyone else to learn about their supposed new hire

Source: Adweek (posted March 22, 2015)

Man arrested after cocaine found in bag of potato chips

When Myrtle Beach police arrived north of Walmart off of Highway 501, officers say they observed a man walking beach bound eating from a bag of potato chips. Police searched him and found 7.8 grams of cocaine inside the potato chip bag.

Source: WMBF (posted March 14, 2015)

Charges dropped against man cited for eating cheeseburger while driving

Madison Turner said he ordered a double quarter pounder with cheese from McDonald's, and a police officer pulled him over along Canton Road after leaving the restaurant. "The officer explained to me that he observed me eating a burger for 2 miles," Madison said. "He said specifically three times, 'You can't just go down the road eating a hamburger.'"

Source: WSB (posted February 28, 2015)

Warren Buffett eats Utz Potato Stix and drinks lots of Coke

How does the world's top investor, at 84 years old, wake up every day and face the world with boundless energy? "I'm one quarter Coca-Cola," Warren Buffett says. "I'll have one at breakfast," he explains, noting that he loves to drink Coke with Utz Potato Stix.

Source: Fortune (posted February 26, 2015)

Cheetos gets a cinnamon sugar version: Sweetos

Frito-Lay's Cheetos brand in late February will roll out Cheetos Sweetos — with a cinnamon sugar puff flavor. Sweetos is the first sweet snack that Cheetos has had in the brand's 67-year history. (Check out the 78 kinds of Cheetos that Taquitos.net has reviewed!)

Source: USA Today (posted January 26, 2015)

Man buys lottery tickets to get change to buy sandwich, wins $10 million

A Massachusetts man who bought two lottery tickets to break a $100 bill so he could buy lunch ended up winning $10 million.

Source: Associated Press (posted January 23, 2015)

Man steals 2 bags of shrimp from supermarket, tries to sell it to restaurants

Police are hunting a man who ran out of the East Boston Shaw's supermarket with two purloined plastic bags of shrimp, which he tried to sell at a nearby restaurant, only to be rebuffed, so he went into another restaurant to try to offload the shrimp, only they apparently didn't think his offer was kosher, either.

Source: Universal Hub (posted January 16, 2015)

Kickstarter campaign seeks to revive Dr. Gonzo's Uncommon Condiments

J. Stuart Esty, the creator of the Dr. Gonzo’s, is hoping to raise $75,000 to begin producing uniquely-flavored and interestingly-named condiments. Products include the Garlicmash, Jalapenomash, Industrial Strength Supermash, Habeneromash, Mustard Plaster, Blackfly Mustard, Buffalo Balm Hot Sauce, Wazoo Juice, Smoke Isle Elixer, Oz Wild Beaver Rub and One Hump Day Dry Rub.

Source: masslive.com (posted January 14, 2015)

Chips stolen from Doritos truck stranded in Buffalo snow storm

Social media users have reported seeing a Doritos truck in South Buffalo, apparently abandoned by its driver in the lake effect snow storm. The vehicle appeared to be stuck in several feet of snow. Photos showed several people entering the back of the truck, and leaving with snacks.

Source: syracuse.com (posted November 19, 2014)

Wasabi Ginger is winner in Lay's flavor contest

As predicted by Taquitos.net, Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out Cappuccino, Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese.

Source: Associated Press (posted October 21, 2014)

Doughnuts stuffed with ice cream a hit in Sacramento

Fritter or doughnut, plain or glazed, potato chips or bacon; these are just some of the choices customers face at The Parlor Ice Cream Puffs shop.

Source: KCRA (posted September 14, 2014)

Man breaks into home to cook corn on the cob

There is a time and a place for corn on the cob. It's not 1:40 a.m. in another man’s kitchen. That apparently didn't stop John Dalton, who was arrested after being caught allegedly cooking up some corn on the cob in a Massachusetts home that didn't belong to him.

Source: Boston Globe (posted September 11, 2014)

No more potato chips on longer United flights

Instead of potato chips, chocolate chip cookies and bananas, passengers on flights of at least 800 miles will get meals such as chicken and mozzarella on a tomato focaccia roll and turkey and Swiss cheese on a cranberry baguette.

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer (posted August 22, 2014)

Guy Fieri's restaurant in Atlantic City serving cheesecake loaded with potato chips

In addition to steaks (including a 22-ounce T-bone), The Chophouse offers a variety of fish and seafood, as well as sushi and Fieri's famed Potato Rig, a pushcart filled with toppings for the one-pound baked spuds. There is also an array of off-the-wall desserts including a marbled cheesecake loaded with potato chips and chocolate-covered pretzels and splashed in hot fudge.

Source: Philadelphia Daily News (posted August 18, 2014)

‘Potato Chip Lady’ passes away at 90

She made headlines when she went on the “Tonight Show” in 1987 to show off her potato chip collection to Johnny Carson. Potato chips that look like animals, numbers, letters, people, and cartoon characters. Myrtle Young, 90, has died.

Source: WISH-TV (posted August 13, 2014)

Cocaine found in Munchos bag during vehicle stop in Poconos

Three people are facing felony drug charges after police say a vehicle stop turned up numerous illegal drugs, including a bag of cocaine stashed inside a Munchos potato crisps bag.

Source: WFMZ (posted August 10, 2014)

Algorithm captures speech from the vibrations of chip bag

Researchers at MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe have developed an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio signal by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video. In one set of experiments, they were able to recover intelligible speech from the vibrations of a potato-chip bag photographed from 15 feet away through soundproof glass.

Source: MIT (posted August 5, 2014)

Baseball fan hit by hot dog gets new trial

In a ruling that could force sports teams to reassess how their mascots interact with spectators, the Missouri Supreme Court ordered a new trial for a Kansas City Royals fan who was injured by a hot dog tossed at a baseball game.

Source: Associated Press (posted June 25, 2014)

Man tries to steal 34 pounds of shrimp from supermarket

Somebody’s really into scampi. Police said John Pinard, 37, of Spencer, was seen filling bags with about $308 — yes, $308 — worth of shrimp at a Price Chopper in Worcester before attempting to stroll out without paying.

Source: Boston Globe (posted June 13, 2014)

What's healthy in the snack aisle?

The snack advertisers know your dedication to eating healthy, that's why they plaster the fronts of the bags with health "facts" about their products. But are any of them truly healthy? Is one better than the other?

Source: Marin Independent Journal (posted June 9, 2014)

Armed potato chip thieves arrested

Three teenage boys in Charlotte County, Florida, are in Department of Juvenile Justice custody over a struggle to steal some potato chips from an ice cream store. Investigators said it was clear the kids were hungry and intoxicated.

Source: WBBH (posted June 4, 2014)

Guy makes bare-hand grab on foul ball that ruined someone's nachos

One hungry baseball fan at Fenway Park braved the lines and crowds between innings in a quest for delicious nachos (or, ya know, just pushed some buttons on a fancy space phone and had someone deliver). Either way, energy and money were spent in an effort to quell the tummy rumblings, but all of that was for naught thanks to a foul ball bouncing down the first-base line.

Source: MLB.com (posted May 24, 2014)

Frito-Lay driver made deliveries, stole from stores

A Frito-Lay driver allegedly made deliveries to more than two dozen New Hampshire stores, but then walked out with other products. Police said they watched six months of surveillance video to track his deliveries after being alerted by a manager at the Tilton Dollar General Store. "He would take expired products from the shelves as required, but then steal good products from the shelves as well without the stores knowledge," said Tilton police Chief Robert Cormier.

Source: WMUR (posted May 7, 2014)

Vending machine set up to tweet who bought snacks

At a U.K. hackerspace called Nottinghack, literally everything is wired--including the vending machine. It tweets when someone buys a snack. Originally, the group customized the vending machine so members could buy something with a tap of an RFID card if they didn’t happen to have cash on hand. Then, just because it was possible, they set up the machine to start telling everyone what someone had purchased.

Source: Fast Company (posted May 5, 2014)

Pot vending machine also sells snacks

A vending machine built by American Green that sells marijuana may make candy bars and soda seem passé. The machine, called ZzZZZ, will be available to medical marijuana users inside dispensaries. It will stock marijuana alongside snacks and other pot products at a dispensary in Eagle-Vail, Colorado.

Source: Discovery News (posted April 16, 2014)

Man accused of threatening pizza shop worker, stealing chips

A 34-year-old Lancaster, Pennsylvania, man was banned from Domino’s Pizza on Monday evening after allegedly stealing a bag of potato chips and threatening to harm an employee, and was arrested after returning to the business later that evening.

Source: Lancaster Eagle Gazette (posted April 2, 2014)

Amtrak train smashes into potato chip truck

California Highway Patrol and Burlington Northern officials have finished cleaning up the scene of a crash involving an Amtrak train and a truck hauling potato chips.

Source: KFSM (posted March 24, 2014)

Gibble's chips, snacks could be returning to store shelves

Activity has been spotted at the former Gibble’s plant near Greencastle, Pennsylvania, and at least one local grocery store owner has confirmed that he has been contacted about getting the company’s popular chips and snacks back on store shelves soon

Source: Herald-Mail Media (posted January 30, 2014)

The Doritofied Future of Chain Restaurants Begins Now

PepsiCo isn't even thinking of stopping with its ultra-successful Doritos Locos Tacos at Taco Bell. Instead, the corporation has struck up a deal with Buffalo Wild Wings on a forthcoming line of "unique menu offerings." What's more, Doritos-themed pies and pastas are probably going to colonize the menu at Pizza Hut. The floodgates of soda saucery will soon be thrown open with "salad dressings and sandwich and chicken wing sauces that incorporate PepsiCo's sodas, including Mountain Dew."

Source: Grub Street (posted January 19, 2014)

Unsold: Ten million pounds of McDonald’s Mighty Wings

McDonald’s purchased approximately 50 million pounds of chicken wings for a limited-time promotion in the fall. Approximately 20% of that inventory remains, because the chain was unable to sell enough. The chicken wings, which had been criticized for being too expensive and spicy, are going to return at a discount to the previous offer of three for $2.99, the person said.

Source: The Wall Street Journal (posted December 20, 2013)

Pringles still working on white chocolate issues

Does white chocolate have any business on chips? Kellogg thinks so. This holiday season, the company is again bringing back the sugary flavor with its White Chocolate Pringles available only at Wal-Mart. This second attempt is noteworthy because the initial White Chocolate Peppermint experiment didn’t work out too well.

Source: Bloomberg (posted December 2, 2013)

Pringles, Tostitos among the clues left behind at vandalized Boston church

Vandals broke into the Our Lady of Presentation Church, defacing an oil painting of a pope, destroying an organ, and scattering food and wine, Boston police said. The suspects left behind a half-empty bottle of wine, a water bottle, a bottle of Sprite, a container of Pringles, and a bag of Tostito chips, police said.

Source: Boston Globe (posted December 2, 2013)

New Jersey may ban snacking and driving

Drivers could possibly be pulled over for snacking, smoking or putting on make-up behind the wheel under a bill that has been advanced in the New Jersey Assembly.

