The Origin of Fritos

Have you stocked up on chips for the big football weekend? Enhance your enjoyment of Fritos and chili by reading up on the chips, which were first mass-produced by C.E. Doolin after he bought the recipe from a Mexican chef named Gustavo Olquin in 1932. Doolin’s daughter Kaleta wrote a book about her father and his chips.
She says her father worked briefly as a fry cook for Olquin and paid Olquin and his unnamed business partner $100 for a customized, hand-operated potato ricer, their 19 business accounts and the recipe for fritos—the patentable Anglo re-branding of Mexican fritas, or “little fried things.” Doolin borrowed $20 from the business partner; the rest came from his mother, Daisy Dean Doolin, who hocked her wedding ring for $80.

Doolin later introduced Cheetos, and the company he founded makes Doritos and Tostitos as well. Read the rest of the story at the Food & Think blog. Link

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