Look what The Golfer came home with after foraging about at SPC in Bayswater .
Only an Aussie (and maybe a Kiwi or two) would be amused/bewildered by the thought of Lamington Chips.
A few years ago he came home with these.
Meat Pie and Sauce chips!
They seemed to go down well with most Aussies who ate them.
Do you know where, when and by whom the first chip (crisp) was produced?
I had no idea, so asked ‘Mr G’
Lots of good reading here for those who are curious about this fact.
This site – http://inventors.about.com/od/foodrelatedinventions/a/potato_chips.htm – told me that George Crum invented potato chips in 1853 plus other interesting things.
Native American George Crum was a chef at a Saratoga Springs, New York, resort, when customer Cornelius Vanderbilt complained that his french fries were too thick. George Crum fried up a serving of paper thin potatoes cooked to a crunchy crisp texture – the first potato chips. The dish dubbed “Saratoga Chips” became a favorite.
If you look at Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potato_chip – they also had information on chips/crisps and as well as naming Mr Crum, also came up with the names of other ‘inventors’
A potato chip (American English) or crisp (British English) is a thin slice of potato that has been deep fried baked until crunchy. Potato chips are commonly served as a snack, side dish, or appetizer. The basic chips are cooked and salted; additional varieties are manufactured using various flavorings and ingredients including herbs, spices, cheeses and artificial additives.
Lots of different information here including the fact there was no patent taken out:- http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventors/crum.htm
And of course Snopes has a point of view as well:-
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i haven’t tried them yet but am definitely wondering what and how many artificial additives were used to replicate the taste of chocolate coated, rolled in coconut, sponge cake combined with deep fried salted potatoes !