Source: NBC10 (posted November 27, 2013)

Maple Moose wins Lay's flavor contest in Canada

Newfoundlanders have something to be proud of as the winner of the Lay's Do Us a Flavour contest is announced. Canadians have voted and Lay's fans across the country have crowned Maple Moose as the next great Lay's potato chip flavour in Canada

Source: Frito-Lay (posted October 23, 2013)

Woman accused of attacking store clerk with nacho cheese

Seattle police are looking for a woman who allegedly threw hot nacho cheese at a store clerk in West Seattle after refusing to pay. The clerk was still covered in cheese when police arrived, but he was not seriously injured.

Source: CBS Seattle (posted October 16, 2013)

Prince Fielder takes bite of fan's nachos

After running out of room to catch a foul ball, Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder grabbed a tortilla chip from a Tigers fan and ate it as he returned to his position.

Source: Sports Illustrated (posted September 21, 2013)

The Snaxis of Evil

A world traveler from Foreign Policy magazine tracks down snacks in Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria.

Source: Foreign Policy (posted September 3, 2013)

Seattle police will hand out Doritos at Hempfest

A few things will be different at this year's Hempfest on Seattle's waterfront. The haze of pot smoke might smell a little more like victory, after Washington legalized marijuana use. Oh, and the Seattle police don't plan to be writing tickets or making arrests. They'll be busy handing out Doritos.

Source: Associated Press (posted August 15, 2013)

Reborn Twinkies will be frozen to extend shelf life

The leaner, non-union Hostess Brands will start freezing Twinkies and other snack cakes to extend their expiration dates. The old Hostess baked Twinkies, HoHos, Ding Dongs and other goodies at nine plants and got them on shelves within 48 hours using its own delivery drivers. Now the plan is to bake goodies at five plants and freeze them before shipping them through independent drivers to supermarket warehouses, according to sources. Stores would defrost them and restock the shelves as needed.

Source: New York Post (posted July 5, 2013)

Potato chips are Australia's favorite snack

In year to March 2013, 33 per cent of Australians said they had bought potato chips, down from 36 per cent in the year to March 2009.

Source: Australian Food News (posted June 24, 2013)

Twinkies to return to shelves July 15

The company that went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with its unionized workers last year is back up and running under new owners and a leaner structure. It says it plans to have Twinkies and other snack cakes back on shelves starting July 15.

Source: Associated Press (posted June 23, 2013)

Man demands burger during Burger King cash heist

Police are looking for a man they say walked into a Holyoke, Mass., burger joint and ordered a cheeseburger, with a side of cash.

Source: Associated Press (posted June 4, 2013)

Man arrested after trying to open someone else's hot dog stand

A Medford man was arrested at Forest Hills station in Boston after attempting to open up a hot dog stand that did not belong to him, according to police. The man allegedly told police that he was "filling in for his friend," but he didn't have any contact information for the stand operator, or a vending license.

Source: Boston Globe (posted May 29, 2013)

College high jumper/sprinter eats jalapeno potato chips

As Arizona high jumper Brigetta Barrett dined on a post-meet bag of jalapeno potato chips, she was asked how high her winning jump at the Pac-12 Championships would have been if she hadn't run a 400-meter heat in the middle of the competition.

Source: Orange County Register (posted May 13, 2013)

6,297 Chinese restaurants and hungry for more

A lawyer and accountant by trade, the slim, bespectacled David Chan can debate Toronto's dim sum and rate Chinese buffets in Nashville. Name any neighborhood in Los Angeles and Chan — with a few thoughtful blinks — will produce the name of a Chinese restaurant within a few miles.

Source: Los Angeles Times (posted April 25, 2013)

Taco Bell fans search for Cool Ranch Doritos Locos

Taco Bell fans erupted on social media when they couldn't find the much-anticipated new Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos. "I've never been more angry in my life," Shawn Oliver wrote on Taco Bell's Facebook page, one of more than 3,000 comments posted. Added Kevin Kinney: "You lied to me!! I thought we had a better relationship than this!!"

Source: San Jose Mercury News (posted March 7, 2013)

The Bogus Case Against Junk Food: Anti-food nannies launch their latest attack

Food companies work very, very hard to find out what will give you, the consumer, the most pleasure for your money — and then the diabolical fiends actually give it to you! Seriously, you are supposed to be absolutely horrified by this.

Source: Reason magazine (posted February 25, 2013)

Lay's to roll out Sriracha, Chicken & Waffles and Garlic Cheesy Bread flavors

Frito-Lay launched a promotional campaign titled "Do Us a Flavor," in which consumers nominated various flavors. A panel of food experts waded through 3.8 million submissions and culled a list of 20, that's now been winnowed down to 3. The new flavors are expected to be in stores Tuesday. Fans will be able to vote for their favorite one through Twitter, text message and Lay's Facebook page.

Source: Los Angeles Times (posted February 11, 2013)

Taco Bell Doritos flavor coming soon

The line between Doritos and Taco Bell continues to blur into a formless, semi-orange blob that shifts shape based on the whims of its ravenous, gluttonous and often judgment-impaired patrons.

Source: MSN (posted February 2, 2013)

Charles Chips announces 70th anniversary re-launch

As Charles Chips and Candy Galaxy begin their journey together, fans of the classic snack are thrilled to hear about its return. Consumers can step back in time with the nostalgic gold and brown tin filled with chips.

Source: PRWEB (posted January 18, 2013)

Research: Fruit more popular than chocolate, potato chips

When it comes to snacks, most people would likely think of potato chips or candy bars before anything else. However, it turns out Americans are pretty healthy snackers. According to market research firm NPD, fresh fruit is the most popular snack in the country, and the popularity of fruit is continuing to grow.

Source: clickondetroit.com (posted January 11, 2013)

The psychological secrets behind Nacho Cheese Doritos

Business Insider spoke with Frito-Lay marketing VP Ram Krishnan about the evolution of Doritos and how the chips became so hugely successful.

Source: Business Insider (posted December 20, 2012)

Calbee recalls potato chips over fear of broken glass

Calbee Inc., one of Japan’s largest snack and potato chip makers, issued a nationwide recall of one of its main brands of chips. The reason is because of serious concern that small pieces of broken glass could have wound up in as many as 5.34 million bags, dating as far back as the end of July.

Source: Japan Daily Press (posted November 21, 2012)

New Ronco product lets you make potato chips in the microwave

In a nod to potato chip lovers everywhere, CD3 Holdings, Inc., a leading consumer products innovator is about to introduce the Ronco Chip-Tastic, a new product that lets consumers make potato chips in the microwave with no mess and no grease.

Source: PRNewswire (posted November 18, 2012)

Hostess end leaves a bitter taste

George Barnes knew for a long time this would happen and has been stockpiling Twinkies, Hostess Cup Cakes and Ho-Hos in an underground bunker somewhere safe from feral cats and sugar-addicted teenagers.

Source: Worcester Telegram (posted November 17, 2012)

Load of potato chips burns in trailer fire

A Poore Brothers potato chip truck burned to a crisp during an early morning fire on the Northwest side of Tucson. The chips, destined for local grocery stores, were a total loss.

Source: Arizona Daily Star (posted October 21, 2012)

Truck carrying salad dressing, mayonnaise crashes

The trailer of a tractor-trailer truck cracked in half while the vehicle was making a turn in Boston. The Cape Cod Express truck was carrying mayonnaise and salad dressing. Police at the scene said there were no injuries.

Source: Boston Globe (posted August 15, 2012)

Drunk Canadian students arrested in theft of BBQ potato chips from garage

Two drunk students in Saanich were walking home when they snagged two bags of Zeller's brand barbecue chips from an open garage, and then were tracked down by police.

Source: CTV.ca (posted July 10, 2012)

Cops follow trail of chips to track down Subway robber

Police followed a “trail of chips” to arrest a Pennsylvania man who allegedly broke into a Subway restaurant and only made off with nine bags of potato crisps.

Source: The Smoking Gun (posted July 6, 2012)

Saginaw man headed to prison for stealing potato chips, juice at gunpoint

A Saginaw man accused of stealing potato chips and juice at gunpoint pleaded no contest to two counts of armed robbery. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors will drop two counts of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony and a single count of carrying a concealed weapon.

Source: mlive.com (posted July 2, 2012)

Robbers tracked with iPhone app hid phones in chip bags

Chicago police used an iPhone app to track down two men who robbed five people of their cell phones and cash, then found the iPhones in bags of potato chips at the gas station where the men were arrested.

Source: WGN (posted July 2, 2012)

Drunken students steal bag of BBQ potato chips from garage

Two drunken university students with a case of the munchies are facing possible break-and-enter charges after they stole a bag of barbecue potato chips from a garage in British Columbia.

Source: Victoria Times Colonist (posted June 20, 2012)

Welding accident sparks fire in potato chip aisle

Authorities are investigating a small fire at a supermarket in McAllen, Texas. Some potato chips were reportedly burned, but employees were able to put out the fire on their own.

Source: KGBT (posted May 25, 2012)

Ashton Kutcher's Popchips ad pulled after racism outcry

An advertisement for Popchips starring Ashton Kutcher was taken down following an online outcry. In the ad, he plays a Bollywood producer named Raj who talks about his dating virtues in a sing-song accent with his face painted brown.

Source: ABC News (posted May 4, 2012)

"Snackman" who stopped subway fight has his own bat-symbol

The man who was caught on cell phone video thwarting a fight on the subway without missing a bite of his in-transit treat said he's amazed footage of the incident went viral. Charles Sonder — who the Internet dubbed "Snackman" — said he now has his own signal to beam over the city: a Bat-Symbol-like projection of the mustachioed man on Pringles can.

Source: DNAinfo (posted April 13, 2012)

Video: Snackman disarms subway fight with chips

New York has a new hero after a man riding the subway broke up a fight between passengers armed with potato chips.

Source: wxii12.com (posted April 12, 2012)

Ray Lewis is so health conscious, he threw away teammate's potato chips

Ray Lewis reaches into the black leather briefcase on the floor in front of his locker and pulls out a clear plastic bag. It is show-and-tell time. Stamped "P.M.," the bag is filled with multicolored vitamin supplements. Before noon, the iconic Baltimore Ravens linebacker already had consumed a protein shake, egg whites, an apple, 2 gallons of water and a similar bag of "A.M." supplements.

Source: USA Today (posted January 20, 2012)

Michigan school expels two kids for using toy gun to steal candy, potato chips

Two boys, ages 8 and 10, have been expelled from their suburban Detroit elementary school after a toy gun was used to rob five of their schoolmates of candy and chips. The five victims were walking home earlier this week from Lincoln Elementary in Warren, north of Detroit, when one of the boys pulled the plastic gun on them. One of the boys placed the gun to the head of one student.

Source: Associated Press (posted December 12, 2011)

Man charged with using bag of potato chips to start casino fire

An Pennsylvania man is accused of starting a fire that caused damage estimated at $40,000 to a casino and led to the evacuation of about 2,000 people. Jean Gerald Boucard, 44, recklessly lit a bag of potato chips with a wand lighter and threw the bag into a large box where hundreds of bags of chips were stored, state police from the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement said.

