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The History of Potato Chips

Over a century before Shearer’s Snacks became a major player in the snack food industry, the first potato chips were unintentionally sliced and fried in Saratoga, New York.

Accidental Beginnings

In 1853, a diner at Moon's Lake House ordered the restaurant’s fried potatoes, but when the thick-cut French fries arrived with his meal, the diner was not impressed. He sent the deep-fried spuds back to the kitchen, complaining that they were not thin or crispy enough for his liking.

Upset by the diner’s insult, Chef George Crum, sliced the potatoes paper-thin, salted them heavily and refried them so they were too crisp to pierce with a fork. But instead of ruining the diner’s meal, as Crum had intended, the crispy potato creation became an instant hit. More...