Who invented the potato chip?

Do you have a go-to snack that you enjoy? For many individuals, nothing completes a picnic quite like a large pack of potato chips. Potatoes are the second most eaten food in the world after rice. Some people like their potatoes mashed, while others prefer them fried. However, for many individuals, there is nothing better than a bag of crispy potato chips.

But how exactly did potato chips come to be, you ask? Potato chips were actually discovered by mistake. It’s true! 

During an incident in 1853, a batch of potato chips was unintentionally produced one summer day of 1853 by George Crum, who is working in the kitchen as a cook. He was employed at the Moon Lake Lodge in Saratoga Springs, New York. He was famous for his fork-and-thick-cut French fries.

A customer once complained that Crum’s French fries were too thick, so Crum produced a thinner batch for it. They were nevertheless deemed excessively thick by the consumer. Frustrated, Crum whipped up a new set so slim that it could not be eaten with a fork. Crum didn’t intend for his paper-thin potato chips to wow the customer. However, the client was delighted with them! Then, other people started asking about them. The potato chip was then born at that time. As a new specialty dubbed “Saratoga Chips,” Crum introduced them to the Moon Lake Lodge menu due to customer demand.

For a long time, potato chips were exclusively offered in restaurants as a regional specialty. Then, towards the close of the nineteenth century, individuals began to sell them in supermarkets.

Potato chips are one of the most popular snacks nowadays because of their crunch and salty flavor. Annual retail sales of potato chips in the United States exceed $6 billion. That is undoubtedly an extensive amount of chips!