Potato chips – they’re almost as American as apple pie. They are ubiquitous in our lives, commonly showing up at lunch time and featured prominently at picnics and pot lucks.
Details around the invention of potato chips vary depending on the source, but it’s generally agreed that in 1853 a man named George Crum, who was a cook at Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Springs, New York, developed what we now think of as “traditional” potato chips.
The Birth of an Industry
At that time, it wasn’t uncommon for potatoes to be fried. In fact, it was common enough that recipes for fried potatoes showed up in several cookbooks of the day. But they were far from the crunchy, salty, satisfying morsels we have today.