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Who Invented Potato Chips?

Who Invented Potato Chips?

Look in any grocery store, and you’re likely to find an entire aisle stocked with potato chips. In today’s world, it feels impossible to consider that there was a time before potato chips, but it’s true: there was! Whether you’re a casual potato chip consumer or a full-blown aficionado, you’ve probably wondered who created this salty snack. We’re here to answer that question for you. 

The story of the potato chip, like many other historical tales, is an uncertain one. For one, there’s a lot of debate around exactly who created this food, and moreover, how it was created. While it’s impossible to know exactly what happened, we’re able to use the facts that we have to make an educated guess.

Who Invented Potato Chips?

Like many other things in history like airplanes, telephones, and radios, the individual who should be credited with creating the potato chip is debatable. If you investigate the creation of the potato chip, you’re probably going to hear two names pop up most frequently. Those names are George Crum and William Kitchiner. 

George Crum certainly seems like the more likely candidate to have birthed the idea that became the potato chip. For one, he was an illustrious chef. A New York Herald writer in 1889 even referred to Crum as the best chef in the country. While his work was celebrated across the United States, his involvement with creating the potato chip was largely uncelebrated during his lifetime. 

Another possible candidate was a British doctor with the name William Kitchiner. Kitchener published a cookbook called The Cook’s Oracle, which contained a recipe that arguably sounded pretty similar to today’s potato chip recipe. 

Of course, these men are not the only two individuals who claimed to be involved with the creation of the potato chip. A woman named Catherine Adkins Wicks also was supposedly involved. When she died at 103 years old, her obituary claimed that she was the person who created the potato chip.

If that wasn’t enough, another obituary claimed a man named Hiram S. Thomas was the actual creator of the salty snack that was referred to as the “Saratoga chip.” (You’ll learn more about why they were referred to as that later!)

While we can guess at who actually created the potato chip, it’s impossible to prove which of these individuals actually made the first of what would become known as the potato chip. In fact, it’s possible that any or all of these people were working towards the creation of the potato chip, perhaps even simultaneously. 

When Were Potato Chips Created?

Obviously, there’s a lot of debate surrounding who made the first potato chip, and as you might have guessed, there’s uncertainty regarding when exactly this occurred, too. 

If the George Crum story accounts for the creation of the first potato chip, the snack came about during the summer of 1853. Since this story is contested, it’s also possible the chip was created before this date. 

Some food historians believe that potato chips actually date all the way back to 1817. This was when Kitchiner released his cookbook with a recipe in it that sounded suspiciously similar to how potato chips are made. It is worthy to note, however, that just because Kitchiner may have been one of the first people to record the recipe for making potato chips, it doesn’t necessarily mean he was the first person to make them. 

Potato chips came about sometime during the 1800s, but the exact date and creator are unlikely to be known for sure. 

Where Were Potato Chips Created?

While investigating the creation of the potato chip, you might see the name of one city in upstate New York repeatedly showing up in your search—Saratoga, New York. Saratoga is a city north of both Albany and Schenectady. Today, it’s renowned for its horse races at the famed Saratoga Race Course, but in the past, the city gained acclaim for its potential involvement in the creation of the potato chip. 

This city’s involvement in the folklore surrounding the creation of the potato chip is exactly why the snack was once referred to as Saratoga chips. Sometimes, potato chips still are called this. 

How Were Potato Chips Created?

By now, you probably have questions surrounding how potato chips were invented. And as you might have guessed, the answer is consistent with all the other questions we’ve answered. The truth is, history isn’t exactly sure how potato chips were created. 

In the famed George Crum story, legend has it that a wealthy patron entered Moon’s Lake House, a restaurant in Saratoga, during the summer of 1853. The restaurant was located on the shores of Saratoga Lake. George Crum and his sister Catherine Wicks both worked at this restaurant. That’s right—Crum and Wicks, both possibly the creator of the potato chip, were related. 

Legend has it that the patron ordered french fries from the menu at Moon’s Lake House. When the patron received their fries, they complained that they were too thick and asked for them to be sliced thinner. Crum supposedly cut the fries extremely thin, mainly to spite the patron for their criticisms of his cooking. However, this backfired, and the patron actually was enthusiastic about the extremely thin-sliced “fries”—also known as potato chips. From then on, other diners at the restaurant began to request the chips.

The wealthy patron was long considered to be steamship owner Cornelius Vanderbilt, but history proved this tale wrong. Vanderbilt, though he did frequently visit Saratoga, was actually touring Europe during the summer of 1853 when potato chips were created. Therefore, it’s impossible that, if this is truly how potato chips were invented, the patron was Vanderbilt. 

