A close-up of a plate of Tater
, also known as "Tots"
a registered trademark
for a commercial
form of hash browns
, is a side-dish made
, grated potatoes
. Tater Tots are widely recognized by their
crispiness, cylindrical shape and small size.
Tots are commonly found in the U.S. in cafeterias and school lunch-counters, as well as
the supermarket frozen food aisle and some fast food restaurants.
In Australia, they
are known as "potato gems" or "potato pom-poms" (also used in New
Zealand). In the UK, Ross Frozen Foods
once produced "oven crunchies" which are no longer available.
McCain Foods Limited
their line of tater tots Tasti Taters
. Cascadian Farm
calls their line of tater tots Spud Puppies
in the Pacific
offer seasoned tater tots: Taco
and Señor Frog's
them "Mexi-Fries", while Taco Bell
sell them as "Mexi-Nuggets". In some areas of the Northeast USA, however,
they are often called "juliennes" or "potato puffs."
has a generic brand called
"Tater Treats". The Burger King fast food
franchise recently established a tater
tot variant, dubbed "Cheesy tots", as a regular item available on
both its breakfast and lunch/dinner menus. Cheesy Tots are
coin-shaped and, as implied by the name, contain melted cheese as
well as potatoes. Taco John's
coin shaped tots called “Potato Olés”. The Sonic Drive-In
franchise also features "Tater
Tots" as a regular menu item, with the option of cheese, chili, or
both as toppings. Several restaurants-also in the Pacific
Northwest-offer a nacho
version of tots
("totchos"), covered in nacho cheese sauce and toppings.
is slang for potato (origin: 1750–60; America; by
, and substitution of -er for final -o,
may have been derived from their
diminutive size, or because they are often served to
Tater Tots were first created in 1953 when Ore-Ida® founders F.
Nephi Grigg and Golden Grigg were trying to figure out what to do
with left over slivers of cut up potatoes. They came up with the
novel idea of chopping up the potato slivers, adding flour and
seasoning, then pushing the mash through holes and slicing off
pieces of what came out on the other side. Tater Tots® were born.
They first became available in stores in 1954. Today, Americans
consume approximately 70 million pounds of "Tots"
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