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  • Anvi Agrawal

Invention of Potato Chips

Did you know that potatoes are the 3rd most consumed food in the world? And from these humble potatoes, we get the world-famous potato chips! Potato chips, beloved by people of all ages, are enjoyed both by children and adults. Whether you’re watching TV, or experiencing midnight cravings, potato chips are the ultimate snack. But, have you ever wondered how these appetizing chips were first created?

The story of potato chips started in New York, in 1853. A chef named George Crum worked for a resort in Saratoga Springs. It was a regular day when Chef Crum made one of his resort's most popular dishes, French fries, for a customer. When the fries reached the customer, he said that he didn’t like them as they were too thick. Chef Crum made another batch of fries by cutting them thinner and serving them. The customer still didn’t want them saying they were still thick. This made Crum angry, and he cut the potatoes paper-thin and fried them in oil until they turned crisp and brown, so he wouldn’t be able to pick them up with a fork. Then he added lots of salt to teach the customer a lesson. But, when he served that to the customer, he loved it! This gave birth to the potato chips known as the ‘Saratoga Chips’. Ever since then, potato chips have spread all over the world!

Basic potato chips are simple—cooked, salted, and addictive. However, the snack industry has expanded its range with various flavorings, including herbs, spices, cheeses, and artificial additives. In summary, whether you enjoy classic salted chips or explore exotic flavors, these crispy narrow slices continue to tantalize your taste buds. So, the next time you eat potato chips, remember that they were created to take revenge on a customer, yet they have reached you!

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