Our Take on Potato Chips

Since they were created sometime in the 1800s, potato chips went on to become a snacking staple. That said, they aren’t particularly known for being nutritious or supportive of a healthy diet. 

If you’re looking for a delicious alternative to a classic potato chip (and who isn’t?), the search is over. Uprising Food has the answer. We call them our Freedom Chips.

In our Starter Bundle Sampler, we’ve included two delicious varieties of chips: our Sea Salt Chips and our Savory Rye Chips. At Uprising Food, we believe in a better food pyramid, and for us, that means a few things. Our priority is creating foods that are fueled by so-called “super fats,” including olive oil and MCT oil. MCT Oil is made of molecules that are smaller than most fat molecules. This allows it to be absorbed into the bloodstream more rapidly, turning it into usable energy for your body. In addition to this, olive oil is known to support heart health

Uprising Food’s take on the classic chip also includes zero added sugar. You heard that right—we don’t add even one gram of extra, unnecessary sugar. If you’re lactose intolerant or follow a dairy-free diet, you’re in luck: Uprising Food’s Freedom chips are dairy-free, too. 

The benefits don’t end there, however. Uprising Food is keto-friendly, paleo-approved, and even made without gluten (for more on that, check out our FAQ page). It’s our mission to ensure that you have food options that are both nutritious and tasty. If you’re a potato chip aficionado but are following a keto, paleo, or gluten-free diet, we have the perfect solution for you. 

Why Our Take on Chips Is Important

Americans alone consume approximately 1.5 billion pounds of potato chips—yearly. And while potato chips are obviously tasty, they aren’t particularly supportive of a healthy diet. Your body works hard for you and shows up for you every day. Nourishing it with food that has dietary value is essential to ensure that your body keeps working how it’s intended. 

Our take on the classic chip is particularly valuable if you want to enjoy what you’re eating but also want to be health-conscious. With Uprising Food’s Freedom Chips, there’s no need to compromise taste for nutrients. Our chips are packed with clean super foods—and there’s never any fillers. Why? Because they aren’t necessary. We cut out the excess, and the result is delicious. But don’t just take our word for it; try it yourself. 

In Conclusion

While we can guess at who, when, where, and how potato chips were invented, it’s ultimately impossible to prove exactly what occurred to lead us to this tasty snack. But we sure are grateful they were created, because without the invention of the potato chip, we wouldn’t have our tasty, nutritious Freedom Chips today. 


Who Invented the Potato Chip? | HISTORY 

Saratoga Chips | A Saratoga Springs Invention Resulting in Today's Potato Chips 

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Replacing unhealthy fats with olive oil could lower heart disease risk | Harvard Health

MCT Oil | WebMD 

What Chips Are Healthy? We Got News For You!

What Chips Are Healthy? We Got News For You!

Who doesn’t love a good serving of chips? As far as snacks go, chips are a staple, but most of us wouldn’t consider them very healthy. More and more brands are becoming health-conscious and offering variations of traditional chips for consumers considering nutrients, calories, and carbs. Still, many of these supposedly “healthy” alternatives leave much to be desired for. 

Let’s break down which chips are healthy and which aren’t, so you can make a more informed decision next time you’re reaching for a snack.  We’ll even answer the question, is there such a thing as healthy chips? (Spoiler alert: there is!) 

Some Background on Uprising Food

Here at Uprising Food, we like to say that our mission is to bring superfood staple foods to the masses. The reality is that 95 percent of Americans live in what’s known as the fiber gap—meaning that over nine out of ten people don’t get enough fiber. We want to change that, one tasty yet nutritious type of food at a time. 

You might be wondering why fiber is important. It is a type of carbohydrate, but the difference is that the body isn’t really able to digest it. Because fiber can’t be broken into smaller sugar molecules, it passes through the body without getting digested. This ultimately allows fiber to work to regulate sugars, as well as keeping blood sugar and hunger in check. 

If you don’t get enough fiber, this could lead to a variety of ailments or difficulties. These include constipation, weight gain, fluctuations in your blood sugar, or diet-related nausea or tiredness. 

Children and adults need 20 to 30 grams of fiber a day, but most Americans only get about 15 grams. That’s where we can help. All of our foods are packed with clean, superfood ingredients—including fiber. 

