TODAY is National Potato Crisp Day in the US, but it's a day that probably wouldn't even exist had it not been for a 19th century chef in Upstate New York.
The legendary snack food was invented by a man named George Speck, better known by the name George Crum, who cooked at the Moons Lake House in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Legend has it that in 1853 a wealthy customer ordered a house specialty of fried potatoes, but kept sending them back because they were too thick and soggy, even though that was the traditional way to make them.
Frustrated with the picky customer, Crum sliced the potatoes as paper thin as he could, and attempted to over-salt them and make them inedible.
But when he deep fried them, they became crispy, and apparently delicious, because the customer then sent back for another order.
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