Around the World in Weird Crisp Flavours
Regardless, what we’re talking about here are rounded, thin, and usually flavoured potato-based sandwich accompaniments.
The earliest known mention of this-potato-based-snack dates to 1822 in an English cookbook called ‘The Cook’s Oracle’. William Kitchiner, the book’s author, simply left them as ‘Potatoes Fried in Slices or Shavings.’
An alternative story tells us of an American discovery in 1853. The American origin story suggests that a fussy eater in Saratoga Springs, New York forced one George Crum into creating the thinnest fried potatoes he could.
It all boils down to whether or not one considers a quarter of an inch thickness (Kitchiner’s suggestion) to be a valid this potato-based-snack. What a conundrum.
Regardless of the Anglo-American debate, a world exists beyond the English-speaking world. A world, as our graphic below reveals, is tasty in all sorts of weird ways. Here are some of our favourites:
This article was originally published in 2016.