The potato chip came from the “chip,” or French fry.
It all happened in 1853 because of a picky patron in the Moon Lake Lodge in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt kept complaining that his fried potatoes were too thick.
The restaurant’s chef, George Crum, finally sliced them extremely thin as a joke against the Commodore.
He was shocked at the positive reaction from Vanderbilt and the other customers at his table.
Crum took his newfangled delicacy and opened a specialty shop dealing only in potato chips, and an American snack industry was born.