View Full Version : Wednesday Trivia: Potato Chips

Star lover
January 23rd, 2019, 08:03 AM
Potato chips are the most popular snack food in America and are devoured at a rate of 1.2 billion pounds annually.


The man who invented potato chips was George Crum in 1853, who was both African-American and Native American, and a chef employed as a chef at Moon Lake Lodge --an elegant resort in Saratoga Springs, New York. And getting complaints from a customer about thick, soggy fried potatoes, Crum wanted to teach the patron a lesson, so he sliced a new batch of potatoes as thin as he possibly could, and then fried them until they were hard and crunchy. Finally, to top them off, he added a generous heaping of salt. To Crum's surprise, the dish ended up being a hit with the patron and a new snack was born.


Crum found success with his invention and even opened his own restaurant in 1860, called "Crumbs House." Served on each table was of course a basket of potato chips --which was a hit with his upscale clientele. *But in those days, people of color were not allowed to take out patents on their inventions and Crum never attempted to patent potato chips.

The snack was eventually mass-produced and sold in bags without giving him any credit.

Back in the day, chips stored in cracker barrels or glass display cases and served to customers in paper bags –giving them a short shelf life. But in 1926, Laura Scudder, whose family owned a chip business in Monterey Park, Calif., had an idea to hand-iron sheets of wax paper into bags, fill the bags with potato chips, and seal the tops with a warm iron. The wax paper bags not only kept the chips fresher longer, they prevented them from being crushed.


William Tappendon manufactured and marketed the chips in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1895.

In the 1920s, a traveling salesman named Herman Lay was peddling potato chips to Southern grocers out of the trunk of his car. *His widespread success helped popularize the snack and Lay's potato chips became the first successfully marketed national brand. In 1961 Herman Lay merged his company with Frito, the Dallas-based producer of snack foods--which grew the reach of the popular chip even further.


Besides salt, potato chips weren’t flavored until the 1950s when Joe "Spud" Murphy, the owner of an Irish chip company called Tayto, developed a technology to add seasoning during the manufacture process. He developed several flavors that took off in Ireland, including Cheese & Onion and Salt & Vinegar. This spurred other producers to try their hand at flavors.

In 1958, Herr's was the first company to introduce barbecue-flavored potato chips in Pennsylvania --a flavor still popular today.

My favorite.......?!!!!!!

157264 Folded potato chips........YUM!!

January 23rd, 2019, 08:05 AM
Now you have gone and made my hungry for chips.

Star lover
January 23rd, 2019, 08:15 AM
Now you have gone and made my hungry for chips.

Thank you! My job is now complete! ......and I’m wanting a nice big bowl......all to myself!

January 23rd, 2019, 09:49 AM
The folded ones are the best! I love chips, especially with cottage cheese.. yum!

January 23rd, 2019, 10:13 AM
My only vice!

January 23rd, 2019, 10:16 AM
Many years ago, when I was teaching 5th grade, we went to the Herr's Potato Chip factory on a field trip. I was one of the lucky ones that was given a chip fresh off the line, before bagging. It was still warm and salty --- yummmmmm, the best potato chip ever!!!


January 23rd, 2019, 10:23 AM
Nancy, I was remembering a similar trip the the potato chip factory. Yum! I guess I'll have some chips today with my sandwich.

January 23rd, 2019, 01:36 PM
the folded ones are good but the ones with the bubble in them...yummy yum. At the restaurant, before I retired, I would make homemade chips and put them out on the bar in the afternoon. Always devoured quickly. I didn't have the energy to put them on the menu in my "oneman" kitchen. A good commercial fryer is a must for crispy chips. Oh yes, and if the fryer has bakers shortening in it instead of vegetable oil...all the better.

January 23rd, 2019, 05:41 PM
Lay's Classic...YUMMY! Bar-B-Cue...Yummy. Potato chips? Even YUMMIER! My own bag that I don't have to share? Even YUMMMMIIEERR!!

jus' sayin'