We have a variety of options for how you can purchase, but we suggest starting out with the Starter Bundle Sampler. This includes not only two of Uprising Food’s cubes (our healthier alternative to traditional bread), but also four individual packs of our Freedom Chips in two distinctly delicious flavors: Savory Rye and Sea Salt. 

Are These “Healthy” Chips Actually Healthy?

Several large consumer brands started to roll out healthier options to traditional chips since more and more people are becoming conscious of the impact their dietary choices can make on their overall health. 

Frito-Lay’s is one brand that has attempted to include more nutritious chips in their product line, but let’s investigate more to see if they’re actually healthy. The baked chips that the company offers are often viewed as the smarter alternative, since they’re baked instead of fried. However, one glimpse at the nutrition facts reveals that there might not be too much to boast about in terms of nutritional value.

The original baked potato crisps are 110 calories per one serving, with 3 grams of fat and two grams of sugar. They also include one gram of fiber. 

While this might not seem like a significant amount of fat or sugar, it’s important to note that this is only for one serving, which is roughly 15 crisps. 

It may seem simple, but remembering to take a look at the nutrition facts on the packaging of the food you’re consuming can truly make a huge difference when it comes to ensuring you’re getting enough of the right nutrients. Sometimes, such as in this case, foods are framed to seem healthier than they are, but a quick investigation can suggest otherwise. 

What About Uprising Food’s Freedom Chips?

If you enjoy snacking on chips but are also seeking a way to get the nutrients you need, there’s an answer! Yes, we’re talking about Uprising Food’s Freedom Chips. Our Freedom Chips come in two tasty flavors—a flavorful Savory Rye and a classic Sea Salt. In our highly acclaimed Starter Bundle Sampler, we’ve included two Savory Rye packages and Two Sea Salt packages—not to mention two of our classic bread alternative cubes. 

Freedom Chips are unique for several reasons, so let’s break down why. All of Uprising Food’s products are unique because they act like supplements. That is, we make sure all of our food is packed with superfood ingredients but tastes delicious, so you’re getting the vital nutrients that you need. What could be better than doing something good for your body while enjoying what you’re eating? 

Our difference is that our products are made fresh, clean, and without any fillers. We’re here to show the world that, yes! There is such a thing as a “healthy” chip—and it isn’t unattainable. All you have to do is order on our website, and we’ll deliver straight to your door. Yes, it’s really that easy. 

There’s a reason we call our chips the “fat-burning friendly chips.” For one, they’re made with super fats. Allow us to explain why that’s so important—and why it gives Uprising Food’s Freedom Chips a distinct advantage. 

Two key ingredients in our chips are MCT oil and olive oil. MCT oil is a type of supplement. It’s made from medium-chain triglycerides, and can support a variety of bodily functions. The molecules are smaller than most of the fats that we consume. Therefore, they’re easier to digest and get absorbed into the bloodstream rather quickly. This helps provide the body with usable energy. In addition, replacing unhealthy fats with olive oil in your diet can help make an impact on your heart’s health.

Uprising Food follows the philosophy of a better food pyramid. That means that using these healthy fats is important to how we create our food. In addition to this, we never add any extra sugar, and our products are free from dairy. Uprising Food makes an excellent choice if you’re following a keto or paleo diet, and none of our products are made with gluten in them (for more on our gluten policies, check out our gluten FAQ page). 

Let’s Compare and Contrast

Let’s compare and contrast the “healthy” chips you can get in the food store and our actually healthy chips. For one, our Freedom Chips offer nine grams of fiber per serving—a stark contrast from the other “healthy” chips on the market, which may include only one gram. 

In addition, Freedom Chips are packed with six whole grams of protein in just a single serving. The very best part? You only get two net carbs from eating a serving of Freedom Chips. 

Freedom Chips certainly taste like a cheat snack—but they aren’t. Loaded with a plethora of superfood nutrients such as fiber and protein, you can enjoy your snack and feel good about it. It’s a win-win! 

Why You Should Choose Us

When you choose Uprising Food, you’re joining us on our mission to bring superfood staples to the masses. You should notice a difference between how you feel when you have regular carbs versus an Uprising Food snack. Since our products are packed with 9 grams of fiber, protein, and healthy fats, you shouldn’t experience the usual crash people experience after consuming high-carb foods. 

Choosing Uprising Food means that you’re taking a step to take control of your health.  By making the choice to be more intentional with how much fiber, protein, and healthy fats you’re intaking, you’re taking the first step to changing your overall well-being through your diet, one bag of Freedom Chips at a time.