Source: LancasterOnline.com (posted December 9, 2011)

Trial ordered for man charged with robbing man of juice, potato chips

A Saginaw man accused of stealing potato chips and juice at gunpoint will stand trial on five felony charges. He is charged with two counts each of armed robbery and possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony and a single count of carrying a concealed weapon.

Source: The Saginaw News (posted December 7, 2011)

Why do potato chips cost $4.29 in Anchorage and $9.99 in Bethel?

The critical analysis of the bypass mail program asserts that rural residents are not seeing the benefits they should be from the program. In Anchorage, a 14-ounce bag of Ruffles was selling for $4.29 a year ago in October. In Bethel, the same bag was marked at $9.99 in both of the stores in Bethel, which is a bypass mail hub.

Source: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (posted November 29, 2011)

Chips win out over veggies at school vending machines

Commack High School on Long Island is stepping up its war on junk food. Its new vending machine — a lighted panel on the front shows sliced apples and oranges against a backdrop of lettuce — is part of a pilot program intended to encourage students who skip lunch or stay late for sports to make better choices. But so far, potato chips are winning.

Source: New York Times (posted October 5, 2011)

Doritos creator dies at age 97, will be buried with Doritos

Arch West, a retired Frito-Lay marketing executive credited with creating Doritos, died in Dallas at age 97. West was on a family vacation near San Diego, when he found a snack shack selling fried tortilla chips. He got a tepid corporate response to the tortilla chip idea but conducted marketing research that led to the Doritos rollout. During a graveside service, his family has plans to toss Doritos chips in "before they put the dirt over the urn," West's daughter Jana Hacker told The Dallas Morning News.

Source: International Business Times (posted September 26, 2011)

Smuggler hides meth in bag of TGIF Bacon Cheddar Potato Skins

A Los Angeles-area man made his initial appearance in federal court Thursday on drug trafficking charges following his arrest at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for attempting to smuggle nearly five pounds of methamphetamine through airport security, all of which concealed inside snack food bags in his backpack.

Source: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (posted September 18, 2011)

Potato chip truck crashes, forcing closure of Australian road

The Hume Freeway was closed after a truck carrying potato chips rolled at Wangaratta. Sgt Paul Purcell, of Wangaratta police, said the B-double truck was travelling south on the freeway when it lost control about three kilometres south of Greta Road at 3.30am.

Source: The Border Mail (posted September 13, 2011)

Ohio bans sales of potato chips in schools

Ohio Senate Bill 210, which took effect July 2011 for the 2011-2012 school year, places restrictions on a la carte items and means candy and fried potato chips are no longer snacking options at schools.

Source: ThisWeek Community Newspapers (posted September 8, 2011)

Girl hospitalized following fight over bag of chips

A fight over a bag of potato chips ended with a juvenile girl being hospitalized after a teen punched her to the floor and kicked her in the head as she lay there. Both the teen and the victim, who live at the home, were arguing over the chips when the teen struck the girl with a pair of pants that had a belt attached to it — striking the girl in the head and causing a laceration.

Source: Hernando Today (posted August 17, 2011)

Man buys bag of chips with fake $10 bill

A woman sold a bag of potato chips to an acquaintance only to find out later that the $10 he gave her was fake, according to an Athens-Clarke police report.

Source: Athens Banner-Herald (posted August 14, 2011)

Cleveland native followed up invention of potato chips as their first wholesaler

A restaurant in upstate New York is widely considered to be the birthplace of the potato chip. But America's favorite munchies might not have become a household and picnic staple if not for Cleveland's own William Tappenden. Tappenden mastered the paper-thin crisps on his kitchen stove and, in 1895, began delivering them to area grocers in his horse-drawn wagon. Business boomed and, before long, Tappenden converted the barn behind his home on East 79th Street into a spud-slicing factory.

Source: The Plain Dealer (posted August 9, 2011)

Less oily potato chips? Researchers claim to have it nailed down

Researchers at Texas A&M have hit upon a way of modifying the production of potato chips to ensure a reduction of the amount of oil in the final product, which is good news for a snack industry focused on improving the health profile of their products.

Source: foodproductiondaily.com (posted August 9, 2011)

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's kids crave cooked crickets more than potato chips

The kids of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are crazy about cricket – not ‘cricket’ the sport but cricket the delicacy. As a matter of fact, they have developed such a liking for cooked crickets they crave for it more than they do potato chips. According to the actress and super mom, Angelina Jolie, she has been forced to ban bugs from her kitchen after her children developed such a huge a liking for it.

Source: Showbiz Renegade (posted July 19, 2011)

Kathy Lee Gifford drinks Molson, eats ketchup chips on Today Show

Every aspect of quirky Canadiana was on display for a U.S. television audience as the Today show broadcast from Montreal. There were ketchup potato chips. The hosts, Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, swigged Molson's from red and blue Canada- and Quebec-themed beer helmets. They also sampled gourmet poutine.

Source: Brandon Sun (posted July 14, 2011)

Study finds why we crave chips & fries

Fatty foods like chips and fries trigger the body to produce chemicals much like those found in marijuana, researchers report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Source: Life Science (posted July 6, 2011)

Thomasson's chip lovers bite back over discontinued brand

Bob Jones knew his company's decision to drop the long-popular Thomasson's brand of potato chips wasn't going to go down easy among longtime fans.

Source: Chronicle-Telegram (posted July 1, 2011)

Nude boy wanders into convenience store, eats candy and potato chips

An overnight clerk at a Nashville convenience store was startled to see a nude young boy wander in and begin eating candy and potato chips.

Source: Associated Press (posted June 28, 2011)

Study finds faux fat used in chips makes you real fat

In a new study released today by Purdue University, researchers found that rats who were fed Olean-containing potato chips as part of a high-fat diet ate more overall and gained more weight than those who were fed a high fat diet and regular, full-fat potato chips.

Source: ABC News (posted June 21, 2011)

Pot in potato chip bags leads to students' arrests

Two college students face drug charges after police say they picked up a package of marijuana-filled potato chip bags from their local post office in Wise, Va. According to Wise Police Chief Tony Bates, the six bags of Lay's Wavy Original Potato Chips had been stuffed with weed and shipped in a box from California.

Source: Nelson County Times (posted June 21, 2011)

San Mateo County Fair offers potato chips with melted cheese, deep-fried Oreos.

A visit to the fair undoubtedly means being inundated with an array of gluttonous goodies, from funnel cakes to corn dogs to deep-fried Twinkies. At the San Mateo County Fair, patrons can even find potato chips with melted cheese, turkey legs and deep-fried Oreos.

Source: San Mateo Daily Journal (posted June 20, 2011)

Jones Potato Chips to phase out Thomasson brand

Jones Potato Chips is thriving and looking to go national, according to owner Robert Jones, but that rosy-looking future will not include the Elyria-born Thomasson brand of potato chips. The Thomasson’s brand, which was acquired by Jones in 1996, will be phased out over a six- to eight-month period.

Source: Chronicle-Telegram (posted June 18, 2011)

Retiring principal honored with potato chip tower

Chips are one of the favorite snacks of retiring North Aurelius Principal Gina Stanley, who was honored by staff and the community at a crowded reception. A "potato chip tower" at the event even came with the sign, "Your leadership 'chip' and friend 'chip' will never be forgotten."

Source: Lansing State Journal (posted June 12, 2011)

Scientists engineer low-acrylamide potato

Plant geneticist Jiming Jiang, a professor of horticulture at University of Wisconsin-Madison, has developed a promising new kind of potato that helps cut acrylamide, a potential carcinogen. But because they are genetically modified, the potatoes can't be grown for consumption in the United States, where only a handful of GM crops have been approved and widely cultivated.

Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison (posted June 9, 2011)

Food choices at new airport terminal in San Francisco include bowl of warm potato chips

​What with travelers spending more time waiting in airports, and airplane food disappearing, it makes sense that SFO's new Terminal 2 has more food vendors than gates. Jonathan Kauffman took advantage of a couple of short trips on Virgin to eat his way around the new terminal

Source: sfweekly.com (posted June 9, 2011)

Arrest made in theft of People Magazine, ice cream, potato chips

A Utica woman has been accused of stealing three People magazines, potato chips and an ice cream bar from the Rite Aid on Genesee Street in South Utica, police said.

Source: uticaod.com (posted May 26, 2011)

Man arrested for buying beef jerky, potato chips with counterfeit cash

Rogue River police were called to the Chevron gas station on Pine Street after receiving a report a Seattle man was trying to buy food items with a suspicious-looking $100 bill.

Source: mailtribune.com (posted May 16, 2011)

19 boxes of potato chips and salsa stolen from Frito-Lay truck

Pennsylvania State police were looking for the person who stole 19 boxes of potato chips and salsa from a Frito Lay truck in Summit Township. Someone entered the delivery truck sometime between Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 3 a.m., state police at Lawrence Park said.

Source: goerie.com (posted May 16, 2011)

Zapp's fan to Utz: Don't mess with my chip!

Chris Rose writes: The unthinkable has occurred: In the first week of April, the maker of Zapp's potato chips - those crazy, greasy, spicy, crunchy, kettle-cooked spuds – is turning its operations over to an out-of-state manufacturer. How can we be assured that folks in Pennsylvania will understand the nuance of the Creole Tomato chip, with its subtle Tabasco and ketchupy infusion, or the raw power of the Crawtator, a chip so strong, so over-spiced that it deserves an NC-17 rating.

Source: fox8tv.com (posted March 31, 2011)

NYC won't ban snacks from subway

MTA Chairman Jay Walder rejected the idea of banning food in the subway as a way to curb litter that attracts rats and provides fodder for train-delaying track fires. "I think we all have responsibility to try to treat our subway system and fellow riders with respect. I think that extends to food as well," Walder said after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's monthly board meeting Wednesday

Source: New York Daily News (posted March 31, 2011)

Target worker arrested for stealing lunch meat, potato chips

The wife of a Charlotte County deputy and employee of a Target was nabbed for shoplifting beef chuck, lunch meat, potato chips and other items from her place of work.

Source: news-press.com (posted March 3, 2011)

Police hunt for mother who trashed bakery because cupcakes were sold out

A mother trashed a cake shop after being told they had run out of her favourite flavour of cupcake. With her children beside her, she smashed glass display units and threw cupcakes at customers after being told there were no more 'sweet tooth fairy cakes'.

Source: Daily Mail (posted March 3, 2011)

Potato chip trail leads police to pizza parlor burglar

Pizza sauce, sausage and potato chips sound more like a Friday night dinner than key evidence in a burglary, but that's exactly what officers found while investigating a break-in early Friday morning.

Source: KTLA (posted March 3, 2011)

Ben & Jerry's Jimmy Fallon-themed Late Night Snack flavor contains fudge-covered potato chips

Rodzilla: "This is easily a top 5 flavor of ANY ice cream that I've had - and thats a lot. This is a rare occasion where nothing in this ice cream could be improved."

