Missed it by that much – National Potato Chip Day!

Oops, missed another one. Yesterday was National Potato Chip Day! Did you know that Americans devour 1.2 billion pounds of potato chips each year? Well, ya should ‘cause it’s the nation’s favorite snack food. Yummy crunch!!!

A mixed-raced chef named George Crum invented potato chips in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1853. One day, a persnickety customer kept sending his fried potatoes back to the kitchen, complaining that they were too thick and soggy. Crum responded by slicing the potatoes so thin that they couldn’t be eaten with a fork. The customer was so delighted with Crum’s crunchy creation that they became a regular item on the restaurant’s menu!!!

George Crum was an American native, extensively credited with the invention of the first potato chips. Crum’s birth name was George Speck and he was born in New York in 1822 to Abraham and Catherine Speck. Abraham was African American whereas Catherine was an indigenous American belonging to the Huron race, so George was of mixed heritage. He also had a sister named Katie, who popularly came to be known as “Aunt Katie”. George later adopted his father’s racing name and called himself George Crum.

As an adolescent, he worked as a wild animal trapper as well as a guide working at the Adirondack Mountains. Crum discovered his thirst and flair for cooking and soon began working as a chef at the Moon’s Lake House restaurant at the Saratoga Lakes Resort. He became a well-respected chef and in 1860, he quit his job at the resort to open up his own lakeside restaurant called “Crum’s House” in Malta, near Saratoga Springs, New York.


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