Potato chips have become one of the world’s most popular snacks to ever hit the market. While this salty creation can now be made with a wide variety of methods and spiced with all kinds of delicious flavors.
Some may ask however where the invention of the potato chip came from. For those interested in the history of potato chips, Potato Chip Day is just the excuse to do so!
History of Potato Chip Day
While potatoes have been around for the longest time, the potato chip began its origins with George Crum, who initially worked as a chef at Saratoga Springs’ Moon Lake Lodge in 1853, where French-fried potatoes were a favorite on their menu.
Frying potatoes originally came about during the 1700s, when Thomas Jefferson enjoyed them in France and introduced them to the local folk in Saratoga. When customers started complaining that the fries were too thick, Crum sarcastically decided to cut the potatoes as thin as he could, fried them and sent them back to the customers.
To his surprise, they loved them and asked for more. From there, the potato chip was born. Crum from there opened his own restaurant and many famous people such as William Vanderbilt, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Jay Gould visited his restaurant, with a basket of chips at every table.
Although Crum didn’t patent his invention, it came to pass as one of the most innovative snacks to move the food industry. Many from there began their own food production, including the Hanover Home Potato Chip company established in 1921.
A few years later, Laura Scudder came up with the concept of putting the chips in wax paper bags instead of putting them in glass containers or barrels.
Soon after, Herman Lay founded Lay’s in Nashville and his potato chips became the first national brand to sell potato chips successful on a wide scale. Potato Chip Day aims to celebrate the salty, crispy snack and its fascinating history.
How to c
elebrate Potato Chip Day
Grab a bag and snack on your favorite brand of potato chips. Have a potato chip party and create a variety of dips and during that party, test out all different brands of potato chips you know of to see which one is the best of them all.
Maybe even try your hand at making your own potato chips by looking up some recipes online. Test out different kinds of potatoes to see what potato is the best kind of to make homemade potato chips!
Share this holiday with your friends and family on social media using the hashtag #potatochipday and help people learn about the history of their favorite snack.