Source: rodzillareviews.com (posted March 2, 2011)

Cornell releases two new potato varieties, ideal for chips

Breeders at Cornell are helping to feed the nation's appetite for the crispy snacks — and New York's $62 million potato industry — by releasing two new potato varieties. Waneta and Lamoka — named after Finger Lakes — are especially appealing to potato chip manufacturers because they fare well in storage and produce a nice color when cut.

Source: Cornell University (posted February 22, 2011)

Man accused of breaking into seafood restaurant twice, stealing popcorn and potato chips

A Dallas man faces charges of breaking and entering and larceny, according to arrest warrants. The man broke into Prosperity Seafood in Dallas on Feb. 12 and stole money, popcorn and potato chips valued at $350, according to arrest warrants. He broke into the seafood restaurant again on Feb. 17 and stole money, candy, a coin-operated candy machine, hamburger patties and bubble gum valued at $350, according to arrest warrants.

Source: Gaston Gazette (posted February 20, 2011)

Woman eats nothing but potato chips for 10 years

With few exceptions Debbie Taylor, a 31 year old British mom, has eaten nothing but potato chips for the last decade. She became addicted to Monster Munch and consumes two family sized bags each day. Taylor can't stomach normal food. "The idea of eating anything else is repellent."

Source: gather.com (posted February 15, 2011)

Restaurant serving up African lion tacos

Tucson's Boca Tacos y Tequila is accepting pre-orders for tacos made with the meat from African lions. The restaurant previously made headlines with tacos made from kangaroo, alligator, python, rattlesnake, elk and Rocky Mountain oysters.

Source: UPI (posted January 23, 2011)

Potato chips, Doritos, Cheetos stolen from Frito-Lay truck

In Peterborough, Ontario, a thief took five cases of Doritos Nacho Cheese chips, a case of Cheetos Cheese Puffs and a case of Smokey Bacon chips.

Source: Peterborough Examiner (posted January 20, 2011)

Man arrested for stabbing son in potato chips dispute

In a plotline even too bizarre for a country song, a man named Hank Williams Sr. was charged with battery after allegedly stabbing his namesake son following a family feud over a bag of potato chips, police say.

Source: newsandtribune.com (posted December 26, 2010)

Baby mice burst out of bag of potato chips

Imagine doing your weekly grocery shopping, perusing the snacks aisle for some goodies to take home before ultimately deciding on a tasty bag of potato chips. Now imagine six pink baby mice jumping out of that bag.

Source: CBS (posted December 16, 2010)

Pregnant woman assaulted for eating boyfriend's potato chips

A man who assaulted his pregnant girlfriend because she was eating his potato chips has been sentenced to 10 days in jail.

Source: theobserver.ca (posted November 20, 2010)

Australian radio hoats give Hillary Clinton gravy-flavored potato chips

Radio duo Hamish Blake and Andy Lee have turned cultural ambassadors, talking about the big issues with Hillary Clinton. They were determined to avoid the cliches of a stufffed koala, an Akubra hat or a Driza-Bone. Instead, Lee presented her with a packet of gravy-flavored potato chips.

Source: heraldsun.com.au (posted November 10, 2010)

Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

For 10 weeks, Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, ate one of these sugary cakelets every three hours, instead of meals. To add variety in his steady stream of Hostess and Little Debbie snacks, Haub munched on Doritos chips, sugary cereals and Oreos, too.

Source: CNN (posted November 8, 2010)

Two teens arrested for stealing Doritos from trailer

Two 17-year-old Newton teens were arrested at midnight for stealing three, one-ounce bags of Nacho-Cheese flavored Doritos brand chips from a concession trailer parked in Newton Centre for the Harvest Fair.

Source: Wicked Local (posted October 19, 2010)

Tractor trailer rolls over, bursts into flames after driver reaches for potato chips

Michigan State Police Trooper Todd Etue said the driver of a tractor trailer that rolled over and caught fire at eastbound I-94 and M-14 earlier today reached down to grab some potato chips moments before the accident. He added, "The vehicle sort of exploded, but no one was hurt."

Source: annarbor.com (posted October 19, 2010)

Little Debbie wrappers found outside stolen snack truck

Wichita police say whoever stole a Little Debbie delivery truck in Wichita left a trail of empty boxes and snack cake wrappers after abandoning the vehicle. It was driven into a shallow canal — but not before the thieves apparently pulled out some of the thousands of dollars worth of snacks

Source: Associated Press (posted September 27, 2010)

Man throws rocks at birds after luring with potato chips

A man is charged with Cruelty to Birds after police say he threw rocks at seagulls in Pickering Square in Bangor, Maine. Witnesses say a group of people were throwing potato chips at the birds, luring them in, and then Puig would assault them with rocks.

Source: WABI (posted September 26, 2010)

Man arrested for stealing potato chips, cheese croissant

An Ohio man was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and theft for taking potato chips and a cheese croissant from a business.

Source: Pulse Journal (posted September 26, 2010)

Canadian man beaten to death after dispute over potato chips

A homeless man in Victoria has admitted he killed another man during a drunken dispute over a bag of potato chips.

Source: Montreal Gazette (posted September 22, 2010)

'Slew' of Krunchers potato chips spilled in creek

Officials at Krunchers! spent part of last week cleaning up after potato and tortilla chips and seasoning were washed into a Mill Creek tributary during a fire at the Jeffersonville factory.

Source: newsandtribune.com (posted September 8, 2010)

Lionel Richie shills for British potato chip company

Lionel Richie has done a video to promote a new line of extra-crunchy potato chips for Walkers.

Source: clatl.com (posted August 31, 2010)

Man arrested after stealing Andy Capp Cheddar Fries in front of police

A man from Narberth, Pa., was arrested and charged with retail theft after stealing a snack in front of a police officer. Shippensburg police said Richard Nicolai Jr. entered the store. and walked past a uniformed borough police officer. He then took a bag of Andy Capp's Cheddar Fries, started eating them, walked past the officer again and left the store without paying for them. When police stopped him and asked him for identification he handed them a credit card instead.

Source: Public Opinion (posted August 30, 2010)

Driver throws potato chips at biker

Bicycler Rosalie Cline wrote a letter to the editor asking an unidentified driver to, "Help me to understand your reasons for flinging potato chips at me as you drove by me riding my bicycle home from work."

Source: cdapress.com (posted August 26, 2010)

Estonia considers banning potato chip ads from kids' TV

A law proposed in Estonia would ban the advertizing of candy, soft drinks, potato chips and other junk food from children's television programs in a bid to improve the health of the population.

Source: The Baltic Times (posted August 25, 2010)

Sun Chips bags make too much noise

Frito-Lay's "green" Sun Chips bags made from biodegradable plant material instead of plastic have chip eaters griping about the loud crackling sounds the new bag makes. Some have compared it to a "revving motorcycle" and "glass breaking."

Source: The Wall Street Journal (posted August 19, 2010)

Stray pig captured using salt and vinegar chips as bait

For two days, a black pot-bellied pig had eluded police and animal control officers. But a persistent Floyd County police officer and a bag of salt and vinegar chips led to the pig’s capture.

Source: Rome News-Tribune (posted August 9, 2010)

Teen arrested for stealing 8 bags of chips

A 19-year-old is in jail on burglary and theft charges after he broke into Jerry Uht Park and stole eight bags of potato chips, nine bottles of Gatorade, and 20 bottles of Mike's Hard Lemonade, police said.

Source: goerie.com (posted August 6, 2010)

Toy maker in Japan cooks up gizmo to keep fingers off the chips

A Japanese toy manufacturer created a new tool for picking up potato chips after learning that many Japanese eat chips using chopsticks. For those who would like to have their potato chips without getting fatty fingers, toy developer Yoshinobu Kaneko developed a hand-like new eating tool.

Source: The Epoch Times (posted August 4, 2010)

Cross found in potato chip

A Bakersfield woman is claiming divine intervention after she said she found a cross seared into a potato chip. Amanda Biezad was about to eat the Lay's chip when she discovered the cross.

Source: thedenverchannel.com (posted August 3, 2010)

Jessica Biel craves potato chips, French fries and burgers

Despite having one of the most desirable bodies in Hollywood, Jessica Biel admits she has trouble sticking to her diet and workout routine. "I do like potato chips, French fries and Barney's burgers in L.A. with seasoned curly fries," she says.

Source: Us Magazine (posted July 17, 2010)

Interweb's inventor explains data format using Utz potato chips

Tim Berners-Lee, director of the World Wide Web Consortium, grabbed a bag of Utz Kettle Classics Crunchy Potato Chips, to explain language and data formats during his talk "Open, Linked Data for a Global Community"

Source: YouTube (posted July 6, 2010)

Cartoon characters make snacks tastier for kids

50% of children say that food from a package decorated with a cartoon celebrity such as Shrek tastes better than the same exact food from a plain package, according to a new study.

Source: healthnews.com (posted June 21, 2010)

Man allegedly hits woman with bag of potato chips

A man in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a hit a woman in the face with the bag of potato chips then grabbed her by the throat and pushed her into a wall, police allege. He attacked her because of the way she was staring at him, police said.

Source: lehighvalleylive.com (posted June 18, 2010)

Campbell Soup recalls 15M pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs

Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs due to possible underprocessing. The company is recalling certain lots of three varieties of the pasta product often consumed by children: SpaghettiOs with Meatballs, SpaghettiOs A to Z with Meatballs, and SpaghettiOs Fun Shapes with Meatball.

Source: Associated Press (posted June 18, 2010)

Truckful of chips stolen from Knights of Columbus

The only thing thieves need to throw a party is dip after they swiped two tents, 40 folding chairs and a truck full of potato chips in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Source: Detroit Free Press (posted June 15, 2010)

Shooter in Pringles dispute gets 8-year prison term

An argument over an empty can of Pringles potato chips ended with a shotgun blast, two people injured and an eight-year prison term for the shooter. Richmond Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Ann Cabell Baskervill said the disagreement involved "a perceived disrespect" involving the Pringles can.

Source: Tampa Bay Online (posted June 4, 2010)

Doritos truck hits sign near Japanese restaurant

The driver of a Frito-Lay delivery truck was uninjured when his truck left Route 9 and crashed into a sign in front of Wasabi Japanese Restaurant on the corner of Route 9 and Beekman Avenue in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. Check out the photos of the crash.

Source: LoHud.com (posted May 12, 2010)

Arrest made at jail as drugs are hidden in potato chip bag

A 22-year-old woman walked into the Shelby County Correction Center to visit an inmate with an unopened bag of potato chips. She walked into a restroom and came out with an open bag of chips, in which officers found several small balloons filled with pot and Xanax pills.

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal (posted May 10, 2010)

Walmart potato chip burner convicted

The man accused of setting fire to bags of potato chips in the Pocomoke City Walmart was found guilty but will not serve any further jail time. Vincent V. Harmon, 20, who has been behind bars since Feb. 12, was sentenced to time served for a single count of conspiracy to commit second-degree arson. Worcester County District Court Judge Gerald V. Purnell said the sentence was an effort at giving Harmon a second chance.

