The Accidental Invention of the Best Snack Food Ever

  • Published: 30 November 2015
  • In 1853, George Crum was a chef at the Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Springs, Ny. One day, a customer ordered fried potatoes. Upon being served, the customer scoffed and sent them back several times because of their soggy texture. But Chef Crum lost it. He fired back, cutting the potatoes paper-thin and frying them up. Back then eating with your hands was a major faux pas. But Crum’s plan backfired and the customer loved them. Soon thereafter, thin-sliced fried potato “chips” took the world by storm.


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Comments • 2 046

  • Great Big Story
    Great Big Story   7 days back

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  • Nurs Malik
    Nurs Malik  1 days back

    8 year olds: it's free real estate

    • Idex Rex
      Idex Rex  2 days back

      I’m watching this video while eating chips

      • Green Sprite
        Green Sprite  3 days back

        I love chips

        • Ashley close 99
          Ashley close 99  3 days back

          Press this if your were eating chips during the vid

        • Rexa Shift
          Rexa Shift  5 days back

          Is it funny that I'm watching this and eating chips

          • nicolas Francisco
            nicolas Francisco  5 days back

            mathematicians ones said negative plus negative is possitve right?

            • Simon Rai
              Simon Rai  6 days back

              story seems in complete

              • Trollololol
                Trollololol  7 days back

                See assholes have uses.

                • Ryan Lu
                  Ryan Lu  1 weeks back

                  Little did they know, there was something called chopsticks

                  • Gus Black
                    Gus Black  1 weeks back


                    • RDX Sinister
                      RDX Sinister  1 weeks back

                      And don’t forget that AIDS was accidentally made in a lab by the CIA. And was intended to spread towards gays and blacks to send America back into the old days.

                      • Charles Yeo
                        Charles Yeo  1 weeks back

                        How did it went from Saratoga to Lay's

                        • RIPZYEE
                          RIPZYEE  1 weeks back

                          Rood Salt Saler - Patato maker lady home work busy-
                          Mandavi Market Saler Grossary Shop shopping Busy - crowd market under Gasline man labour - Home Gas’s Bottel - Gas’s pip line
                          Fitting labour- Home patato Family Gust

                          • Mr Potato Chip
                            Mr Potato Chip  1 weeks back

                            yes this is true

                            • Untrepid One
                              Untrepid One  1 weeks back

                              George looked like a serial killer.

                              • Robert Hernandez élève

                                lol, he lost it. But made something that's tasty.

                                • Colin Thiel
                                  Colin Thiel  1 weeks back

                                  it's just a prank bro

                                  • Chad K
                                    Chad K  1 weeks back

                                    this story sounds soooo made up and fake

                                    • RandomBlake
                                      RandomBlake  1 weeks back

                                      I go to Saratoga Springs all the time In the summer when I’m up in New York

                                      • ::
                                        ::  1 weeks back

                                        Did he just eat fries with a fork!?

                                        • ReeceB speed up
                                          ReeceB speed up  1 weeks back

                                          I gave chips up😭😭

                                          • Stan
                                            Stan  1 weeks back

                                            Crisp not chip

                                            • BLINKONCE IN YOUR AREA YES OR YES?

                                              Don’t forget You were made by a broken rubber

                                              • Epic Zone
                                                Epic Zone  1 weeks back

                                                I live ten minutes away from Saratoga

                                                • Backpacker One64
                                                  Backpacker One64  1 weeks back

                                                  I love how _Great Big Story_ always leaves us wanting more 👶🏻🍟🍼

                                                  • BRB dkdhdidbdvwiaosjsvshajs

                                                    Next time I'll try to be pissed at a restoraunt and my invention would be worldwide famous

                                                    • ZION Sina
                                                      ZION Sina  1 weeks back

                                                      The bruh moments in real life

                                                      • OjaruFan
                                                        OjaruFan  1 weeks back

                                                        My mom loves potato chips.

                                                        • william liang
                                                          william liang  1 weeks back

                                                          I don't mind soggy fries

                                                          • Jack DeVoe
                                                            Jack DeVoe  1 weeks back

                                                            Oh God those chips look good

                                                            • PSIKIRBY
                                                              PSIKIRBY  1 weeks back

                                                              MASSACHUSETTS GANG RISE UP, WE HAD THIS STORY AT THE START OF ELA MCAS EVERY YEAR

                                                              • Homicidal Andi
                                                                Homicidal Andi  1 weeks back


                                                                • CB9
                                                                  CB9  1 weeks back

                                                                  Fake news guys

                                                                  • Mitchell Patterson
                                                                    Mitchell Patterson  1 weeks back

                                                                    Several brits are typing

                                                                    • anonymous John
                                                                      anonymous John  1 weeks back

                                                                      Yo imagine if it was somebody like me who dont like chips nd chips never became popular

                                                                      • Animaniacs !!!
                                                                        Animaniacs !!!  1 weeks back

                                                                        Me when I look at potato chips
                                                                        You’re an accident

                                                                        • Nom Blob
                                                                          Nom Blob  1 weeks back

                                                                          Animaniacs !!! Like Bob Ross said: Just happy accidents

                                                                      • Alhasan Ahmed
                                                                        Alhasan Ahmed  2 weeks back

                                                                        Error:Task failed succesfully

                                                                        • Der Alu
                                                                          Der Alu  2 weeks back

                                                                          The Accidental Invention thats keeping me overweight

                                                                          • AXL stryker
                                                                            AXL stryker  2 weeks back


                                                                            • Audii-Kun
                                                                              Audii-Kun  2 weeks back

                                                                              1853: Eating fries with hands = major faux pas.

                                                                              2019 and so forth: Eating fries with forks = major faux pas.

                                                                            • ツiiOzrgzm
                                                                              ツiiOzrgzm  2 weeks back

                                                                              Im eating chips

                                                                              • CoffeMcCofffee
                                                                                CoffeMcCofffee  2 weeks back

                                                                                Its night and I am watching food and my mouth is drooling 😌

                                                                                • Mousumi Mahapatra
                                                                                  Mousumi Mahapatra  2 weeks back

                                                                                  I remembered doing a end of year test on reading and saw this article as one of the passages.

                                                                                  • Kevin Morales Gomez
                                                                                    Kevin Morales Gomez  2 weeks back

                                                                                    So your telling me that it tasted better just by cutting it a different way?

                                                                                    • Starlord Slayer
                                                                                      Starlord Slayer  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Bruh we had this for stupid battle of the books

                                                                                      • Dizzyfingers2
                                                                                        Dizzyfingers2  2 weeks back

                                                                                        "I do like dem thin French Fried Pertaters ... "

                                                                                        • Aaren YASS
                                                                                          Aaren YASS  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Ah yes, the only piece of history we learn through repetition from state testing examples. it's like the "mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell" equivalent for snack food. -