George Crum

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Born 1822 in Saratoga Lake, New York George Crum made a treat that people still OD on today. He was born George Speck, but eventually took his father’s racing name, which was Crum. He was working at a restaurant called the “Moon Lake Lodge” in 1853 when a costumer sent back a plate of the restaurant’s famous fries, complaining that they were too thick. George Crum grumbled, but sliced them thinner and sent them back. The customer still complained, so Crum decided to give him a piece of his mind. He sliced the potatoes very thinly and fried them to a crisp in oil, expecting the costumer to be upset. Much to his surprise, the customer loved them. George Crum later opened a restaurant where he served potato chips on every table. Despite this, potato chips were not that popular until the 1920’s when a woman named Mrs. Scudder started…

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