March 14 – National Potato Chip Day
National Potato Chip Day
Five Food Finds about Potato Chips
- The first potato “chips” appeared in 1853. Served at the Lodge at Saratoga Springs, New York. They were referred to for decades as “Saratoga Chips”
- Native American chef, George Crum is credited with creating & first serving the “Saratoga Chips”
- The average potato chip is .04 to.08 of an inch thick.
- During WWII production of potato chips halted because they were deemed an “unessential food”
- in Great Britain and many other parts of the world Potato Chips are referred to as “crisps”. Chips, to them are French Fried potatoes.
Today’s Food History
on this day in…
- 1794 Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin.
- 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt established the first U.S. national bird sanctuary to protect pelicans and herons nesting on Pelican Island, near Sebastian, Florida.
- 1958 ‘Tequila’ by The Champs is #1 on the charts.