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Saratoga snack makers plan their own chip plant – The Business Review

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When the chips were down for Danny Jameson, an out-of-work military IT specialist, and Paul Tator, an underemployed contractor, the two friends cooked up a company rooted in a 156-year-old legend and three simple ingredients.

What they created is a gourmet snack business in Saratoga Springs that duplicates—from the recipe to the packaging—the world’s first-ever potato chip.

That chip, as historians tell it, was invented by George Crum, a chef at Moon Lake Lodge in Saratoga Springs who, out of spite, sliced some potatoes paper-thin, fried them in oil and served them to a customer after he complained that Crum’s french fries were too thick. The chips were an instant hit and Crum started marketing them in 1853 as Moon Brand Saratoga Chips.

“We researched the original recipe and modeled ours after it. No one else in the world has what we have,” Jameson said. The all-natural chips are made with Yukon Jack potatoes, cottonseed oil and sea salt. The partners keep any other trade secrets under wraps.

Jameson and Tator came up with the idea for their company, Saratoga Specialties Co., in January of this year, after seeing a replica of the original Moon Brand box at the Saratoga Springs History Museum…

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