Potato chip

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Potato chips

Potato chips (also called crisps in the United Kingdom and Ireland) are thinly cut potatoes that have been baked or fried and lightly salted or seasoned. Some popular flavours of potato chips are: salt and vinegar, ketchup, sour cream and onion. They are one of the most important snack foods in Western nations. In England, they are called "Crisps", In America, they are called "Potato chips".

In the 1790s, Thomas Jefferson introduced thick french fries to America from France. However, a picky customer at a restaurant at the Moon Lake Lodge in Saratoga Springs, New York, was making the chef, George Crum, angry by continually complaining that the fries were not thin enough.[1][2][3] Finally, George Crum became so impatient he decided to exaggerate. He sliced the potatoes so thinly they could not even be pierced with a fork. Then he soaked them in ice water for 30 minutes.[3] After he fried and salted them, he gave them to the customer - who, to his surprise, loved them. First named "Saratoga chips" in 1835, it later became well known as "potato chips".[4][3] George Crum later opened his own restaurant that served his special potato chips.[3]

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  1. King, Norman. The Almanac of Fascinating Beginnings. New York: Citadel Press, 1994
  2. Tuleja, Tad. Curious Customs. New York: Harmony Books, 1987
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Panati, Charles. Panati's Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things. New York: Harper and Row, 1987
  4. Jones, Charlotte Foltz. Mistakes that Worked. New York: Doubleday, 1991

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  • Caney, Steven. Steven Caney's Kids' America. New York: Workman Publishing, 1978
  • Flexner, Stuart Berg. Listening to America. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982.
  • Sutton, Caroline. How Did They Do That? New York: William Morrow and Co., 1987
  • Jones, Charlotte Foltz (1991). Mistakes That Worked. Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-26246-9
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