It should be a day of celebration, but for Mr Tayto March 1st 2016 marks 60 years of singledom.

Northern Ireland’s favourite spud has failed to find a mate in three score years and instead of celebrating his birthday with friends and family, he blew out his candles surrounded by crazed PR folk and yawning paparazzi.

Forget the 40-year-old virgin, despite his fame Mr Tayto hasn’t so much as popped a Pringle in his 60 years on this earth. Even on holidays he didn’t manage any Lays.

He once thought he was getting the eye from another potato but it turned out it was just well past its sell by date.

Potatosprout

Being from Tandragee doesn’t help, but still his celebrity status in these parts should have led to at least a few loose-moraled Hula Hoops offering themselves to him on a plate.

There had been rumours questioning Mr Tayto’s sexuality, but in a press interview in the nineties he confirmed he wasn’t interested in Quavers.

Living in a 500 year old castle would have been the perfect lifestyle to become the carbohydrate equivalent of Hugh Hefner, but the sad truth is he just couldn’t find another spud to make baby potatoes with.

Mr Tayto’s 60-year drought is nothing short of a potato famine.

It could be the fact he looks like a potato.

In saying that Wayne Rooney managed to get married and start a family.

Rooney

We love Mr Tayto really and we reckon the cravings for bags of his cheese and onion crisps are the reason most Northern Ireland people can only leave the country for a maximum of a fortnight at a time.

To mark Mr Tayto’s 60th birthday a special 18-pack, old-fashioned style boxes of Tayto Cheese and Onion are now available in supermarkets.  Each box offers consumers the opportunity to win one of 60 prizes, including hotel breaks and entrance to visitor attractions such as Belleek Pottery, Giants Causeway and Titanic Belfast, sourced through Tourism Northern Ireland. Additional prizes include boxes of crisps, Tayto brand merchandise and family passes for our acclaimed Tayto Tours.

For further information visit tayto.com

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