Crisps

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This article is about the snack food 'crisps' (British Isles and Commonwealth name) or 'potato chips' (American name). For the heated food see French fries (American-style) and chips (British-style).

Potato crisps (in British English, called potato chips in American) are a dry snack food of extremely thin slices of potato that are generally cooked by deep-frying but that can also be baked. They are commonly sold in various-sized bags in pubs and bars, and in other food outlets such as convenience stores and supermarkets, and are always eaten cold. Originally made with nothing but sliced potatoes, salt, and hot oil, some brands have become complex industrial processes in which potatoes, generally reduced to a pulp, are only one of many ingredients. The popular Pringles brand, for instance, which is sold in a multitude of flavors, actually contains only a little more than 40 percent potatoes.

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