Source: delmarvanow.com (posted May 8, 2010)

Man gets 21 years in jail for murdering cousin in potato chips dispute

Authorities said 26-year-old Gabriel Castelum stabbed his cousin, 19-year-old Loren Anthony Gastelum, approximately 12 times during an argument Oct. 13, 2007 over a bag of potato chips. Federal prosecutors said that both men had been drinking and smoking marijuana before the fatal stabbing

Source: Associated Press (posted May 5, 2010)

Blogger goes a month without chips for "rotating Lent"

I expect to be eating potato chips with every meal this week. And that includes breakfast. (A bowl of chips instead of a bowl of cereal!) I’m guessing my in-between-meal snacks might be dominated by the crunchy greasiness of chips as well. Beginning May 1, and for 30 more days afterward, no chips shall pass my lips.

Source: themomblog (posted April 27, 2010)

Johan Santana's salary can buy 9.4 million cans of Pringles

ESPN's Patrick Hruby calculates how many containers of various snacks some baseball players can buy with their annual salaries.

Source: ESPN (posted April 15, 2010)

Former football player founds potato chip company

Jamir Miller, retired All-Pro linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns, is launching Crave, a line of healthier potato chips. The chips are made with U.S. potatoes and kettle-cooked in safflower and sunflower oils. The chips contain no cholesterol and are trans-fat free. The first four Crave flavors are "sassy spuds," a new nickname for their original flavor; "hickory BBQ;" "sea salt and cracked pepper;" and "malt vinegar and sea salt."

Source: The Arizona Republic (posted April 11, 2010)

Potato chip scammers hit Knoxville neighborhood

Teenagers are going door to door in an Old North Knoxville neighborhood claiming they're selling potato chips as a Knox County Schools fundraiser. Knox County School officials confirm they have no fund raisers involving potato chips.

Source: WATE.com (posted March 17, 2010)

Chefs call proposed NY salt ban 'absurd'

Some New York City chefs and restaurant owners are taking aim at a bill introduced in the New York Legislature that, if passed, would ban the use of salt in restaurant cooking.

Source: MyFoxNY (posted March 11, 2010)

Potato chip bag used to smuggle drugs into jail

A woman used a potato chip bag to pass balloons of pot to an inmate at the Shelby County Correction Center. Earlier, another person brought balloons of pot stashed in an M&M's bag, according to authorities.

Source: Commercial Appeal (posted March 9, 2010)

P&G recalls two Pringles flavors

Procter & Gamble is voluntarily recalling two flavors of Pringles chips to protect consumers from potential exposure to salmonella. The recall affects Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger and Family Faves Taco Night.

Source: Cincinnati Business Courier (posted March 8, 2010)

Man delivering potato chips shot outside pharmacy

A potato chip delivery driver was parked next to Kay Cee Drugs in District Heights, Maryland, preparing to make a delivery when a man wearing a ski mask approached him with a gun. The two men were involved in some sort of physical altercation, and the armed robber shot the delivery driver in the leg.

Source: gazette.net (posted March 5, 2010)

Potato chip fryer explodes in Detroit

One of four potato chip fryers at Better Made Snack Foods exploded, blowing out windows at the company’s plant on Detroit’s east side but not injuring any workers, the firm’s CEO said. A heat exchanger that circulates oil in a fryer exploded, releasing pressure but not igniting.

Source: Detroit Free Press (posted March 4, 2010)

Heinz redesigns ketchup packet for easier dipping

The new Dip & Squeeze package — the first change in Heinz’s ketchup packet in 42 years — lets customers can either peel back the lid for easy dipping, or tear off the edge of the package and then squeeze out the ketchup as normal.

Source: QSR (posted February 18, 2010)

Walmart closes after snack fire

A Pocomoke City man is accused of arson after allegedly setting fire to bags of potato chips in Walmart, causing enough mayhem to close the store just as customers freed from snowdrifts were eager to shop.

Source: delmarvanow.com (posted February 13, 2010)

Lumber truck crashes after driver chokes on chili

Police say Eric Gremm reported that he choked on Wendy's chili when the truck hit a bump, causing him to pass out. The flatbed truck veered off the road and slammed into the foundation of a home.

Source: Associated Press (posted January 29, 2010)

Some guy named Jeremy plans all-Chipotle burritos diet for a week

Jeremy Baier is facing the kind of challenge that you can never truly prepare for. It will test his strength or character, his motivation, and his digestive system. From January 24 through 30 he will consume three Chipotle burritos each day.

Source: citypages (posted January 26, 2010)

Potato chip buyer robs Dollar General store

A suspect was still at large late Monday night after a robbery at a Dollar General store in West Knoxville. A cashier at the store who said a man came into the store just before closing and bought a bag of potato chips. But when the cashier opened the register, the suspect reached over the counter and grabbed the cash tray and removed the money.

Source: wbir.com (posted January 26, 2010)

Likeness of Virgin Mary appears on potato chip

Jane Symington found an edible Virgin Mary lookalike in a bag of Lay's potato chips.

Source: MyFoxBoston (posted January 23, 2010)

Man gets day in jail for throwing double-decker taco at Taco Bell manager

An Alaska man who hit a Taco Bell manager in the face with a double-decker taco has been sentenced to one day in jail and one year probation. The 31-year-old says he threw the taco because it contained spit after he went through the drive-thru twice because the restaurant messed up his order. Strickland is barred from Taco Bell during his year of probation.

Source: Fairbanks NewsMiner (posted January 21, 2010)

Potato chip truck hijacked

A truck driver was hijacked and robbed in South Africa, police said. The woman was delivering boxes of potato chips when two men armed with a pistol and a knife attacked her.

Source: News24.com (posted January 20, 2010)

Carrie Underwood wants to keep off "potato chip weight" for wedding

For those envious of Carrie Underwood's svelte shape, the country singer -- who got engaged to hockey player Mike Fisher Dec. 20 -- says that it's anything but effortless to maintain.

Source: Us Magazine (posted January 5, 2010)

Pennsylvania town celebrates new year by dropping huge bag of chips

Lewistown's Chip Drop has become one of the most popular yearly events in the Juniata Valley. Hartley's Potato Chips supplies the ceremonial 6-by-9 foot chip bag that is dropped at the stroke of midnight, and also donates 1,000 bags of chips to give away during the event.

Source: Lewiston Sentinel (posted December 29, 2009)

In Pretzelvania, Santa gives out Utz chips

Santa gave a five-year-old a bag of Utz potato chips after listening to his gift requests in Santa's cabin at Center Square in Hanover, Pennsylvania, the same city where Utz chips, Snyder's of Hanover chips and some other snacks are manufactured.

Source: The Evening Sun (posted December 23, 2009)

Canada proposes adding anti-cancer drug to potato chips

Health Canada is proposing an unorthodox way of combatting a food ingredient suspected in some cancers: It wants to let manufacturers put small amounts of a cancer-fighting drug into potato chips and similar foods to curb production of the harmful chemical.

Source: canada.com (posted December 23, 2009)

London's Olympic Aquatic Center looks like a Pringle

We have to say that the salty snacks are exactly what come to mind when we see Iraqi female starchitect Zaha Hadid's buildings. The Nuragic and Contemporary Art Museum in Cagliari, Italy; Lays. The just-completed MAXXI Museum, Rome; Sun Chips. Aqua Table for Established & Sons; Tostitos Scoops. VorteXX Chandelier for Zumtobel and Sawaya; Funyuns.The Bergisel Ski Jump in Innsbruck, Austria; Cheeto.

Source: Fast Company (posted December 15, 2009)

Iowa toddler left home alone with bowl of potato chips

An Iowa City mother is accused of leaving her 2-year-old daughter home alone with a bowl of potato chips left out for her to eat. Police said the child was feeding herself from the bowl of chips when they arrived Wednesday afternoon.

Source: KCCI (posted December 11, 2009)

Australia may get kangaroo and emu-flavored potato chips

Some Australians are hopping mad over a proposed kangaroo and emu-flavored chip, according to Reuters. The chip is actually vegetarian: it contains neither emu nor kangaroo.

Source: New York Daily News (posted December 5, 2009)

Man names himself Monster Munch

Chris Hunt, the plumber, is so addicted to Monster Munch potato chips that he did what any wacky person would do - change his name to Monster Munch.

Source: Malaysian Mirror (posted December 4, 2009)

Pot in bag of chips leads to arrest

A Missisisppi man is charged with attempting to use a bag of potato chips to smuggle marijuana to an inmate at the Noxubee County Jail.

Source: WCBI (posted November 24, 2009)

Flood triggers Eggo waffle shortage

Kellogg Co., the largest U.S. breakfast-cereal maker, said flooding at an Atlanta facility and repairs at a Tennessee factory will cause Eggo waffle shortages through the middle of next year.

Source: Bloomberg (posted November 15, 2009)

Fight over potato chips leads to fatal beating

A fatal beating at the Don Jail may have had its beginnings in a squabble over a bag of allegedly stolen potato chips.

Source: CTV.ca (posted November 11, 2009)

3 injured, 25 arrested in massive school food fight

More than two dozen students were slapped with criminal charges in connection with a food fight in the cafeteria at a Chicago charter school. "The next thing you know I saw a tray fly up in the air, and then I saw an orange fly," student Jordan Grevious said. 'Then, I heard the words 'food fight.'"

Source: cbs2chicago (posted November 9, 2009)

Potato chip truck collides with concrete truck

Commuters in Temple Hills, Maryland, had a slow go of it thanks to an accident involving a potato chip truck and one carrying sacks of concrete.

Source: NBC Washington (posted November 5, 2009)

Bag of chips is first sale at new Wal-Mart

With the purchase of a bag of potato chips, former Grovetown mayor Dennis Trudeau became the first customer of a new Walmart near the Georgia city.

Source: Augusta Chronicle (posted October 28, 2009)

Crash on Mass Pike spills sides of beef onto road

One person suffered minor injuries and sides of beef were strewn all over the highway in an accident involving three tractor-trailers and one car at a Massachusetts Turnpike toll plaza.

Source: Boston Globe (posted October 26, 2009)

Bethlehem police investigate thefts of GPS, hair clippers, potato chips

A woman allegedly ate half a 99-cent bag of Herr's sour cream and onion potato chips at the CVS, left the store, an employee followed and asked her to pay for them and she returned to the store, set the bag down and refused to pay. She was charged with retail theft.

Source: lehighvalleylive.com (posted October 13, 2009)

College newspaper: Time, money affect eating habits

So a college newspaper decided to write about what students are eating. Based on, well, nothing, they made it a trend story. "[T]he dreaded 'freshman 15' is no longer the only thing that is guiding students’ food choices — time and money are two other factors taken into consideration." Huh? When was "freshman 15" ever "guiding students' food choices"? What does that even mean? And am I the only one surprised to hear that it's a new thing that college students have shortages of time and money?

Source: Technician - NC State (posted September 25, 2009)

Potato farmer holy grail: McDonald's french fries

Seven years have passed since the fast-food giant last added a new U.S. potato variety to three previously approved for its golden fries, something that both irks and motivates potato researchers who hope their progeny will be next.

