Oh the dear potato: boiled, baked, mashed, fried, or even “NOW” beer made with it. There are so many ways to consume the beloved spud. With the only food in the world consumed more than potatoes being rice, it is fair to say that you will be hard pressed to find people who don’t love some variation of the potato.
The potato chip was invented in 1853, like all good things, by mistake. George Crum, a Native America, was a chef in Saratoga Springs, New York. One day, his customer, Cornelius Vanderbilt, continued sending his dish back, claiming he wanted the french fries to be thinner and crispier. Crum was not pleased with the criticism, and he decided to serve Vanderbilt fries so thin that he would not be able to stick his fork in them. To Crum’s surprise, Vanderbilt was ecstatic with the outcome: potatoes sliced so thin one could nearly see through them. And so potato chips were born!
Then in 1895, in Cleveland, Ohio, William Tappendon brought the potato chips from the restaurant table to the grocery shelves. The demand was so high; he turned his barn into the first potato chip factory, where was previously storing his production glass cases and barrels. It was not until the late 1920s that Laura Schudder, a potato chip manufacturer in California invented the moisture resistant sealed potato chip bag, as she ironed two pieces of wax paper together. The invention of this bag along with the invention of the automated potato peeler rocketed this favourite snack into mass production. The last piece of the puzzle, the glassine bag debuted in 1933, when the potato chip manufacturing industry saw the opportunity to sell pre-sealed, branded potato chip bags at grocery stores.
Although production processes have changed, people’s love for potato chips has been un-wavered for decades. At the Brewery Farm, we are grateful for the invention of the kettle potato chip, sliced a little thicker, curled for extra crunch and packed full of real potato flavour. We are delighted to offer you our Picard’s EXTREME Kettle Chips in a variety of flavours and sizes. Look for them at the Brewery Farm, Picard’s locations and even grocery retailers around you.