Did you know that Mr. Potato Head was the first toy advertised on television? But nobody put “potato” on the map like Herman did.
You see, in 1853, a customer walked into a place called Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Springs, New York. He ordered potatoes, to be prepared by head chef George Crum. When the potatoes were served, the customer complained that they were too soggy and not salty enough. Crum was filled with rage, and responded by thinly slicing the potatoes, frying them until they were brown, and pouring salt all over them.
The new “Saratoga Chips” were a big hit for the customer, and then his friends. So Mr. Crum kept making them.
One day, the customer brought in a fellow named Herman, who bought a plate of “Saratoga Chips.” He loved them, and packaged them with his name out front. Herman’s last name was Lay. Thus, we see the beginnings of the “potato chip,” as he renamed them, and more specifically, Lay’s Potato Chips.
The next time you eat a potato chip, remember that great things (and people) often come from humble beginnings. We were born in sin. The Bible makes that clear. But God is much bigger than that.