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In the mid-1850s, cooking potatoes was an accepted and popular form of American cuisine. The normal way to prepare fried potatoes was to slice them on the narrow axis and then fry them. They were not eaten with the fingers but rather served with a fork, to be eaten with delicacy. Restaurants across the country served fried potatoes, but it wasn’t until the chef at Moon Lake Lodge in Saratoga Springs, New York, cut the potato pieces so thin that they were all the rage.

Food historians generally believe that George Crum was the inventor of the potato chip. He was a colorful personality in the Saratoga Springs area. A former Adirondack guide, he came from a racially mixed background; he was partly Indian and partly African American.

In 1853 George Crum worked as a cook at the Moon Lake Lodge resort. As mentioned earlier, fried potatoes were a popular dish. A rumored demanding dinner guest is Cornelius Vanderbilt, found his order for fries (at the time, round potatoes) too thick for his taste and sent them back to the kitchen. Crum made a second batch, cut thinner than before and also fried, but these were also rejected as being too thick. By this time, Crum was more than aggravated and, in a fit of pique, he took it upon himself to axis the guest by making him French fries that were much too thin and crisp to be skewered with a fork.


His “revenge” turned against him. The fussy dinner was ecstatic about the thin potatoes and other guests asked for the Crum potatoes for themselves. Crum originally called its snack “Potato Crunches” but the dish, now a house specialty, was on the menu as “Saratoga Chips”. Shortly after, they were packaged and sold, first locally, but quickly gained popularity throughout the New England region.

In 1860, Crum opened its own restaurant which presented its fries as a house specialty. He put baskets of chips on each table and they became vital drawing point the success of his restaurant. Besides marketing the chips, Crum did not stupidly patent or otherwise protect his invention.

Peeling and slicing the potatoes manually was slow and tedious. The invention of the mechanical potato peeler in the 1920s skyrocket the potato chip industry, which has become a small specialty product and the best-selling snack.

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