Potato Day

Potato Chips, We Love You - The Cuyahoga Group

National Potato Chip Day comes up every March 14th.

The day celebrates America’s number one snack food.

This comes as millions across the world relish this root vegetable.

Potato is a versatile snack and food.

Potato chips are thin slices of potato either deep-fried or baked until crunchy.

Potato chips are a predominant part of the snack food market in English-speaking countries, especially in America, Africa and many parts of the world.

Historically, the birth of potato is traced to On August 24, 1853, when an unhappy restaurant customer reportedly kept sending his potatoes back to the kitchen, complaining that they were thick and soggy.

At that time, reports say Chef George Crum decided to slice the potatoes as thin as possible, frying them until crisp and adding extra salt.

To the chef’s surprise, the customer fell in love with them.

The crispy potatoes soon became a regular item on the restaurant’s menu under the name of “Saratoga Chips.”

Other explanations point for the existence of the potato chip point to recipes in Shilling Cookery for the People by Alexis Soyer (1845) or Mary Randolph’s The Virginia House-Wife (1824). While many references between these dates sliced potatoes and fried them in grease, uncertainty remains whether the potatoes were fried to a crisp.Advertisement

However, by the late 1870s, menus across the country used the term “Saratoga Chips” on train cars, hotel restaurants, and street carts.

The name carried into grocers when bakeries made the chips in larger batches. They shipped them by wagon to the restaurants and grocers by the barrel. The grocers sold them to private families by the pound. Folks were instructed to bake the chips in a hot oven for a few minutes, and the chips would be as crisp as if fried that same day.

National Potato Chip Day: Indy Edition

The Dayton, Ohio-based Mike-sell’s Potato Chip Company, founded in 1910, calls itself the “oldest potato chip company in the United States.”  New England-based Tri-Sum Potato Chips, originally established in 1908 as the Leominster Potato Chip Company, in Leominster, Massachusetts, claims to be America’s first potato chip manufacturer.

In the 20th century, potato chips spread beyond chef-cooked restaurant fare and began to be mass-produced for home consumption.

Flavoured chips were introduced in the 1950s while potato Chip revenues are said to be over 15 billion dollars a year worldwide!

The potato chip was invented in 1853 by George Crum.

Crum was a Native American/African American chef at the Moon Lake Lodge resort in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA. French fries were popular at the restaurant, and one day a diner complained that the fries were too thick.

The Potato Chip is Born in 1853.

American chef George Speck (aka George Crum) creates potato chips in Saratoga Springs.

American chef George Speck (aka George Crum) creates potato chips in Saratoga Springs.

1859, The first popular reference to the snack is written in “A Tale Of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens.

Potato Chips Go Big

Mass production of potato chips begin.

The Holy Grail of Potato Chips

1932, Company Frito-Lay introduces Lay’s potato chips.

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