Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips (lip-smacking)
Alright, we knew these potato chips were something special from the moment we laid eyes on their classy, replica packaging. What we weren’t aware of, was just how amazing their history really was. According to their website, in 1853:
“A patron at Moon’s Lake House ordered fried potatoes with his meal. The diner complained that the potatoes were too thick and sent them back to the cook.
The cook at the restaurant was George Crum, who is described as Native American in some accounts and an African American in others. There is agreement, however, on Crum’s disposition—he was generally ornery. Upset that someone would criticize his cooking, Crum sliced a new batch of potatoes paper-thin, fried them in boiling oil to a crisp, and then salted them.
But what was intended as a stunt turned into an instant hit – the fussy patron and his friends loved the “crunch potato slices.” Soon the chips became known as Saratoga Chips. At first they were served in restaurants throughout the region. When George Crum left Moon’s Lake Inn to start his own restaurant called “Crumbs House,” he placed large baskets of the chips on every table. It was not long before Saratoga Chips could be found in restaurants up and down the East Coast. Soon they became known as potato chips.” www.originalsaratogachips.com
That’s right, you read that correctly, these are the FIRST POTATO CHIPS EVER in the USA!!
Now, we know what you are thinking (and if you are not thinking it, well then it looks like we will just be pointing this out to you anyways….), at Chip Review we do not review many “plain or original” potato chips – check the stats. We’re not exactly sure why, maybe it’s because in the back of our minds we sort of think that, in one way or another, all plain potato chips are basically the same (shame on us). Or, maybe we just like seasoning? Either way, that way of reviewing changes with these Saratoga Original Potato Chips right now!
With plain potato chips, you better use some good potatoes, and in this case Saratoga Specialties rolls with Yukon Golds, and we think that’s a great choice. The YGs provide a great potato flavor, almost a richness, and definitely some depth. The salt level is very minimal and lets the potato flavor shine through. The chips are on the smaller, thinner side, and encompass a crispy, light crunch.
Everyone at Chip Review really enjoyed these chips. Our only complaints, if we must call them that, would be that in our opinion, we would like the chips to be a bit larger overall. We like to pick up chips one by one, and Saratoga Chips are better suited for small handfuls. And while we are nitpicking, we think they could also use a little more salt (but, then again, this may stem back to our original comment above, we love seasoning), luckily there’s nearly enough flavor in the Yukon Gold’s to make us forget about the salt.
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Chips provided to Chip Review by Saratoga Specialties Company for review
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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