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potato chip historian
Mark Mulholland WNYT
Updated: August 1, 2022 - 6:40 PM
Published: July 29, 2022 - 4:44 PM
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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
Article from Saratoga Today
Featuring, your's truly, The Toga Chip Guy!
Watch The History Channel's
The Food That Built America,
"When The Chips Are Down",
season 2, episode 3,
where I am prominently featured.
Read my feature article in
The Saratoga Lake Association News Letter.
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.
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My recent interview with Julia Dunn on CBS 6.
Article About Me In Saratoga Today Entitled
"Who: Alan Richer, The Toga Chip Guy"
April 2nd, It starts on Page 3.
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The History Channel's
"The FoodThat Built America"
that aired on
National Potato Chip Day, March 14.
Featuring the history of Herman Lay
and then rival Fritos!
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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.