When Melissa was growing up in Tacoma, Washington, she’d walk to the corner store, where she’d pick up a corn dog and a bag of jo jos, a term for soft potato wedges with the skin left on. Researcher Barry Popik has dug up a story that may explain the origin of the name jo jos, also spelled jojos or jo-jos. However you spell it and whatever the origin, this food name is heard primarily in the northern United States, from Washington to New York State. This is part of a complete episode.

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