According to “legend,” the potato chip was “invented” in 1853 by a Native American chef in a resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. A guest did not like the resort’s french fries, and the chef, George Crum, decided to get back at the complainer by making really bad fries that were too crisp to eat with a fork. The guest liked the brown, paper-thin potatoes, and soon potato chips were a specialty at the hotel.
Potato chips were first sold in a grocery store in 1895, and during the early years of the 20th century, dozens of potato-chip factories were opened. But it was not until the 1950s that chips became more than a side dish. In the 1950s, entertaining changed to informal buffet or coffee-table service. Chips are now the #1 snack food, but they also pack a wallop of calories.
What to do instead: Serve baked whole grain pita bread wedges or cut corn tortillas into wedges and bake until crisp, then dunk in salsa or homemade hummus. Use fat-free sour cream or fat-free cream cheese for other dips.