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The History of Potato Chips

Betcha Can’t Eat Just One

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George Crum invented potato chips in 1853.

Native American George Crum was a chef at a Saratoga Springs, New York, resort, when customer Cornelius Vanderbilt complained that his french fries were too thick. George Crum fried up a serving of paper thin potatoes cooked to a crunchy crisp texture - the first potato chips. The dish dubbed "Saratoga Chips" became a favorite.

However, potato chips did not gain wide-spread popularity until the 1920s, when a Mrs Scudder began mass producing the first potato chips packaged in wax paper bags in 1926. In 1938, Herman Lay began producing Lay's potato chips, the first successfully marketed national brand.

Betcha Can’t Eat Just One

"Betcha can’t eat just one” was the 1963 advertising campaign slogan and trademarked slogan designed by the advertising company Young & Rubicam for Lay’s Potato Chips.

The first "Betcha can’t eat just one" commercial starred actor Bert Lahr (1895-1967).

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