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What are Rainbow Chips?
When Chief Crumb invented the Sarasota chip in 1864, he used table stock, the only potato that was available. These potatoes were often high in sugars and were cooked in batches of 25 to 100 pounds in kettles with a direct fire under them.
The result was often dark chips with a sweet ‘burnt’ taste as a result of the caramelizing of the sugars that occurred during frying. Today the Rainbow or dark chip is the exception. Through the year’s farmers, university agricultural departments and private breeders worked to reduce the sugar content.
While industry built larger continuous fryers with the oil heated in special furnaces and piped into the new kettles instead of a direct fire. The new chip varieties along with the larger continuous fryers resulted in a light colored chip that many enjoy today. The dark chip became the exception and was usually removed from the process.
Many consumers, however, missed the dark chips and would often ask for the ‘burnt’ chips. Better Made would collect the rejected dark chips and package them as “Rainbows “ but the supply was very limited and we were unable to meet the demand for them.
Most Rainbows were as a result of potatoes that did not ‘condition’ during the winter storage period November through April and were unavailable during the ‘fresh’ harvest, May to October. For many years Better Made worked with the breeders and farmers to produce a chip variety potato that would have the ability to yield a rainbow flavored chip for most of the year in commercial quantities to meet the consumer’s demands.
Today we are proud to bring you our new ‘Rainbow’ country style for those consumers who enjoy the traditional flavor of the old fashioned dark chip.
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