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The story of Top the Tater is a complicated one to tell. Hundreds, if not thousands, of lost manuscripts (mostly leather-bound) were probably penned on its history, all with conflicting accounts of how and why it came to be. Presumably our ancestors were eating a lot of potatoes, and let’s face it, potatoes are pretty much super boring. Necessity is the mother of invention, right?
While archeologists, biologists, sociologists and meteorologists will continue to debate theories until the end of time, the truth is that Top the Tater’s origin has been lost to the ages. No credible parchment, scroll or stone carving has been unearthed.
Methods and techniques have evolved with technology, but the proprietary recipe handed down from generation to generation has remained pretty much the same. We still source fresh cream from Midwest family farms before artfully blending with herbs and bold spices.
Over the generations, a lot has changed about what and how we eat. However, Top the Tater still stands as one of, if not the most versatile foods in existence. Depending on the day, it’s a dip, a spread, a topper, a spoonful or even an ingredient in another dish. But it’s so much more than that. Top the Tater is a gift to a new neighbor, a pick-me-up when you’re feeling down, and the epicenter of good times with friends and family. It’s a catalyst for making ordinary foods sublime.
While tastes and habits may continue to shift, one truth will remain: Top the Tater is more than sour cream dip. It’s a way of life.