Tag Archives: Potato chip

Enough is (Not) Enough


Enough is (Not) Enough

You know that sinking feeling you get when you ravenously tear open a bloated snack bag only to find a whole lot of air and a mere handful of chips lying forlornly at the bottom? Well, a group of South Korean college students finally had enough and decided to air their grievances by building a raft out of 160 sealed bags of potato chips. Two of them then paddled the raft 0.62 miles (1.3 kilometers) across the Han River, supported the entire way by the nitrogen gas sealed inside the chip bags. Korean law requires food content to fill at least 65 percent of a snack bag, but many consumers are convinced that manufacturers are falling short of this benchmark. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Potato Chips First Prepared (1853)


Potato Chips First Prepared (1853)

Before they became a mass-produced snack food, potato chips were chef-cooked restaurant fare. It is believed that chef George Crum created the original potato chip recipe at Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Springs, New York. In an attempt to please an unhappy customer, Crum decided to slice the potatoes very thin, fry them until crisp, and season them with extra salt. The customer was delighted, and thus “Saratoga Chips” were born. According to some accounts, who was the difficult customer? More… Discuss