Whether you’re following a keto diet, a paleo diet, or simply want to be more diligent about closing the fiber gap, you’re in luck. Uprising Food has something for everyone. Healthy avocado toast with a side of sea salt chips, anyone? 

So, Is There Such Thing As Healthy Chips?

In just a word, yes! It is entirely possible to eat chips that support a healthy lifestyle, as our Freedom Chips demonstrate. With two tasty flavors—Sea Salt and Savory Rye—you can enjoy your snack while not feeling guilty about it.

We encourage you to think of and view Uprising Food as what it truly is—a supplemental part of your diet. 

In Summary

At Uprising Food, creating products that have nutritional benefit isn’t just something we added to our product line—it’s at the forefront of everything that we do. We believe that it’s possible to create food that not only tastes good but helps you take care of your body, too. If you’re looking for proof that it’s possible, we encourage you to try Uprising Food today.

While other companies claim they’re making healthier chips, it’s important to take a look at the nutrition facts before making any deductions about how the product will actually contribute to your diet.

Choosing Uprising Food’s Freedom Chips means prioritizing closing the fiber gap and including healthy fats and protein in your diet. Once you try Uprising Food’s delicious chips and feel the benefits of eating a more fiber-rich diet yourself, you’re not going to want to look back on some of those other “healthy” chips again. 


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MCT Oils | WebMD 

Replacing unhealthy fats with olive oil could lower heart disease risk | Harvard Health

4 Signs That Your Diet Lacks Fiber | WebMD 

Uprising Food Vs. 647 Bread

Uprising Food Vs. 647 Bread

Here’s some good news: if you love the taste of bread but don’t love the highly processed nature of many traditional breads on the market, there’s hope! You heard us right: it’s possible to enjoy some avocado toast without worry about the lack of nutritional value in your bread.

Bread has long been considered a staple in many diets, but a lot of breads contain a plethora of refined carbohydrates. As a result, a variety of companies have found alternatives to traditional bread. One of these brands is yours truly, Uprising Food. At Uprising, we’ve worked to create our Superfood Cubes, complete with a mildly nutty sourdough-esque taste. That way, you can enjoy the taste of bread in a healthier way. 

Another brand that’s experimented with this new wave of healthier bread alternatives is 647 Bread. Before you decide to opt for one over the other, it’s important to weigh the similarities and, more importantly, the differences. 

About Uprising Food

Here at Uprising Food, we’re working to close the fiber gap. Ninety-five percent of Americans do not get enough fiber in their diets. However, including this superfood in your diet can come with a variety of health benefits, so it’s important to ensure that it’s included in your food intake. Now, with Uprising Food, it’s simple, easy, and delicious to ensure you aren’t fiber deficient. 

Instead of traditional slices of bread, at Uprising, we sell bread cubes. The cube is a healthier bread alternative that’s just as tasty as a traditional piece of bread but chock-full of nutrients instead of simple carbohydrates. Since a cube is larger than a slice of bread, each cube can yield 8-10 servings when sliced. 

One of the most notable differences between Uprising’s cubes and traditional bread is that you’ll notice a different feeling than the usual crash that comes with eating foods high in carbs. This is because of our recipe, which includes 9 grams of fiber per serving, protein, and healthy fats. Another difference? We don’t use any preservatives in our food. Everything is fresh, from our oven to your doorstep. 


Go ahead and shop around before you commit to Uprising Food, because we’re confident you’re going to notice the differences between our competitors and us. If you’re comparing Uprising Food and 647 Bread, you’re immediately going to notice that both Uprising and 647 are considered healthier alternatives to traditional bread that’s highly processed and contains little nutritional value. 

One similarity is that Uprising Food and 647 Bread both contain solid amounts of fiber. As we mentioned earlier, fiber is extremely important for your body—but what is fiber? We can answer that question for you.

Fiber is actually a form of carbohydrate—but it’s the kind that your body cannot digest. While most carbohydrates can be broken down into sugar molecules, fiber can’t be, which means that it passes through your body without getting broken down and digested. Fiber is necessary to help regular your body’s usage of sugars. This means that it is required to keep both blood sugar and hunger in check. 

It’s recommended that children and adults get approximately 20 to 30 grams of fiber daily, but the reality is that most Americans only intake about 15 grams a day. 

As far as similarities go between these two types of traditional bread alternatives, this is the main one. However, the amount of fiber each brand contains does vary. 


If you’re deciding between Uprising Food and 647 Bread, you’re probably wondering specifically about the differences between the two brands. There are plenty of them, so let’s break them down.

