18 September 2020
Chocolate potato chip inventor dies
THE man who invented chocolate-covered potato chips died recently, aged 87.
While working for a French confectionary, Vincent Grimaldi started brainstorming for new ideas and the decision to trial the new-style snacks came to him while he was in a grocery store round the corner from his workplace, and spotted a bag of potato chips. They soon became a hit.
Nicknamed Melbourne’s “Candy Man,” Vincent was a 10th-generation Italian confectioner and merchant.
He sold his namesake business, Grimaldi Candy Co, in 1999, retiring at age 67. He died of a heart attack on September 16th.
Today, Grimaldi Candy Co. is one of the largest specialty chocolate manufacturers in the southeastern United States, staffing a production plant-retail store on U.S. 1 in Rockledge and a retail store at The Avenue Viera.
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