A Chip off the Old Block

Could it be true that the man best known for his delicious corn chips is also responsible for another creation – the expression “a chip off the old block”? Perhaps so.

It has long been thought that the expression was derived from an earlier phrase which dates back to the early 1600’s. Having a similar connection with timber, “a chip of the same block”, referred to someone of the same source or parentage. These days, we readily assume the modified version means somebody that has a strong resemblance or character trait of one of their parents.

However, folklore suggests otherwise. While perfecting the art of fine chip making, Thomas Chipman would place the best of his freshly cooked chips on a roughly hewn slab of oak wood to cool.  Not surprisingly, the locals were drawn by the aroma and would find any excuse to visit, just to savour “a chip off the old block”.

Today, the quest for the perfect corn chip continues. Thomas Chipman Corn Chips are made from stone ground corn kernels using organic ingredients and cooked to perfection.  Sadly, the oaken block has gone but now the chips can be enjoyed the world over – straight from the pack.