Every time we crunch into a potato chip, we are enjoying the delicious taste of one of the globe’s most famous snacks that may not have been without the contribution of Black inventor George Crum.
The son of an African-American father and a Native American mother, Crum was working as a chef in the summer of 1853 when a finicky patron sent back a plate of French-fried potatoes to the chef’s kitchen because he felt they were too thick and soft.
To teach the picky patron a lesson, Crum sliced a new batch of potatoes as thin as he possibly could.He fried flimsy slices until they were hard and crunchy and garnished them with a heaping of salt.
What was supposed to be a healthy dose of “get back” turned out to be the first plate of a snack that became embedded in worldwide culture. The patron loved what went on to become known as potato chips.
George Crum – a Black man invented potato chips – now there’s a rarely touted Black History fact.