Chips OR Crisps?
Chips OR Fries?
So, is the world’s favourite snack food a Potato Chip or a Potato Crisp?
The answer remains in the debating point itself. It is both - it is neither, because it is actually the wrong debate.
There is written record of vegetables being ‘Chipped’ in the 15th century, so four hundred years of development would suggest that by the time the officially recognised Potato Chip invention date of 1853, it already existed, but in a different form.
The real debate is whether Potato Chips, as they are commonly known in the United Kingdom should be called French Fries anywhere.
President Thomas Jefferson is widely regarded as the first American to introduce the Potato Chip as the delicacy he had discovered in France – about which you can read more, in our history pages HERE
Now, without wishing to be rude to the great man, imagine it’s the late 18th century and you’ve got a few dinner guests around and you want to wow them with tales and food delights from your experiences and travels...
And so, the Potato Chip, which it was called in Great Britain at the time, or Pommes de Frites (Potatoes Fried) in France, was born to America. But...