Source: Associated Press (posted September 24, 2009)

Baltimore man convicted of selling guns from potato chips stand

According to the plea agreement, undercover police and a confidential source met with Michael Papantonakis several times, mostly at his potato chip stall, to buy guns.

Source: ABC2 News (posted September 23, 2009)

Boy finds whole potato in potato chip bag

A boy from Dorset, England, was shocked when he opened a pack of potato chips and found a whole potato inside the packet.

Source: San Diego 6 (posted September 11, 2009)

Teen steals potato chips, candy from aquatic center

A 15-year-old girl was charged with theft after stealing candy and potato chips from the concession stand at the Bartlett Aquatic Center. The girl threw a large decorative rock through the countertop window to gain access to the concession stand, according to reports.

Source: Bartlett Press (posted August 26, 2009)

Barber tries to rob store over bad beef jerky

Police said a Cleveland barber became so upset by what he considered bad beef jerky that he returned to the store where he bought it and tried to rob the owner.

Source: Associated Press (posted August 22, 2009)

Potato chips stolen from trucks

An unknown suspect or suspects broke into two delivery trucks at the Hostess Frito Lay parking lot in Chatham-Kent, Ontario. A large quantity of potato chips was stolen.

Source: Chatham Daily News (posted August 19, 2009)

Woman assaults girl who ate her Pringles

A 47-year-old woman was so upset that a 16-year-old girl ate her Pringles and tuna that she attacked the the girl at a Lynn Township apartment last week, state police at Fogelsville said. The victim suffered cuts on her lips, a bruised head, and scratch and bruise marks on her neck.

Source: The Morning Call (posted July 20, 2009)

Wienermobile loses control, crashes into Wisconsin home

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile got itself into quite a pickle when it crashed into a home. While trying to get turned around, the woman driving the hot dog on wheels accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake and lodged the Wienermobile under a house

Source: KFSM (posted July 18, 2009)

Fight over potato chips leads to shooting, six arrests

A fight over potato chips outside a San Diego liquor store led to a drive-by shooting and the arrest of six suspected gang members, police said. The incident began around midnight when six young men left Mullen's liquor store with several bags of chips without paying, police said. A security guard chased the men outside, and a fight ensued.

Source: Los Angeles Times (posted July 14, 2009)

Fans set chip crunching record at Mets/Reds game

Guinness signed off on the record for most potato chips crunched at the same time set by 39,203 baseball fans at a New York Mets-Cincinnati Reds. Fans were instructed to open the bags of chips they were given upon entry to the stadium and participate in the Big City Crunch, a promotion for Wise Snacks.

Source: Los Angeles Times (posted July 13, 2009)

Girl catches fire making s'mores

A 5-year-old girl Boston suffered serious burns when her dress caught fire while she was making smores in a fire pit, fire officials said.

Source: WBZ (posted July 11, 2009)

Football club locked out of snack stand

Members of the Brick Township High School Dragons Football Club have been running the snack stand at the football field since the school opened in 1958. But 51 years of grilling hot dogs, hamburgers, ringing up Cokes and potato chips have come to an end. Club members found the locks on the door to the snack stand had been changed last week and the door padlocked.

Source: Brick Township Bulletin (posted July 10, 2009)

Masked teens take chips, soda from store

Police are searching for three masked teens who burst into a southwestern Pennsylvania convenience store, but were content to steal only several bags of potato chips and bottles of soda. The thieves dropped a bag of chips at the scene of the crime.

Source: Associated Press (posted July 1, 2009)

Retiring elementary school principal loves potato chips

"It's no secret that I love potato chips," Peter Hoyt said. "In the bottom right-hand drawer of my desk, I always have chips. Some people say 'An apple a day ... ', well, a potato chip, or more, a day, really worked for me."

Source: Daily News of Newburyport (posted June 30, 2009)

Domestic dispute starts with words, escalates to Cheetos

A 40-year-old man and 44-year-old woman became involved in a 'verbal altercation.' Somehow, the orange puffy snacks were used in the assault.

Source: Associated Press (posted June 29, 2009)

Prostitute accepts chips as payment

A woman pleaded no contest last week to prostitution charges, accused of agreeing to be paid for services with a box of chips by a man who said he was a Frito-Lay employee.

Source: News OK (posted June 27, 2009)

Snacking at work can result in dismissal

This lesson was learned the hard way by an employee in Australia who was fired for eating a Snickers bar given to him by another employee in the distribution center where they worked.

Source: Human Resources Leader (posted June 26, 2009)

Explosion rocks factory where Slim Jims, potato chips are made

An explosion caused the collapse of parts of the roof at a ConAgra Foods Slim Jim meat sticks and potato chips plant in Garner, North Carolina, injuring at least 20 people and leaving two others missing, police said.

Source: Reuters (posted June 10, 2009)

61-foot lobster roll contains 4 gallons of Miracle Whip

People attending Maine's Old Port Festival in Portland witnessed what could be the world's largest lobster roll. It took 45 pounds of lobster meat, four gallons of Miracle Whip and a special blend of herbs and seasonings to create the massive roll. It measured 61 feet, 9.5 inches.

Source: Fox DC (posted June 8, 2009)

Man charged with taking Cheez Whiz

An 18-year-old New Hampshire man has been accused of trying to steal a can of Cheez Whiz from the Market Basket supermarket where he used to work. Police say several employees chased him to the front of the store, where one tackled him and held him in a headlock

Source: WHDH (posted June 5, 2009)

Potato chips, candy bars stolen from golf shop

Someone broke out a plastic window at a city-owned golf course pro shop in Alton, Illinois, but once inside only took potato chips and candy bars. The intruder apparently threw a brick at the window to break it.

Source: thetelegraph.com (posted June 4, 2009)

Are Pringles potato chips? British Court says yes

A three-judge panel at the Court of Appeal in London threw out a lower court ruling that for tax purposes Pringles aren't potato chips. The earlier ruling allowed Pringles to be sold without a sales duty.

Source: Bloomberg (posted May 20, 2009)

Bus driver eats bag of chips

The driver of a Peter Pan bus was caught on video eating a bag of chips (plus talking on his phone and taking his hands off the wheel ) while driving from Boston to New York.

Source: Boston Globe (posted May 19, 2009)

Potato chip deliveryman fakes robbery

A Louisiana man who delivers potato chips was arrested by Slidell police after he admitted to reporting a false armed robbery of the Quick Check convenience store.

Source: St. Tammany News (posted May 18, 2009)

Canada may allow healthy additives to potato chips

Health Canada considers permitting vitamin and mineral additives in high-calorie food products including potato chips and energy bars. With these changes, the Canadian policy would synchronize to that of the U.S, which allows such products as Goldfish crackers fortified with calcium.

Source: Medical News Today (posted May 16, 2009)

Lunch lady suspended for offering alternative to veggie burger

A food services manager at a Boston-area elementary school was suspended for offering bagels and breakfast items after students refused to eat veggie burgers for lunch when grilled cheese had been promised.

Source: Boston Globe (posted May 16, 2009)

Man drives car erratically while eating a bowl of cereal with milk

A 48-year-old Massachusetts man was cited for negligent driving after police suspected of him of driving erratically while eating a bowl of cereal.

Source: Wicked Local (posted May 13, 2009)

Man pays for potato chips, then raids Walgreens register

Sheriff deputies say a man walked up to the counter of a Walgreens store in Lakeland, Florida, placed a bag of potato chips on the counter, handed the clerk money for the chips, then leaned over the counter, implied he had a gun and demanded money from the open cash register.

Source: MyFoxOrlando (posted April 30, 2009)

Image of Easter Bunny found on Lay's chip

Spokane resident Mary Lindstrom she was having lunch with her son when they found a chip shaped like an Easter Bunny face in a bag of Lay's potato chips.

Source: KHQ (posted April 13, 2009)

11-year-old says he shot his sister over a bag of potato chips

An 11-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to shooting his sister in the face more than a year ago in their South Carolina home. Dillon County deputies say the boy shot his 9-year-old sister in February 2008 because she refused to give him a bag of potato chips.

Source: Associated Press (posted April 10, 2009)

Man accused of selling guns from potato chip stand

Federal authorities have accused a man from Baltimore of selling guns without a license to an undercover federal agent out of his Utz Potato Chips stall at Lexington Market.

Source: Washington Examiner (posted April 10, 2009)

Olestra makes a comeback — in paints and lubricants, not potato chips

Remember olestra, the zero fat/zero cal fat substitute initially ballyhooed as the way to slim ever-expanding waists that met with a rapid demise when consumers began complaining of anal leakage? Procter & Gamble is now using olestra-like chemicals to make eco-friendly paints and lubricants.

Source: Scientific American (posted April 6, 2009)

Potato chip truck involved in head-on collision in California

A head-on collision between a passenger car and a tractor-trailer hauling 40,000 pounds of packaged potato chips left a southern California man with major injuries and closed northbound Interstate 5 for more than three hours.

Source: Chico Enterprise-Record (posted April 5, 2009)

Thieves breaking into cars to get potato chips

Richmond police say thefts from cars are on the rise citywide. Cars were either left unlocked or windows were smashed. In one recent break-in, a thief smashed windows to get two boxes of Utz Chips.

Source: NBC12 (posted April 5, 2009)

Teen says potato chips dispute led to assault by teacher

An eighth-grader at the Garrison Middle School in Baltimore said his teacher "tried to snatch the potato chips" and slammed him to the floor.

Source: WBAL (posted March 18, 2009)

Florida woman calls 911 thrice after McD's runs out of McNuggets

A police report said a 27-year-old Fort Pierce resident told authorities she paid for a 10-piece last week but was later informed the restaurant had run out. She says she was refused a refund and told all sales were final.

Source: The Stuart News (posted March 4, 2009)

Cell phone found in bag of potato chips

Emma Schweiger of Janesville Township, Wisconsin, reacted in horror when she found a Nokia cell phone in her bag of potato chips purchased at Aldi.

Source: Engadget (posted March 2, 2009)

More science news to file under "duh"

A study conducted in Poland suggests that shovelling down potato chips may increase the risk of heart disease.

Source: newkerala.com (posted February 14, 2009)

5 years probation in "Ruffles Have Syringes" case

A 35-year-old man was sentenced to five years of probation for planting a syringe in a bag of Ruffles potato chips. A federal judge ordered him not to contact Frito-Lay Corp. during his probation.

Source: Associated Press (posted February 14, 2009)

Wedding at Illinois Taco Bell

Customers inside the Normal, Illinois, Taco Bell continued to order tacos and burritos as Paul and Caragh Brooks sat in an orange booth and exchanged vows.

Source: Associated Press (posted January 11, 2009)

Thieves take chips, dips

In three separate incidents, thieves made off with truckloads of potato chips, Doritos, dip, pretzels, sunflower seeds and other snacks from a warehouse depot in Neshannock Township, Pennsylvania. The potato chips and Doritos were mostly in large bags.

