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Origin Of Popular Products: How The Potato Chip Came To Be

We have a section of our site is calledOrigins Of Top Businesses”.

It features interesting facts about the early years of well-known businesses.

Today, I thought I’d add a variation to that section.

It’s called “Origins Of Popular Products“.

Today, I will show you how the modern day potato chip came to be.


English: A pile of potato chips. These are Utz...

English: A pile of potato chips. These are Utz-brand, grandma’s kettle-cooked style. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The story goes that in 1853 a guy named George Crum served as the head chef of New York’s Moon Lake Lodge.

It was a place that was famous for its French fries.

One day a customer sent back a plate of fries because the fries were cut too thick.

Crum was bothered by this, so he decided to get even.

He cut the potatoes as thin as he could and then fried them in grease until they were crunchy.

Then he sent them back to the complaining customer.

To his surprise, the guest wasn’t bothered by them. Instead the guest loved them!

In fact, many other guests requested the thin-fried potatoes and Crum eventually named them “Saratoga Chips“.

The chips became so popular that other people started duplicating the recipe and trying to sell them as a snack food.

They eventually took on the name we know them as today: “Potato Chips”.



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