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McGlinchey Munch Madness and the Inaugural SnacketRead Time: 4 mins
Whether you love March Madness and watch every single game, or ignore it completely, we can all agree that snacks are TASTY. The question is: which snack food is the most revered?
During the McGlinchey Snacket tournament, all employees were asked to vote to determine which snack advanced, and which snack tasted defeat. The snack food left standing at the end would be crowned the champion and delivered in plentiful quantities to every McGlinchey office for all to enjoy!
The First Round
Round 1 featured a BIG first-round upset by Chocolate Covered Pretzels! They defeated Chocolate Candy Bars to go on to compete against Chocolate Covered Nuts in our Chocolate snack region. With the Cinderella story of the century, Raisins/Dried Fruit defeated Protein Bars by just 3 votes in our Natural snack region. They went on to compete against crowd favorite Popcorn, who took a landslide victory in Round 1 with 93% of the vote. Cookies crushed it on their road to the championship in our Sweet region, defeating Pastries soundly. Two types of chips advanced to the next round, giving us a chance to answer the great chip debate…. Corn Chips or Potato Chips in our Salty region?
Round 2 – the Sweet Sixteen
This round was a real nail-biter. Chocolate Covered Pretzels broke a few brackets by defeating Chocolate Covered Nuts by just THREE votes in our Chocolate region. The age-old question was finally answered in our Salty Region, as Potato Chips defeated Corn Chips by more than 78% of the vote. Cookies sent Sour Candy to the locker room with a sour look on their face, winning 84% of the vote in our Sweet region. The Cinderella story ended for Raisins/Dried Fruit in our Natural region, as they dropped to Popcorn with only 21% of the vote (no 5-second rule here!).
Round 3 – the Elite Eight
The Regional Finals left us hungry for more. Potato Chips crushed Flavored Chips (we thought those bags had more air…) to become the Salty Region Champion. Trail Mix was no match for Popcorn as they become the Natural Region Champion. Cookies continued to be sweeter, as they defeated Rice & Marshmallow Treats to become the Sweet Region Champion. Chocolate Covered Pretzels got all twisted up and fell to Peanut Butter Cups who become the Chocolate Region Champion.
With each victory, we got one vote closer to eating some snacks‼
Round 4 – the Final Four
Cookies did NOT crumble and edged out the win over Peanut Butter Cups by a mere 10 votes! Better luck to the Chocolate Region next year… Popcorn’s winning streak was popped by Potato Chips, leaving the Natural Region feeling salty and hoping for a better outcome in 2022.
The competition was epic, and all the players sounded so delicious, but there could be only ONE Snacket Champion. The last two tasty treats, Potato Chips and Cookies, took the battle into overtime, and there were crumbs everywhere.
And the winner…
by only 4 votes…
POTATO CHIPS are the 2021 SNACKET CHAMPIONS.
Who’s ready to eat some chips?
Did you know? (source: mobilecuisine.com)
- A chef reportedly invented potato chips in 1853, but he wasn’t trying to make the world’s best snack food. Chef George Crum sent the paper-thin potatoes cooked until they were crisp to a customer in his Saratoga Springs restaurant who complained that his fries were too thin. “Saratoga Chips” became a menu favorite, but potato chips didn’t gain widespread popularity until they were mass-produced in the 1920s.
- Per Statista, in 2019, 35.22 million Americans ate an average of 16 or more bags of chips.
- March 14 is National Potato Chip Day!
- When the United States entered World War II, potato chips were declared a “nonessential food” that had to halt production immediately. Manufacturers balked at the idea, and protests convinced the War Production Board to back down.
- Potato chip bags are only partially filled for a reason: The additional space adds cushioning to prevent breakage.
- On September 13, 2013, Corkers Crisps set a new world record for the largest single bag of potato chips. The bag measured 18 feet tall and comfortably housed more than 2,515 pounds of chips.