Nothing better. Those are the two words I’d use if you gave me only two words to describe Tater Tots. These extruded pieces of glued-together potato shavings are the perfect snack. Or meal. Even if they were originally used as cattle feed.
The Ore-Ida company began selling French fries in 1951. The potatoes were sliced into bricks to create uniformly-shaped fries, and the exteriors were mixed into livestock feed.
But within a couple years, Ore-Ida’s founder (who lived his life claiming that potatoes were the world’s most nutritious food) decided he’d like to make a profit off these scraps. So he shredded ‘em, spiced 'em, and sent 'em through the extruder, every processed food company’s favorite tool.
He then brought them to a food show in Miami, where Tater Tots brought the house down.
Today, Americans consume over 70 million pounds of Tots per year - and in Tastemade’s informal, unofficial study we discovered that 100% of people polled claimed that each bite of those 70 million pounds was “incredibly delicious.”
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