Andy Capp, created by Reg Smythe, first appeared in the Daily Mirror newspapers of England in 1958 as a cartoon panel. Now, after more than 40 years, Andy Capp still runs in more than 500 newspapers in America and around the world, from Russia to Japan, Norway to Sri Lanka.
Although consumers began crunching on Andy Capp's fries back in 1971, the introduction of Hot Fries in 1973 is what really ignited the brand.
Andy Capp's Fries Memories
Growing up in central Illinois in the late 1970's and early 1980's, I remember frequent trips with my brothers to the community swimming pool. Just outside the swimming pool, there was a small pavilion that contained several vending machines. I remember my older brother and me each buying a small package of Andy Capp's Hot Fries.
My older brother would always challenge me to a "test of manhood." Whoever could eat the most Hot Fries without coughing, gasping, or clearing their throat was crowned the bigger, most "grown-up" man.... My brother usually won. ~ Jon from Illinois