Back Story: Potato Chips Were Invented By A Black Man By Accident

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According to Enchanted Learning, a site that charts inventions, the potato chip was invented in 1853 by George Crum.

Crum was a Native American/African American chef at the Moon Lake Lodge resort in Saratoga Springs, New York.

French fries were popular at the restaurant during that time, and one day a diner complained that the fries were too thick. Although Crum made a thinner batch, the customer was still unsatisfied. The chef kept slicing them thinner, then fried them to a crisp, and seasoned them heavily with salt. By then, they were too thin to eat with a fork. Crum expected the fussy customer to dislike them, but the man praised them highly. So the potato chips were invented by accident. The chips became popular and subsequently became known as “Saratoga chips” or “potato crunches.”

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    Peanut Butter, too!

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    • Michael Lauzon June 22, 2019 - 9:45 am Reply

      Actually it wasn’t. George Washington Carver only listed uses for peanuts. It was actually a fellow Canadian, Marcellus Gilmore Edson, who invented peanut butter & patented it 12 years before Carver.

  • James Pinkard February 20, 2015 - 3:50 am Reply

    Now I understand why when eating chips I get left the Crums, lol. Little known fact I didn’t know. African Americans have had a very positive effect on America’s progress.

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    Black inventions and innovations have been largely ignored by history in favour of stereotypes. Had no idea this was the case.

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    Not stereotypes, just denial and thievery.

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      Inventions by African Americans directly contradicted White supremacists’ lies about “Black inferiority.”

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    Legend and no proof. Recipes for potato chips exist 30 years before Crum. This is not fact just another bag of horse shit.

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