Around the World in Weird Crisp Flavours

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by Cecily Batten
To Americans they’re chips, to Brits they’re crisps.
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:

North America: Maple Moose, Chicken & Waffles, and Pizza
South America: Natural with Dessert, Plantain and Andean Native
Africa: Steers Monkey Gland Sauce, Roast Goat and Kebab on Charcoal
Europe: Prosecco & Elderberry, Cheeseburger, and Red Caviar
Asia: Mint Mischief, Chicken & Pepsi, and Octopus
Oceania: Vegemite, Sunday Roast, and Lime & Black Pepper

This article was originally published in 2016.