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Are potato chips really an invention of a pissed-off cook?

The answer to this question is a resounding yes! Potato chips was accidentally discovered by George Crum, chief chef at Moon's Lake House, a resort in Saratoga Springs, New York. According to stories, a resort customer complained that the French fries he ordered were "too thick and soggy" and "not salty enough." The affronted Crum went to the kitchen and sliced potatoes as thinly as he possibly could, fried them until crispy, generously salted them and serve them himself in front of the picky diner.


The customer loved the crispy treat which has become a regular fare in the resort's menu.  It was called Saratoga chips  since then. Until Herman Lay, an enterprising businessman, popularized the product as the potato chips we know and enjoy today. In America alone, it is reported that an average of six pounds of potato chips are consumed per person each year.

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