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My latest exhibit at The Saratoga County history Center
|Saratoga County History Center|
Potato chip exhibit to open Saturday
BALLSTON SPA — “In the Saratoga Style: Potato Chips and Their Regional Folklore” opens Saturday at Brookside Museum, Saratoga County History Center, 6 Charlton St. The exhibit, which will be on display through Dec. 31, explores the many stories that have claimed to explain the story behind the snack, from disgruntled customers to kitchen mishaps.
The use of the “Saratoga” name to nationally market potato chips is seen through the expansive collection of famed local expert Alan Richer, known as “The Toga Chip Guy.”
The exhibit is open to the public 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information,
go to https://brooksidemuseum.org.
I have recently been featured in twi Times Union Articles
Please read the articles by clicking the links below!
Article 1 - Vanderbilt helped invent the chip in Saratoga?
Likely a salty myth
Article 2 - Toga Chip Guy makes a second showing on History Channel
Please read the article in Saratoga Today that features, your's truly, The Toga Chip Guy!
Listen to my recent interview on Heart Radio.
Listen To The New History Channel Podcast
After appearing in several episodes of The History Channel's Series "The Food That Built America", I have now been prominently featured in an associated podcast.
Please visit The ACast Site to listen!
Please read my recent interview with Julia Dunn on CBS 6.
Read The Article About Me In Saratoga Today Entitled "Who: Alan Richer, The Toga Chip Guy"
This article was just published today, April 2nd, It starts on Page 3.
Click here to read!
Watch the latest episode of the History Channel's "The FoodThat Built America "that aired on Natational Potato Chip Day, March 14. Featuring the history of Herman Lay and then rival Fritos!
Click here to watch
John Karolefski, author of the blog Grocery Stories at:
has written a book about grocery shopping. He had requested a quote from me about about chips -- their place in snack history, their popularity, etc.
I had provided him with a quote that I will disclose once his book is published.
Here is that quote!
"Potato chips are more American than apple pie. Compare the shelf space allotted to potato chips and apple pie in your local grocery store"
On Novemeber 19th 2019, I spoke to the New York Capital Region Elfuns Club at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park NY, on the History of the Potato Chip.
The club consists of mostly retired General Electric employees.
The Toga Chip Guy Is On The Air!
I have been interviewed about the history of the potato chip by a California based radio station, Yesterday USA Radio Networks, at 10:30pm New York time on Saturday, September 14th.
Welcome to The Chip Nostalgia Article page, chock full of interesting ephemera surrounding The Saratoga Chip and it’s many snack food cousins!
What popular snack began as repurposed Disneyland trash?
A delicious beginning: Not long after Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California, in 1955, Frito-Lay installed a Mexican restaurant in Frontierland called Casa de Fritos. The menu included tamales, enchiladas, as well as, of course, plentiful Fritos. (There was even an animatronic vending machine featuring the “Frito Kid” to dispense the corn chips.)
One day, a sales representative for Alex Foods—which supplied Casa de Fritos with wholesale ingredients—noticed a pile of stale tortillas in the trash. The rep offered the restaurant a tip: cut up the tortillas and fry them, then sell them as crispy chips instead of throwing them away.
The chips were a big hit, and when the new VP of Frito-Lay, Archibald Clark West, dropped by a year later, he was pleased to see so many customers snacking on what had been a waste product. West contracted with Alex Foods to produce the chips as a snack, naming them Doritos (Spanish for “little golden things”). The chips debuted nationally in 1966.
A munchies mystery? It’s worth noting that some remember the origin story a bit differently. When West died in 2011, some obituaries recounted him first buying tortilla chips at a roadside shack, not Disneyland. Regardless, he was a lifelong fan of the crunchy, spicy snack—so much so that he had Doritos sprinkled into his grave after he died.
Chip Cartoon - 1956
Chip Ode - 1956
“All That and a Bag of Chips”
Here are a bunch of articles and images from the 2006 German Television Production, Talents & Patents, that explored the history of the Saratoga Chip. You will first find the actual production from German Television.
Click here to read the full production production notes from the Saratoga Historical Association, as well as the German production Company that was in town.
Yes, chips are one of the greatest inventions of the 19th century!
SAMPLE COLOR PLATE FROM “CRUNCH! The Story of The Great American Potato Chip”
ANOTHER BOOK SAYING GEORGE CRUM IS THE INVENTOR OF THE CHIP!
Here is the cover and page page from a book entitled “Were Potato Chips Really Invented By An Angry Chef?” by Deborah Kops. Seems pretty convincing!
TOGA CHIPS ANNIVERSARY!
SARATOGA SPECIALTIES CHIPS
Chipper Snacker Oct., 1977
CHIPS FOR DETENTE!
Potato Chipper Feb., 1965
CHIPS COULD HAVE CHANGED HISTORY!
Potato Chipper Feb., 1965
ANTIQUE CHIPPER MACHINE
Potato Chipper Nov., 1965
POTATO CHIP CRUMBS
ALTERNATIVE TO BREAD CRUMBS!
Potato Chipper May, 1959
MISS POTATO CHIP 1953
WITH THE LARGEST POTATO CHIP
Potato Chipper Feb, 1954
POTATO CHIP ORIGIN CONFIRMED!
THE SNACK FOOD ASSOCIATION WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN SOLIDIFYING THIS STORY!
Potato Chipper June, 1960
ENJOY THIS VIDEO FROM THE SNACK FOOD ASSOCIATION ON A CENTURY OF SNACKS!
SEE & READ ABOUT HER!
Potato Chipper Oct. 1960
MRS. KLEIN’S $100,000 PROMOTION
Potato Chipper July 1964
"True" Origin of Potato Chip.
From the January 1966 edition of the Potato Chipper. The Potato Chip Institute International which became the Snack Food Association was instrumental in spreading the legend that the potato chip was invented by George Crum in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Potato Chipper May 1964
GREAT ARTICLE ON THE ORIGIN OF THE CHIP
Potato Chipper May 1963
Menu From Fred Harvey’s Restaurant,
The restaurants interior was decorated with paintings from renowned artists. Also note that Saratoga Chips were on the menu!
Thank You Mrs. Chips
Please take a look at the booklet below that was produced by the National Potato Chip Institute as a companion piece to the movie “Thank You Mr. Chips” The first couple pages are shown below and the entire booklet is available via PDF through this link.
Local History Granite State Potato Chip Factory of Salem NH
GREAT ARTICLE ABOUT CHIPS!
Potato Chipper August1967
See the whole article here.
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