So who would have guessed, they were invented as a JOKE!
In 1853, a native American named GEORGE CRUM was working as a chef and restaurant owner in Saratoga Springs. A super annoying customer kept sending his french-fries back to the kitchen saying they were too thick and soggy. It was a hot day and George lost his patience with the fussy customer. He sliced the potatoes as thin as possible, fried them to a crisp then added a heap of salt. Expecting the customer to dislike them, he served them with a self-satisfied flourish … and the customer loved them!
George Crum had accidentally invented the potato chip – a snack that was eventually mass-produced and sold in bags, providing thousands of jobs nationwide and across the globe.
These days $15 billion dollars worth of potato chips are consumed world wide every year!
In the UK alone, a tonne of chips (or crisps as they are known there) are consumed every three minutes. That’s enough to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool every 14 hours!
No wonder Sid Bellows made so much money out of Skippity Chips!