American Food – Tater Tots

We Americans love to fry our food! Especially our potatoes! Our ESL Students love to enjoy French fries with a cheeseburger on breaks from Hancock International College, but there’s one way to fry a potato that’s truly American. Check it out! says, “Tater tots. …Crunchy little potato chunks…People love them so much even the Aussies took a stab at cooking them but with a new name: potato pom-poms.

Tater Tots an American favorite that is a registered trademark of Ore Ida products was invented in 1953 by Ore Ida founders Golden Grigg and F Nephi Grigg. Necessity is once again the mother of invention. The two gentlemen came up with the idea for Tater Tots when they were trying to decide what to do with the leftover potato pieces from making their french fries.

They had been discarding the pieces of [potatoes] as trash and felt that they could be doing something more than throwing the potato slices in the trash.

They took the potato pieces that were left over and chopped them up mixing them with seasoning and flour and fed it through their potato masher and cut off pieces as the mixture exited the masher. They called this new found product Tater Tots and offered them for sale the first time in 1956.

These potato treats got their name from the nickname for potato’s (taters) and likely because they were initially intended to be marketed to children (tots)…

It is estimated that over 70 million pounds of Tater Tots are consumed each year in America alone. They do not have a big following around the rest of the world, not as big as they do in the US but they are still found in most European countries. They are offered under several different monikers both in the states and abroad by different manufacturers.”

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Idiom of the Day

All Vine and No Taters

Meaning: Appealing but lacking substance.

Example: I thought this report would be groundbreaking, but it’s all vine and no taters.