National Potato Chip Day is an American holiday celebrated every March 14. It is unknown who created this holiday, but the history of the potato chip is something that many people do not know.
Potato chips were invented when a customer at a restaurant in Saratoga California constantly complained that his potatoes were too thick and soggy. The chef, George Crum, decided to get back at the customer by slicing the potato extremely thin and deep frying them until they were crispy. Then he put a generous amount of salt on them and served them to the complaining customer. To his surprise, the customer loved them and “Saratoga Chips” became a popular item on the menu.
National Potato Chip Day is not a well known or widely celebrated holiday, and Hannah Wagar ‘19 thinks it should stay that way. “Who cares about potatoes?” Hannah said. She isn’t planning to celebrate this holiday on her own and doesn’t think that our school should do anything to celebrate either.
Despite the lack of enthusiasm for this holiday, it is still celebrated by food enthusiasts across America. Potato chips are America’s favorite snack food and their history should be known.