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Crisps, You Must be Joking!

Crisps, You Must Be Joking

Did you know that one of our nation’s favourite savoury snacks; the humble crisp was created as a joke?

Our story begins in 1853 in New York when hotel chef, George Crum, trying to upset an annoying patron created one of the most famous snacks; the humble crisp!

Chef Crum was exasperated by a patron repeatedly sending his fried potatoes back to the kitchen because they were too thick, soggy and bland. Crum decided to slice the potatoes as thin as possible, frying them until totally crisp and seasoning with extra salt. To the astonishment of Chef Crum, the patron loved the new potato side dish and these crisps soon became a regular item on the hotel menu (Banham, Rayner 1977).

Original crisps were served only with salt however modern crisps come in hundreds of varieties, flavours and shapes.



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