Source: New Castle News (posted January 1, 2009)

Salt & vinegar chips recalled after rubber chunks found

Smith's potato chips of Australia has recalled some 15-pack boxes of salt and vinegar crinkle cut potato chips after the discovery of pieces of rubber in some packs produced at its Queensland manufacturing plant.

Source: news.com.au (posted December 16, 2008)

Senator wants his snacks back at Capitol caf

Sen. Bob Casey isn't happy with new management of the Senate restaurants on Capitol Hill. He said two important items made in Pennsylvania are missing: Snyder's Pretzels and Utz Potato Chips.

Source: The Evening Sun (posted December 14, 2008)

Lay's truck catches fire, chip boxes burn

Faulty brakes were the cause of a tractor-trailer fire on Interstate 85/40 that left boxes of Lay's Potato Chips scorched on the shoulder of the road.

Source: TheTimesNews.com (posted December 3, 2008)

Cheeseburger, pepperoni stick, pumpkin seeds, potato chips and chocolate cake stolen

Two teenaged girls with the munchies allegedly stole a whole bunch of food from a convenience store in Sault, Ontario.

Source: Sault Star (posted November 30, 2008)

Pair jailed for selling drugs labeled as potato chips

A couple in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China was jailed for exporting stimulants labeled as "potato chips."

Source: People's Daily Online (posted November 26, 2008)

Burger King declares war on salt

Burger King announced it would begin limiting the salt content in its Kids Meals to 600 milligrams. So far, the only meal to meet the sodium limitations features Kraft Macaroni, Apple Fries, and 1 percent milk and clocks in at 345 calories and 505 milligrams of sodium.

Source: QSR (posted November 20, 2008)

Google cuts back on free snacks

Google is going on a diet when it comes to spending on a smorgasbord of food perks for employees living high on the hog in its New York office.

Source: New York Post (posted October 30, 2008)

Masked robbers steal chips from convenience store

Three young people in ski masks took a bag of potato chips after flashing a pocket knife at a convenience store clerk in Escondido, California.

Source: North County Times (posted October 12, 2008)

100-calorie packs may not lead to weight loss

When researchers from the Netherlands gave TV-watching students either two large bags of potato chips or several portion-controlled ones, those with the smaller bags ate twice as many chips.

Source: Star-Telegram (posted October 7, 2008)

Bourbon-flavoured potato chips hit Aussie shelves

New chips sold in Australia and made to taste like Bourbon Whiskey have dismayed experts and parents, who say they send a dangerous message to young consumers.

Source: news.com.au (posted September 27, 2008)

Robber demands soda, chips

Police in Missouri are seeking an armed suspect who approached a 20-year-old man. The suspect demanded his cell phone and money, and the victim handed them over, although the wallet did not contain any money. The victim was then forced to hand over a bag of potato chips and a soda.

Source: Columbia Daily Tribune (posted September 21, 2008)

Man indicted in "Ruffles Have Syringes" case

Jacob Polick of Colorado is charged with lying about finding a syringe in a bag of Ruffles. Prosecutors believe Polick planted the syringe himself to get money from Frito-Lay.

Source: WUSA (posted September 19, 2008)

Potato chip bag leads police to break-in suspect

A Boston-area convenience store break-in suspect dropped a bag of Mystic Potato Chips chips inside the store, the same type of chips being eaten by a 23-year-old who police had questioned earlier because he was drunk. Police tracked him down and arrested him.

Source: WHDH (posted September 18, 2008)

Bicyclist selling potato chips attacked

A 41-year-old man stopped his bicycle in a driveway to ask two men if they wanted to buy potato chips. First the men told him that they had no money, but then one of them demanded the chips, chased him on a bike and pulled a stun gun.

Source: Bradenton Herald (posted September 18, 2008)

Firefighters free cat stuck in potato chip bag

How do we know where was the cat's head was stuck? We read it in the Flathead County sheriff's log.

Source: Flathead Beacon (posted September 13, 2008)

One arrested after bag of potato chips provokes drunken scuffle

An eight-man brawl broke out in Longview, Washington, over a bag of potato chips. The police report did not indicate the chips' brand or flavor.

Source: The Daily News (posted August 7, 2008)

Man calls cops because sub had no sauce

The sauce for a spicy Italian sandwich was apparently a must have for one Florida man. The man called 911 twice after a sandwich shop left off the sauce.

Source: Associated Press (posted August 5, 2008)

Judge rules Pringles are food

A British judge has ruled that Pringles are tax-exempt food, not taxable potato chips, a determination that could save Proctor & Gamble millions. The judge said Pringles were not "made from the potato." To fall within the "potato crisp" exception, a product "must be wholly, or substantially wholly, made from the potato".

Source: UPI (posted July 5, 2008)

Two jailed after conviction for Wal-Mart potato chip fire

Two men were sentenced on charges stemming from a fire Nov. 27 at a Wal-Mart where they lit bags of potato chips on fire and caused the store to close temporarily.

Source: Leader-Telegram (posted June 29, 2008)

Potato chips, butter and diesel fuel burst into flames, closing interstate

A sticky mix of potato chips, melted butter and diesel fuel burst into flames following a wreck, forcing the closure of northbound lanes of Interstate 465 in Indianapolis.

Source: TheIndyChannel.com (posted June 29, 2008)

Philly man killed in argument over the last potato chip

Two men were arguing over the last few potato chips remaining in the bag when one man stabbed the 43-year-old victim in the chest.

Source: KYW (posted June 18, 2008)

Long-living pet rabbit likes to eat Doritos

The life expectancy for rabbits is 6 to 8 years, making George nearly double the average, or about 160 years old in human terms. George's owners say the Pez and Doritos they fed him in college are part of the reason he's still alive.

Source: Boston Globe (posted June 12, 2008)

New wearable feedbags let Americans eat more, move less

The innovative design of the feedbag meal helps Americans do away with the hassles of chewing and stopping to breathe while eating.

Source: The Onion (posted June 3, 2008)

Inventor of Pringles can has his ashes buried in a Pringles can

The man who designed the Pringles potato crisp packaging system was so proud of his accomplishment that a portion of his ashes has been buried in one of the iconic cans.

Source: Associated Press (posted June 2, 2008)

14 tons of spilled Double Stuff Oreos snarl traffic

Police say a trailer loaded with 14 tons of double-stuffed Oreos overturned in Morris, Illinois, spilling the cookies still in their plastic sleeves into the median and roadway.

Source: Associated Press (posted May 19, 2008)

Police arrest potato chip muncher

Hearing glass break, an Indiana couple investigated and found an intruder in their kitchen munching on potato chips.

Source: South Bend Tribune (posted May 7, 2008)

Christina Ricci eats potato chips

Christina Ricci's diet: "I eat crap. I'm an inconsistent eater — all the things you're not supposed to be. I forget to eat, then I'll eat a bag of potato chips.

Source: Toronto Sun (posted May 7, 2008)

Go to Toronto for the ketchup chips

There's so much to love about Toronto—from the Tim Hortons quick-serve cafes on every corner (you never know when you'll need another Timbit doughnut hole) to the tidy walking paths linking the neighborhoods, from the parks to the ketchup-flavored potato chips.

Source: Detroit Free Press (posted April 30, 2008)

Chips contaminated with ants spoil seniors' party

A volunteer at the Chesterfield Township Senior Center purchased Better Made potato chips from the Sam's Club in Utica for a St. Patrick's Day meal. When the seniors opened the chips, some dumping the contents onto their plates, they realized the bags of chips were contaminated with ants. Some realized it too late and ingested the insects.

Source: Voice News (posted April 26, 2008)

Big candy theft shakes Tampa area

A thief or thieves broke in to the Land O' Lakes Little League concession stand and stole Skittles, M&M's, Kit Kats, Hershey's bars, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Butterfingers, Snickers, Twizzlers, lollipops, Starbursts, potato chips, Slim Jims and corn dogs.

Source: Tampa Tribune (posted April 16, 2008)

Trans-fat bullies have ruined Oreos

Andrea Weigl says trans-fat-free Oreos turn to mush after 10 seconds in milk, have less crunch, have a duller taste on the palate and seem less addictive. And perhaps no healthier: A trans-fat-free Oreo is still an indulgence, still 55 calories per cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie, still bad for you if you eat 12 in one sitting.

Source: The News & Observer (posted April 9, 2008)

Frank Grimes hurt in collision with turkey

New Hampshire motorcyclist Frank Grimes was nursing broken bones after a wild turkey flew into him and knocked him off his bike.

Source: Associated Press (posted April 8, 2008)

Snyder's Of Hanover Has Always Been In Pretzels For The Long Haul

For more than 500 years we have brought you prepackaged twisted baked treats, and for 500 more years we will do exactly the same. Of this, I am certain.

Source: The Onion (posted March 17, 2008)

Frito-Lay Family Of Products Leaned On During Difficult Time

Dwayne Keener, whose marriage and job both recently ended, said the Frito-Lay family of products has proved "invaluable" in giving him the support and companionship he needs during this trying period in his life.

Source: The Onion (posted March 17, 2008)

Man arrested for 'taco rage'

We know waiting for your drive-through order of tacos is hard enough, but you really shouldn't start hitting other cars in front of you. Police allege Shiraz Sidi had a Mexican food meltdown while waiting in line at the drive-through of Taco Bell. He apparently had become upset at the waiting time when he rammed the car ahead of him twice, and yelled and flailed his arms at the driver of the other car, police said. Asked by police why he rammed the car, Sidi said he “wanted his tacos.”

Source: Sharon Herald (posted December 20, 2007)

Mix-up puts cheddar & sour cream Lay's in the wrong bags

Frito-Lay has recalled 2,460 1.5 oz. bags labeled Lay's Classic Potato Chips available in North Texas vending machines. The bags may contain Lay's Cheddar & Sour Cream Flavored Potato Chips, an error that occurred in a production line, the company said.

Source: Associated Press (posted December 14, 2007)

Chocolate milk exempted from fascist bid to limit food choice in all U.S. schools

Lawmakers in Washington are considering adding to a farm bill some sweeping restrictions on what foods can be sold in schools. Chocolate milk would still be allowed, but only the inferior low-fat versions.

Source: The New York Times (posted December 1, 2007)

Cigarettes found hidden in boxes of potato chips

Singapore immigration officers discovered S$495,000 worth of cigarettes hidden in boxes of potato chips. They were part of a consignment of 534 boxes of potato chips, but checkpoint officers noticed that certain boxes were heavier than others.

Source: Channel NewsAsia (posted October 5, 2007)

Shoplifting seagull is a Doritos addict

A Scotland seagull has developed an unusual habit of stealing a bag of Doritos by walking casually into the store and grabbing his daily dish from the shelf when the shopkeeper isn't looking.

Source: WorldPoultry.net (posted October 4, 2007)

These BBQ chips will buzz you with some caffeine

NRG Phoenix Fury Potato Chips taste like extra-spicy barbecue chips, but they come with a caution label: not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, young children or anyone who is sensitive to caffeine.

