According to a traditional story, the original potato chip recipe was created in Saratoga Springs, New York. Popular versions say this happened on August 24, 1853, and versions by the late 19th century attributed the dish to George Crum, a Native American cook at Moon’s Lake House, who was trying to please an unhappy customer. He sliced the potatoes very thin, fried them until crisp and seasoned them with extra salt. Continue reading to see twenty-four unusual ways to use this snack this Labor Day weekend.

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A version of the story popularized in a 1973 national advertising campaign by St. Regis Paper Company, which manufactured packaging for chips, said that Crum’s customer was Cornelius Vanderbilt. Crum was renowned as a chef and by 1860 owned his own lakeside restaurant, Crum’s House.

Alternative explanations of the provenance of potato chips date them to recipes in Shilling Cookery for the People by Alexis Soyer (1845) or Mary Randolph’s The Virginia House-Wife (1824) as well as two other contemporary cookbooks.


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