Others Profited From Their Groundbreaking Invention

Potato chips
Shonda Buchanan
December 20, 2020

Kate Wicks shrieked as the thin potato slices accidentally fell into the frying oil. They could be fired if anyone found out about their mistake! Not only that, an angry customer had sent back his order, saying his fries were too thick! What should they do?

She and her brother, George Crum, had no choice but to serve the accidentally-thin, crisp slices of fried potatoes to the customer. That mistake would end up having monumental consequences.

Their boss hovered in the corner, and Wicks and Crum nervously waited to see if they’d be fired for their mistake. Instead, patrons loved this new food – and the potato chip was born!

With his sister’s help, Crum opened his own restaurant, serving fried potato chips

But because they didn’t patent the invention, whites rushed in to take credit – selling chips everywhere. Today, the potato chip business is a billion-dollar industry – but the inventors’ names don’t appear on ONE potato chip bag!

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