As we mentioned, both brands have traditional bread alternatives that contain high amounts of fiber. However, Uprising Food’s cubes contain more fiber than 647 Bread. While 647 Bread contains seven grams of fiber, Uprising contains nine. If you’re looking for a product that will help you ensure that you’re getting enough fiber every day, Uprising is the way to go.

Next, let’s compare the amount of sugar in each of these foods. Uprising Food boasts zero added sugar in its recipe, while 647 does have some sugar—one gram per slice. If you’re looking to cut your sugar intake, opting for Uprising’s cubes is one way to ensure that you’re not ingesting too much sugar. While one gram of sugar might not sound like much, it can add up—and why opt for the more sugary option if you have an alternative with zero added sugar, like Uprising? 

The net carb amount is one of the largest differences between 647 Bread and Uprising. While 647 has six net carbs, Uprising bread has a fraction of that, with only two net carbs. That means that one serving of Uprising bread has a third of the amount of the net carbs that 647 Bread does. 

Finally, the last big difference between Uprising and 647 Bread is how these two products are sliced. While 647 is pre-sliced as a traditional piece of bread would be, Uprising Food isn’t. As we mentioned earlier, Uprising comes in cube form. That’s because we believe in giving our consumers the flexibility and freedom to experiment with their servings and recipes. You get greater control, which plenty of our customers have claimed they enjoy. Not to mention our cube shape is part of the reason we’re able to offer bread without preservatives! The crust allows the inner crumb to be preserved, which keeps it soft and moist. Yum!

All About Our Better Pyramid Model

Of course, you’ve heard of the traditional food pyramid. Uprising Food completely reinvented it with what’s important to us. We think you’ll agree. 

At the top of our pyramid are those “super fats”—MCT and olive oil specifically. In case you aren’t familiar with why those are important, allow us to explain. MCT Oil is composed of molecules that are smaller than those of most fats we consume. Therefore, they’re easier to digest and for your body to absorb into the bloodstream. This means usable energy for your body. 

Olive oil is also beneficial to the body—if you opt to replace unhealthy fats with olive oil, studies have suggested that you may be supporting better heart health. Since your heart is at the core of what keeps your body running, ensuring that the food you’re choosing is beneficial to your heart is of paramount importance. 

The next level of the pyramid is ‘zero added sugar’ and ‘dairy-free.’ We believe that food doesn’t need any added sugar—and that’s why this is on our reformed food pyramid. Dairy-free means that Uprising Food is inclusive for those who don’t tolerate dairy well. 

Finally, the last level of the food pyramid—and the basis of Uprising Food—is that it’s keto-diet friendly. With only two net carbs per serving, you can enjoy a piece of Uprising Food’s bread alternative without feeling guilty or breaking your keto diet. In addition to this, we pride ourselves on being Paleo approved. Not to mention our products are made without gluten—for more on that, check out our gluten policy. 

When you choose Uprising Food, you are truly choosing food that’s basically like popping a vitamin—a really tasty, delicious vitamin, that is! 

In Summary

Now that we know that traditional bread doesn’t offer as many health benefits as bread alternatives can, a variety of alternative brands have popped up on the market. One of these brands is us, Uprising Food, although other brands like 647 Bread are out there, too. If you’re looking to enjoy a slice of bread without the highly processed carbohydrates, you’ve probably looked into these two brands. We hope you choose us. 

The main differences between Uprising Food and 647 Bread are as follows: 

  • The fiber amount—A serving of Uprising contains nine grams of fiber while 647 contains seven 

  • Uprising Food has no excess sugar, while 647 bread contains a gram of sugar 

  • The net carb amount of Uprising Food’s bread alternative is two carbs per serving, while 647 has six carbs 

  • 647 Bread comes in a package pre-sliced, but Uprising Food comes in a cube, which allows for greater flexibility and portion control 

Uprising Food is built on our dedication to creating products that offer nutritional value and are also delicious. You can elevate your typical PB&J sandwich, avocado toast, french toast, or grilled cheese with a slice from Uprising Food. 

We’ve made it easy to get a taste of exactly what makes Uprising so different with our Starter Bundle Sampler. This contains not just two Uprising Superfood Cubes, but it also comes with our signature Freedom Chips in Sea Salt and Savory Rye flavors. Whether you’re following keto, paleo, dairy-free, or any other kind of diet, or simply want to take steps to improve your overall nutrition, Uprising Food is the answer, because we believe it’s our mission to bring superfood staples to the masses. We hope you’ll join us. 


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