Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Chip News and an Old Story for Saratoga Springs!

There’s exciting chip news for the Saratoga Springs area, and I’m not talking technology. Nope, t his is old-fashioned chip making at its finest – thin slices of potatoes cooked the same way they were when the original chip was invented in Saratoga Springs in 1853.

I found this press release on prlog.org (link below), announcing the reintroduction of Saratoga Chips. It’s very interesting and I’m guessing you’ll like it, so here goes:

Saratoga Specialties Company has reintroduced “Moon Brand Original Saratoga Chips” to the gourmet snack food market.
Already available in supermarkets, specialty stores and historic venues.

Saratoga Springs, New York, (July 15, 2009): In an unstable economy, two local families joined forces to reintroduce an 1853 Saratoga Springs original that gave birth to the “Snack Food Industry” as we know it today.

The idea came to them back in January while they were researching the history of Saratoga Springs. They discovered the fact that the potato chip was invented at Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Springs back in 1853. It baffled them why The Original Saratoga Chips were invented here but no longer sold. Moon Brand Original Saratoga Chips were sold commercially all throughout New England from 1853 to the mid 1920’s when Herman Lay and others simplified the name to ”Potato Chips”, and mass marketed them to the nation. Sadly, Moon Brand Original Saratoga Chips fell into obscurity and have largely been forgotten along with the historic story and the potato chips undisputed origin in Saratoga Springs, New York.

While diners at many restaurants and eateries across the nation can order “Saratoga Potato Chips” as a “fresh made” alternative to French fries, Saratoga Specialties Company makes them available to the retail grocery store consumers.

Dan Jameson and Paul Tator have reintroduced the Moon Brand Original Saratoga Chips in a reproduction of the original packaging the pair found at the Saratoga Springs History Museum in the Canfield Casino. “This was a real find for us, the Original Moon’s Lake House Take-out Box”, said Danny. “The box was in real bad shape, it took months to restore it”’. After researching many stories of the methods and recipe used, the chips are made in individual batches by artisans just as they were originally. “One of the most important aspects of our business model is that we wanted every detail on the box “then” to be true “today”. The “Moon Brand” trademark, the company name and location, the chip inside, everything”, explained Paul.
Saratoga Specialties Company is committed to working with other local businesses within the community for all their business needs. They believe that the nation’s economic recovery will come from small businesses like theirs and by utilizing local businesses for their business needs, they are doing their part to reignite the nations economy.

Due to the overwhelming positive response, Saratoga Specialties Company now has future plans on opening a fully operational combined manufacturing and warehousing facility in the area that will bring manufacturing and delivery jobs to the region. Moon Brand Original Saratoga Chips are available for purchase at area Hannaford’s, EBI Beverage, Minogue’s Beverage, Impressions of Saratoga, Compliments to the Chef, Roma’s, Mango’s Deli, The Candy Company, Saratoga Springs History Museum, National Racing Museum and many other specialty stores throughout the capital district.

More information at: www.originalsaratogachips.com

Photo credit: http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehopping/files/2009/07/moon-chips.jpg

Link to article: http://www.prlog.org/10286408-saratoga-specialties-company-has-reintroduced-moon-brand-original-saratoga-chips-to-the-market.html

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