You’ve probably never wondered how potato chips came to be, but in case you have, here’s the scoop:
George Crum, a cook at Moon's Lake House, a resort at the south end of the lake in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA, is widely credited as the inventor of potato chips.
As the story goes, on August 24, 1853, a customer complained that Crum's fries were cut "too thick" and sent them back to the kitchen. Annoyed by the remark, Crum sliced a new batch of potatoes as thin as possible, fried them in grease to a crisp and seasoned them excessively with salt. When the crispy potatoes were ready, he sent them to the customer, expecting dissatisfaction, if not annoyance. Instead, the customer loved them! The chips became popular, and became known as Saratoga chips.
Crum was able to open his own restaurant in 1860 near Saratoga Lake with the profits he made selling his new chips; the restaurant catered to an upscale clientele. One of the attractions of the place was that a basket of potato chips was placed on every table.