Library Program Tells the History of the Potato Chip

Feb 13, 2019

When you see potato chips in the snack aisle at the grocery store, you can thank George Crum. He is credited with inventing the salty snack food, and his story will be told on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City as part of the Black History Month celebration.

According to legend, Crum invented the potato chip in 1853 when working as a cook in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., after a diner sent back French fries as too soggy. In an act of defiance, Crum deliberately overcooked thinly sliced potatoes, adding plenty of salt, and the potato chip was born.

To Crum’s surprise, the customer was astonished by the vigorous flavor of this never-before-tasted creation and found it extremely appetizing. The restaurant’s owner, Cary Moon, quickly rushed to promote this new meal and began serving them in paper cones and later in boxes.

Crum’s chips were originally called Saratoga Chips and potato crunches. They were soon packaged and sold in New England. Crum had them featured when he later opened his own restaurant.

To register for the program, call the branch at 609-494-2480. E.E.

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