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Retired PSU professor creates blue and white potato chips

Potato chips are a must-have tailgate food, and a local company has made what might become the must-have Penn State tailgate snack. Tailgater Taters potato chips are blue and white all the way. And yes, you can take that literally.

Made from Centre County-grown blue and white colored potatoes, the snack is the brain child of William J. Lamont Jr., a retired professor of vegetable crops at Penn State.

“Are they dyed blue?” is a question Lamont routinely has to answer. And he’s proud to say answer “no” and also explains they are not genetically modified either. The chips are made from naturally blue potatoes.

Lamont said people in the western world are just getting used to the idea that there are different colored potatoes besides the white- and yellow-colored variety typically found at the grocery store. But in Peru, where potatoes originated, the colorful varieties have always been a huge part of the diet, said Lamont.

While at Penn State, Lamont worked closely with the potato chip industry, and he said he has always been interested in the different types of potato variety in color and size.

While pondering different ideas for colorful potato products, Lamont was asked about purple-colored spuds by people in the restaurant industry in Baltimore when the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens football team earned a trip to the Super Bowl. This is when he realized there might be a way to tie the colorful potatoes into a sports team-related food product.

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission here, where you can read the full story.