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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6 Comments

  • Charles Stanfield February 19, 2015 - 8:28 pm Reply

    Peanut Butter, too!

  • 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.

    • MorganCourtenay February 21, 2015 - 11:56 am Reply

      Yes, well these are the kinds of things that the mainstream doesn’t want to mention.

      • Lauralei99 February 21, 2015 - 1:27 pm Reply

        Especially if dollars are involved.

  • MorganCourtenay February 21, 2015 - 11:57 am Reply

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

  • Nubia May 7, 2017 - 1:53 pm Reply

    Not stereotypes, just denial and thievery.

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