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  • Diane Mack: One potato, two potato...

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  • You have not lived, until you have had Pennsylvania potato chips. There are so many choices and they are delicious.
    Yes, the home of the Eagles and Steelers sells potato chips produced by Herr's, Bickel's, Good's Hanover, Martins, Mussers, Snyders, Utz, Stehmans, and Frito Lay. I will break any diet for Stehmans or Martins.
    Now, what would we do without potato chips today in America? Potato chips can be part of an appetizer, a side dish, a snack or the whole meal during “The Bachelor,” my children say.
    Today, we have ridges, ruffles, barbecue, sour cream, baked, and oil and vinegar (yuck).
    I've heard, the potato chip market, on a global sense, can generate $20 billion revenue, a year. Can you imagine?
    Did I say that I like Pringles and Charles Chips, too?
    The first potato chips were meant as an insult. According to the Christian Science Monitor News, the potato chip came about as an accident.
    “Hotel chef George Crum enjoyed a wonderful knack for cooking. From his kitchen at Moon's Lake House near Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Mr. Crum could ‘take anything edible and transform it into a dish fit for a king.’ That skill came in handy – the upscale Lake House attracted customers who were used to being treated like kings.
    “In 1853, a cranky guest complained about Crum's fried potatoes. They were too thick, he said and too soggy and bland. The patron demanded a new batch.
    “Crum did not take this well. He decided to play a trick on the diner. The chef sliced a potato paper-thin, fried it until a fork could shatter the thing, and then purposefully over-salted his new creation. The persnickety guest will hate this, he thought. But the plan backfired. The guy loved it! He ordered a second serving.
    “Word of this new snack spread quickly. "Saratoga Chips" became a hit across New England, and Crum went on to open his own restaurant. Today, that accidental invention has ballooned into a massive snack industry.”
    OK, family secrets . . . I liked to put potato chips on my baloney sandwich. My sister Judy would tell my mom, like I was breaking the law or something.
    I also, love to dip a nice crisp potato chip into a bowl of chocolate ice cream, scooping up as much ice cream, as the chip can hold.
    OK, that reminds me of a riddle. What did one potato chip say to another?
    Shall we go for a dip?
    According to Ideafinder.com, did you know the following?
    Americans today consume more potato chips than any other people in the world.
    Page 2 of 2 - As a world food, potatoes are second in human consumption only to rice.
    The potato chip did not leave the United States as a food item until 1921, when they were introduced in England.
    The potato used for making chips is not the same brand of potato you get at the super market. Special varieties are grown specifically for chips. They are called “chipping” potatoes and have to be specially ordered.
    I don't view “The Bachelor.” However, I can make a meal of them.
    Thanks, George Crum.
    Diane Mack is coordinator of Putting Families First, Jackson County’s Family Week Foundation. Email her at jacksoncountyfamilyweek@yahoo.com or visit www.jacksoncountyfamilyweek.org.
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