Taterboy in Pasco, WA. invented mass produced curly fries. It was the late 70"s or early 80's. Taterboy hired a consultant to help them out. The consultant purcased an old hand crank curly fry machine that was invented about a hundred years ago. Then gave it to Taterboy's engineers and they designed the machine. A relative of mine worked at Taterboy at the time. The consultant was payed several million in company stock. Taterboy then sold the fries to all the resturants. Now Taterboy is owned by Lamb Wesson. Lamb Wesson now claims credit for the invention. Hope this helps.