See also: French Fries; Potato Chips; Pringles; Potatoes
The month and day are uncertain (probably August 24), but the year 1853 is certain. Native American Chef George Crum invented potato chips at Moon's Lake House in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Supposedly a particularly fussy customer kept sending his french fries back to the kitchen as being too thick. Finally, Chef Crum decided to cut the potatoes paper thin; and to his ultimate surprise, the customer loved them! Saratoga Chips, later called Potato Chips, were born.
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