Source: Associated Press (posted September 4, 2007)

Potato chips among Zeta-Jones's favorite foods

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones says she eats sensibly, but if weight were not a factor, she would eat many smoked salmon sandwiches with potato chips crunched inside.

Source: Rediff News (posted September 4, 2007)

Massachusetts considers banning remaining fun from schools

Peter J. Koutoujian, who was unfortunately elected to the state legislature, has filed several bills in recent years to ban the sale of soft drinks, cookies, potato chips, candy bars and other food in school buildings during school hours. The drones at The Springfield Republican are right behind him.

Source: Springfield Republican (posted August 21, 2007)

Police find heroin stash In Pringles can

Police found nearly 60 bags of heroin underneath a few chips inside a Pringles can during a routine traffic stop in Wilmington.

Source: NBC10 (posted August 17, 2007)

Lil' Romeo Purchases Rap Snacks

Romeo Miller is following in the entrepreneurial footsteps of his father Percy "Master P." Miller, as the 18-year-old rapper/actor recently purchased Rap Snacks Inc., a popular potato chip brand.

Source: HipHop-Elements.com (posted August 8, 2007)

Burger King ketchup chips coming to vending machines

Burger King has licensed its brand for a line of chips to Inventure Group, the company formerly known as Poore Brothers.

Source: USA Today (posted July 28, 2007)

Health Department closes perfectly good burrito place

The Columbus Health Department closed Burrito Max after it failed a routine inspection, neglecting to take into account the fact that the popular, conveniently located establishment was a perfectly good burrito place that served kick-ass burritos at a totally cheap price.

Source: The Onion (posted June 30, 2007)

Dunkin' Donuts honored for heart attack on a bagel

Double D nets a MenuMasters Flame of Innovation award for its frightening Sausage Supreme Omelet Breakfast Sandwich.

Source: Boston Globe (posted May 21, 2007)

5-second dropped-food rule debunked

If you drop that chip on the floor, turns out you may have more than 5 seconds to save it, note college researchers.

Source: Boston Globe (posted May 21, 2007)

Maine considers snack tax

The Maine Legislature's Taxation Committee is trying to put together a comprehensive tax reform package. One of the options under consideration is applying the 5 percent sales tax to many foods considered snacks, such as potato chips, cheese puffs, cakes, pies and ice cream.

Source: Kennebec Journal (posted April 28, 2007)

Nachos provoke high school fistfight, two arrested

Two 16-year-old girls were arrested at Revere High School after an argument over nachos broke into fisticuffs, Revere police said.

Source: Boston Globe (posted April 13, 2007)

More shocking dieting news

In a study of 51 U.S. college students, those with a higher body mass index tended to consider larger food portion sizes as typical.

Source: UPI (posted April 11, 2007)

KFC 'bowls' over 'Idol' contestant with offer

KFC is offering craptacular "American Idol" contestant Sanjaya Malakar "free KFC Famous Bowls for life" if he sports a bowl cut in an upcoming Idol live show. There are no winners in that deal, in our opinion.

Source: USA Today (posted April 2, 2007)

Thank Catholics for McD's Filet-O-Fish

In 1962, Lou Groen's Cincinnati McDonald's was taking a beating during Lent, which lead Groen to invent the famous fish sandwich. Even if you don't like the Filet-O-Fish, it's better than Ray Kroc's meatless idea - The Hula Burger. Read on...

Source: USA Today (posted March 7, 2007)

Krispy Kreme Unveils Whole Wheat Treat

KK's new 100 percent whole wheat doughnut — with only 180 calories — has a caramel flavoring and is covered with the doughnut-maker's original glaze.

Source: Fox News (posted February 27, 2007)

Potato-Chip Connoisseur Detects Notes Of Sour Cream, Onion

Print-shop manager and potato-chip connoisseur Nathan Sterken was surprised by the "exceptionally rich mid-palate notes of onion" and "wonderfully creamy but sour overtones" in a fresh Big Grab bag of Lay's Sour Cream & Onion potato chips.

Source: The Onion (posted February 2, 2007)

File this dieting news under "Duh"

Eating less and exercising more are equally good at helping take off the pounds, US researchers said yesterday in a study that challenges many of the popular tenets of the multibillion-dollar diet and fitness industry.

Source: Reuters (posted January 27, 2007)

Demand high for potato chips in Iraq

Dates are Iraq's biggest food export and pistachios are a better-known local commodity. But Iraqi-made potato chips — deep fried, thin and greasy — are considered more than a snack: They're a delicacy

Source: USA Today (posted January 27, 2007)

American Airlines heralds New Year with new snacks

Snack choices include Lay's Stax Potato Chips, Mega Bite Snickerdoodle Cookies, Milk Chocolate M&Ms or the unique GNS Cinn-a-berry Breakfast Blend.

Source: cheapflights.com (posted December 25, 2006)

Doritos junkies hit jackpot as beached cargo container spills the goods

A tractor-trailer-size container filled with thousands of bags of Doritos washed up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, prompting Hatteras Islanders to summon their inner scavengers.

Source: Virginian-Pilot (posted December 4, 2006)

Taco Bell offers to trade tacos for life for a PS3

Taco Bell will give $12,500 in “Taco Bell Bucks” to anyone who will donate a PlayStation 3 for the Boys & Girls Club in Stanton, Calif.

Source: IDG News (posted November 21, 2006)

Judge: Burrito is Not a Sandwich

The Panera Bread Co. bakery-and-cafe chain says a burrito is a sandwich. But a judge said no, ruling against Panera in its bid to prevent a Qdoba Mexican restaurant from moving into the same shopping mall.

Source: Associated Press (posted November 13, 2006)

Frito-Lay Angrily Introduces Line Of Healthy Snacks

With the recent trend of wholesome snack foods reaching "truly ridiculous proportions," Frito-Lay announced that it would, against its better judgment, roll out a new line of healthy fruit-and-vegetable-based chips.

Source: The Onion (posted November 12, 2006)

Frito-Lay to offer fruit, veggie snacks

Making good on a promise to merge fruit, veggies and snacking, Frito-Lay Inc. said that it will launch a line of snack crisps to attract health-conscious consumers.

Source: The Dallas Morning News (posted October 30, 2006)

Penn State, Utz team up to make potato chips in school's blue and white colors

In a research-marketing project, Penn State's departments of Horticulture and Food Science have joined Utz Quality Foods Inc. and Huntsinger Farms to manufacture a PSU tailgate-ready variety of potato chips.

Source: The Daily Collegian (posted September 22, 2006)

Train kills ice cream and potato chips salesman

A bicyclist/snack vendor was struck and killed while crossing the Caltrain railroad tracks in Redwood City.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle (posted September 10, 2006)

Baseball manager eats Pringles at 2:30 a.m. to cure hunger

Terry Francona, manager of the Red Sox, didn't have a chance to eat after the game and ended up snacking in the middle of the night.

Source: Boston Globe (posted August 31, 2006)

Man trapped waist-deep in chocolate

It might sound like a chocoholic's dream, but stepping into a vat of viscous chocolate became a two-hour nightmare for a 21-year-old Wisconsin man.

Source: Associated Press (posted August 18, 2006)

Angry Woman Gets Revenge at McDonald's

Police have been looking for a disgruntled McDonald's customer in Georgia who ran into two other customers with her car after a dispute over who was next in line.

Source: Associated Press (posted August 15, 2006)

Man rams truck filled with Boyer's chips into police station

Roy Thomas Chaivarlis deliberately drove a 1988 Dodge van, filled with deliveries for Boyer's Potato Chips, across the front lawn of a Pennnsylvania state police station, striking the building and causing the partial collapse of the front wall and door.

Source: Leader Times (posted May 6, 2006)

Buffet Sets World Record With 510 Dishes

About 850 hungry customers helped celebrate the 75th anniversary of Alka-Seltzer by partaking in a massive 510-dish spread at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Source: Associated Press (posted March 29, 2006)

Fritolaysia Cuts Off Chiplomatic Relations With Snakistan

Citing crumbling relations due to years of protracted french-onion diplomacy, the president of the Central Asian doritocracy Fritolaysia withdrew the country's ambassadors from Snakistan Monday.

Source: The Onion (posted November 30, 2005)

Littler guy wins chicken wing eating contest

Joey Chestnut stood, hands poised and eyes focused on his meal: two 3-pound trays of chicken wings. Ten minutes later, the 21-year-old relative newcomer to the world of competitive eating was $1,500 richer.

Source: Seattle Times (posted October 5, 2005)

Hillary Duff stops eating freedom fries

Singer Hillary Duff recently decided to cut the potato food out of her diet, and she's amazed at how quick she's able to reap the benefits, boasting a new svelte physique.

Source: contactmusic.com (posted August 19, 2005)

Convicted WorldCom exec eats Raisinettes and potato chips

"Completely bizarre" is how Bernard Ebbers, seated in coach class on a Northwest flight from Memphis to New York, described his situation to CNN as he noshed on Raisinettes and potato chips

Source: CNN (posted July 13, 2005)

Overturned Beer Truck Closes Highway Exit

A beer truck rolled over on a major Boston-area highway, closing one exit and backing up traffic. No one was hurt, but now you might not have a beverage to go with your pretzels.

Source: TheBostonChannel (posted June 29, 2005)

Cookie Monster crumbles to a healthy diet

It seems that the producers of Sesame Street have unforunately given in to pressure from the anti-snacking lobby, as Cookie Monster is now advocating other foods besides cookies.

Source: Associated Press (posted April 13, 2005)

Woman gets probation for Duff beer scam

An Australian woman who made nearly $2,000 through an Internet beer scam has been ordered to serve 18 months probation.

Source: ABC News (posted February 1, 2005)

Krispy Kreme truck stolen

Harrisburg police followed a trail of doughnuts to find a stolen Krispy Kreme delivery truck.

Source: Associated Press (posted December 4, 2004)

Two York party workers arrested Tues. for snack-related disruptions at election

Two men affiliated with the York County Democratic Party were arrested on Election Day after police say they passed out snacks to voters standing in line after the precinct's poll manager asked them to leave.

Source: Associated Press (posted November 21, 2004)

Healthy snack prompts peer pressure attack

The snack that triggered what our son called a "worst possible kind of day ever" was red pepper strips, four of them in a plastic baggie.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (posted September 26, 2004)

Nearly one-third of the calories in the US diet come from junk food, researcher finds

Sweets and desserts, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages comprise almost 25% of all calories consumed by Americans. Salty snacks and fruit-flavored drinks make up another 5%, bringing the total energy contributed by nutrient-poor foods to at least 30% of the total calorie intake.

Source: UC Berkeley (posted June 3, 2004)

House Passes 'Cheeseburger Bill'

The "Cheeseburger Bill" — officially called the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act — would prevent "frivolous lawsuits against the manufacturers, distributors or sellers of food or nonalcoholic beverage products" arising from obesity claims.

Source: Fox News (posted March 10, 2004)

Bear that smashed Doritos is captured, killed

Federal and state wildlife officials in Kalispell, Montana, captured and killed a small grizzly bear that raided several camps for food and had lost all fear of humans.

Source: Associated Press (posted July 9, 2003)

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